photo credit: Ryan McGuire The official WordPress Importer plugin is in shambles and has frustrated users with inconsistent performance for years. The plugin has more than a million active installations and is critical for migrations, unless you are familiar with using more advanced tools. With years of unresolved support threads identifying the plugin’s many bugs, the importer is in need of some help. In a volunteer-driven open source community, important projects like the WordPress importer can go neglected for a long time until someone gets inspired to take on the responsibility. The good news, however, is that the importer is in the process of being completely rewritten thanks to Ryan McCue, who is also a leader on the WP REST API project. The WordPress Importer Redux project is available on GitHub with fixes for some of the previous plugin’s most troublesome issues. McCue is rewriting the importer with the goals of making it “fast, lightweight, and consistent.” He summarized the major improvements that are part of version 2 in a post on Make/WordPress core blog: Way less memory usage: Testing shows memory usage to import a 41MB WXR file is down from 132MB to 19MB (less than half
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