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  • Absolutely ADORE this plugin. Completely changed my workflows, creativity and more.

    That said, there’s an area that I find completely underwhelming — migrating content.

    Moving field groups is easy, but not necessarily content. For instance I have a few sites that I need to move where I need to manually export and import content, rather than do a database clone.

    Biggest issue I have is with images. Just migrated some pages and half the images didn’t import. Tried lots of different searches on the forum but couldn’t find anything useful. Hoping for tips on best way to accomplish this. Would be awesome if ACF wrote a tool for this, since the wordpress xml export/import process doesn’t seem to work well with ACF fields.

  • Most export/import tools will not work. In fact, if you’re using the WP export/import it won’t do images correctly unless you export/import an entire site.

    If you must export/import than the only suggestion I have is WP All Import/Export Pro versions that will work with ACF. You can create custom filters on the export to get images and format them correctly for the import and the import is aware of ACF fields and will import the content correctly.

    I can’t help you more because I have never had a need to export/import, when I migrate a site it is always a complete site migration where I export/import the entire DB.

  • I am having a similar problem with image fields. I have 700 posts and I would like to update an ACF image field with an image that is already in my media library.

    I have WP all import pro but still can’t get this to work and can’t find any information about it. The posts above are the most useful so far.

  • Have you got the ACF add-on for WP All Import?

    How are you trying to import?
    Is it just the images you need to update or do you need to import a post and image?

    Using the default tools to import posts, I found this plugin worked really well

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