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wallfish says

Guys, I recently exported the WordPress content as for a back up if my content goes crashing. I exported the XML file I guess. What I understood is the file will bring back all the text and post related stuff. But how will it recover the content and images? Do I need to host it somewhere so it can retrieve or how does the included media content gets recovered? Thanks :)!

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Pirenko says

Exportation only saves path to the content (not the content itself). If your Wordpress database is broken the images will still be where they were before so you can import your content once again.

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wallfish says

Exportation only saves path to the content (not the content itself). If your Wordpress database is broken the images will still be where they were before so you can import your content once again.

Thanks for the response. So if my hosting crashes or for example my files gets deleted with the database it’s less likely to recover the content and posts?

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Taaz says

Afaik an export doesn’t export images and media/files used in Wordpress posts, it just gives your import file a direct link to where those files previously were hosted so it can re-download and use them in your new import. If your hosting crashed and those files no longer exist your importer won’t be able to find them.

But all posts, pages, categories, etc., are saved within your xml, you’ll just be missing media & files.

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