When importing wordpress to wordpress database, there are several problems I encountered.

  1. Unable to create directory “uploads”
  2. If your xml file is big, it forces you to download the admin.php after pressing the “Upload file and import” button.

Fixes:

  1. change mode of your upload directory to writable (chmod 777 uploads)
  2. edit the apache php.ini file to increase the file upload limits
    1. vi /etc/php5/apache2/php.ini
    2. change “memory_limit” from 8M to 20M, or more
    3. change “upload_max_filesize” from 5M to 20M, or more
    4. restart your apache server: /etc/init.d/apache restart

After all these modifications, you should be able to import your wordpress xml file. Good luck!

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