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I thought it would be neat to be able to import Bookmarks/Favorites/Whatever-the-browser-calls-it into a WordPress weblog, and so I wrote this script that does just that, with some help from another website. I started on this since a user (Grod) on #wordpress wanted an xbel importer.

XBEL(XML Bookmark Exchange Language), is one of the formats in which one can save bookmarks. Galeon uses the XBEL format to save bookmarks. The reason why I expect the script to be useful, though, is because LinkaGoGo offers a free service that converts bookmarks/favorites from most of the browsers’ format to an XBEL file. So, in short, usingLinkaGoGo and the script I link to here, you can import your bookmarks into the WordPress link manager.
Thanks to Roberto Giungato, for making his script available. That saved me a lot of time.

Steps:
1. Convert your browser’s bookmarks/favorites to the xbel format using the LinkaGoGo Converter.
2. Upload the .xbel file that results to the wp-admin directory in your WordPress installation.
3. Download xbel.phps, rename it to xbel.php, read it, follow the instructions to edit one line in it to specify the name and location of the xbel file on your server, and then upload it to your wp-admin directory.
4. Access the import-xbel.php file you uploaded, using your browser (eg: http://example.com/wordpress/wp-admin/import-xbel.php)

The importer does not import duplicates, and creates new link categories corresposing to the “folder”s in the xbel file.

As always, if you use this, let me know how it turns out

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