Convert – Import A Drupal 6 Based Website To WordPress v2.7

Drupal 6 To WordPress 2.7

Recently we had to convert a Drupal 6 based website Themestand over to WordPress v2.7 due to the amount of Database resources Drupal 6 was consuming on each page load, even for a pretty simple site we found Drupal very heavy on resources especially when users were logged in as the page cache is then inactive. This left us with a simple choice of do we try to further optimize a Drupal system thats already been heavily optimized or do we switch to a less MYSQL hungry system that we can modify to perform the same functions? Our chosen solution was to convert the entire site’s content from Drupal 6 to WordPress 2.7.

Their are various reasons as to why you may wish to convert a Drupal 6 based website to WordPress, maybe you want to convert a blog originally built upon Drupal to WordPress, it could be that you want a system thats a little easier to code themes for, or maybe you just prefer WordPress over Drupal, for us the reason was simply server load due to the amount of MYSQL queries drupal was consuming for what is not really a complicated website.

After looking around the web reading various articles on the subject of Drupal to WordPress conversion most of which are unfortunatley now outdated and with some trial and error we eventually figured out the MYSQL code and process needed to acheive a basic Drupal 6 to WordPress 2.7 site migration. In this article we will describe the steps needed to import your Drupal 6 website into a WordPress v2.7 install.

The actual database conversion from Drupal 6 to WordPress should take around 40 – 60 minutes, then you will have theme wordpress etc and check all the posts, categories and tags so all in all it may take you a few hours to complete this process in full.


  1. Make sure you have 40 – 60 minutes that will be free from distractions, wife, kids, phone, dog, twitter etc.
  2. Do not under any circumstances perform this task on a live website, install WAMP or similar on your PC to use as a development server.
  3. Completely backup your Drupal 6 website files and database included.
  4. Have a fresh install of WordPress v2.7 installed and running, backup this also as it easier to just upload the DB file if you mess up during conversion instead of starting again from the beginning.
  5. Grab a coffee, tea, beer or personal weapon of choice and begin.

Step One

Install a fresh copy of WordPress v2.7 and it’s database to your development server our created database name was titled “tempdb” title yours the same if you do not want to edit any of our supplied SQL queries, this is the install we will be importing Drupal 6 into so check that wordpress is fully functional before continuing. Goto phpMyadmin and backup this database, also take note of which table have been installed by WordPress these tables always begin with wp_ as you will need to recognize these for later. Below is a list of the basic WordPress install tables within a fresh install.

  • wp_comments
  • wp_links
  • wp_options
  • wp_postmeta
  • wp_posts
  • wp_ratings
  • wp_terms
  • wp_term_relationships
  • wp_term_taxonomy
  • wp_usermeta
  • wp_users

Now grab the SQL file backup of you Drupal 6 based website, goto phpMyadmin or similar and upload that database into the same database where you installed WordPress. This is very important as for conversion/import we need both the Druapl6 and WordPress 2.7 databases to be combined to begin with.

Once that step is complete we can begin to run the SQL queries with phpMyadmin that will import the data from your Drupal 6 database into the WordPress 2.7 database.

Drupal 6 To WordPress SQL Queries

This part of the process is carried out using phpMyadmin as we will be running SQL queries to import data from the Drupal 6 database into the WordPress v2.7 database.


Goto the page above in your database as this is where we will be pasting the SQL queries to that are listed below.

First off we need to clean out any data that may reside within certain WordPress tables, copy, past and run the query below in phpMyadmin to do this.

IMPORTANT: the “tempdb.” that is within the code if your database is not named “tempdb” you will need to change all instances of  “tempdb” to the name of your actual database. So for example if your database is called “wordpress” it would look like this “wordpress.wp_comments;” etc.

Clean WordPress Before Import

TRUNCATE TABLE tempdb.wp_comments;
TRUNCATE TABLE tempdb.wp_links;
TRUNCATE TABLE tempdb.wp_postmeta;
TRUNCATE TABLE tempdb.wp_posts;
TRUNCATE TABLE tempdb.wp_term_relationships;
TRUNCATE TABLE tempdb.wp_term_taxonomy;
TRUNCATE TABLE tempdb.wp_terms;

Import Taxonomy Terms

This next query will import taxonomy terms.

INSERT INTO tempdb.wp_terms (term_id, `name`, slug, term_group)
 d.tid,, REPLACE(LOWER(, ' ', '-'), 0
FROM tempdb.term_data d
INNER JOIN tempdb.term_hierarchy h
INSERT INTO tempdb.wp_term_taxonomy (term_id, taxonomy, description, parent)
 d.tid `term_id`,
 'category' `taxonomy`,
 d.description `description`,
 h.parent `parent`
FROM tempdb.term_data d
INNER JOIN tempdb.term_hierarchy h

Import Post Content

This query will import Drupal post content to WordPress.

    tempdb.wp_posts (id, post_date, post_content, post_title,
    post_excerpt, post_name, post_modified)
    n.nid, FROM_UNIXTIME(created), body, n.title,
    REPLACE(REPLACE(REPLACE(REPLACE(LOWER(n.title),' ', '-'),'.', '-'),',', '-'),'+', '-'),
FROM tempdb.node n, tempdb.node_revisions r
WHERE n.vid = r.vid

Post and Category Relations Query

This query relates imported posts to their categories.

INSERT INTO tempdb.wp_term_relationships (object_id, term_taxonomy_id)
SELECT nid, tid FROM tempdb.term_node;

Category Count Updating

UPDATE wp_term_taxonomy tt
SET `count` = (
 SELECT COUNT(tr.object_id)
 FROM wp_term_relationships tr
 WHERE tr.term_taxonomy_id = tt.term_taxonomy_id

Comments Query keeping unapproved comments hidden

INSERT INTO tempdb.wp_comments (comment_post_ID, comment_date, comment_content, comment_parent, comment_author, comment_author_email, comment_author_url, comment_approved)
SELECT nid, FROM_UNIXTIME(timestamp), comment, thread, name, mail, homepage, status FROM tempdb.comments;

Update comments count on wp_posts table query

UPDATE `wp_posts` SET `comment_count` = (SELECT COUNT(`comment_post_id`) FROM `wp_comments` WHERE `wp_posts`.`id` = `wp_comments`.`comment_post_id`);

Fix breaks in post content

UPDATE tempdb.wp_posts SET post_content = REPLACE(post_content, '', '');

Fix images in post content

UPDATE tempdb.wp_posts SET post_content = REPLACE(post_content, '"/sites/default/files/', '"/wp-content/uploads/');

If all went smoothly all your Drupal 6 content should have been imported over to WordPress, you can now delete the Drupal database tables from your database leaving the wp_ tables intact.

Now instead of having a possible 100+ sql tables with Drupal and it’s Modules you have a small and compact eleven or so with WordPress that includes exactly the same content as was contained within your Drupal site.

Final Steps

Upload the content/images from your /sites/default/files folder that you backed up with Drupal to your WordPress /wp-content/uploads folder otherwise images for imported posts will not work.

The final steps of the procedure is to browse through your content checking, categories, tags etc looking for any errors misplaced posts. Fix any you come across then you can theme your new site up and release it to the world.

I hope this may help some by cutting out the many hours of research into this procedure that we needed to do before our conversion and any questions, feedback, suggestions, improvements you have after testing this method please leave a comment.

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Author: on May 20th, 2009

Category: Drupal, Planet Drupal, Wordpress

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  1. I’m just thinking of doing the opposite, migrating from WP to Drupal, as WP has its limits when it comes to navigation menus (except when you only use pages, and this defeats its purpose). Your article was very helpful in regards to the SQL transformation. Thanks!

  2. Ross says:

    Thanks very much for this article a few months ago I started the search for such info and now I find it. Great.

    Will do it on this drupal site once I get time next month

    Looks Like I need to learn a few things first.

    Does the url’s on the pages stay the same when you transfer?

    I was thinking of installing wordpress in a new sub folder in my hosting account. Do the transfer then direct to the new sub folder in my hosting account.

    Will that work?

    Thanks, thanks, thanks,

  3. Lincoln says:

    Hey Ross,

    I checked your URLs and with Drupal they are structured like this below.


    WordPress if you enabled clean permalinks and used a custom permalink structure with the command /%postname%/ wordpress would render the URL like this example below.


    With wordpress your could either replicate the ?q= within the permalinks custom structure or alternatively spend some time using a wordpress redirect plugin to rid your urls of /?q= and redirect all your old urls to your new structure retaining pagerank etc.

    Hope this info helps.

  4. Ross says:

    Hi Lincoln, I had some spare time and thought I would come back and read over this article (again) to get ready for the BIG DAY! (should be coming soon)Thanks again for this article and advice regarding retaining page rank. GF/ME are getting tired of Drupal always something not working. Any chance for skype support as I do it, when I get some spare time, will pay you for it? You have my email address now if interested. Would be just nice to have someone in the know to be there if needed. Going to go read you article one more time, thanks Lincoln. Ross

  5. James Lewis says:

    Thanks for the great guide. I’ll give this a go tonight. I guess if it goes wrong I’ll be back here asking questions 😀

  6. Ahoura says:

    It was sooo usefull thank you for posting this for us!

  7. Robert Mann says:

    love the websites theme 🙂

  8. Great article!

    I was able to switch the database over in less than 20 minutes!

    Thanks for posting this online for all of us designers who can’t quite wrap our brains around all the different coding languages out there.

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