Export articles, users and weblinks to an xml file.
Import articles, users and weblinks from an xml file (generated by J2XML)
Send articles, users and weblinks to another Joomla! 2.5+ site.
CLI (command line interface)
I was skeptical. I've used highly rated free apps, most fail to deliver. Those that do often don't do so uniformly. I was THRILLED when it turned out J2XML was a rare exceptional exception. Kudos Eshiol(?)... no, just looked it up - Kudos, Helios Ciancio!
In short, J2XML made migration of content from J1.5 to 3.3 quite easy and instructions were easy to follow. I have yet to encounter a donation-requested-not-mandated (free) app of this high quality and was highly impressed by the developers commitment to excellence. Frankly, I was also very moved by the (your) generous sharing of hard work, without expectation of anything in return, given the few if any freely shared Joomla migration apps made available.
With that said, J2XML doesn't do everything for you, nor does it claim to.
For our NGO, the migration process has stalled for lack of expertise in customizing Jv.3 templates to match our Jv1.5. So, depending on your needs, your level of expertise and/or free time, you may find yourself in the same boat. It may be that there's an app out there that can do it, for a fee, but I'm under the impression the paid apps do not substantially differ in function from J2XML.
While an app capable of seeing the remainder of the process would have been ideal, the limited scope of the app in no way diminishes the quality of this developers' work. We've made it 3/4 of the way there, which means less funds going to a professional to get our site live again... So, THANK YOU for your help and THANK YOU on behalf of our community - families and the children who've been abused in residential and rehabilitation centers. :)
The export/import feature of J2XML via xml files works fine. It maintains article IDs so that article links still work, sometimes after some adjustment. Unfortunately this is not the case with weblink IDs so that article embedded weblinks don't work anymore. I had to do some changes in the database to adjust weblink IDs.
The 'send' feature could be a really nice one. It allows a direct transfer of articles from one website to another. But in my case it was only possible to send two articles in one step. So I couldn't use it for a larger number of articles.
Some room for improvement is also in the documentation. It is quiet thin and difficult to find. I needed some experiments to find out how J2XML works.
Nevertheles, the most important thing is that J2XML makes it possible to transfer Joomla articles from one website to another. Since it is a free extension, it may take some time to improve the other things.
Rather than adding all the functions I wanted to three sites I was redesigning,I set up new masters to save time. I used J2XML to bring over the articles and FTP'd the image files.
It worked flawlessly and saved me a great deal of time.
All the stars in the galaxy for this one.
If it worked for K2 it would be perfect but I give it 5 stars because it's FREE.
It does wonders and I was able to shuffle content from J2.5 to J3.x in no time.
The steps to install are also really simple once you figure it out. It would be helpful if the installation procedure was explained in the download section in 3-4 lines.
Still an amazing result!