Voluntary help to Google Knol users for successful WordPress migration

As Google is shutting down Knols, We have decided to voluntary help Google knol users for successful migration to WordPress. Just a return favor to Google and WordPress.. which puts food at our table. Thank you so much

Please feel free to reach us by commenting to this post

if you have any issue.

How your Knol/Website will look when you migrate from Google Knol to WordPress

Here is a demo for how it looks when you migrate from Google Knol to WordPress http://simplyakm.wordpress.com , We have used all the Official methods for migration

Current issues with Knol Migration

The Knol authors those who have large number of knol.. the automatic workflow is not working.. We have raised the issue with WordPress.. we will keep this up to date as soon as we get the solution

Update 02-12-2011 : Comments are not visible
The automatic Knol to WordPress migration process, also imports the comments but there is some issue with WordPress that the comments are invisible

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by default on WordPress.com, WordPress is working on it to resolve it. Else after import you need to edit every article and scroll down to Discussion there enabled Allow Comments check box.

Update: 01-12-2011 : Knol import is working now
WordPress replied today that they have fixed it and we have tried it with one of our client who has more than 1500 Knols and it worked. Please post in comments here if you have still any issues.

Update: 25-11-2011..

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We got following reply from WordPress

We are currently tracking a problem that affects users with large numbers of Knols.
We should have this fixed up at some point next week, but until then I am going to have to ask you to be patient while we work on it.


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Posted in: Annotum, Blog, Google, Knol, Wordpress on November 24th by Aasu


  • Comment by Aasu — November 24, 2011 @ 11:38 am

    Ask here for any issues

  • Comment by Kalle Schwarz — November 24, 2011 @ 4:30 pm

    do you have wiki functions ?

  • Comment by Aasu — November 24, 2011 @ 5:40 pm


    WordPress has number of plugins or we can write one and extend it, which can turn your site in a Wiki. is that answer your question?

  • Comment by mbplee — November 24, 2011 @ 8:19 pm

    I am one of those who has more than 100 knols and cannot get an export file generated, so I will be very anxious to learn when a solution has been found.

  • Comment by P V Ariel — November 24, 2011 @ 11:02 pm

    I am here via knol help page, good to be here, and the initiative you have taken to help knol users to migrate their knols to the new platform, i too tried but failed, hope it will be fixed soon.
    Thank you for your help and initiative in this issue.
    Best regards.

  • Comment by Kalle Schwarz — November 25, 2011 @ 12:27 am

    @ Aasu,

    can you give me an account to test it ?

  • Comment by Aasu — November 25, 2011 @ 9:25 am


    You can check this http://buddypress.org/ , it is based on WordPress and has lot more than what Google knol is offering.. we can replicate this for you

  • Comment by Kalle Schwarz — November 25, 2011 @ 2:40 pm

    my registration as 144000 was successful. within a few minutes I should receive an email with my password.

  • Comment by Kalle Schwarz — November 25, 2011 @ 4:11 pm

    now I’m logged in, but cannot post anything .
    I’m looking for a function where I can make a page (you know: this thing which has an url) .
    a page, which I can edit and where I can use the url on other pages, thus making a page structure (with referrers (like in knol))

  • Comment by Aasu — November 25, 2011 @ 8:55 pm


    Unfortunately that website is locked for owners and only they can create pages/posts.. you will be able to create something like this on your on website and believe me it is as simple as Knol.. just have a look on the pages.. http://buddypress.org/blog/. These all are pages/posts and you will also be able to do so.. even lot more than just creating..
    to get an idea how can you create it .. you can create your own blog at http://wordpress.com, the interface will remain same but when we add the collaboration/wiki plugin.. it will allow any one or a specific group to do so.. and you will be the king for your site. hope it answer the question.. for your information this website http://expressin.net is also created with WordPress

  • Comment by mbplee — November 25, 2011 @ 11:29 pm

    We appreciate undated information like that of 25.11.11 as we can then rest our minds that something is being done about the problem. Thank you.

  • Comment by Aasu — November 27, 2011 @ 12:10 am


    Thanks you liked it.. we just want to help all serious authors.. We invest 40% of our resources to help free and open source software and connecting masses with them.

  • Comment by Kalle Schwarz — November 26, 2011 @ 9:26 pm

    @ Aasu

    I’m now on my own blog onhttp://wordpress.com .
    there is a dashboard with a lefthanded menu .
    Home (Blog Surfer …)

    how can I write my first wikilike page (or at least a blog) ?
    am missing a visual editor .

  • Comment by Aasu — November 27, 2011 @ 12:08 am


    This post will help you to start publishing with WordPress http://learn.wordpress.com/get-published/

  • Comment by Eric Clausen — November 27, 2011 @ 12:23 am

    Would it be possible for authors with large numbers of knols to convert those knols one at a time rather than trying to convert the author’s entire knol portfolio at one time. When large numbers of knols are involved there are many different issues that can arise such as formatting, changing of categories, changing of links, changing of text, etc. that require the author attention. I would find it much easier to make these required changes without turning away existing readers if I could convert my knols one at a time. Also some authors with large numbers of knols, including myself, may need to purchase additional storage space from WordPress to accommodate space requirement for their large knol portfolios.

  • Comment by Aasu — November 27, 2011 @ 12:43 am


    Nice idea! .. I believe unfortunately there is no direct/official method for it.. but I know how to do it… it require some manual work.. let WordPress fix the issue.. I will try to write a free code to create a separate file for each knol.. and then you will be able to import what ever you want… it is possible.. I already have dice rolling in my mind.. but it will require first the WordPress to fix.. please remind me ..,. I will do this for you and knol authors.

  • Comment by nurhusien hasen — November 27, 2011 @ 1:00 am

    knol only franed. find recost more informetion

  • Comment by Kalle Schwarz — November 28, 2011 @ 5:02 am

    @ Aasu

    thanks for your link
    there is a hint : “Log in to your WordPress.com dashboard, and head to Posts > Add New.”
    but there is no “Posts” menu on the dashboard .
    perhaps you need a (annotum) blog, but they don’t ask you for a blog .

  • Comment by Annotum Support — November 29, 2011 @ 11:17 am

    Hello from the creators of Annotum!

    Thanks for contributing to the stock of information about the Knol to Annotum/WordPress transition.

    It would be great if you could direct any users here to the official Annotum support site at http://annotum.org/support

    There you’ll find links to the Annotum KnowledgeBase, a place to submit help requests, and even a way to suggest new features for future versions of Annotum.


  • Comment by Aasu — November 29, 2011 @ 2:13 pm

    @Annotum Support,

    This post has been updated with link of Annotum Support Site

  • Comment by Annotum Support — November 29, 2011 @ 6:44 pm

    Thank you!

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