cellear's picture

One of the disincentives for people trying Backdrop is the worry that they'll spend lots of time and money setting up a system based on it, and then later finding themselves prevented from using a different system because their data is locked away in a proprietary format.  We should ease these fears, by making it easy for data to get in and out.

To import data, a variation on Feeds module would do the trick.  It wouldn't need to have all the customizability of feeds -- it doesn't need to poll, doesn't have to support multiple file formats, doesn't need to be infinitely configurable.  It could be built into the content type definition screen.

To export data, it would be enough to simply create a CSV file for each content type, term, user, and comment type, as well as the necessary CMI information to create it.  

Wordpress supplies this kind of capability, to a degree, in its generic interface:


jenlampton's picture

Though the community agreed that this topic is important, the PMC has not chosen it as one of the first official Backdrop initiatives. Only two proposals have been selected, so more are likely to be added in the future. Please keep this topic in mind for the next proposal process, which will be shortly after 1.17 is released. 

  • Views data export module provides complete functionality to export data in .csv.    
  • Feeds module, as you mentioned, provides import

It is very important for users to know that they are not locked in, so PR around this issue would be great.