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Hi,

I’m transferring a website over from Wordpress to Webflow. When it comes to the blog, I uploaded a CSV that had been downloaded from Wordpress. The links and paragraph spacing have copied over well but many words are ‘stuck’ together and manually need separating as well as headings which haven’t copied over.

I’ve trawled the previous forum posts and haven’t found an answer except for ‘paste in plain text’. This isn’t much of an option as it still requires a lot of manual formatting, and with over 100 blog articles, this isn’t really viable.

If you have any suggestions that would be much appreciated, thank you :slight_smile:


@Georgi_P

Webflow RT Fields in collections support basic HTML for formatting on import or plain text.

I would be happy to look at this if you can take an example of one record’s content field from the CSV, where it is not formatting correctly, and paste it here, as a reply, inside a code block here (three back ticks, new line with content and new line with three backticks).

I can then look at the code and potentially see what the issue may be.

Hi @webdev, here’s the code below:

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<p>Much
of the national conversation around the world of work, as we head into autumn
is about whether or not we should be encouraging people to return to the
office.</p>
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<p>Desk-based
employees at all kinds of organisations, big and small, have been working from
home for up to six months and there are concerns that this might be having a
negative impact on a whole array of considerations – from the economic
re-opening of towns and cities to individual performance and mental health. </p>
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<p>But
many don’t want things to go back the way they were. They are thriving in their
new work lives that may involve more casual clothing, a more relaxed breakfast
with the family, the option of lunchtime exercise, potential early finishes and
zero commuting.</p>
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<p>Maybe
my perspective as someone who started a new job in lockdown is relevant. I
joined <a href=""https://myeva.com/"">MyEva</a> as the
pandemic was gathering pace in March. While I’ve loved all of the flexible
working benefits above, I’ve also recognised how difficult it could be to be
part of a culture as a new employee within a business when culture spreads
largely through face-to-face contact.</p>
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<p>After
all, how could a new employee truly understand what the organisation stands for
– its processes, commitment to health and wellbeing, attitude to equalities,
dedication to customers etc. – when his or her only interaction with the
workplace and colleagues is on the same screen in the same room at home for
weeks on end?</p>
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<p>This
challenge got me thinking about what happens if organisations begin to lose
their cultural identity, by failing to articulate it internally and externally.
Does this start to affect their ability to perform, to recruit and retain and
to achieve their goals? More importantly, is culture not really about what the
company articulates it is, but instead how everyone behaves in the
organisation, based on how they feel and how they interact with each other.
Perhaps this is driven by the values the company has also?</p>
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<p>It
seems a clear understanding of organisational culture and how it can be
nurtured in this ‘New Normal’ has never been as important. So let’s look at how
we can define and build it in our own workplaces.</p>
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<p><strong>What is organisational culture and
why is it important?</strong></p>
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<p>Without
wishing to feed you lessons straight from the school of management theory, I do
believe the Chartered Management Institute’s definition is a good one:</p>
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<p><em>“Organisational culture is the way
that things are done in an organisation, the unwritten rules that influence
individual and group behaviour and attitudes. Factors which can influence
organisational culture include: the organisation's structure, the system and
processes by which work is carried out, the behaviour and attitudes of
employees, the organisation’s values and traditions, and the management and
leadership styles adopted.”</em></p>
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<p>So I’d suggest starting by thinking about how those elements of culture play out in your workplace. What would your colleagues at all levels of the organisation say about them, if asked? Next, it’s worth asking yourself whether your organisation truly appreciates the value of a strong culture.  For me, it can benefit your organisation in three major ways:</p>
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<p><strong>It has the power to make advocates or critics of your employees. </strong></p>
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<p>When people feel like they’re valued, they will not only work in a way that enforces that culture but they’ll promote it to their friends and family – bolstering the reputation of your organisation. This, of course, works in the opposite direction. When staff think poorly of management styles, company values and the corporate commitment to employee wellbeing, they will tell people, which will negatively affect recruitment and retention, and, ultimately, the bottom line.</p>
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<p><strong>It impacts performance.</strong></p>
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<p>Employees tend to work more independently and smarter if they consider themselves to be aligned with the corporate environment and the organisational goals. Conversely, when the culture isn’t as strong, more effort needs to be placed in controlling employees, monitoring their behaviour and keeping them working as efficiently as possible. This, obviously, is a less efficient way to run a workplace.</p>
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<p><strong>It creates happier, healthier employees.</strong></p>
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<p>A healthy work-life balance is hugely important to
many people. In a recent <a href=""https://www.cnbc.com/2020/01/22/linkedin-glint-survey-work-life-balance-the-key-to-job-satisfaction.html"">survey by LinkedIn</a>, 69% of
HR professionals agreed that work-life balance was the number one factor
impacting the employee experience at work. Factors that can prevent employees,
especially those with families, achieving this can include bringing work home
with them or being forced to work long hours. On the other hand, workplaces
that offer benefits such as home working, birthday leave or early finishes on
Fridays tend to produce employees that come to work feeling refreshed and ready
to help the organisation hit its goals.</p>
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<p>So now we’re a little clearer on what a strong culture is, and how it benefits
organisations, the obvious question remains: how do we build it? </p>
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<p><strong>How to build a strong culture in a pandemic</strong></p>
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<p>In normal
times, there are many time-proven strategies that I won’t rehearse here –
suffice to say I believe businesses should be (a) celebrating success, (b)
listening to colleagues and (c) communicating often to all employees about the
organisation’s goals and direction of travel.</p>
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<p>What I really
want to leave you with is a few practical thoughts on building a strong culture
in this strange time we’re in – when staff are worried about survival, both
economically and in the health sense.</p>
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<p>The first
thing is to recognise that the focus for employers has been the safety and
wellbeing of their staff. This is absolutely the right priority in a pandemic although
nurturing and perhaps evolving the culture of the organisation should come a
close second as we move into the next ‘phase’ of 2020 employment.</p>
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<p>Next, an
imminent challenge: the furlough scheme ends in just over a month and 7.5
million people are coming back into work. For many of us, we will be in month
six of working in a pandemic. For furloughers, it will be week one. So, there
is a risk they will feel isolated – we need to make an extra effort to include
our returning colleagues as much as possible by redistributing workloads and
reintegrating them into projects and workstreams.</p>
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<p>One-on-one
meetings are also key but so also are the casual check-ins. When we managers
check in with team members, this shouldn’t always be formal. We don’t want
flexible workers to think we’re always judging their productivity or worse
still activity. We should ask <em>how they are</em>, what their plans are for the
weekend, did the cat come home or how was the first week without the children
around. We should encourage them to speak about how they are adjusting and show
them they are heard. This is the difference between micro managing and leading.
</p>
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<p>In
larger businesses, team energy is often what motivates people – so encourage
this with end of day socials or morning coffee, even if still remote. “Zoom
fatigue” is real (there are other video conferencing services available!). If
you’re having a team video meeting, hold it at the end of the day so that when
the key business is done, people can stay on the line if they want to and it
can turn into half an hour for drinks or online socialising so people can
relax, perhaps sharing ideas, concerns or just stories.</p>
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<p>Think
also about creative ways of redeploying any budget that was used for staff
benefits – like the drinks fridge or the pizza Fridays – to benefits that can
be enjoyed remotely. I went through some ideas for this in a <a href=""https://myeva.com/treating-furloughed-staff-well-will-pay-off-for-years/"">previous post</a>.</p>
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<p>In
short, don’t just focus on just the clinical factors of day-to-day people
management and team-building; the softer elements are just as important.
Whether these are (for example) health apps, charity work or social events,
managers should promote them and participate. Maybe even set public challenges
for leaders in the organisation, publicise the results and follow up on what
you learn!</p>
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<p>All of this is just scratching the
surface; there are multiple strategies for establishing and fostering a strong
corporate culture and countless pay-offs – and it takes time and effort. But
the more commitment you invest in this endeavour now, the better it will set
your organisation up for success in the months and years ahead as we put this
national health and economic crisis in the past.</p>
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I updated your post to display the code.

What are you using to export from WP? I recommend you use ->

Hi @webdev I’ve just downloaded the WP download plugin and uploaded the blog content to Webflow, it’s much better - the titles and hyperlinks are all formatted.

However, in each article, there are still many words which are fused together, see image attached…

Without being able to compare that screenshot text with the source it is hard to say. I suspect you have encoding issues where your database is not storing the data as UTF-8 and on export some characters are being removed. Take a look at at the character set of the DB.

Hi @webdev

I don’t know whether this code pasting will work, if not, I’ll upload another screenshot.

It seems that in the original code, where there’s a line break, we lose a letter space in the Webflow version.

Any idea how we get round this? I always have to manually separate the text when I’m pasting one blog article in (rich text, to keep the hyperlinks and formatting) but when I’ve got 100 blog article to upload, it would be great to have a fix!

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<p>This month sees a particularly
Happy Birthday for tens of thousands of teenagers as they become the first
cohort of Child Trust Fund (CFT) recipients.</p>
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<p>Since September 1st,
CFT holders turning 18 will be able to access their money. Around 55,000 accounts will mature each
month but parents might be unaware that their child has the sum waiting for
them. It could be that you have colleagues in this position and it’s crucial
they understand how to find out. </p>
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<p>This isn’t as difficult a task as it might sound. HMRC has
created a <a href=""https://www.gov.uk/child-trust-funds/find-a-child-trust-fund"">simple online tool</a> to help young people –
or their parents – find out where their account is held (you will need the
trust number or their National Insurance number which is issued when they are
16 these days). It’s definitely worth considering sending this link round in
your next all-staff or team communication.</p>
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