Serialized Fields

If you aren’t a developer and don’t know what “serialization” is, this article will probably be over your head.

Developers, read on…

In very rare cases, some themes store multiple data points in a single field. Themes shouldn’t do this. It’s not nice, and the practice is generally frowned upon. But, some do. These fields are often called “serialized” fields.

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You can either use the serialization feature in WP All Import to import the key and value pairs, or you can use a custom PHP function to return the value in the proper format needed by your theme or plugin.

The Serialize feature generates an array with the key => value pairs you specify, and then returns the serialize()’d value of the array.