So you are tired of Blogger and wish you could move to WordPress?
Ok. This article will guide you towards achieving that.
If you are still deliberating on which blogging platform you should use, then you might want to get my candid opinion. In a previous post I outlined some reasons why you should choose WordPress over Blogger.
For best results, ensure you follow the steps properly.
Here are the steps:
#1 Get a Host Service
There are so many host service providers. You may have heard of these few: GoDaddy, HostGator, Midphase, Siteground, BlueHost … and so on. It is important you go through their websites and settle for the one you are most comfortable with in terms of prize and services offered. On this blog I am currently using Midphase. I took advantage of their summer discount – you may want to look out for such discounts.
#2 Get a Domain Name
A domain name is your unique blog name. For instance: inspirecrib.com. Some Host Service providers offer free domain name as you sign up for their Hosting Service, some also charge you separately for a domain name. Siteground and Midphase offer free domain name. You may wish to also check out others.
#3 Install WordPress
You can contact your Host Service provider through their live chat for a quick guide on how you can install this WordPress on your new domain name.
Don’t worry; the steps are pretty short and easy.
#4 Download Blogger Importer Extension
There are two basic ways you can do this. First, you can go through the plugin section of WordPress dashboard. Here, you can search for Blogger Importer Extended plugin and then activate it when you’ve installed it.
Plugins ==> Add New ==> then type and search
Or second, you can go to WordPress.org, search for Blogger Importer Extended plugin. Download the zip file. Then move over to the plugin section of WordPress dashboard and upload the downloaded plugin. After which you can then activate it.
#5 Backup your Blogger blog
Here, you should backup both your Template and entire blog. You can find out how to do this here. Note that this step is important in case of any hitches on the way.
#6 Setup Permalink in WordPress
Blogger uses a permalink setup different from WordPress. So you should change your WordPress permalink to resemble that of Blogger. That way, your posts on Blogger will not have broken links when imported to WordPress.
Here’s how you can change your permalink on WordPress:
Go to Settings ==> Permalinks and Select custom structure from the list of options. Type this:
You can still change this later on (if you want to). However use it for this purpose. Go ahead and save the settings.
#7 Import Your Blogger blog to WordPress
Go to WordPress dashboard Tools ==> Import. Then select Blogger Importer Extended.
Follow the instructions and Log into your Google account, then select the Blog you want to import. Here all your blog posts, comments, media and links will be imported to WordPress.
Set the labels as tags and then assign authors to you posts. All the posts published will retain the published status and drafts will still be drafts.
#8 Blogger Permalink needs to be Optimized
Just to be sure that your permalinks were not tampered with during the import process, you need to optimize them. To do this, download Maintain Blogger Permalink Plugin from WordPress.org or search for it on the plugin section of your WordPress dashboard. That is, Plugin ==> Add New ==> Type and Search.
After installation and activation, go to Tools ==> Maintain Blogger Permalinks. Click on Maintain Blogger Permalinks.
That will take care of any little deviations during importation.
#9 Redirect Your Blogger blog to WordPress
This step helps to keep all your links online still connected to your new WordPress blog.
Install and activate blogger 301 redirect plugin. Go to settings ==> blogger 301 redirect and check the settings you need then save the changes. You will see some codes below. Copy and paste it in a text editor like notepad.
With this code, you’ll replace your Blogger template. NOTE: You should have backed up your Blogger Template by now.
Go to your Blogger blog dashboard and click on Template. Select edit Html and delete all the code in it. Then paste the code from your text editor into your template.
Try opening your blog and you will be redirected to your new WordPress blog.
NOTE: Do not delete your Blogger blog just yet better leave it the way it is. Also, deactivate the mobile view of your blogger blog.
That is exactly as I did to my blog and I am still ranking well on search engines, I have all my followers. Now about followers the next step is to redirect your feed.
#10 Redirecting RSS feed
Blogger and WordPress feeds are different. Using your Feedburner account, under Edit Feed Details, replace the original feed with your blog domain. Save and then go to your Blogger blog’s Settings ==> Others and insert the feed address from Feedburner in the box that reads Post Feed Redirect URL. Click Save.
Congrats! You have successfully moved your blog from Blogger to WordPress. You can now design and format your WordPress blog as you wish and start posting 🙂
This is all you need to do to effectively move your blog from Blogger to WordPress. To help you make up your mind on why you should migrate, read my article on: Why you should move from Blogger to WordPress
Enjoy your blogging!
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