I get asked pretty often if I can put together a tutorial showing Blogger users how to transfer their posts over to WordPress. Well, lookie here, your requests have been answered! This tutorial is for those Blogger users who do not yet have a custom domain set up who wish to move over to a self-hosted WordPress blog. If your blog URL is currently something like yourblogname.blogspot.com, then this tutorial is for you! If you have a custom domain set up on Blogger, please review this tutorial instead!
This post will cover:
- Setting up web hosting and your own domain name (required)
- Installing WordPress to your hosting account
- Migrating your posts from Blogger.com over to your new WordPress dashboard
- Setting up a redirection so that your readers and search engines will hit your new site when they go to the old one
1. Set up website hosting
This step is required when you are taking the plunge and upgrading to your very own self-hosted WordPress site. These instructions will not work for the free WordPress.com version. I highly recommend using InMotion Hosting for your hosting for a couple of reasons: it’s highly affordable, starting at just $4.19/month for I Can Build A Blog readers, you get a totally free domain name, their servers are located in the US and are fast, you get unlimited bandwidth, AMAZING support, and a one-click WordPress installation. I even use them for this blog.
2. Install WordPress to your hosting account
If you followed the link and instructions above, you should be golden!
3. Migrate your Blogger posts, comments, and images, over to your new WordPress account
Note that the importer tool does not migrate Pages made in Blogger, just Posts, comments, and images. You can easily copy over the content of any Pages into new WordPress pages.
First you’ll need to make sure you’re logged into your new WordPress dashboard, located at yourdomainname.com/wp-admin.
In the dashboard, head over to Tools > Import. You will see a list of blogs you can import here. Choose Blogger:
Once authorized, a list of your available blogs will appear. On the right hand side, choose Import next to the Blogger blog you want to import. It will show you progress bars along the way. When it’s finished, you will have the option to set the author name of the posts if you like:
Next, you’re going to want to install a plugin to manage the redirection that will need to take place on your Blogger blog. Go to Plugins > Add New and search for “Blogger to WordPress” in the search box. It should look like the one below. Choose Install Now.
Now click the Edit HTML button:
Your Blogger site should now be properly redirecting to your new WordPress site! If you have any issues with the plugin, please visit the developer’s own page for help here.
I hope that helped!
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