If you’re thinking of moving Blogger to WordPress, this guide will lay out the least dangerous path.
Blogger is an excellent free blogging platform hosted by Google that has plenty of features for beginners but is soon outgrown by people looking for more options.
NOTE: If you want to redirect traffic, and page rank from Blogger to a new self-hosted WordPress site (step 10), it can be done but be prepared for some technical challenges. Beginners have been warned!
Moving Blogger to WordPress
This will show you how to move your Blogger website to self-hosted WordPress.
1. Purchase a domain.
More on choosing the right domain here.
2. Get the right hosting.
I recommend Hostgator. (if you click this and purchase their awesome hosting I get a commission 🙂
3. Install WordPress.
4. Secure WordPress.
The best time to lockdown your WordPress site is when you first install it.
5. Set your permalinks.
Permalinks determine the URL that shows up in your browser when you click on a post or page. Read more about permalinks here.
6. Get a theme you’re happy with.
7. Import Blogger.
Login to your new WordPress site and navigate to Tools >> Import.
WordPress will ask you to install the Blogger import plugin. Accept and allow it to run the importer.
Click the Authorize button and login to the Google account that hosts your Blogger site.
Google will ask you to allow WordPress access to your Blogger account. Click the Grant Access button.
Choose your Blogger account and the WordPress importer will copy your posts across to your new site.
8. Let your visitors know you’ve moved.
On your Blogger account, publish a post that lets people know that you have moved to a new URL. Be sure to create a link with a friendly invitation to join you at your new WordPress website!
9. Update your RSS Feed.
Go to Blogger >> Settings >> Site Feed and enter your WordPress RSS feed here and it will be automatically redirected. If you’re already using Feedburner, login to your account, find your feed, click on Edit Feed Details and change the source of your feed to “http://yourwebaddress.com/feed/”. Learn more about RSS here.
10. Redirect Blogger to WordPress
This step is quite technical but it does allow you to redirect traffic from previous Blogger posts to the same ones on WordPress. It also retains some of the previous page rank you may have built up.
Some useful tools:
- Blogger To WordPress – Makes the process of redirecting traffic from Blogger to WordPress easier.
My aim is to make things as simple as possible. Unfortunately there is no easy way to make this redirection work without some tech sweat!
If you know of a better way to make this last step happen please let us know in the comments!