I hope you’ll agree with me when I say:
Blogger is a great free tool for those just getting started online.
But If you want to give effort to your website seriously, then I will advise you that you are going to a platform which has too many limitations. If you want to establish a brand site, then go with WordPress. It has extensive facilities to make a perfect site for your business or any personal sites.
You started blogger now you are planning for WordPress. How can you move your Blogger content to WordPress without losing anything that you create thus far? That’s why we created six steps guide for you. Read below to know how you can move from blogger to your self-hosted WordPress site.
I will agree with you when you say it is a great tool for the newbie and it is one shared platform for the startup. But if you are trying to reach more online presence then you need more control on your website at a certain period of success time. The most common lacking in Blogger is customization options. Whenever you get success to get profit from your blog, but you have the risk of the third party being a control on your site.
I will not suggest blogger if you want to turn your blog or website to a full-time business. You need more customizations to grab more attention of your audiences along with your content. Self-Hosted WordPress gives your more control and customizations.
If you are worried your blogger blog content, then you should take them to your new WordPress site. We show you how in steps below:
Transferring from Blogger to WordPress
When you are moving your content probably, you don’t want to lose any hard earned traffic. Below steps will help to solve your unusual headache.
Step 1: Get a New Web Hosting
Before transferring you’ll need to purchase a domain and web hosting space. So, before moving forward get prepared with this setup. After setting up your web hosting and domain, you need to install WordPress on your domain name. Don’t worry you can install WordPress within minutes.
Step 2: Export Your Blogger Site
The first step before import you need to export it from the Blogger. To do it, go to blogger.com and log in with your info. After login, it will redirect you to the Blogger dashboard and navigate to Settings>Other. On this page click on the Back Up Content button under the Import & Back Up section. Save the file in your computer location. The file will save as a .xml format.
Step 3: Import .xml file via WordPress
Now, we are going to log in our brand new self-hosted WordPress site and import all of the Blogger data you just downloaded in your computer. After logging into your WordPress dashboard navigate to Tools>Import.
You’ll notice one of the options is Blogger. Click on the install now to activate the feature because you didn’t use it before in your new site.
When the feature installed, you can see Activate Plugin & Run Importer. Now you have to upload your .xml file from Step 2. After this finishes running through, you’ll need to assign an author to all of the imported posts.
Step 4: Setting the permalinks
Now you need setting your post permalinks. Because you imported your file from Blogger to WordPress, we want your URL structure to mimic that as closely as possible. To do this, you need to navigate Settings>Permalinks. Select the permalinks box that says Month and name. The closest mimic URL structure for you Blogger posts.
Step 5: Redirect From Blogger to WordPress
Now, we need to redirect our blogger posts to new WordPress site or blog. We need to do this per-post basis and site level. These will ensure you that visitors of blogger blog are redirecting correctly to your WordPress site. We recommend Blogger 301 Redirect plugin to handle your blogger posts. You need to install and activate it and follow the instruction for redirection.
At last, we are going to redirect your RSS feed to your new WordPress feed. To do this, navigate to Settings>Other within your Blogger dashboard. Click on Add next to the Post Feed Redirect URL section. Now, add the URL of your current WordPress feed.
Step 6: Import Images
When we import, sometimes, every image not gets transferred to the new site. To solve this issue, you need to find out the original images. Once you’ve downloaded the original images, navigate to Media>Add New within your WordPress dashboard. Drag and drop pictures that you got left while importing, and find out your relevant post to add them.
Migrating from Blogger to WordPress isn’t difficult, but it does take time. Once you’ve done the following steps, you should check all the pages and posts one by one to solve if any issues arise. If you complete the steps properly your new WordPress site is ready. Great work!