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How to Migrate from Blogger to WordPress – Simple Steps to Follow
|How to Migrate from Blogger to WordPress – Simple Steps to Follow by admin: 5:04 am On March 12, 2018|
For the past 24 Hours, I have been busy moving my blog from blogger to WordPress platform and I must confess it was not as easy as I thought especially when reading most of how to transfer your blogger to WordPress articles online because most of them don't work for me.
I have come to know that moving a blog from Google's blogger to WordPress< is not just about importing and exporting but you will as well think about retaining your current rankings so that you don't lose all your traffic all in the name of migrating to WordPress from Blogger.
The good news is that I successfully moved my blog from blogger to self-hosted WordPress platform and am writing this to tell you how I did it and the errors I encountered during the process and how I finally fixed them which will enable you to learn how to move your blog from blogger to WordPress easily.
Why I decided to Move from Blogger to WordPress
Before the step by step guide on how to migrate from Blogger to WordPress, there are few questions I need to answer you and one of them is why do I have to move my blog to WordPress.
I started the blog in question in 2016 using normal blogger domain which looks like, example .blogspot. com and later on I bought my own custom domain and redirected the old blogspot domain to my custom domain.
I was very okay with my blog both the ranking and everything but my major problem is that I can't do many things with blogger and if you want to add certain features you will need to edit the template while in WordPress you can just download, install and active a plugin to do almost anything you want without learning any coding and designing.
And to be serious with my business I needed to migrate to WordPress so that I can move my blog to the next level and that is why I choose to go for something better
Step by Step Guide on how I migrated from Blogger to WordPress
After disconnecting your domain, you need to point your domain to your new hosting account by changing your domain Nameservers.
To change your domain nameservers simply go to your domain name registrar (Where you bought the domain) and login to your account and then to domain settings where you can be able to add your new nameservers.
If you host with [Inmotion hosting all you need is to add the following name servers
Hostname IP Address
Or read DNS and Nameserver Changes to learn more and after that, it might take between 24 to 48 hours for the domain to fully propagate to the new server.
After you might have successfully acquired domain and hosting the next thing is to install WordPress on your server if you don't know how to install WordPress ask your hosting provider to help you install WordPress on your server or read this guide provided by Inmotion hosting Getting Started: How to Install WordPress
Now you have successfully installed WordPress, the next thing to do is to design your blog to look and function the way you wish, there are many good free and paid WordPress template to choose from even if you don't have any web designing skill.
Blogger importer extended will import your blogger content and images while Blogger 301 redirect handles the redirections to make sure you don't lose your traffic and ranking.
Once you click on start you will be linked to your blogger directly or manually select the blogger backup you downloaded in step 5 and select import content, images and pages.
Click import and within few seconds all your blogger post, images and pages will be present in your newly installed WordPress blog.
Now, what next?
Just like I said, moving your blog from blogger to WordPress is not just importing and exporting but about retaining your old visitors and search engine rankings because some links are surely going to break and that is where we need to do some work if you want to retain your search engine rankings.
Remember I mentioned a WordPress plugin that can help you retain your ranking and visitors by redirecting them to the right pages which helps you retain your rankings and traffic.
Before discussing about Blogger 301 redirect plugin, you need to do one more thing, setting your WordPress permalink to match with your blogger, example if you are were using something like
www. example .com/2018/3/your post title/ or something like www.example. blogspot .com/2018/03/your post title/
it simply means that your blogger permalinks are set to include the year and day of the post and you need to set something similar but if you want it to look entirely different then you will need to play a lot with your htaccess to do the required redirections but if you don't want to do any changes then set your WordPress permalink to month and name, though the 301 redirect plugin can do the job for you
Using 301 blogger redirect WordPress plugin
Install and activate the plugin and navigate to settings/301 blogger redirect dashboard and follow the instructions listed on the 301 blogger redirect dashboard to properly redirect all your old blogger post to your new WordPress blog but I will help you a bit to understand the instructions you need to follow.
Redirecting blogger post to WordPress
If you understand all the instructions listed on 301 blogger redirect dashboard then you might not need to read this but if you don't then continue reading.
Method 1: Using New Blogger Template
⇒ Login to your Blogger Dashboard
Change all www. example. com to your new WordPress blog domain name
⇒ Finally click Save Template changes (Click Delete Widgets if asked) > Click Close
Method 2: Using Classic Template
⇒ Login to your Blogger Dashboard
Change all www. example2 .com to your new WordPress blog domain name
⇒ Finally, click Save Template changes
To test your settings
Click on links to see Google indexed pages of your blog.
Finally, find and install a WordPress plugin called redirection to monitor error 404 pages on your website and fix them with the right redirection commands
If you need more help moving your blog from blogger to WordPress, don't hesitate to ask for help
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