MOVING FROM BLOGGER TO WORDPRESS: COMPREHENSIVE SITE MIGRATION GUIDE

Blogger is a simple blogging platform where people create and publish blog posts. It is much like WordPress when it was first launched in 2003. It is simple and easy to use, and perfectly suitable for people who are simply interested in publishing articles. However, if you wish to scale up your business, blogger may not be able to support it. In such a scenario it makes sense to migrate website to WordPress. This article will take you through the migration process.

Why WordPress

It is a complete content management system on which a fully functional website can be built. It is equally popular with the website owners and users. In fact, it has grown exponentially in the last decade to capture a substantial share of the CMS market. There are several factors that have made WordPress the first choice for website developers. It’s an open source web designing platform that offers a lot of flexibility and also ensures maximum security. With thousands of free and premium themes and plugins on offer, you can customize your website to your liking and add whatever functionality you want with help of innumerable plugins. Also, its in-built SEO friendly features help you get better search engine rankings.

As it is an open source, hundreds and thousands of people around the world are working towards developing new themes and plugins to improve its functionality and make it more versatile. There are many support groups as well, that are ready to help you out in case you run into some trouble.

Blogger to WordPress Migration

Before stating the migration process, you have to first register a new domain name and select a hosting service provider to get a hosting account, and then proceed to install WordPress.

Install WordPress

Installing WordPress is a simple process with most web hosts offering one click installation through the cpanel.

First click on the install tab and select your protocol. Then select the domain from the drop down list. Add your site name and description in site settings. Now, enter the admin username in the admin account area. Though a username and password are automatically created, you can always choose to create them on your own. Provide an email address where you would like to get the notifications. Select the installation language and click on the install button and you’re done. If you are not comfortable doing it yourself, you can always hire WordPress developerto accomplish the task.

Exporting the Content

After you have successfully installed WordPress, the first step to migrate website to WordPress is to export the content from your Blogger site. In the Blogger dashboard click on settings >> other >> back up content. Now click the “save to your computer button” and the XML file will start downloading.

Importing the Content

To import the Blogger content, which you now have as an XML file, into WordPress click on import button under tools in the WordPress dashboard. Click on “install now” under Blogger and then on “run importer” once the installation is complete. Under “choose file” select the XML file that you have just exported, and click the upload file and import button.

All of your Blogger posts, comments and users will be imported to WordPress. In case the XML file is too large and the import has not happened properly, you might have to increase the upload limit. Even after completing the import of your Blogger content, there are certain things that need to be taken care of.

Moving Blogger pages to WordPress

Importing only moves the posts from the Blogger site to the new site, to move other pages you have to do it manually. Log into your Blogger site and click on pages and then hovering over the page title click on the edit link. Now click on the HTML button and copy all the text and paste them on the new WordPress page. One by one copy all the pages.

Permalinks

In simple terms, a permalink is a link to your site’s pages and posts. You should have a short, uncomplicated structure that is SEO friendly. While setting up the permalink structure, you could either use redirects to ensure that all your visitors from the old Blogger site land on the new WordPress site, and all the posts are redirected as well, or you can ignore the redirects and set up short, optimized permalink structure.

After all your content has been moved to the new site, you may have to choose a new theme and then customize your new WordPress site based on the features of your previous Blogger site and your new requirements. There are several plugins to help you do just that. The process explained above will help you fully migrate website to WordPress.

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