Do you want to migrate your blog from Blogger to WordPress?
Blogger is a very good free blogging platform developed by Google. This allows you to start a blog or website at ZERO cost. If you want to learn blogging or are in the learning stage, then Blogger is a great choice.
But when you get a little bit of experience about blogging and you are serious about it, then you should move your blog from Blogger to WordPress (self-hosted WordPress).
In this article, I will tell you how to migrate your blog from Blogger to WordPress with proper redirection?
Why Move From Blogger to WordPress?
As I said earlier, Blogger is a popular blogging platform created by Google and anyone can create a free blog using their Gmail account. But when you start your blog on the Blogger platform, you do not get full control on it. If you violate their term & condition, Google can Suspend your blog or website. In addition, there is a lot of limitations (huge lacking of themes and features).
While unlike Blogger, WordPress.org is also a very popular Content Management System and you get full control over your blog. It has a huge library of Theme and Plugin. Themes provide Design to your blog and the plugin works like an app.
Here are the Pros and Cons of WordPress.org
- You do not need coding knowledge when creating a website. Simply click on WordPress software then enter information about your website and click the install button. Your website is ready.
- You have full control on your blog.
- When your website grows, you can add more features.
- There are thousands of free and premium themes available that make your website beautiful and professional.
- There are over 45,000 free plugins available in WordPress.org, which help add extra features to your site.
- If there is an error in your blog, then you can easily fix it with the help of a plugin. Apart from this, a lot of tutorials are available on the internet.
- It is more popular, hackers target it more. So you have to pay attention to security.
What do You Need to Create a Blog on WordPress
You will need the following two things to create a website on WordPress.
- Domain name – This is the name of your website, User will enter your domain name in browsers to visit your site (like JustBrightMe.com).
- Web Hosting – Need to host all the websites on the internet, which requires hosting. All your files are stored here.
I recommend Bluehost for hosting. It is one of the world’s largest hosting companies and is also officially recommended by WordPress. Furthermore Here is a guide – 5 Best and cheapest web hosting services.
How to Move Your Blog From Blogger to WordPress?
Migrating from Blogger to WordPress is not a difficult task. You can easily transfer your Blogger Blog to WordPress by following this article. If you have not yet created your blog on WordPress, Here is a guide – How to Create a Blog on WordPress Complete Guides
Step1: Export Blogger Blog
To export your Blogger blog, first, log in to Blogger.com. Then click on Settings >> Other. Now click on the Backup Content option in the Import & Backup section.
A popup box will open. Just click on the Save to your computer button.
Step 2: Import File from Blogger to WordPress
After downloading the export file, you will have to import this file into your WordPress blog.
Login to WordPress Blog Then click on Tool >> Import option. Here, click on Install Now that appears below the Blogger option. Then click Run Importer.
In the next step, select the file that you downloaded from the Blogger blog in the first step. After selecting the file, click the Upload file and import button.
After the file is imported, it will ask you whether you want to create a new user for the post or import the content along with the existing user. It depends on you what you want to do.
Congratulation! All your content has migrated to WordPress. But there is still some setup like Permalink structure and redirection.
First of all, we will set up the permalink structure. It is the URL of the page and post in your blog.
Blogger uses Month and name for permalinks and it looks something like this:
So when you migrate your blog from Blogger to WordPress, it is very important to keep the same URL. But do not worry, in the WordPress permalink section you can also choose the Blogger URL formate and it is very important.
Just click on Settings >> Permalinks and select Month and name format. As you can see in the screenshot below.
After saving, select Custom structure again and add .html to the last of your custom structure URL.
This URL format looks like Blogger and it is very important for proper redirection. It will be like this,
Step 4: Redirecting Blogger Posts
After migrating blogs to WordPress, you have to set up a redirection. So that visitors of your Blogger blog can be redirected to WordPress. This helps in maintaining your site ranking.
Go to your WordPress dashboard Then click Plugins >> Add New and install the Blogger To WordPress plugin. After activating the plugin, click Tools >> Blogger to WordPress Redirection.
In the next screen, click on the Start Configuration button.
Now you have to click on Get Code. This will give some code that you will need to paste in the Blogger blog.
Now go to the dashboard of your blogger blog and click on the theme. Here you will find an option right below – Revert to classic templates. Just click on it.
Now Blogger’s HTML code editor will open. In this, you will see some code, delete them and paste the generated code by Blogger To WordPress plugin. After adding the code, click on save template.
Now your Blogger blog has been redirected to WordPress with 301 redirect. Now when someone visits a blogger post, it will be redirected to WordPress with the same post.
To check this, go to your WordPress site again and click Tools >> Blogger to WordPress Redirection. Then click Verify Configuration. If your site redirects properly from Blogspot to WordPress, then it is okay, otherwise, repeat the process again.
Step 5: Redirecting Blogger Feed
Visitors who subscribe to the feed of your Blogger blog, to keep them updated with their new posts, you also need to redirect your Blogger feed.
First, log in to Blogger. Then click on Settings >> Other. Here you will see an option – Feed Redirect URL, in it enter your WordPress feed URL.
After entering the feed URL of your WordPress site, click on save settings.
I hope this post will help you move your blog from Blogger to WordPress. We’re done, and it’s now your turn! Find this article helpful? Don’t forget to share!