I have done a tutorial on this subject before, when I transferred my own blog to WordPress and turned it into a self-hosting machine, but that was in 2011 and since then, WordPress software has greatly improved and the transfer interface is much easier. I used a recent clients, Katie Babs of Babbling Books as a base for this tutorial. I used a ton of screen grabs…because this will be a Picture Based Tutorial on How to Transfer from a Free Blogger account to a Self-Hosted WordPress Account.
I used many blog posts to reference my steps, but the one I found most helpful and in “plain-speak” was MamaBlogga’s tutorial. Check it out here, she did a great job.
Transferring from Blogger to WordPress Made Easy
You have to buy hosting and a domain. I am using GoDaddy as a tutorial, because they are my host of choice. I have a wonderful relationship with this host company, which says a lot. They are always very helpful, so I have found no reason to change. If you liked this tutorial and want to go with GoDaddy hopefully you will consider clicking my affiliate link – it will get you 50% off Hosting for your Website at GoDaddy.com.
I did not do this for affiliate link sales though, so you are more then welcome to go with BlueHost (I DO NOT recommend that Dreamhost company!) or another good hosting company. But, again, GoDaddy is the what I’m using to show you in this tutorial.
Step 1: Go To GoDaddy.com
Step 2: Click on Get website Hosting under the GoDaddy.com logo
Step 3: Choices! I recommend going with the 1 year economy package. Linux is also the better choice and luckily it is the default choice. Just click Add to Cart under the big $2.99
Step 4:Get a Domain! A popup will commence right after you click add to cart. Type in the domain you want and if it is available you score!
Step 5: Oh look! It was added to your cart. Now you have a choice to make. Do you want your domain to be private? I suggest going private, because your address which you use to register will be made public for anyone to look-up if you do not click private.
Step 6: You will now get a Thank you, YOU! Message, click on Get Started that big green button to the right. It will bring you to a prompt page on which domain you want to attach to your hosting.
Step 7: Now you can install WordPress on your server. Just click Install WordPress!
Step 8: You now have to set your username and password, this is what you will use to login each time to your site. Your username will be what appears when you reply to comments and where it says posted by…
Step 10: Now that WordPress is installed, you’ll have to find out how to login. This is always available in GoDaddy, but usually it is yourdomain.com/wp-admin — if you are unsure click on your Hosting Panel, find your account Snapshot and click on Applications. Click actions next to your domain name and click details. This will show you all your information. Guess what?? WordPress is installed, you are ready to transfer.
Let’s Go Get that WordPress Blog Ready!
Step 1: Go to Your WordPress login area (see step 10 of last area)
Step 2: Welcome to WordPress, you’ll get a lot of welcome messages for your new blog, just disregard them for right now. You will have one for WordPress and one for GoDaddy, if you feel the need go through them later.
Step 3: The left side of the page are your navigation links, this is where all the magic happens. Scroll down to the plugin area, new menu buttons will appear. Click Add Plugin.
Step 4: Type in the search box, Blogger Importer. The first one that comes up is the right one, it will be called Blogger Importer. Click Install Now. Once it installs, click activate.
Step 5: Go to Tools > Import > Click on Blogger
Step 6: Authorize. Make sure you are signed into your Blogger Account aka Google and hit Authorize
Step 7: Grant Access. You have to tell Google that Worpdress has the right to import the blog.
Step 8: If you have more then one blog via Blogger you’ll get a list. If just the one, you are in luck, no scrolling! Find the blog you want and click IMPORT next to the name. This imports only posts and comments, it does not import images. I did not have to import images and none of the blogs I’ve transferred have had to import images – but if you really want those images, there are a few plugins for importing them. Two of the tutorials I saw, suggested using SEO Blogger to WordPress Migration which also offers search engine redirects and fixes common “Blogger Importer” errors as it claims. I have not used it, so I can’t testify, but if you do run into some errors, maybe give this one a try.
Step 8: Once the blog is done importing, depending on how many comments you have this could take a few minutes to about an hour, click Set Authors. This is how you tell WordPress who wrote which post. If you have a co-blogger you will have to set up new users for each of them. You would do this under Users > Add New, and then come back to this Set Author area. But, I’m going on the fact that you are a lone-wolf. Katie blogs by herself so it was just giving her login name as the main author of each post.
Step 9: Go Check out Posts > All Posts — look how pretty they look in WordPress!! They should be all there.
Step 10: Permalinks. We have to change the WordPress Permalinks to Match Blogger Permalinks, which is actually easier then it sounds. Go to Settings > Permalinks and you want Custom Structure:
You are ready to transfer your feed
Step 1: Are you using Feedburner? Login to feedburner and change your original feed to your new feed which will be YOURNEWURL.com/feed/
Step 2: If you want to continue to use Feedburner, it’s easy to do. Once you are done, install FD Feedburner Plugin as a plugin and then activate it.
IF YOU DON’T USE FEEDBURNER
Go to Settings > Other > Site Feed — You will see a box that says POST FEED REDIRECT URL — type in YOURURL.com/feed/
Step 3: Tell Blogger it is time to go. Go to Blogger > Settings > Basic +Add a Custom Domain (advanced settings) and add your new yourblog.com. Note Blogger MIGHT give you an error message, stating that your DNS settings are off. Follow the directions Blogger tells you and it will take a few hours to propagate. Most of the time this does not happen though.
Step 4: Now it is time to redirect. I would suggest typing a quick note as a post. We are moving to WordPress — here is the new url.
Step 5: Add a redirect code. Go to Template > Edit HTML
Step 6: Find the tag in your code. It should be right there at the top. It looks really intimidating, but I think Blogger did this on purpose. They don’t like you messing in the code. Click the arrow that is right by the tag. You’ll get a lot more code. Scroll back up to the top.
Step 7: Above thetag add this:
<meta content='0; url=http://YOURNEWURL.com/' http-equiv='refresh'/>
This code will redirect your .blogspot to your new URL. This is a safe way to do things that won’t mess you up with search engines. When Blogger updates you might have to go back and redo this. I’ve had to do it three times.
I think we might be done…!!!
Now it is time to test everything out. Go to your blogpost address and see if it redirects. Put out a testing post on WordPress to see if your feed is burning in the right direction. Make sure to subscribe to your blog in every way you can grab a feed and check all of them out.
It wasn’t that hard was it?? Did you just read through this just to see if you were ready? Well — what are you waiting for, Go to GoDaddy.com!
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