Blogger to WordPress Migration

Blogger to WordPress Migration

The Blogger to WordPress migration is complete. While moving things over, I got a few questions from readers on the move and decided that a post detailing it should be beneficial to everyone.

First things first – should you move your blog to WordPress? I listed a few points that can be found in this post on why I decided to move. For you, if those conditions do not bother you, and the blog is simply an outlet for your ideas, Blogger will be just fine. But if you want to grow your blog into a business and do more than just write articles, taking full control and make something more of it, moving to WordPress is a no-brainer. I still do not know where my own blog is headed, but for now, I have decided to move to WP and theres no looking back.

Right, considering you have decided to move to WP, here is the list of things to do when moving things over; incl. some tips to consider.

  1. You will need someone to host your site. A search for “WordPress Hosting” will give you hundreds of options. I got a few recommendations ranging from BlueHost, HostGator, DreamHost, LiquidWeb, FatCow, GoDaddy etc. There are pros and cons to each and each provider has different price points depending on the service. I ended up picking GoDaddy because my domain name registration is with them and they had an offer of $1/month incl. one free domain for the first year, which was very agreeable for me.
  2. Redirect your nameservers. Your domain name registration (if you had your own domain pointing to Blogger) should be moved from Blogger to the new site. Get your WP provider’s IP address details and set it up. These IP addresses are hidden in a maze unless you are familiar with the system and the menu structures – so I just started a chat session with GoDaddy and the agent helped me get the address and set it for me in less than 5 mins. Alternatively, you could look up the GoDaddy help system for a quick lookup if you cant find it quickly.
  3. At this point you have to wait until the nameservers are forwarded to the right server. They say that it takes anywhere between 1-24 hrs. But normally takes 1 hr. Just type in your website’s address in the web browser and make sure that it doesnt take you to your Blogger site. If it does, wait until it doesnt.
  4. Once the nameservers are updated – depending on your provider, you might have to install WordPress. But some providers – incl. GoDaddy, came ready and pre-installed, so I didnt have to install it myself.
  5. For the sake of safety, backup your Blogger blog. Go to Settings > Other. Click on Export Blog at the top of the page and Download Blog when prompted – store it in case of hiccups and emergencies.
  6. Switch your Blogger default domain. This step is important and skipped by a lot of tutorials out there, which results in lots of issues. This is only applicable if you had your own domain. In Blogger, go to Settings > Basic. Delete your domain name so that the blog address now only has an address such as YourBlogName.blogspot.com. To confirm, enter your domain name in the browser and it should go to your new host site and yourblogname.blogspot.com should take you to your old blogger site.
  7. Now you start the main part of importing your blog from Blogger to WordPress. There are plenty of tutorials out there that describe the process in detail, so I wont repeat them here. I used the following tutorial and it worked like a charm.
  8. A couple of problems I did notice while transitioning was that the Pages do not get transferred to WP. So, I had to move those manually. Also, I decided to add all my posts to various categories – which took up a couple of hours of my day. This may vary depending on how many posts you already have published.
  9. Next step is to select your theme and customize it. There are literally hundreds if not thousands of themes in WP – so, picking was hard. Eventually, I settled on Kirumo – something that was clean and simple, although I was very tempted to go with the default Twenty Fourteen, but I just felt that it didnt suit my blog well.
  10. Now that the basic site is setup, the rest of the work is optional. There are various plugins that I installed (in addition to the ones described in the link above) that I felt were needed.  Heres a list, FYI.
    • Fast Secure Contact Form – to add a contact form on the blog
    • Gravatar – to show gravatar icons on comments
    • ShareThis – for social media sharing (there are a lot of other very good options available, but I’ve always like the style from ShareThis, so I picked this option)
    • Simple Follow Me Social Buttons – for Follow Me buttons
    • Google Publisher plugin – for Google Webmaster Tools and Google AdSense. There are some other third party plugins for AdSense, but I wasnt sure I trusted them, so went with the official Google plugin for WordPress.
    • Quick Page/Post Redirect plugin – I decided to change the name of my page from Holdings to Portfolio, but the link to Holdings has been used all over the web on syndicated content. In order to redirect it to the new page, I added this plugin to send the traffic to the right page.

Thats all folks! That took up almost a whole day to get the site moved and configured. There are still a few minor issues that need some tweaking, but for the most part, the site is fully functional. Hope this post helps you in your move from Blogger to WordPress. Feel free to send me any questions or comments you may have.

Best wishes

R2R

14 thoughts on “Blogger to WordPress Migration

    • Roadmap2Retire says:

      Hi AZ,
      Yes, I wanted to keep it simple. Dont think I need all that on my hands right now. If I hit limitations and feel the need in the future, I will re-evaluate. Thanks for the feedback. I am still getting used to the new look.

      R2R

  1. Thanks for the thorough walk-through R2R…Will definitely bookmark this for when I’m ready for the migration myself. At this moment, I haven’t made any money from my blog yet so it is just a hobby and not yet a side business. But I do aspire to make money from my blog eventually so this will come in handy when I reach that point.

    By the way, thanks for your continued support and link to my collection of stock analyses. 🙂

    Best Wishes on your transition and beyond! AFFJ

    • Roadmap2Retire says:

      I was hoping that it would be helpful for bloggers like you who are considering moving. Let me know if you have any questions.

      You are welcome on the stock analyses collection. I wasnt able to keep up with mine – so its good that you have it and I can just link to your page on my weekly updates.

      regards
      R2R

  2. Loving the new look. Took me a while to settle on my current blog theme as well. Having used Blogger for like 4 years for different blog projects and than switching to WordPress for the last 5 or 6 years, I can say that WordPress is definitely a better platform than Blogger.

    • Roadmap2Retire says:

      Thanks Tawcan. Looks like you have a long experience both with Blogger and WordPress…its just been a couple of days and Im already loving it.

      Hope you had a great wknd
      R2R

  3. Hey I noticed that I may have to add you back to the feed so that I can get updates on your new posts. I also want to make the switch and start handling my blog at godaddy.com. I was wondering how long did it take you to complete the migration? Is it something I would have to take the weekend off from work in order to work on? I understand godaddy.com is offering a $1/month for the first 12 months promotion so I am going to look more into the details of switching over. Since my blog is only a few months old, I don’t have much content to migrate. Thanks for the useful information and good luck!

    • Roadmap2Retire says:

      Hey Brian,
      If you have decided to move to WP, the sooner you do, the better. Thanks for letting me know about the glitch in the feed. Im not sure why and will have to look into it.
      The whole process took me a day – started Friday afternoon and had things moved over by Saturday evening.

      Let me know if you have any questions
      R2R

  4. R2R
    Great choice! I like wordpress as well! One of the funnest things about starting with wordpress is choosing the themes for your site. Not to mention it is easy to find tips and tricks on how to navigate through wordpress.

    Take care
    Ace

    • Roadmap2Retire says:

      Thanks for stopping by and the comment, DD. Im really liking it and there are so many plugins to play with – something akin to apps on smartphones.

      R2R

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