When I first started off blogging I used Blogger to pen my first post, why? Well because it was free and easy. Overtime I outgrew it, I learnt how to code and there was only so much I could achieve with my design on that platform. I learnt about SEO with the help of SEO Companies in Connecticut, and again there was only so much Blogger could offer me for that too. So after around a year I decided to make the jump to WordPress as I could change up my design in new ways, control every aspect of the SEO for my posts and it was just a natural progression.
I bought a template and did the transfer myself, which was fairly straight forward enough and I haven’t looked back since. Recently I have seen a lot of bloggers wanting to make the switch, along with close blogger friends asking me how to do it. As I’m a friendly kinda girl and use any excuse to skive off work I did the transfers for them. To transfer the domains, the blog posts and images, then install and tweak their new designs it took about a solid 1.5 hours each.
So here is a step by step guide, including pictures of everything you need to do.
Find a Host
Unlike bloggers with WordPress you’ll need to find a company to host your WordPress blog, I personally use GoDaddy as that’s who my domain is with and I wanted everything in one place. However, TSO Host is cheaper and very popular (use TEAPARTYWEB for 10% off). For this example we will be using TSO Host. If you’re looking around for a hosting company to get your blog or website live you could look into companies that offer site hosting services like this webbhotell.
– Sign up on their site and choose your package (around £3.00 per month). You’ll then be sent a link to your hosting panel.
– On the panel you will need to enter your domain address (if you’re currently using a blogspot.co.uk address enter the new custom domain you have purchased).
– You will then need to select a platform, the recommended one is Linux, just stick with that.
Adding the Software
You’ll then need to add the WordPress software to your site. To do this:
– Click ‘manage website’ and then scroll to the bottom of the next screen to the ‘Install Applications’ button.
– You’ll then be given a list of applications to install, click the wordpress one.
– The host will then install WordPress to your site and provide you with your new admin URL and logon details for WordPress.
Is Your Domain with a Different Host?
If you have your domain with GoDaddy but your hosting with TSO, for example, then you’ll need to do a few more steps.
– Login to the site where you have your domain
– Find the place where you change the nameservers (above screenshot for GoDaddy), then enter the below in each field (these are only if you’re hosting with TSO Host, check with your host if you are using a different one).
It can take up to 12 hours for your nameservers to update, so keep that in mind. Also, as a precaution log in to your Blogger account and remove the re-direct to custom URL option in the settings.
You’re a WordPresser
Voila, you’re now officially on WordPress… But how do you get all your amazing posts over from Blogger? Well before we do that we want to make sure everything else is set up just tickety boo first.
After you have found your dream theme and installed it, then you need to make some amendments to the basic settings in WordPress. First of all you want to make sure that when you pull your blog posts through from Blogger that WordPress keeps the URLS. WordPress formats post links differently as standard, so we need to change it so they match.
– On the left hand menu in WordPress go to Settings > Permalinks
– Select the ‘Custom Structure’ option & paste the following in to the custom field: /%year%/%monthnum%/%postname%.html/
– You’ll then want to mess around with the other settings, like time zones, language, etc. These can all be found by hovering over the Settings menu and selecting the various options.
Getting Your Posts Over
The moment has come, the big huzzah moment of getting your posts away from Blogger. First up, if you don’t know much about how WordPress operates then most of it’s done by things called Plugins. You can download plugins for practically anything and everything, and this is what we’ll use to bring over your content.
– Find the ‘Plugins’ option in the left hand menu & hover over it, select ‘Add New’.
– Search for the plugin ‘Blogger Importer Extended’, install it and then click ‘Activate’
– Before you run it you want to make sure you have selected the ‘Keep Slugs’ option and de-selected ‘Convert Formatting’
– Now the plugin will drag across all your posts, comments and images. However it won’t import any Google+ comments, labels or pages – these will have to be done manually. If you used Disqus for your comments on Blogger you can install the Disqus plugin.
Once the plugin has brought everything over you’re more or less done. You will need to tweak the settings of your theme, make new pages and check your posts.
Check Your Posts
Yup there is some manual checking involved, unfortunately there’s not a plugin for that yet. You may have formatted some images and text in Blogger that the unchecking of ‘Convert Formatting’ didn’t quite remove and WordPress will pull that through, so we’re gonna have to fix them.
You can either fix these through the edit post option or when viewing them on your actual blog there is a wordpress menu at the top where there’s an edit option.
You’ll need to make sure the text is correct, that the image is the max size that your theme allows, is aligned correctly and that a featured image is set.
It all sounds like a lot but you’ll soon get used to where everything is, just have a mess around on the different pages and features. You’ll also want to download the basic plugins and some snazzy ones too, but this post is hella long already so I will do another post on those in the next few days.
I hope you’ve found this helpful, and if you do decide to make the move to WordPress (I highly recommend it) feel free to tweet me any questions you have.
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