How I Converted from Blogger to WordPress

How I Converted from Blogger to WordPress

About two weeks ago I decided to take the plunge and move Technically Easy to WordPress. At the time this blog was hosted on Blogger, and I wanted more control over all aspects of my blog.

As I began to learn WordPress, and thought about all that I needed to do I was overwhelmed. I had never attempted moving a Blogger blog to WordPress before so I had no idea what I was in for. Today, however, I realized that it wasn’t complicated or difficult, and can now say Technically Easy is a WordPress blog. This post talks about how I did it.

The Requirements

Blogging Platforms

Before I began to move my blog to WordPress I had a few requirements that I wanted to achieve before and after the conversion. These requirements included the following:

  1. A well-known and good web host to host Technically Easy. I didn’t want to have to worry about disk space and transfers limits per month.
  2. Support for problems that may occur. While I didn’t have any problems during the conversion, I wanted to have security knowing that I had some support in case of a problem.
  3. Creating a development blog for testing. Similar to what I had created for Blogger, I wanted a WordPress blog that I can develop and test out my new WordPress blog before going live.
  4. The links in search engine results pointing to the new WordPress blog. Most of the traffic to Technically Easy arrives from the search engines, so it was important to ensure the links from the results pages still worked.

As you can see I didn’t have a long list of requirements, but I wanted to ensure that each requirement was satisified before moving completely to WordPress. The next section will outline how each of the above requirements was met.

The Conversion Process

I was anxious and nervous about converting to WordPress, but I realized that eventually I was going to do it. I figured it would be better to convert now than later because I have less posts and comments than I would have later. In the end, however, I realized that the number of posts or comments didn’t affect the conversion.

The first thing I wanted to do was find a good host. I heard about Turnip’s (Turnip of Power) offer where he was offering a T-shirt, 2000 Entrecard credits, and support if you signed up with Bluehost using the link from his blog. On top of that, he would offer his assistance in getting your blog up and running.

What a sweet deal. I get a host and support all in one shot, which satisfied my first two requirements. I made the decision to only use his assistance when I required it. In the end I didn’t need it, but it was nice to know help was there if I did need it. After signing up, I installed WordPress easily on my host. I also wanted a second install of WordPress somewhere else for a development and testing blog.

I wrote a post in the Website Babble Forums where I posted a few questions. Lisa, the website-savy administrator, provided a link to her blog where she outlined the process of installing WordPress on your local machine. The instructions were easy to follow, and I quickly had a development blog up and running on my desktop computer.

Now with the first three requirements met, I began to learn WordPress, and experiment on my local desktop with templates, changes, and plugins. I also imported my Blogger posts and comments to get an idea of what was involved in that process.

During the developement, I allowed visitors to view my WordPress blog. I pointed technicallyeasy.net to the WordPress blog, while www.technicallyeasy.net continued to point to my Blogger blog. This allowed my to manage both blogs in parallel. Eventually I needed to merge the two into one.

When I did merge them, I needed to make sure visitors could still get to my blog from the search engines. Blogger post permalinks are different than WordPress permalinks in that Blogger truncates and drops words from their links. I didn’t want to manually update each post’s permalink, so I needed another solution, which I found.

When I performed a search I came across a blog that had two posts I found very useful:

  1. Maintain permalinks moving from Blogger to WordPress. This post provides a plugin that will convert the permalinks for your imported Blogger posts to match the original Blogger permalink. This plugin worked like a charm for me.
  2. Importing Haloscan comments into WordPress 2.3 from Blogger. I had used Haloscan previously with Blogger, but discontinued using it only recently. I had exported my comments to an XML file, but couldn’t import them into Blogger. The plugin provided here allowed me to import my Haloscan comments into WordPress. It didn’t import all comments, but it did get most of them. Most is better than none.

Once the above plugins were used, I had not only satisfied my last requirement, but also imported my comments that I figured I’d never display on my blog again. Now that my blog was setup it was time to go live.

I pointed www.technicallyeasy.net from Blogger to technicallyeasy.net. After a few hours, I checked www.technicallyeasy.net and noticed it was now successfully pointing to technicallyeasy.net and all was good.

As a final test, I opened Google and searched for links to Technically Easy and tried them out. They linked to the correct pages on my WordPress blog, and since then I haven’t missed a beat with traffic. Google is still my largest provider of traffic.

Conversion Experience

As I thought about what I had done in the past two weeks, I realized that it wasn’t in anyway difficult to do. Being able to find the right help at the right time was very beneficial. I also found that having a domain name originally pointing to my Blogger blog made things much easier when it came to keeping my links working in the search engines.

I am happy on wordPress, and look forward to seeing what I can do. I will not forget about continuing to write posts relating to Blogger, but now I’ll just include WordPress.

Have Your Say

  • Have you recently converted from Blogger to WordPress? What was your experience?

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26 Responses to “How I Converted from Blogger to WordPress”

  1. Elly Camron says:

    This Content is very informative for me. Thank You!!

  2. Thank you Paul… just one more question.. I dont see followers widget on WP like Blogger… why?? are there no widgets?

    • Paul says:

      The Blogger followers widget uses Google’s Friend Connect. There may be a plugin that also does the same thing. Searching the available WP plugins for “Friend Connect” may yield a plugin.

  3. Hello there.. I am seriously thinking of converting my blog to wordpress.. However dont really understand what the benefits are… Please help!! Any comments or suggestions??

    • Paul says:

      There are several benefits:

      1. You have total control over every aspect of your blog. It also provides more flexibility, such as separate pages for each type (static, home and post), so you can customize your blog further.

      2. Thousands of plugins to enhance your blog. Too many to name here, but there are some for SEO, forms, and security.

      3. Large support base in case you have issues. You can find help on just about any topic for WordPress.

  4. Joel says:

    Great article. I’ve been thinking of switching my Web Traffic Blogger blog to WordPress for some time now. Just feared the difficulty of doing so amongst other things. Nice article though and very helpful. Thank you.

  5. Paul says:

    Hey Paul…I’ve been thinking about doing the exact same thing for my garden blogger blog. But I can’t seem to jump into the cold water! BTW I am dying to know where you got this great great template.
    Paul

    • Paul says:

      I had the same thoughts about switching also, but it really wasn’t that difficult. I don’t regret the move, and I still have blogger blogs where I am still writing posts.

      I don’t think it is a great template, but I did create it myself. It is simple – just the way I like it.

  6. Debra says:

    First congrats to you. Hope you become even more successfull and glad your transition worked out for you.
    God Luck,
    Debbie
    lildlege1@yahoo.com

  7. tony serve says:

    Thanks for your post. I came across your blog while looking for help to post simultaneously to wordpress and google blogger.

    I started with WordPress after checking reviews on Wired and now use it as a teaching tool and media platform fopr my students at Notre Dame University in Fremantle Australia – I’ll let you know when we go live. WordPress is ideal for media rich material and for just $20 a year, several Gig is awesome.

    Are you able to help with posting to 2 blogs at once.

    Thanks in anticipation, and for thinking of others as you discover useful things 🙂

  8. R.Annad says:

    Thanks for the info … this s my web page –> http://www.charmingactresses.blogspot.com

  9. arun says:

    nice post!!!!

  10. Paul says:

    @Arpan: If you do decide to move and need some assistance, just let me know.

  11. Arpan says:

    Thanks for your info… I bookmark this, I think sometime I will switch my blog to wordpress too.

  12. TechConsumer says:

    Congrats on the move. I’m sure you’ll love wordpress as much as most of its users do.

  13. husna says:

    ok i will tray it

  14. Melbel says:

    I recently went from Blogger to Drupal and am hosting it myself. I’ve no problems so far with the hosting and I’m very happy. However, I haven’t found a way to input a comments form with the
    “Name (required)
    Email (required)
    Website
    Comments”
    type of form that you have. I would also love to have commentluv on there. I see other Drupal users with that type of stuff, but to be honest… I’m lost!

  15. washwords says:

    great post! wish you had made the switch before me – I could have used this guide! cheers – washy

  16. dai says:

    This sounds like a great experiences…

    Wow!

    I am inspired!

    Thanks for sharing.

  17. Lady Rose says:

    I think the posts can be exported from a free wordpress blog. I’ve never had the nevre to try it though.

  18. Paul says:

    @Turnip: Thanks. I may not have used your services, but I did use your list of plugins. I am enjoying WordPress as I am able to use my development and database background. I haven’t done much yet as I’m still transitioning a few things over, but I will get into the coding aspect.

  19. Turnip says:

    Great Post! I’m glad the transition went well. I’ll point the blogger people here to answer all their questions in advance. Are you enjoying WordPress as much as you expected?

  20. Paul says:

    @Lady Rose: Can your export your posts and comments from the free WordPress blog? I know for a hosted WordPress blog you can export to an XML file, and then import that XML file into WordPress. As for redirecting, it was easy for me because I had used a domain name with Blogger. All I had to do was point that domain to my new host, and the links would automatically be redirected.

    @Lisa: Thanks. The green comes with the template I chose. I specifically chose the template because of the green as I wanted to keep the similar colous as my Blogger blog.

    @Sudo Aptitude: I haven’t seen any problems with the redirect, although I can’t say for sure that someone hasn’t experienced any problems. My redirect happens at my registrar where I just pointed the www subdomain to my actual domain.

  21. I moved to wordpress from blogger around the same time as you.

    WordPress is a lot better, I wish I started off on it.

    Also I heard somewhere that dreamhost was actually a very bad host, I can’t recall exactly what was happening, but a lot of people complained about speed (could have been connection speed, or the speed PHP runs, not sure)

    Also,I did the same thing as you, I pointed sudoaptitude.com to the wordpress blog and http://www.sudoaptitude.com to the blogger.

    However, when I finally pointed http://www.sudoaptitude.com to sudoaptitude.com I noticed that every so often it wont redirect and will just show server not found, did you have this problem? if so did you find a fix?

  22. Lisa Irby says:

    Wow that was fast and your blog looks great! The deep green is very sooothing. Glad it went smoothly for you. I bet you’re just loving those plugins! 🙂

  23. Lady Rose says:

    Sounds like it all went smoothly – wish I understood plugins and such enough to take the leap of faith and try it that way.

    I’m happy with my hosting service – it’s been very reliable with dietpulpit and I can have a second blog added at no extra cost.

    I’m in the process of manually moving a free wordpress blog to a a dot com wordpress blog – manually each and every post (for the second time – previously did it for dietpulpit and that was only about 6 months old) – this blog is over 2 years old and posted daily TONS AND TONS to move.

    Already moved over over 100 pages and about 200 posts – 100s of post to go. And I can’t even imagine ever trying to move comments one at a time (so will lose those unfortunately). Each post is manually linked to other links. I estimate about two months or more before all posts are moved.

    I have no clue how to point or redirect search engines. Just hoping that folks will change their bookmarks and blogrolls and will leave a last post on the old location with a link to the new location. (And change url’s as much as possible like with blog catalog, mybloglog, entrecard, technorati, etc.)

    I’m going to check out the link you have for installing wordpress on your local machine, sounds it will be very helpful.

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