WordPress and Blogger (Blogspot) are two of the most popular and best established platforms today. There are so many great platforms available and it is amazing to see all the people taking up blogging, starting sites of their own, sharing their knowledge and their skills with the world, building audiences and making friends, and even making money and building careers from their online projects.
Sometimes the time is right for a move from a platform to another. It may be because you have outgrown the existing platform, it may be because you have a need for a change that your existing platform doesn’t allow you to do, or you may just need a fresh place to work with. Whatever reason it is bloggers are lucky that many of the platforms are flexible and allow the content archive to be backed up, exported and imported into another system. Same is the case with Blogger and WordPress.
Read on for more details on the WordPress platform and for the step-by-step guide on how to transfer your existing Blogger site to WordPress.
WordPress – biggest platform
WordPress is the most popular blogging software. Over 50 million people have chosen it to power their sites and use it to create a wide range of beautiful and professional sites. Majority of the biggest sites run on this platform. There are two different versions of the software and that may cause some confusion with people entering the world of WordPress: .com version and .org version. See the full details on the differences between the two versions here. I recommend the .org version as that is the self-hosted version of the software, the one where you own and control everything about your site.
WordPress.org is free and it is built by hundreds of community volunteers as an open source software. It features thousands of free plugins and design themes to help you make you differentiate your site and make it stand out from the crowd. Its flexibility is great, and so are the customisation opportunities, which allow you to create a unique website with your distinct look and feel. All this is possible without needing to know much about design or without needing to hire professional design help.
In terms of bloggers wanting to make the move from Blogger to WordPress there is good news as the community is ready to welcome the Google Blogspot bloggers to their platform. A free tool has been developed to import posts and comments from your existing Blogger account into your new site. Just another sign of the great community of developers behind the open source platform. “Blogger Importer” plugin has been used by more than 100,000 of bloggers already to transfer their sites. The process of moving a site is not too difficult, keep reading for the full step-by-step process.
Moving your site from Blogger to WordPress – Step-By-Step Guide
It is simple to move your Blogger site to WordPress. Here is the quick process in easy steps:
First you must install your new site to which you will move your Blogger content. For the simplest possible install, I recommend using Bluehost as you simply click on a button to install WordPress plus get domain and hosting for cheap.
It literally takes 5 minutes to have it up and running, no tech knowledge needed. Watch my video for step-by-step guide below.
Now that you have your new site ready and installed, it is the time to transfer your existing content to it. Follow this process to import your Google Blogspot posts and comments into your new page:
- In your new Admin area go into Tools – Import in the left hand sidebar.
- Click “Blogger” and on the pop-up window click “Install Now”.
- Now click “Authorise” to tell Blogger to let your new site access your account.
- This will transfer you to a Google Account page. Click on “Grant Access”.
- You will see all the posts and comments on your Blogger. Click “Import”.
- Assign the imported posts to your author name on your new site.
That’s it. As said the process if pretty simple. Your Blogspot Blogger posts and comments are on your new site now and you are ready to grow your new page. Welcome to the world and the community of WordPress and happy blogging!