WordPress and Blogger (aka Blogspot) are two of the most popular and best established content publishing 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.
Moving your site from Blogger to WordPress
It is simple to move your Blogger site to WordPress. The open-source community of WordPress is ready to welcome the Blogger users 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.
First you must install your new site to which you will move your Blogger content. WordPress needs a domain name and a web server space to work. A domain name is the address people will type to access your site, and the hosting server is where you will store your site files making it all accessible to anyone online. For the easiest possible WordPress install, I recommend Bluehost. It is simple to use, offers a free domain name, an affordable hosting account with unlimited space and is officially recommended by WordPress. Click on the image below to get the process started:
For full details on installing WordPress take a look at this.
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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 Blogger posts and comments into your new page:
- In your new WordPress 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.
- Activate “Blogger To WordPress” plugin to redirect your Blogger blog visitors automatically to your new WordPress
That’s it. As said the process if pretty simple. Your Blogger posts and comments are on your new site now and you are ready to grow your new site. The admin dashboard is where all the day-to-day magic happens. There is a medium sized learning curve to get used to mostly because of much more options but it is quiet simple to use. Explore the admin area and the opportunities and possibilities with your new site. This is a list of things I do in order to launch a new site in style.
Create your first post by going into “Posts” in your WordPress left-side navigation and clicking on “Add New”. Create your post, go through this checklist before publishing to make sure it is valuable to your audience. Now make a promise to show up again tomorrow. Commit to post new content on a regular schedule. Also work on improving your design, add extra features by activating one of the plugins and attract new visitors. Put in the effort and you will see the results.
Welcome to the world and the community of WordPress and happy blogging.
WordPress gives you complete control and personalization
WordPress is the most popular content publishing platform. Over 60 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. Definitely a good choice if you’re considering to move from Blogger. For the full comparison between the two see here.