How To Move From Blogger To WordPress: Part 2

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If you have followed my previous post “How To Move From Blogger To WordPress: Part 1”, you are now ready with WXR file. It is the time to move to WordPress.

  • Step 2: Change your DNS settings

Change the DNS setting of your domain from ghs.google.com to the name server of your webhost. It will take sometime (few hours) to update your DNS records. Keep on checking your domain periodically to see the changes.

When DNS settings will get updated you will not able see your Blogger blog anymore by visiting your domain name. Log to your webhost and install WordPress.

  • Step 3: Set Your WordPress Blog

Change URL structure. Import your WXR file. For this go to Tools > Import and select WordPress and browse your WXR file.

Import WXR file

Import WXR file

Done! You have successfully migrated. But, this is not the end. The real game begins now. You have to check all the things once again!!

  • Step 4: Back to Blogger

Go back to your Blogger dashboard. Rename your blog, switch back to a BlogSpot domain, and hide it from search.

Go to layout section. Here switch your template to Classic mode and redirect it to your wordpress blog (see more about redirection).

revert-to-classic-templateYou can even delete your blog from Blogger; still I would suggest you to keep it. Hence, you can go back whenever you feel so.

  • Step5: Customize your WordPress blog

Install some useful plug-in and widgets. Must install XML Sitemap generator plug-in. Generate a sitemap and submit it to Google etc.

You should also add some static pages (like : about, blogroll,contact etc.). This feature is missing with Blogger. You can also join my BlogRoll as well.

I will suggest you to follow these steps carefully. You should try these things first with a test blog. If you don’t want to spend money on purchasing webspace, try some free hosts or ask your friends who have some extra webspace and bandwidth ;)

Please, leave your comments if you face any problem. Happy Blogging with WordPress.

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10 Comments on “How To Move From Blogger To WordPress: Part 2”

  • Gosu
    12 February, 2009, 1:05

    you’re an amazing guy arpit! Thank you very much for these articles!

  • 12 February, 2009, 7:31

    well done, usefull guide to get it

  • 15 February, 2009, 17:10

    Please contact me, I’m having trouble with the template I uploaded to blogspot.

  • 24 February, 2009, 20:14

    this is a nice tutorial…i actually skipped the middle hidden blog part due to a minimal interest in worrying about pagerank and whatnot. i’m wondering though…when i pulled the blogger posts over all the Tags from blogger became Categories in WP. any way to rectify that?

  • 3 April, 2009, 9:14

    @d Go to Tools>Import in WordPress. I guess there is an option to convert Categories to Tags and vice versa there.

  • 3 April, 2009, 9:20

    Hi, I need to move my FTP Blogger to FTP WordPress (both own domain). I currently have my Blogger blog at http://www.discountsvu.com/blog/index.html and want to retain those links while moving to WordPress.

    Here’s what I did :
    1. Install WordPress on a test folder http://www.discountsvu.com/blog2
    2. In WordPress, change Permalinks settings (to remove date of post and to include .html at the end.)
    3. Import posts from Blogger to dummy WordPress Blog.
    4. The imported posts did not have the right URL structure as I expected but that is ok, I can modify it manually.
    5. My biggest headache is.. I can now see the blog at http://www.discountsvu/blog2 but none of the Post Pages are working! I get 404 errors for all my post pages. What have I done wrong? There’s a ‘Publish to FTP’ option on Blogger, is there something similar in WordPress that I should be doing?

    Please HELP!! :(

  • 25 September, 2009, 3:53

    Thanks for sharing good information, i learn how to move blogger here.

    Keep posting.

    Denis

  • Elliot Kendall
    24 November, 2009, 12:50

    For Madhu, above:

    I had the same problem. I’m not sure what the initial source of the problem is, but the immediate cause is the blog’s cached rewrite rules being messed up. Try removing the row:

    mysql> delete from wp_options where option_name=’_transient_rewrite_rules’;

    You might also need to do this first:
    mysql> delete from wp_options where option_name=’blogger_importer’;

  • 19 November, 2010, 16:55

    well done, usefull guide to get it

  • 14 April, 2011, 9:31

    it was well understood…. thanks for sharing.

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