Everyone’s first blog is on Blogger, and after going so far in the field of blogging. They want to move from Blogger to WordPress, but why? Did the Blogger not good? Why all move their blogger blog to WordPress? Don’t worry! We will explain all these questions. We try to give the best tutorial on transferring a blogger blog to the WordPress CMS. So, Guys, read this post very carefully; if you missed any important point, then your website SEO will affect.
Is anyone who thinks about creating a blog? Then their first choice is a blogger. The reason is that they didn’t have experience and knowledge regarding blogging, and they couldn’t take any risk with their hard-earned. So, They thought about starting a blog without investment, and the only platform was a Blogger where those who had a Gmail account could create their blog with any investment.
So, their first choice is Blogger, and they try to gain some experience and knowledge and then think about investing. Blogger is the platform where anyone can create their blog with just simple clicks for free of cost. Also, there are lots of pros to using Blogger, with some cons.
First Go With Advantages
Blogger is a platform that is a product of google, “The world’s biggest company,” so their products are good and valuable. Yes, Blogger is fantastic as we know that websites need hosting to host data and a domain name to access the website, and Blogger provides unlimited space in hosting with a free domain name with extensions of [dot]blogspot[dot]com, and it can beer huge traffic. At the same time, paid hosting has a limit to beer traffic.
But, Blogger also has some cons, such as it doesn’t give us full access, and whenever google decides to close Blogger, your blog will be deleted without your permission. Also, not too much customization is allowed, and in terms of SEO, no option to use plugins as WordPress provides, such as Yoast SEO. If you want to know which one is better, Blogger or WordPress, in detail, you can read this article WordPress Vs. Blogger.
Now you have decided to move from Blogger to WordPress, don’t overthink; just follow the tutorial. In my opinion, your decision is correct if you want to go so far in the field of blogging. If you also want to earn money from your blog, then self-hosted WordPress is best for you. But
- Self-hosted WordPress gives you full access to your blog, and you can do anything you want to do with your self-hosted WordPress blog.
- Everything is your’s domain name, blog, and the entire content of your blog. No one can delete anything from your blog except you.
- It allows full customization to your blog; you can redesign and rearrange it to look better and better to attract your audience.
- More than lakhs of free/premium themes and plugins are available for WordPress, where you can select any theme you want for your blog.
Above are some points regarding the WordPress self-hosted blog. Now, you want to know how to move from Blogger to WordPress? But you have already invested months or years in Blogger without knowing about WordPress.
Also, you wrote many posts and created many pages that are already ranked on google, and you didn’t want to lose any posts on moving from Blogger to WordPress. So, let’s talk about what should and will move on.
What Will Move on Moving From Blogger to WordPress?
Before we transfer, let us know about what things will move. On moving, your complete blogger site will not move, such as design, style, widgets, theme, etc. The things that can move are:
- Post and pages
Let’s Move From Blogger To WordPress
Select Best Hosting
In WordPress, we need separate hosting to host site data such as post, pages, theme, plugin, and entire content or things that the website need. While in Blogger, it does not require any separate hosting.
Our site ranking depends on various factors in which hosting plays an important role as the loading time of any site depends on hosting, and if you choose the wrong hosting with a slow loading time, your site ranking will start decreasing. This is your first and most important step for your blog’s future.
Hosting can affect your ranking; you know that site ranking depends on various factors in which hosting plays an important role. The site’s loading time is one of the many factors to increase rank in SERP, and hosting determines it. So before you buy any hosting, you need to do some research for that hosting company, such as server response time, customer support, etc.
These points are important because if you face any problems with your hosting, then how do they respond? Did they solve your problems as fast as possible? If your website does not open for an hour, then it affects the site ranking. Because server response time affects the site loading time, your site will load as fast as the server responds. As visitors will not wait to get results, they can go back and visit another, and this can increase your site’s bounce rate.
Keep in mind these points. I think some hosting companies are enough, such as Bluehost hosting, Namecheap hosting, etc. I will not force you to buy hosting only from these companies; you do some research yourself for these hosting, then decide to buy. Wait! I forgot to tell you that while buying hosting, “Read customer reviews” will help you choose to host on which company’s server.
Link Domain With Hosting
Now I consider that you bought proper hosting for your blog. Let’s go to the next step.
In simple, we can say that a domain is a name through which one can access a website. As you come from Blogger, since you already know about a domain name and if your blogger blog is on a custom domain, then you don’t need to buy a domain.
So, here we suppose that you had your custom domain name. For linking a custom domain to hosting, follow the below steps.
Step 1: When you buy hosting for your blog, you will get the nameserver of the hosting company. For example, the nameserver of Namecheap is dns1.namecheaphosting.com and dns2.namecheaphosting.com.
Step 2: Now, you need to connect this nameserver to the domain.
- For this, first of all, open the website from which you registered your domain.
- Then log in to your account and click on DNS manage option.
- After that, you will see an option “Connect custom nameserver” click on it and paste all the nameservers you got while buying hosting.
Moreover, You can find your hosting nameserver on google by searching hosting company name. It will take a maximum 24hrs to connect the nameserver company claims, but generally, it will do within 10 minutes.
Step 3: Then, log in to the Cpanel of your hosting and search “Addon domain,” and add the domain name to the hosting.
Now the main process begins from this step; you can install WordPress in two ways depending on your hosting. The first one is manual, which is also known as a professional method of installing WordPress, and the second is a one-click installation method through software.
Most of the hosting offers one-click installation, but you will not get this option on cloud hosting. So, I have already covered this topic in this blog; you can read this post on how to install WordPress properly. Both methods are explained in expert and way-to-understand ways. Follow the link and install WordPress, then come here to do the next steps.
Export Your Blog’s Data From Blogger
It’s time to export all the data of your old blog from Blogger to WordPress. It is a simple process; you can do this within a minute, click, and all your blog posts start downloading in XML format with the name of the export date. For example, “Blog-15-10-2022.Xml.”
- Login to your blogger dashboard.
- Click on the setting, blogger dashboard>>settings.
- Then, click on other, blogger dashboard>>settings>>other.
- Now, you will see “Import & back up,” with an option to backup content.
- Click on backup content, and it pop-ups with an option to save to your computer; click on it.
- Then, your blog’s content data starts downloading with the name of the export date.
You have successfully exported your blog’s data on your computer. Now, you need to import it on WordPress to move from Blogger to WordPress.
Import Blogger’s Data on WordPress
You already installed WordPress on your hosting, and it’s time to import. Importing a blogger blog’s data is also a simple process; you need to follow the tutorial step-by-step.
Step 1: Open your WordPress dashboard.
Step 2: You will see lots of options on the left sidebar, where there is also an option “Tools“, move your cursor on it. Then, you will see some other options in which click on “Import option“.
Step 3: When you click on the “Import option,” it will open a new page in which lots of options are present with an option to install; you need to click on the install button of the blogger option and wait a few seconds to finish the installation process. You can see this in the image.
Step 4: After installation is complete, you can see a notification and the spot where the install button exists; it changes to the “Run importer” button.
Step 5: Click on the “Run importer” option.
Step 6: Then, it will open a new page where you need to upload the blog data you downloaded from Blogger.
Step 7: Click on “Browser,” locate the file and click on open.
Step 8: Now, click on “Upload file and import” and few minutes to complete the import process.
After the import process completes, WordPress will show you a notification in which you need to assign an author to the imported posts. Let’s know how to assign an author.
Assign the Author to the Imported Posts
Now, WordPress asks you to assign an author to the imported posts. If you create only one user at the time of WordPress installation, then you will see that name during the process of assigning an author, select that name and click on submit.
Now you successfully imported all the content from old blogger blogs to WordPress. You can see all the posts by visiting posts>>all post pages.
Setting Up Permalinks
Permalinks are the main factor that affects ranking or traffic. If you do not set your WordPress permalinks as same as the Blogger have, then your ranking and traffic will be lost, and the old links will break. So, follow the tutorial to set permalinks.
You noticed that the blogger permalink contains publish year and publish date with [dot]html at the end of the link while WordPress doesn’t contain year, date, and [dot]html normal. But, you need to set the WordPress permalink as the same as Blogger.
- Open your WordPress dashboard.
- Move your cursor on settings, and then you will see the “Permalinks” option; click on it.
- Then, a new tab will open where you will see different types of permalink options. But no one will match the blogger permalink. You see an option to set a custom permalink, copy this code and paste it on the box to set the WordPress permalink as Blogger.
Now, your WordPress URL, also known as a slug in WordPress, will be similar to the URL of old blogger blogs. But, sometimes, the slug will not match the old slug. So, you need to fix these issues. To solve these issues, you need to upload the fix.php file in your root directory and then open the file by visiting the slug.
For example, upload fix.php in the root directory of youseotools[dot]com, then open the file by visiting youseotools[dot]com/fix.php and do the same for your blog.
Note: After you visit the fix.Php, don’t forget to delete the file from your root directory because now nothing to do with this file.
Redirect Blogger’s Traffic To WordPress
It would be best if you redirected all the visitors who visit your blogger blog to the WordPress site. For this, you need to do some steps.
- Open the WordPress dashboard and click on the install plugin.
- Then, search Blogger to WordPress plugin and click on install to the plugin.
- To activate, visit tools>> Blogger to WordPress redirection and click on start configuration. Then it will automatically detect your old blog with the option “Get code” click on it and copy all the codes.
- Now, open your blogger dashboard, click on theme>>edit HTML then clear all the codes and paste the code you copied and click on the save button.
- Now, you also need to redirect mobile visitors for this click on the theme, then click on the gear button at the bottom of the mobile view. It will pop up with options yes/no, and show the desktop theme on mobile devices. You need to select option no and click on save.
All done, you have successfully moved from Blogger to WordPress. Just customization according to your choice, and if you face any problem, then comment below, we will try to solve your problem as fast as possible, or you can contact us by visiting the contact us page.