I recently migrated my blog from Blogger to WordPress. Despite many blog posts I read that professed the ease of this process it wasn’t actually particularly easy. So I decided to write this post, a simple guide to migrating from blogger to wordpress for people like me. People who blog and want it to look nice but don’t have a masters in understanding technological acronyms or html. I have included some useful links that might help too. If it all seems like far too much effort then skip to point 5.
1. Do you really want to do this?
It’s worth asking this first off. The key benefits, as I have found, are:
- owning a self hosted WordPress blog means you own it, this is a very Good Thing if you are bothered about retaining your copyright which to be fair you probably should be
- far nicer back end interface that allows you to do more with your blog like create static pages (like the ones you have in Blogger) and dynamic ones which are more like destinations to keep posts that are about a specific subject (Product Reviews, Competitions, Conversations with the girls etc). I like that I can organise things this way.
- easy to add widgets, ads, text, pictures etc
- lots of pretty ‘themes’ to choose from
- better SEO options through the theme you choose or the many ‘plug ins’ you can get from WordPress.org (these are equivalent to white goods, soft furnishings and other stuff you put in your house to make it work better)
2. You do? Okay do you already own a domain or are you on .blogspot.com?
If you’re on blogspot.com it’s a pretty simple process of going to any number of domain name sales websites like www.godaddy.com or www.123reg.com. (I used Godaddy but I’m sure they all offer the same sort of thing) choosing the name you want and buying it.
- then use the option to install WordPress, which is again very straightforward, and then set up your new site.
- go to ‘tools’
- select ‘import’
- go to ‘blogger’
- follow the instructions.
All your blogspot content will then be live on your new site.
- you then need to make sure that traffic to your blogspot blog goes to your new domain. This is where you install a 301 redirect plug in from the plug in menu. Read this post for more information on how to do this. It works. I tried it on a dummy blog just to be sure I wasn’t talking bollocks. Bear in mind that when it says to upload the php text file to your theme directory, you need to do this via the control panel on your hosting account ie: not in the WordPress admin panel. It took me a while to figure this out and it completely did my head in. This might all sound a bit technical but once you’ve read the links it’ll be clearer.
Skip to point 5 if you’re already thinking this is too much like hard work.
You may need to install a picture importer plug in too. As your WordPress blog will not actually be hosting the images yet, they will still be at blogger. Type in “blogger image importer” in the plug in menu to find one.
3. If you own your own domain.
It’s a little bit trickier actually. But not unachievable.
- you need to buy some web hosting. Again go to one of the above mentioned sites. I used godaddy.com as it’s easy.
- follow the instructions
- choose Linux rather than Windows as Linux supports WordPress better (I sound a bit technical now, goodness)
- once that’s done you need to move your existing blog to your new host
- you need to redirect your old domain host to your new one and that involves changing the A Records. You need to go to the Domain Name Severs Manager (DNS Manager) and make sure the A Record number is the same as the A Record number on the host you are currently using.
To be honest this is where it can get a bit hairy. Unless you have a strong constitution skip to point 5.
4. Make it look pretty
You should choose a theme that is reliable. I tried several until I arrived at the Focus theme, and they all had me pulling my hair out. I know everyone says you don’t need any technological know how to do this stuff but the reality is when stuff goes wrong you need to fix it.
5. Get decent help
To be honest this is probably the most important point. Unless your transfer is really simple then you’d be wise to get help. Think about how important your blog is to you and then consider how much all that content you’ve taken ages to create is worth to you.
A lot right?
Then get in touch with this very nice, extremely helpful and incredibly knowledgable man @timmarchantor find him at Colneis. He is a WordPress genuis, he’s very reasonable and he’s very quick and very tolerant of questions. He helps you out on all the tricky domain pointing malarky and does a good, honest job.
So actually you can pretty much disregard points 1-4 and skip straight to 5 for a stress free, beautiful blog.
Other links that are useful: