Converting From Blogger to WordPress
Published on January 31, 2020 by Michael J. Kraus
Converting from Blogger to WordPress can seem like a task that is near impossible if you do not have much experience with web standards. No one wants to lose all of the articles, blog posts, comments, media and links that they have collected over the years. This article focuses on converting your site from Blogger to WordPress and we will attempt to make the process simpler. Hopefully, by the end of this article you will be able to convert your legacy Blogger site to a more pleasing WordPress site.
Be sure to read the article in its entirety prior to converting your site. Also, make backups of your Blogger site prior to performing any step outlined in this article. Lastly, if you have already created your WordPress site, backup this site as well. In the event of a major issue you will have clean, recent backups to restore your site to full functionality.
Detailing What Will Be Moved
Before we make the transfer we should talk about what content will be migrated from Blogger to WordPress. Not every detail will be migrated and you must be comfortable with what is not transferred to WordPress. You must understand that the site will not be a complete transfer and look exactly the same. Your content will be there but you must be comfortable with styling the site over. Your widgets, themes, extensions and color schemes will not transfer over to the new site. Below is a list of the data that is transferable:
If you are comfortable with only the data being transferred, we can now move on to the process of converting from Blogger to WordPress. Blogger sites are normally self-hosted, meaning that the domain is hosted by a hosting service at a dedicated location. Many hosting services provide WordPress hosting and support. Blue Host is one example of a hosting company that supports WordPress sites. Personally, I host a site through A Small Orange, a host that offers services for single domain personal sites to business site with multiple domains. My small personal site only runs $5.92 a month for the following features:
- 500 MB of Storage Space
- 5 GB of Bandwidth
- 1 Website Domain
- 24/7 Email + Live Chat Support
A Small Orange also offers support for larger sites with multiple domains. If you happen to have a larger site, with multiple domains, you may need to perform this process several times. Most plans they offer have additional benefits and require payment in advance to either “lock-in” a lower rate or take advantage of additional services. For example, they offer a free .com domain name with advanced payment for a medium or large plan. A Small Orange’s Large plan offers the following options for $25 a month:
- 30 GB of Storage Space
- 500 GB of Bandwidth
- Free .com Domain Included**
- Unlimited Websites
- 24/7 Email + Live Chat Support
** Not available with month-to month terms
Transferring From Blogger To WordPress
A Small Orange offers a a wide variety of plans for hosting. They support WordPress with a simple to use WordPress install script within cPanel. This script feature is located in the “Softaculous Apps Installer” section of the cPanel dashboard. Simple click on the WordPress icon and it will begin an install of WordPress on your domain. It will take you through the initial setup and have you create an admin access.
This access will allow you to create additional access accounts which can be user to create content and other features. It is advised to create the accounts for people who need access (authors, administrators, etc.) before moving on. The access will be used later to assign authors. Also, you can setup email addresses with usernames and passwords if you do not already have email accounts for your domain.
Migrating Your Blog
Exporting from Blogger
It is time to start the migration process, converting from Blogger to WordPress. You will need to create a file that will store all of the data from Blogger. The export from Blogger is simple and just requires the user to click a button. No need to copy a bunch of files manually or create files to transfer the data to. Simply perform the following steps to create the files:
- Login to your Blogger admin account
- From the Dashboard, go to the tab that says settings Settings>Other
- Find the Import & Back Up section of the page
- Click on the Back Up Content button
- A window will pop up, click on the Save to Your Computer button
- You may be prompted to select a location to save the file
After exporting your Blogger file it will be located on your computer and may take a short time or long time to export. This depends on how much data is within the Blogger account. The file will be in the .xml format. We recommend locating the file and moving the file to an easy to find location for import later on. Post export, you will have a file on your computer with the name “blog” with the date of export. For example the file name would be formatted as “blog-10-21-2019” if it were exported on October 21, 2019.
Importing to WordPress
At this point, you should have already selected a host, installed WordPress, created logins for WordPress and exported your Blogger data. You are now ready to upload the Blogger content and data to WordPress. To do that, follow the steps below:
- Login to your WordPress site
- Go to Tools>Import on the left side Dashboard menu
- A list will populate with common sites and services to import
- Find Blogger on the import list
- Click on the “Install Now” link
- This will install the Blogger import plugin
- Once installation is complete run the importer from the same screen
- Click on the “Run Importer” link
- Click on “Choose File”
- Choose and Open the exported file to begin upload of the data
- You may experience a delay depending on file size
- Once the “Open” window closes click “Upload file and import”
Addressing Migration Issues
File Size Issues
How long it takes to complete the import will depend on the size of the file, connection speeds and your host. Another issue you may run across is the file size limitation WordPress applies to uploaded files. Worry not, this is adjustable to allow for larger imports of media, or in this case transferring your blog. Our limit was 256MB, to find out what your limitations are complete the following steps below:
- Login to WordPress
- Navigate to the “Media” tab on the left dashboard and select it
- Select “Add New” from the left dashboard menu or the Media page
- Review the “Maximum upload file size” limit at the bottom
As far as increasing the file size maximum, this will depend on your host. Typically this will require editing the php.ini file on most hosts.
WP Urgent Care takes no responsibility for lost, deleted, corrupt and unrecoverable files, sites, domains due to editing of root files. You MUST perform your own due diligence and research in regard to editing any files as simple mistakes can lead to disaster.
Editing the file is simple enough if you ensure you are only editing what is necessary. It is recommended to backup the file you are editing. This ensures if all else fails you have a unedited file to replace the edited file in the event of errors. Typically there will be one or two lines of code that need to be edited.
- upload_max_filesize = 256M
- post_max_size = 256M
- Ensure both lines of code match in size
WordPress uses permalinks when organizing pages and posts. Every page, post, media file, audio recording, etc. has a unique permalink address. They must all be unique in order to work properly Permalinks have a large SEO impact and must be correct to maintain SEO. Blogger uses names and month to identify and distinguish different permalinks. Permalinks will typically look like this: www.yourdomainname.com/2019/10/the-title-of-the-post.html. Changing the permalink structure in WordPress to match how Blogger structures posts is recommended.
- Navigate to Settings>Permalinks from the left menu
- Select the “Month and name” radio button under “Common Settings”
- Click the “Save Changes” button
Upon completion of import, WordPress will prompt you to assign an author. If you had setup the authors already you can simply submit if the author is correct. If not, you can add a new author or select one from the list of authors. Once you press submit the author will be assigned. You can also assign authors and change user details later.
Upon import, WordPress should have added all of your photos, media and audio to the Media Library of WordPress. It has been reported that some media files may not transfer over during the import process properly. There may be some files that require you to upload them directly to the WordPress Media Library. To see if all of your content and media is there, perform the following steps:
- Login to WordPress if you are not already
- Select the Media tab on the dashboard menu
- Media should populate automatically in the center of the page
- Review the files present
- Upload missing files using the “Add New” button
Testing the Conversion From Blogger to WordPress
At this point your migration should be complete. It is important to make sure that all of your blogs, posts, and media have transferred over properly. You should spend some time reviewing your articles and posts to confirm that associated media is present and still displaying properly. You may be required to perform fine tuning to some of the media files as WordPress may not retain all of the settings that were established on your Blogger site. Review your permalinks and make sure they are correct and can easily be followed when navigating the site. Review authors and assign them to the proper articles if not already complete. Have co-workers, friends, or family test your site as well and report any issues for resolution.
Converting from Blogger to WordPress may seem like an impossible task when you first set out to make the switch. With some research and preparation, you can perform the move on your own. When performing the transfer it is best to have a plan. Creating backups of your new WordPress site and the Blogger site you are switching from is a must. Pages, posts, authors, articles, comments and media should all transfer over with little intervention. Be prepared to assign authors, fix media issues and test your site. The WordPress site may not look as appealing initially but with some themes, plugins, time and a short learning curve it will be what you envisioned all along.
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