YAY! You’ve made a very wise decision to switch to WordPress! You are already one step closer to having more control of your business.
Before learning How to Switch from Blogger to WordPress make sure you already have a domain (www.yoursite.com) and hosting. Not sure what that means? Check out this article I wrote “WordPress, Genesis & Hosting Explained“. Got it? Sweet, let’s start migratin’ …
How to Switch from Blogger to WordPress
There are a few different ways to do this, and it all depends on your hosting company.
- Purchase managed WordPress hosting and WordPress will already be installed (sweet!). My fav here.
- Install WordPress to your custom domain via your host’s cPanel. (difficult if you’re not familiar with FTP)
- Some hosting companies provide a “one click WordPress install” option.
Once installed, log into your new site – yay! You can access your login screen, and then dashboard, by navigating to: yoursite.com/wp-login.php
We want our permalinks to match blogger’s structure. To put it simply, it will prevent broken links. This helps if you’ve been posting with blogger for a long time and have pinterest pins etc. directed towards your blogger site.
From your dashboard, go to Settings > Permalinks and select Custom. Enter this in the text field beside Custom option:
Now, We Import!
A pop-up will appear for you to install the Blogger import plugin. Click Install.
Once installed, click Activate and Run.
On the next screen, click Authorize so that WordPress can access your Blogger Account.
You will then be asked to set the author. If you are the only one writing for your blog, just select your own profile from the dropdown and hit Save. You are done transferring posts and comments from Blogger to your new WordPress blog. Woo hoo!
A Little Housekeeping
Next we want to clean up our categories. Since WordPress doesn’t have ‘labels’, it automatically converts your ‘labels’ to ‘categories’. This likely means you have a ton of categories, and you will want to eliminate the unnecessary ones.
From your dashboard – Go to Tools > Import and select Categories and Tags Converter.
Install, activate and follow the prompts.
Check the labels you wish to keep and leave the rest you no longer need.
Redirect your Blogger Site
Lastly, let’s make sure your old Blogger blog redirects to your new WordPress site. Go to Plugins > Add New.
Install and activate.
Follow the plugin’s directions to copy the code and paste into your old blogger template. The plugin has instructions along the way if you have any trouble.
Things to check:
1. Go through your blog posts to make sure images are imported, and to correct any improper formatting.
2. Check the links of your blog posts to make sure there aren’t any broken links.
3. Make sure your rss feeds are redirected properly as well.
You can now install and activate the Genesis Framework and your PDCD WordPress Theme of choice 😉 Our themes come with thorough setup instructions and a fabulous support desk ready to help you along the way.