How To Move From Blogger to WordPress!

Hi everyone!

Today is going to be about how to move your blog from Blogger to WordPress. This guide is going to be for people who choose to buy a domain name and use WordPress CMS (also known as WordPress.org). If you are not sure what I’m talking about then check out my first post Introduction To WordPress – Thinking About Switching From Blogger?

 

I’m going to start with listing the steps you will be going through before explaining each of them.

  1. Buy a domain name and webhotel
  2. Install WordPress
  3. Change the permalinks
  4. Import posts and comments from Blogger
  5. Setup a theme and pages
  6. Move your Bloglovin’ followers

Step 1: Buy a Domain Name

Start by buying a domain name and a webhotel to go with it. If you don’t know what a webhotel is, it’s the online space you buy to upload your things on the internet so it’s kind of like your “harddisk.” I use unoeuro.com which I’m happy with, but find one that works for you.

Step 2: Install WordPress

The cool thing about most hosting companies like unoeuro.com and others are the 1-click installations of CMS they offer. It basically means that when you have your domain name and webhotel you just click one button and choose username and password. About 2 seconds later WordPress is installed.

Step 3: Permalinks

When your WordPress is up and running you can just sign in and now it’s actually ready to go. I would start by changing the permalinks to the same structure as Blogger uses, but you can choose whatever you like. You can do this by going to the Settings –> Permalinks –> Custom Structure –> /%year%/%monthnum%/postname%.html

Step 4: Importing Blogger to WordPress

Now it’s time to import all your hard work from Blogger to WordPress. You can do this by going to Tools –> Import –> Blogger –> Install now –> and then just follow the guide. 

This will import posts, categories, comments and images.

Step 5: Choose a Theme

The importing tool doesn’t import your theme and pages. You now need to setup the pages you had on Blogger like contact and about pages.

This is really easy you just go to Pages –> Add New and use copy/paste with your text from Blogger.

For theme I would go to Appearance –> Themes and just have a look through. You can also find one on the internet, which is what I did and then upload it to your WordPress Appearance –> Themes –> Upload Theme.

I really like smthemes.com where I found my theme, it’s free and they have some really good themes. They all come with an easy setup menu when installing the theme. This makes it easy to customize colors, logo, favicon, etc.

You can also write things like “Best Free WordPress Themes 2014” on Google and you will have lists with great themes.

This part might take a while as it can be hard to choose a theme and you often end up playing around.

Step 6: Move your Bloglovin Followers

If you want to keep all your Bloglovin followers, you just need to make a blogpost on Blogger saying you moved and then contact Bloglovin and they will do the rest. They have a guide right here “How To Move Your Bloglovin Followers.”

You will probably also need to setup a menu, your sidebar, also known as widget and it would be good to look into some helpful plugins.

If you have any questions or need help, please leave a comment below! Also let me know if you want to see more posts about plugins, menus, etc.

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