HOWTO: Convert From Blogger To WordPress

About 6 months ago, I purchased a blog that happened to be hosted on Blogger. While Blogger is fine, I’m a WordPress guy at heart, and I decided to finally tackle the project of moving the site from Blogger to a stand-alone WordPress installation. Little did I know that this would turn into 4 days of frustration!

There are plenty of articles on Google that outline how to migrate from Blogger to WordPress. Unfortunately, most of these posts are dated, and don’t reflect the changes with Blogger and WordPress. But I found a couple of good posts here and here.

For whatever reason, I was unable to use the WordPress import function. I came across posts from other bloggers with similar issues. The import process would get stuck midway, and that would be that. I worked around that by creating a free WordPress.com blog, and importing the Blogger blog into that new site.

That brought me to my first hurdle – My blogger site had multple authors, and WordPress.com wouldn’t let me add any additional users. So all of a sudden, all of my posts had the same author! Try as I might, I couldn’t find a good way to get around this. I later used the Managable plugin to change the authors on the fly.

Once the posts were imported into the WordPress.com blog, I was then able to do an “import from WordPress” from my new blog, and transfer all the posts and comments over to the new site. Was it a clunky transition? Absolutely! But it got the job done, and those two links above were life savers in muddling through the process.

Fix your permalinks by installing the Maintain Permalinks plugin. Be sure to follow the instructions on that page to modify your .htaccess file, so that readers clicking on your old links get redirected to the correct pages.

It’s a tedious process, but having more control over your site will benefit you in the long run.. If you have any issues, post a comment and I’ll be happy to help!


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2 Responses to “HOWTO: Convert From Blogger To WordPress”

  1. Ari Herzog says:

    Glad to hear everything’s working out. Hope I was able to help in some manner!

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