Blogger is an excellent place to get your feet wet with blogging. Eventually , you’ll quickly outgrow Blogspot and want to use the advanced features of WordPress and get access to the thousands of professional templates and plugins that make a blog shine.
Here are a growing list of “vetted” posts that will help you quickly and painlessly make the transition. I’ve added a few options that offer the same information. Sometimes it’s easier to compare two versions in case you are confused by wording and format.
- The Easiest Blogger to WordPress Migration Guide
- The Ultimate Guide to Migrating from Blogger to WordPress
Blog Migration Gotchas
There are a few things that can trip up your blog migration. Follow these steps to make sure you catch them.
Permalinks are the URL structure for each post and page on your blog. You want your new wordpress blog permalinks to match the url structure of your old blogger/blogspot blog. Go to Setting -> Permalinks and type /%year%/%monthnum%/%postname%.html into the Custom field. This will configure your new permalinks to match the old blog url structure.
Update: The SEO to WordPress Migration Plugin handles redirection of your users without a permalink change. However, I still advise that you change the permalinks to make sure that the Google spider finds and indexes the pages without registering broken links. This is just me being safe than sorry.
Transferring Feedburner RSS Feed Readers
You probably have a few RSS readers who get notified of new posts via Feedburner. Go to Feedburner and claim/burn your new site URL. Take the new URL you’ll get from Feedburner and head back to your blogger dashboard. Navigate to Settings -> Other -> Site Feed and put the new Feedburner URL in the Post Feed Redirect URL field. Save your settings and you’re finished. Your old subscribers will be transferred to your new blog.
Blogger Migration Resources:
This plugin will redirect all incoming traffic from blogger to your new self-hosted WordPress blog.