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So you want to move from Blogger to (free) WordPress? #NewBloggers 101, Post number 6, we have Lauren on board guest-posting!

Welcome to Post 6 of the #NewBloggers 101 post series! This time, we will be talking about the scary affairs of moving your blog from blogger to WordPress. If you want to see the other posts in this series, expand this list:

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This time, we have someone we all know from our Discord chat – our amazing mod Lauren @ Northern Plunder! Give her a round of applause. And with that, I relinquish the stage to her!

So you want to move from Blogger to (free) WordPress?

I got you, don’t worry.

There are two different ways you can do this, so first I’ll start with the built in and easy method.

Method #1. Quick Import

First you’ll need to export your Blogger blog, this is something I’d recommend people do somewhat regularly on any blog so you have a back up, if you don’t know how keep reading.

Go to the blogger.com > Settings > Other > Back up Content. This will save an .xml file with all of your blog’s content in it.

import and backup

If you’ve yet to create your WordPress blog I’d suggest doing that now. Navigate to your WP Admin page > Tools > Import > Blogger, Run Importer > Browse and Upload the Exported xml file we downloaded earlier.

import blog to wordpress

And after a bit of time your posts and comments will all be there.

Easy right? Right.

But Lauren, you said there are two options right?

Yeah I did, the second one I’ll tell you about is what I did and I wouldn’t recommend this unless you don’t have many posts or you’re not a perfectionist.

Wait, what?..

Method #2. I need everything to be perfect

Soooo when you import your blog over like method one, you may kinda find that your formatting for posts is slightly off. Which for me was a big no no.

I would honestly recommend you try it though because maybe past you was better than past me with formatting and it won’t mess up that much or it’ll be so small you can fix each post quickly.

In August 2017 when I decided to make the move to WordPress I started by copying over all my 2017 posts and then made the theme pretty. When I have a free moment I’ll copy over older ones too. I’m still doing this as I’ve been blogging for a long time and it also means I lose my comments but for me this is the way I’m doing it to keep my mind at peace.

Is that everything, I hear you ask?

No, there are 2 other quick things you should do.

1. Redirect your old blogger URL
You want to navigate from your Blogger dashboard > Theme > Edit HTML

redirect your blog

Once you’ve opened up the HTML press CTRL + F to find <head> and below that you should alter the code to have your new web address.

If you’re unsure I’ve highlighted my HTML below to what it should look like so if you’re missing this section you can copy this to type in yourself:

redirect script

Hooray! Now anyone who missed the fact you moved, it doesn’t matter because they’ll get redirected.

Don’t trust me? Try visiting http://northernplunder.blogspot.co.uk for yourself if you want.

2. Move your Bloglovin’ followers over to your new URL

So you’re lucky enough to have gathered a following on Bloglovin’ too, but don’t want to start at 0 again and want those followers to keep getting your new blog updates?

You do this by making sure you’ve claimed both of your blogs (you can check this on your settings page.) Whilst on your old blog’s setting, select the new blog from the dropdown next to “Move Followers to” and ta-da! You’re good to go.

The page you’re looking for should be like this:

Bloglovin your blogs

And I think I’ve covered everything that I did when moving.

If you have any questions regarding anything please reach out. Unfortunately there is one thing I’ve missed which is transferring email subscribers but as I didn’t have (m)any I didn’t look into this as it wasn’t a huge traffic pull for me. Apologies.

Thank you to Lauren for this informative guest post! If you have any information (e.g. moving your subscribers), just get in touch with me and we can write a part 2 or append this post. Thanks for reading!

I’m Evelina and I try to blog about books that matter, with a bit of fun there too! Disability and equality will be topics you see a lot, but there’s also a lot of scifi, fantasy and… GIFs. I’m also the proud founder of #ARCsAnonymous.

46 thoughts on “So you want to move from Blogger to (free) WordPress? #NewBloggers 101, Post number 6, we have Lauren on board guest-posting!

  1. Okay, so I was DEFINITELY not alone with butchered formatting from WordPress when I moved. I’m still trying to go through them all right now.

    Email subscribers depends – I moved all of mine to MailChimp but since the move to WordPress, I’ve moved them to MailPoet, which allows functions that MailChimp doesn’t let me have.

    I did have to my feedburner feed, and I think redirecting the blogger feed? I’m not sure if I did it correctly though… But I won’t find out until later.

    Sounds like free WordPress is easier to move to in a way than self hosted
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    1. Nope, I don’t think you’re alone at all 🙂 but rest easy, knowing that it takes even less to butcher the formatting! When I changed my theme (about a year ago), all my older reviews (they were on the same blog! Didn’t even move or anything!) kind of got messed up. I didn’t go back to fix them though xD maybe I should 😀 LOL (I totally should. Once I get that time turner. LOL again)

      Oh, and yes, self-hosted does have a lot of other problems to solve, not just in terms of fotmatting and moving. But hey, at least you OWN your blog 🙂

  2. Very interesting post, thank you for sharing these methods. I have used Blogger for a long time and I like it but I did snag a WordPress blog in the event that I want to switch. I am a perfectionist so the thought of doing so is exhausting!

    1. Oh, that’s smart – with the same name? 🙂 good thinking. If you’re happy with you Blogger blog, then you don’t have to move at all though. Use whatever is the most comfortable 🙂 thanks for reading!

  3. I wish I had known all this when I first shifted my blog to WordPress! And I didn’t know it was so common. I had like 40 views and a couple of comments on each post and it made me so sad to see them disappear on WordPress…but I’m really happy with my decision now 🙂
    And this was a lovely post!
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      1. Oh gosh I forgot about that! Totally true! The only good thing is that you pretty much can do everything and takes HTML up-front! WordPress does not… It does but paying so… XD sure thing!!!

  4. IT WORKED! I just redirected my blogger blog to my wordpress! This definitely solves my problem when commenting to blogger blogs that don’t have the name/url option – now those bloggers will get to my actual blog! I am really amazed and excited so probably my comment doesn’t make any sense! Thank you!
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    1. Awww man, Lashaan, thank youuu 🙂 well, I have Lauren to thank for this post! I know absolutely nothing about Blogger either, only ever been on WP, and self-hosted, at that 😀

  5. I moved to WordPress years ago, and I moved back to Blogger a couple months later. This would have been very helpful information to have. Wonderful post those who would like to move 🙂

  6. I could have used a post like this back when I first moved over. In the beginning, I had one Blogger site…then added another. Next I started some blogs on WordPress. For a while I had a LOT of blogs. Eventually I merged some.

    On the earlier moves, I copied and pasted some posts, especially from the blogs that I had back in 2008.

    Now I have six blogs, all on WordPress, and I love it. I am very happy to have left Blogger behind, even if the way I moved was the slow way. LOL
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    1. Wow, seems I’ve you are pretty experienced with this 🙂 too bad you had to move the hard way. And wow! I knew you had many blogs, but I always thought it’s like 3. Six is a lot! I’m curious – why is it six? Are they all for a different purpose? And how do you manage xD I struggle with one 😀

      1. I went a little crazy creating blogs, as I found that part fun. At one point I had eleven blogs…and for a while, I had one for each of the books I had written and published. But then it made sense to merge a few of them. Now…I just like the variety of having six. Plus, merging got to be a lot of work, since there were links to reviews affected.
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  7. Evelina AvalinahsBooks, thanks so much for the post.Really thank you! Keep writing.

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