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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!

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Flavia @ Flavia the Bibliophile

Such a good idea making this post! I’m sure that a lot of bloggers will find it super helpful 🙂

Sophia @ Bookwyrming Thoughts

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… Read more »

3 years ago

This is such an amazing post! I’m on WordPress, so I don’t have to worry about this, but I shared it with my followers!

3 years ago

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!

Sophie Eloy
3 years ago

Super useful post! Really 101 like so easy to use

3 years ago

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!

3 years ago

Oops. I think I deleted the blogspot posts 😛 But thanks anyway!

Satou Johns
3 years ago

Blogger is horrible simple, not flexible, glitchy, and awkward… XD but great post!! 😀

Satou Johns
3 years ago

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!!!

3 years ago

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!

Lashaan Balasingam
3 years ago

Honestly, you put WikiHow to shame with how awesome your post are, gurl! 😀 I’ve only used WordPress in my life so I sort of had no clue what this post was going to be about honestly, but after going through it, I can definitely say I know now something I did not 5 minutes ago hahah Keep it up, Evelina! 😀

3 years ago

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 🙂

3 years ago

I thought about moving to WordPress some years ago but remember every one talking about what a hassle the process was in getting everything to format right. I think this is a good post to help those that want to make the move in the future.

Laurel-Rain Snow
3 years ago

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

Laurel-Rain Snow
3 years ago

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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Evelina AvalinahsBooks, thanks so much for the post.Really thank you! Keep writing.

3 years ago

I moved from Blogger about six months ago and I still had to go recheck whether I had the redirect working, after reading Lauren’s post. It seems like it is working for now. Great post, peeps!

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Megan @ Ginger Mom & the Kindle Quest

There wasn’t much to my Blogger so I just unpublished it and am slowly (VERY slowly) moving reviews and interviews over to my WordPress. I agree about the formatting – drove me nuts on the one post I tried to do. And yes, I lost my comments but, again, there wasn’t much.

Great post!

Megan @ Ginger Mom & the Kindle Quest

I am also curious, are you still running WordPress free? I want the comment luv but don’t know if that is possible. Mine isn’t free but it’s not the self-hosted one.

Sim @ Flipping Through the Pages

Nice post Lauren and Evelina! I am sure this is going to help a lot of bloggers out there who are still struggling with the issue of importing to WordPress 🙂

Brian Joseph
3 years ago

This seems like a very helpful post for anyone thinking of making the switch. From time to time I have thought about it. I may actually do it some dat. This makes the process seem not so bad.

3 years ago

OMG thank you so much! I just redirected my blogspot-blog to my new wordspress blog <3

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3 years ago

Or resort to method #3 and give your website totally automated migration. No technical skills needed, as well as no copy-pasting is implied. I used the automated service cms2cms and got my Blogger migrated over to WordPress in a matter of minutes.
Btw, I do like your post so much. If I still need to migrate my website, I would definitely try going the way you’ve described.

Kat @ Novels & Waffles

THIS POST SAVED MY LIFE. LITERALLY (okay maybe not literally…but it did save me a lot of time). I just finished moving from Blogger to WordPress, and the importer worked great for me (surprisingly)! Thank you so much for all of your NewBloggers 101 posts. They are amazingly, wonderfully, life-savingly helpful!