Blogger is a great tool to start blogging. But, many newbies soon realize its limitations, and want to switch to WordPresss to get access to more powerful and robust features. However, there are various concerns that plague a user, such as the prospect of losing all the content on the Blogger site while switching to WordPress. Fortunately, it is totally possible to move to WordPress from Blogger without losing content or witnessing a plunge in Google ranking. Interested to know more? If yes, then read read ahead!
Reasons to Move from Blogger to WordPress
Blogger is a renowned blogging platform created by Google. It enables anyone to create a free blog using their Google account. Blogger is a neat platform for newbie bloggers. However, after a certain point of time, the platform becomes obsolete as beginners realize that it places a lot of limitations on what can be done with their free Blogger blog. In such a context, WordPress emerges as the most viable solution.
To begin with, WordPress provides you complete ownership of your blogging website. It also helps you add the necessary features and extensions to grow your blog and monetize content effectively. Furthermore, WordPress can be clubbed with search engine optimization (SEO), so that your blog page ranks higher in SERPs. The fact that around 43 percent of all websites on the internet are powered by WordPress.org is an apt testament to the prowess and potential of the platform as a globally reputed Content Management System (CMS).
Things to Consider While Migrating from Blogger to WordPress
Quite understandably, the heart of any blog is its posts. But, when it comes to exporting or migrating your content from Blogger to WordPress, without impacting Google rankings, there are an array of extra elements you would have to consider. These include –
- Tags and Categories
- All images and assets displayed throughout your site
- The URL structure of your blog posts
- Structure and style of the old blogs to preserve consistency
To move to WordPress from Blogger without affecting rankings on Google, you have to follow the steps mentioned below.
Create a Account for Website Hosting
You need web hosting and a domain name to operate any website, particularly a blog, on the internet. Yes, Blogger.com is a free hosted platform, implying that your blogs are hosted on Free blogging server hosting available. However, you will need to buy web hosting when you switch to WordPress in order to host your blog.
Transfer Blogger’s Custom Domain to WordPress
If you are a custom domain user, such as a blog site using ‘.com’ TLD, then you need to change your name servers. If you are using a Blogspot subdomain, such as blogspot.com, then you do not need to upgrade your domain name servers.
The third step is to install WordPress and create an account. After the WordPress installation is done, you can get started with the more complex steps.
Export Your Blogger Content
Blogger makes it quite easy and simple to export content by providing users with a backup tool that can download copies of the full website. These backups come in ‘.xml’ format, which is ideal for importing gargantuan amounts of posts. To start the process, you have to access your Blogger profile’s dashboard and jump to the ‘Settings’ tab.
At the top of the page, you will find a button that reads ‘Back up Content’ within the ‘Content’ (pages, posts and comments) section. You have to tap on this button, after which Blogger will ask for a confirmation if you want to save a backup file to your decision, Confirm your decision and a download will begin. After downloading your blog’s “xml” file, remember where you stored it for the following step.
It is essential to remember that the Blogger backup tool, despite its claims, only exports posts and comments. To migrate your pages to WordPress, you will have to follow additional steps, something that we will talk about later.
Bring Blogger data into WordPress
It’s time to import the export file into your newly created WordPress account after downloading it from Blogger.com. It can be done manually by following some easy-peasy steps.
- Enter your WordPress dashboard
- Choose Tools > Import.
- Then, click Install Now next to the Blogger choice.
- Finally, hit Run Importer.
- Choose the.xml file you obtained from Blogger by using the Choose File button.
- Insert it into the WordPress dashboard.
You will receive an error if the size of the.xml file is larger than the upload limit.
However, this is simply fixable by raising WordPress’ upload file size limit. You may also break the huge XML file into smaller ones for Blogger-to-WordPress upload and import. You will be prompted to decide whether to add new users to your website or assign the posts imported to your new users after all the files have been imported. After assigning writers one at a time, choose “Submit.”
Upload Images Automatically
Your Blogger photos are not imported by the WordPress importer. However, setting up and activating the WordPress ‘Auto Upload Images’ plugin fixes the problem.
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This plugin automatically saves photos from your articles and images to your media library and changes their URLs.
Configure Permalinks in WordPress
A permalink is essentially the whole URL that points to a certain WordPress page. For appropriate redirection, your permalink structure has to be the same when moving from WordPress to Blogger. With WordPress, you may choose the permalink structure you want for your blog. To do this, choose Settings > Permalinks.
Set Up Blogger to WordPress Redirection
After setting up permalinks for your WordPress blog, it is time to redirect your Blogger posts to WordPress. To redirect your Blogger blog to WordPress, you can use a free plugin – Blogger to WordPress Redirection. After installing and activating the plugin on your WordPress site, you have to go to Tools > Blogger to WordPress Redirection. Thereafter, you can wrap up the exporting process by moving ancillary content, such as pages, widgets, feed, etc, from Blogger to WordPress.
So, there we have it, a crisp guide on how to move to WordPress from Blogger without comprising Google Rank.