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How to move from Blogger to WordPress without losing your posts

by Stephanie Suesan Smith on May 31, 2011

I know the Blogger outage has made some people decide to move to WordPress.  First, WordPress.com is a free blog service much like Blogger.  It also has the same problems — someone else controls the system that you use and if something goes wrong, you cannot fix it.  However, a self-hosted WordPress blog lets you take advantage of all the good points of WordPress and have far more control than any other option.

If you are convinced, then you need to take two major steps to move your blog.  First, you get an account with a hosting company.  For as little as $4 a month, you get the blog and your own account.  I have used a couple of companies and whole heartedly recommend HostGator.  They have helped me every time I needed it and are professionals.  They will also help you migrate your blog from Blogger to WordPress.

Just in case you decide to go a different route, you can do the same thing by going to your Blogger settings.  Select “export blog” and click on it.  Blogger will give you an information box and ask you to click to download your blog to your hard drive.  Click the box and download it.

Now go to your WordPress dashboard.  Click on tools, then choose “import”.  You get a list of programs you can choose from to import different types of blogs.  Click on the first one, “Blogger.”

You will install Blogger importer like any plugin.  Once it is in, you are taken to a screen to authorize WordPress to siphon your Blogger posts and comments out from Blogger.  They actually only make a copy, your original blog stays on Blogger until you delete it.

You will be shown a menu of blogs you have on Blogger.  Click import next to the ones you want to move.  Then you are asked to “set author”.  Click the button to tell WordPress how to attribute the posts.  After that, the posts are imported in order by date.

You have to add categories and tags, but you will have your posts and comments from Blogger.  Once that works, you can return to Blogger and go under settings, and delete the old blog.  Or, if you choose, you can leave a last post telling people where to find your new blog.

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Anne Wainscott-Sargent May 31, 2011 at 10:41 am

Stephanie,
Thanks for your suggestions – I am thinking about transitioning from Blogger and what’s stopped me is the fear of losing the content I’ve worked so hard to develop. Does the design (look and feel) of the blog remain yours, too? I used a Blogger simple design and like it. Congrats on completing the blogathon – hope we stay in touch online!

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Stephanie Suesan Smith May 31, 2011 at 11:07 am

There are hundreds of free templates, and hundreds more that cost money to buy, so I am sure you can find something you like.

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Stephanie Suesan Smith May 31, 2011 at 11:13 am

Glad I could help.

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Tammy Ellingson June 1, 2011 at 12:20 am

I’ll be considering this in the next few weeks. need to learn a bit more about WordPress first. I appreciate your tech info!
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Stephanie Suesan Smith June 1, 2011 at 6:31 am

Wordpress has a little more to learn at first but can do lots of neat things once you do.

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redacteur web June 1, 2011 at 10:47 am

Wordpress is much more easier to use. And it won’t take too long for me to finish my blog there. Thank you so much for telling us how to move from Blogger to Wordpress.
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Stephanie Suesan Smith June 1, 2011 at 12:51 pm

You are welcome. I think it is.

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Gail Gardner from Niche Blogging June 1, 2011 at 12:42 pm

Hi Stephanie,

I came by to see how the new version of CommentLuv works. Good to see you assisting bloggers with moving to WordPress. When they do THEY can have CommentLuv too!
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Stephanie Suesan Smith June 1, 2011 at 12:52 pm

I am trying to pass on what you taught me.

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Gail from DallasMetro June 1, 2011 at 12:44 pm

Still me, Stephanie. I am drafting you to test to find out how the new version of CommentLuv works differently (if it does) than the previous versions.

What is REALLY interesting is that if you use a Twitter URL instead of a blog or Web site you can pick one of your last 10 TWEETS instead of blog posts.
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Stephanie Suesan Smith June 1, 2011 at 12:52 pm

That is cool. I did not know that.

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Paul June 1, 2011 at 10:36 pm

Hi Stephen, I was referred here by Gail from his latest post. So this is how the new version of commentluv looks like 🙂 Love your blog! I’m going to visit here every once and a while. Thanks!
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Stephanie Suesan Smith June 2, 2011 at 6:12 am

Thanks for stopping by.

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ira from chicago and suburb June 1, 2011 at 11:32 pm

I am not sure but I think I like blogger better. But Wordpress has so much to offer. I am still thinking about it.

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Stephanie Suesan Smith June 2, 2011 at 6:10 am

No reason you have to move. But you should know you have options.

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Boutaric June 2, 2011 at 4:32 am

I’m definitely not a fan of free hosting as i had a lot of problems with it. I have a PR3 blog on blogger and i was thinking of moving it to a self hosted Wordpress. It’s gonna lose the ranking but at least i’m the only owner of the content. Thanks for sharing

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Stephanie Suesan Smith June 2, 2011 at 6:09 am

Moving is painful, but you will be better off in the long run.

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Ernest June 2, 2011 at 9:09 am

I think I now have the reason to move to wordpress from blogger. Even if I have mastered how blogger works.

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Stephanie Suesan Smith June 2, 2011 at 9:39 am

Learning new things is good. Then you will know two systems.

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jenny123 June 9, 2011 at 4:56 am

Got a blog on another platform but you’ve been hearing great things about WordPress and are considering a switch? Does the thought cause you to feel a migraine coming on? Don’t panic! It’s less scary than it sounds.
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Stephanie Suesan Smith June 9, 2011 at 6:14 am

True, it isn’t as hard as it could be. Thanks for stopping by.

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Rhyss from meat packaging machines June 20, 2011 at 3:39 am

I have been a blogger user but it is kind of boring already. I have friends who want me to transfer to wordpress but I am not sure about it because I am thinking that wordpress is a bit complicated with so much plug-ins to add on.

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Stephanie Suesan Smith June 20, 2011 at 6:56 am

There is a bit of a learning curve but once you learn, you can do a lot more with Wordpress.

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Natasha from SEO Los Angeles July 29, 2011 at 5:20 pm

Stephanie –

This is great advice, thank you so much! I have been thinking about a move to wordpress and I wasn’t sure exactly how to go about it so this was really helpful in that department. As usual, I enjoyed reading this! Very informative 🙂

Natasha

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Stephanie Suesan Smith July 30, 2011 at 6:32 am

Thank you. I hope the move goes smoothly.

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Jayr September 24, 2012 at 10:20 pm

thanks for the guide. I am planning to move my blogger blog to wordpress.

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Kenneth Sweet September 29, 2014 at 1:56 pm

Thanks so much for this info. I just converted my Blogger blog and imported it into my new website. I really appreciate you showing us all how.

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