Part Two: So You Want to Leave Blogger for WordPress

The idea of migrating from Blogger to a self-hosted WordPress blog can seem overwhelming at first.  Where do you start?  What steps do you need to follow? What if you forget something important? What if your comments disappear? What if your followers go *poof*?

What if… the process isn’t so scary after all?

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If you’ve made to this part of the tutorial, it means you’ve done all of your prep work and you’ve successfully imported your Blogger blog into WordPress.  You are almost done!  All that is left now is some tweaking to ensure that everything is working properly.


Let’s start with permalinks. You want people who come across your old links (via search engines, etc.) to be able to find those posts, right?  Because Blogger and WordPress format their links differently, in order for this to happen you have to make a couple of quick tweaks to WordPress.

STEP ONE: FIX YOUR PERMALINK STRUCTURE

The first thing you want to do is make sure WordPress uses the same link format as Blogger.  This step will adjust the settings on all of your future WordPress posts so they match your old Blogger posts, and everyone will live in perfect harmony.

    • Login to your WordPress Admin Dashboard
    • Go to Settings/Permalinks
    • Select “Custom” and type this line into the box:  /%year%/%monthnum%/%postname%.html
    • Save Changes
Permalink Structure

Fix your permalink structure in WordPress

Done!

Now it’s time to fix your OLD Blogger permalinks to ensure visitors can successfully find your migrated posts on WordPress.

STEP TWO: FIX YOUR EXISTING PERMALINKS

This step is done via a WordPress plugin.  Plugins will soon become your best friends in WordPress.  Trust me.

Go to Plugins/Add New and search for “Maintain Blogger Permalinks.” (If you can’t find the plug-in, click on the link and follow the instructions on the plugin page).

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Search for "Maintain Blogger Permalinks" plugin.

  • Install the plugin.
  • Activate it.
  • Go to Tools/Maintain Blogger Permalinks in your Dashboard.
  • Click on the button and 99% of your permalinks will be fixed!

Click "Maintain Blogger Permalinks"

Simple.  Now, you’ll notice I said that 99% of your links would be fixed.  This is true.  The reason for this is that some posts titles that contained words like “and” will not get changed properly. We’ll deal with this later in the tutorial.

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Before we continue... (image via cartoonstock)

Before we move on the the next step, let’s talk about blog redirection and why it is important to your WordPress blog.  The last thing you want to do is delete your Blogger Blog.  This is true for a number of reasons.

  • Search engine links: People will continue to find your old links in search engine queries.   It’s better to redirect them to your new page than have them get an error.  I still get quite a large number of visitors each day that are redirected to WordPress through my Blogger site.
  • Subscribers: Everyone’s biggest fear when it comes to migrating blogging platforms is losing subscribers.  I regained the subscribers I had initially lost when I found a redirection plugin that worked properly for me!
  • Image Hosting: if you hosted your old images on Blogger (or sites like Photobucket/Picasa), your images will not migrate to WordPress with your import.  Instead, WordPress will link to the images.  If you hosted your images on Blogger, and delete the old blog, you will lose your images!
  • Historical information: It’s good to have the old blog as a back-up while your new one becomes fully established.

So, what is the best way to redirect your readers and ensure that they are not getting errors when clicking on your links?

Step Three below discusses the redirection plugin that worked for me, in these specific circumstances:

  • I used a default blogspot domain name on Blogger (www.beautifully-invisible.blogspot.com).
  • I switched to a custom domain name in WordPress (www.beautifully-invisible.com).
  • I wanted anyone who clicked on a Blogger link automatically redirected to WordPress.
  • I did NOT want Blogger visitors to get a warning page indicating they were about to be taken to another domain (I explain why in Step 5).

NOTE: If you were using a custom domain URL in Blogger, please skip to STEP FOUR!

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STEP THREE: INSTALL THE “BLOGGER TO WORDPRESS REDIRECTION” PLUGIN (FOR THOSE USING A BLOGSPOT DEFAULT DOMAIN ONLY)

This plugin was my savior.  Not only did it properly redirect my links, but it was also the reason that I was able to regain my lost Google Reader subscribers.

What makes this plugin different, you ask?  A lot of the redirection plugins out there will redirect your links properly, but at a cost.

    • Some redirect all of your old links to your WordPress home page instead of the specified post. That can be extremely frustrating to the new visitor who was looking for info on Lady Gaga’s Meat Dress, and not How to Migrate from Blogger to WordPress!
    • Some will redirect to the post, but only after the visitor gets a “You are About to be Redirected” warning message. This warning message was the bane of my existence.  It was the reason I lost my Google Reader followers. It literally acted like a wall when Google Reader was trying to fetch updates.
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Where did my followers go?! (Quote by J. R. R. Tolkien)

I researched high and low and tried just about every plugin imaginable before I came across the “Blogger to WordPress Redirection” plugin.  It was the only one that did everything I needed it to.  It was the only one that worked for me. This is the holy grail of plugins, people.

The installation process is a bit more complicated then the other plugins you’ll use, but well worth the added effort!

1. Go to Plugins/Add New and search for “Blogger to WordPress Redirection.” (make sure you select the one with rtCamp as the author).

    • Install the plugin.

Search for "Blogger to WordPress Redirection" by rtCamp

    • Activate it.
    • Go to Tools/Blogger To WordPress Redirection in your Dashboard and select “Start Configuration”

Select "Start Configuration"

    • Follow the instructions and generate the redirection code you’ll need to place in Blogger.

Follow the instructions to generate code.

2. Add the redirection code to Blogger: in order for this plugin to work properly, you must add the generated code to the HTML in blogger.

  • Log in to your Blogger Dashboard
  • Go to Design/Edit HTML
  • Save a copy of your template (if you haven’t already0 by selecting “Download Full Template.”
  • Revert to the Classic Template (you mustdo this for the plugin to work correctly).

    Go to Design/Edit Html and revert to the Classic Template

     

  • Copy the code generated by the plugin into the beginning of your HTML.
  • Save changes.

3. Go back to the plugin in WordPress and verify that the code is working.

    • Go to your WordPress Dashboard
    • Go to Tools/Blogger to WordPress Redirection
    • Click the “Verify Configuration” button and see if your posts are being redirected properly.

Verify that it worked!

  • That’s it!

NOTE: If you are using Host Gator to host your domain, you may run into a problem where the redirect always takes you to your home page instead of to the actual post.  If so check this out: http://bloggertowp.org/forums/topic/redirection-doesnt-work.  In this case, you will have to contact Host Gator and ask them to enable Mod_security for you account.

Now, skip to Step Five!

STEP FOUR: REDIRECTION FOR THOSE USING A CUSTOM BLOGGER DOMAIN NAME

If you were originally using the “.blogspot.com” default domain on your Blogger site, skip to step 5.

If you were using a custom domain in Blogger instead of the default, your redirection procedure will be a bit different.  Please read on.

1.  Point your Blogger Blog to your Custom Domain URL. In Part One of the tutorial, you had to temporarily revert your Blogger domain to the default blogspot address.  Anyone who originally used the blogspot address will leave it this way, but you will have to update yours to your custom domain.

    • Log in to your Blogger Dashboard
    • Go to Settings/Publishing and select “Switch to Custom Domain”
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Switch to your Custom Domain URL

  • Enter your custom domain address
  • Save and exit

2. That’s it. I know, right?  Easy.  I am jealous.  But you don’t need install any plug-ins for this step because you are using the same domain name you used prior to your blog migration.

NOTE: IF, and only IF, for some reason this step doesn’t work for you and redirection doesn’t work properly (ex: you get the dreaded warning page when being redirected from Blogger), then please go back and follow STEP THREE above. 

STEP FIVE: UPDATE YOUR RSS FEED INFORMATION

The easiest way to move subscribers to your new website is by updating your RSS feed information.  This will not only update the feeds for existing subscribers, but also ensure that new visitors will be able to sign up for your feed.  I had to do this in two different ways.

1.  Update your Feedburner URL. If you are using feedburner for your RSS feeds (which I would recommended), this step is very quick.

    • Go to Feedburner
    • Click on your Feed Name
    • Select “Edit Feed Details”
    • Update the feed to your new domain (if your domain has not changed, you don’t need to do anything).

Update your Feedburner feed details

  • Save and exit.

2. Update your Blogger Feed URL. Make sure that your Blogger feed URL matches your Feedburner URL.

    • Log in to your Blogger Dashboard
    • Go to Settings/Site Feed and make sure the correct feed URL  is indicated

Does your Blogger feed URL match Feedburner?

  • Save and exit.

3. (Optional) Install “FD Feedburner Plugin” in WordPress: Depending on which theme you select for your WordPress blog, you may be able to skip this step.

  • Many themes come with a built-in feature that allows you to set your Feedburner URL in WordPress.   If your theme has this option, just input your feedburner address and you are done. (The Thesis Theme, which I use, does this).
  • If your selected theme does not have a Feed option, you can install the “FD Feedburner” plugin that will integrate Feedburner with WordPress.

Go to Plugins/Add New/Install and activate the FD Feedburner Plugin.

Edit the settings to point your Feedburner address and you are done.

STEP SIX: MOVE YOUR GOOGLE READER SUBSCRIBERS (Optional)

As I mentioned above, simply switching my RSS feed did not automatically move my Google Reader subscribers.  In order to do that I had to manually update my Google Friend Connect settings to point to my new domain.  This moved my old subscribers and allowed new visitors to sign up via Google Friend Connect.  Theoretically, if your domain name has not changed, you should be able to skip this step.

    • Go to Google Friend Connect
    • Select your Blogger Blog.
    • In order to access the “advanced” settings in Google Friend Connect, you have to change the URL manually.
    • As indicated below, change the word “overview” to the word “settings”
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Update the URL to reach advanced settings

    • Now that you are in the advanced settings, simply update the website address to your new WordPress Domain.
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Update Friend Connect to point to your new WordPress Domain!

  • Save your settings and exit.
  • Add the widget code to your WordPress Blog (see widget instructions in Step 11).
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Get the code for your Google Friend Connect widget

STEP SEVEN: REDIRECT YOUR EXISTING SUBSCRIBERS

It isn’t enough to simply update your feed addresses.  You also have to redirect your existing subscribers the same way you redirect your Blog posts.

    • Login to your WordPress Admin Dashboard
    • Download and activate the “Redirection” plugin
    • Go to Tools/Redirection and enter your Feedburner settings
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Enter your feed information

  • Save and exit.

Now, if everything went smoothly, all of your subscribers have made the move to WordPress with you! Phew. I think it’s time for another Martini!

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Only a few last steps to go now.

STEP EIGHT: INSTALL “PERMALINK FINDER” PLUGIN

Even though we did all that work to update and redirect our permalinks, there will still be some links that need some additional “help” to get to the right place.  Installing the “Permalink Finder” plugin is the easiest way to do this.

    • Download and activate the plugin.
    • Go to Settings/Permalink Finder and enter your preferred settings.

Enter your preferred Permalink-Finder settings

  • Save and exit!

See how easy this is getting?

STEP NINE: INSTALL “BROKEN LINK CHECKER” PLUGIN

This plugin serves as one final “checkpoint” to ensure that you don’t have any broken links in your new WordPress blog.

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Check for broken links!

  • Sit back and let the plugin do the work for you.
  • Go pour yourself another martini.

Be careful with the vermouth.... (image via Google Images)

STEP TEN: MAKE SURE YOUR WORDPRESS BLOG IS SEARCHABLE!

Guess what?  You’ve done it.  You’ve done all of the work you needed to ensure that your migration from Blogger to WordPress was successful!

You’ve (hopefully) now fixed your permalinks, redirected to your new Blog, moved your subscribers and checked for any broken links.

You are happy and relaxed after a couple of drinks… life is good.

All that is left now is making sure your WordPress Blog searchable.

  • Go to Settings/Privacy
  • Make your blog searchable
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Make your WordPress blog searchable!

  • Save and exit!
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Time for the Happy Dance! Upgrade to WordPress complete! (image via Google Images)

Easy as that – you are done!

STEP ELEVEN: THE FUN STUFF

Now it’s time for the fun stuff.

  • Installing and customizing your theme
  • Searching for fun plugins
  • Adding widgets

I won’t go into detail on any of this, as this is your time to customize, customize, customize!

Just one final quick tutorial on how to work with widgets.

    • Go to Appearance/Widgets
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Play with the different widget types available to you...

  • Start exploring the different types of widgets available to you!
  • I use the “text” widget most often (this is the widget you’d use to install Google Friend connect.  Just insert the code and you are all set!)

Bloglovin’ Subscribers:  In order to update your feed you will need to contact the Bloglovin’ people directly.

A few other plugins that are worth mentioning:

Theme Resources:

Have fun!

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I hope you have found this tutorial helpful.  I tried to make it easy to follow, but please let me know if something doesn’t make sense.

These are the steps I followed in my own Blog migration, and I am happy to say that it was successful.

There may be easier ways to do some of the things that I discussed, but this is what worked for me,  someone who is not a genius programmer and has a very limited understanding of programming language.

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  • JoAnne November 3, 2012, 7:42 PM

    Thank you so much for the migration guide. It was really helpful. 🙂

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  • Alisha November 3, 2012, 6:35 PM

    Phew! After many glasses of wine, I am happy to say I am done!!! Thank you so much for this EXCELLENT tutorial!!!

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  • Callie April 15, 2012, 7:04 AM

    Yay thank you SO MUCH for this tutorial that I’ve stumbled upon via google – you’re a life saver!

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  • Sarah January 22, 2012, 11:40 PM

    I have a question regarding Step 7…

    I have a fairly new blog with only about 115 followers — none of which subscribe via RSS (Feedburner). When I log into Feedburner it displays 0 Followers. That being the case, do I need to do Step 7? Wouldn’t I, essentially, be moving no one? Many thanks!!!

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  • Sarah K. August 6, 2011, 9:02 PM

    Oh my gosh lady! I am thanking my lucky stars for you and this wonderful how to. I was tearing my hair out and on the verge of tears when I found it. I wish I could buy you a martini, this fixed everything and answered all my questions. i am going to highly recommend it to anyone else moving from Blogger to Wordpress. Thank you a million times, you rock!

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  • Nnenna July 11, 2011, 9:18 PM

    This is an absolute godsend! I’ve been working on moving my blog for the past month and completed the last few steps today and I can’t thank you enough for putting this together! It worked like a charm! 😀

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  • Elizabeth@rosalilium July 5, 2011, 4:28 AM

    Hoorah! I did it. Thank you thank you thank you for this amazing tutorial. I have spent days figuring it all out and would never have got this far without you.

    You are a star!
    x

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  • No Guilt Fashion June 16, 2011, 11:44 AM

    This was very easy to follow! Thanks for giving me the link yesterday. Now to deal with my header issues.

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  • Lester Fong June 2, 2011, 4:31 AM

    Your tutorial rocks! I followed it without any hitch, except my PageRank. It is supposed to be PR3, and now it is n/a. Should it takes some time to get back to its original ranking? I have just made the move to Wordpress.

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  • Beautifully Invisible June 8, 2011, 3:58 PM

    Hi Lester, so glad the tutorial was helpful to you!

    Unfortunately PR is one of the things that you lose if you switch domains. It will take some time to get back to your old ranking, and as I understand it, Google only updates those a handful of times a year. Hang tight!

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  • lisi April 6, 2011, 10:31 PM

    One thing. I just tried to download and upload the plugin for redirection {step #7} When I downloaded it {to my Mac} it didn’t seem to save as a zip file. On Wordpress it says it must be in a zip format to upload a plugin. I’m not sure what to do from here? I think that will fix the problem I’m having with not being able to publish on google reader or have my google friend connect work properly. I’d love your input! You make such amazing tutorials!!!

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  • lisi April 6, 2011, 10:04 PM

    OMG. I love you. You are my savior. I just paid someone money to switch me to wordpress and I’m still getting the redirect thing. I didn’t feel comfortable with having them sign into my google account so I thought I’d lose all my readers. Your post is saving my life right now. THANK YOU.

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  • Mileena March 24, 2011, 8:02 PM

    Hi!

    Thank you so much writing this post, but I’m a little confused =S

    I don’t have a custom domain for my blogger blog (it’s mydomain.blogspot.com) but ofcourse I have a self hosted Wordpress blog. Do I need to get a custom domain first before I do anything else? It seems silly since I’ll be switching it back to ‘xxxx.blogspot.com’ anyway near the end.

    I hope you can clear this up!

    Thank you so much for all you do!
    <3

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  • Beautifully Invisible March 28, 2011, 4:09 PM

    Hi Mileena,

    Can you provide some more information please? If you are asking about Step 4, if you were originally using a .blogspot.com domain on Blogger you can just skip Step 4 and go straight to Step 5 as indicated in the post. Is this what you meant, or did you have a more specific question? I’m happy to help in any way I can.

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  • Melissa February 14, 2011, 5:44 PM

    This is amazing! Easy to read and highly amusing. 🙂

    While it IS easy to read because you write so well, I really just feel like a moron and like I will royally screw this up if I try to do this myself. How long did the entire process take you? Would you recommend waiting until the weekend when people aren’t normally reading blogs in case it takes a few days to finish?

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  • Al February 13, 2011, 5:00 PM

    Hi!

    First of all thank you very much for this useful guide in two steps!!

    I still have to read it very carefully (I’ll do it with my boyfriend, who’s helping me to switch to wordpress) so I don’t know if I missed this detail but: how did you redirect your Bloglovin’ feeds?
    I am already OK with feedburner and Google friend connect, but I don’t find how to manage the bloglovin’ switch… any suggestions?

    I hope I didn’t make a stupid/asked-tons-of-times question, and thank you very much again!

    Al

    -The Red Dot-

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  • Beautifully Invisible February 13, 2011, 6:09 PM

    Hi there! I am so happy to hear that the tutorial helped in your move. There are no stupid questions 🙂

    Thanks for the reminder that I need to add something about Bloglovin’ subscribers to this! This part is actually simple – just contact the Bloglovin’ people directly at http://www.bloglovin.com/en/contact and ask them to update your profile to the new address. This will automatically move your followers over.

    Hope that helps!

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  • Al February 13, 2011, 6:17 PM

    Thank you so much for the super fast answer!!
    It is very simple indeed, but I would have never thought about asking them directly, I don’t know why! 😀
    So thank you very much for the tip, you’re great and these posts rock!

    Al

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  • Fabienne Jach February 13, 2011, 12:56 AM

    You seriously rock! It still took me the better part of the day to figure my way out of this paper bag but I couldn’t have done it without you. Thank you for the sanity. I raise a glass to you, darlin’!

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  • Beautifully Invisible February 13, 2011, 6:11 PM

    Yay, I am so glad to hear this was helpful! I did a quick drop by your new site and I love the new look – can’t wait to see what other changes you have in store!

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  • carlyjcais February 7, 2011, 12:44 AM

    Thank you so much for this guide! It is incredibly invaluable for those of us trying to make the migration.

    However, there is a little issue with the Blogger to Wordpress.org plugin. It doesn’t work for the current version of Wordpress (3.0.4) anymore!!:-( (Google does not allow self-hosted Wordpress permission to access the Blogger files.)

    After much going back and forth with my host to find out if the problem was on their end (it isn’t), and finding numerous other people out there on the web who’ve experienced the same frustrations, the current solutions are:

    1) Download your Blogger XML file and convert it to a Wordpress file using: http://blogger2wordpress.appspot.com/ (Doesn’t work in Firefox; use Chrome or Safari). Will work if your XML file is smaller than 2MB; larger, don’t count on it.

    2) Set up a Wordpress.com blog, and use the Wordpress.com importer to import from Blogger. Then, export the Wordpress.com file to your hard drive. Install Wordpress.org on your self-hosted domain. Upload the Wordpress file using the Wordpress to Wordpress Importer. (File must be smaller than stated file size in the importer; if it isn’t, you can edit the php.ini file if you know what you’re doing – if not, call your hosting company and have them edit it to allow larger size uploads.)

    3) Pay a third party who has developed their own importer application to import your Blogger blog for you. For me, I was quoted $250 for importing everything (content, photos, permalinks, RSS etc.).

    I chose option #2) since I’m a cheapskate, and ended up having to import my Blogger blog 11 times before I finally got something workable on Wordpress.com. I spent a week going back and forth in emails to the Wordpress.com support staff, who had to eventually empty the database contents and then manually import my blog for me on the back-end. And still, portrait-sized photos were compressed, some photos are still linking back to Wordpress.com, I lost all my videos, and the author of my posts ended up as the Wordpress support staff person. LOL!

    And then I exported the Wordpress blog, and then imported to my own self-hosted domain. And it pretty much worked! And I was able to follow the rest of this guide for altering the permalinks structure and RSS feeds and such.

    Thank you so much for providing this for people like me who are unsure of what they are doing…despite all my problems it was still so useful!

    (Also, you may want to indicate somewhere in the guide that if you migrate to Wordpress you will NOT retain your Blogger blog layout, widgets, or any widget-content (images, Twitter feed, text, ads, animated gifs, slideshows etc), and that you will have to build everything from scratch again. I was naively unaware of this and so was caught by surprise when I looked at what had been imported and it was posts only – my meticulously-crafted custom Blogger skin was gone and my widgets non-existent. I know it’s kind of obvious but it just didn’t occur to me that I would lose that information, so maybe there are other people out there who are confused as to what “migration” really means!)
    Thanks again!
    xoxo
    Carly

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  • Beautifully Invisible February 7, 2011, 11:44 AM

    Hi Carly, thank you so much for your feedback!

    First, I am VERY sorry to hear that the Blogger to Wordpress Importer did not work for you. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it DOES still work with WP 3.0.4. I am not sure what is causing the issues some people, your self included, are having. I actually just re-imported all of my posts into a staging-version of my blog (WP 3.0.4 blog) the other day and it worked fine for me. I am baffled as to why this isn’t the case for everyone. May I ask which host you are using? I wonder if that is somehow connected, even though they claim it is not. I am sorry you had such trouble with that step – it should have been one of the easiest!

    Regardless, thank you for the information on alternative methods. I will update that section to link to your comment in case others have the same issue. I will also try to emphasize that ONLY your posts and comments get migrated, no design elements. Thanks for pointing that out!

    Thanks again for your comment, and I am happy that the tutorial was able to help as least somewhat 🙂

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  • carlyjcais February 14, 2011, 1:32 PM

    Arrrgh! Gosh, I can’t believe that the importer is working for some people and not for others!>:-( I got an account with Bluehost and they said that it looked like an issue with Wordpress.org (and there were a ton of threads in the WP forum about this importer not working)…so I added my thread, and WP claimed the problem was with Google, and Google said the problem was with WP 3.0.4…so everybody ended up passing the buck and I never got a straight answer as to why it didn’t work for me and I had to do this crazy, involved workaround. Gah.

    Well, I never would have tried to attempt this anyway without your tutorial, and I would have had to pay that company $250, so I was very grateful that this was out there!! (There were some other tutorials for moving to Wordpress, but they were all so outdated, so I was very happy to find yours!!)

    Thanks again!:-D
    xoxox
    Carly

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  • Fabienne Jach January 18, 2011, 7:31 PM

    You’re the bomb! I’m in the process of making the switch, I know this info is about to come in really handy. Thank you!

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  • Ms Wanda January 10, 2011, 5:09 PM

    This is great, but I am still a little scared. Glad you’re there to hold my (virtual) hand!!

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  • pregnancybaby411 January 2, 2011, 12:29 AM

    Hi! Wow, this has been a great set of posts. I’ve been in the process of migrating for about a month now, and messed up ALOT along the way, and your post has been super helpful. Especially the Plugins. They’ve completely saved me! YAY! I still have a few kinks to work out. My Google Friend Connect still isn’t working and I don’t know why. Anything someone joins my GFC, my site doesn’t appear on their Google Reader. GRRRRR.. It has been super frustrating. But other than that, the rest of my site has worked out perfectly. I’ve followed your instructions and hopefully I CAN GET ALL THE KINKS OUT! Thank you SO much!

    I’m a new GFC follower of yours. Great blog! Hope you will have more posts about blogging and Wordpress in the future. SO helpful!

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  • Anonymous November 18, 2010, 1:27 AM

    phew! that doesn’t sound so bad (as my eyeballs roll around in their sockets!) I think I can do it. I use intense debate for comments so I am a little worried that I will lose all of my comments but you definitely addressed all my other questions. This was definitely the most user-friendly guide I’ve read so far. Thanks again!

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  • Beautifully Invisible November 19, 2010, 8:35 PM

    I don’t know that much about Intense Debate, but I would guess that it would work much the same as Disqus, and I did not lose mine (except for a couple that came in while I was migrating. Those went *poof*) Good luck if you do decide to make the move – let me know how it goes!

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  • Amy @ Journey Mum November 17, 2010, 8:21 PM

    For step 2 on fixing the permalinks, the instructions on the linked page aren’t completely accurate anymore. What I did was download the zip, then on wordpress I went to Plugins, Add New, Upload and uploaded the zip file. Then I continued following your instructions.
    I’m still working through it all, I’ll add more comments if needed!

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  • Beautifully Invisible November 17, 2010, 10:08 PM

    Thanks for the information Amy. I’ll update the tutorial to reflect that when I have a moment!

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  • Grit and Glamour November 16, 2010, 3:38 PM

    So, so, so, so GOOD! Well-written, well-presented…you are about to become the queen resource for this info! I know this post was very time-consuming, but I am so glad you did it. It is top-notch, critical info for others.

    ♥ V
    http://www.gritandglamour.com
    twitter: @gritandglamour

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  • Beautifully Invisible November 17, 2010, 10:07 PM

    I know I’ve said it already, but thanks again V, and thanks for including it in your BABB page. I am honored!

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  • Casee Marie November 15, 2010, 1:11 AM

    I really can’t tell you how much I appreciate this tutorial. I’m quite strongly leaning toward switching (the question is when, considering that I’ll be moving into a new place next week, and then there’s the holidays…) and this will be my saving grace when I get to it. And it really doesn’t look too-too scary. I wonder, do you think it would be at all beneficial to make a free Wordpress-hosted test account just to play around with the themes, or do you suppose they’re a lot different between the Wordpress host and a paid host? Regardless of the debacle with momentarily losing followers, your transition to Wordpress certainly looked flawless. I’m so trial-and-error with my customizations that people would probably show up at my blog to find it in a complete state of disarray. Ha.

    By the way, I was all caught up in the Caroline Trentini post and forgot to thank you very (very very) much for your comments! I’m so glad you liked my Audrey post, especially. She’s such an inspiration to me beyond her films and general iconic-ness so when I post about her I try to really dig deep in order to separate what I do from the rather endless brigade of Holly Golightly posts. It makes me incredibly happy to be able to succeed in representing Audrey from a somewhat different angle. (:

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  • Beautifully Invisible November 17, 2010, 10:07 PM

    It’s my pleasure. hopefully it will be useful to people who are thinking about making the move!

    If you really want to play with the themes and such first, instead of making a free wordpress.com account, I would actually recommend making a dummy wordpress.org account. You can set it up locally using your own PC as a host (http://codex.wordpress.org/Installing_WordPress#Installing_Multiple_Blogs). This way you’ll really get to play with the “real thing” before going live. As for your customizations, you can always add a “Maintenance” plug-in to wordpress, so if you ARE working on something, you can set it up so that visitors temporarily see a “sorry – I’ll be back in an hour” page while you get everything looking the way you like.

    And it was my pleasure on the comments. Your Audrey post was very well done. I look forward to seeing what else you come up with in that series.

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  • Casee Marie November 18, 2010, 10:15 PM

    Oh my, thank you for that! It sounds just like what I want. The host I’m considering – webhostinghub.com – offers a free domain name registration and a 90-day money-back guarantee so my thought was to set it up using a different domain name (i.e. a .com rather than my existing .net) and try it for myself for a month without actually moving my readers. That way I can take my time working on the look and trying out some test posts, and if I find I want to keep Blogger then I can just cancel without sending my subscribers all over the place. It shouldn’t mess up the migration too much either, I don’t think. It sounds good in theory, but a bit more research will probably do me well. (:

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  • Beautifully Invisible November 19, 2010, 8:50 PM

    I think you’d be fine if you did that. If you set up a dummy blog locally on your own PC, it wouldn’t impact your migration at all.

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  • Anonymous November 13, 2010, 3:47 AM

    These are so detailed, LOVE LOVE LOVE this tutorial

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  • Beautifully Invisible November 13, 2010, 10:02 PM

    I hope I didn’t go overboard on the details! LOL

    Thanks 🙂

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  • Liana November 13, 2010, 3:37 AM

    wow what a long and detailed post, thank you for going through so much effort to provide this to your readers! i am still indecisive about whether i want to switch or not…i am about 80% sure that i do, just not 100% yet. but when i am sure and if i do i will definitely be using your tutorials! 🙂

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  • Beautifully Invisible November 13, 2010, 10:02 PM

    Thank you! If you do decide to switch, I hope this helps!

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