I have received a whole lot of questions about how I migrated from Blogger to WordPress.
The answer is – I called my friend Kristel and basically said “HELP!” She freaking rocks, and is part of my IMLP (and life) cheering section. I asked her to step in and write a how-to so that others who want to switch might not be quite so intimidated by the process (thank you so much!)
The following will work for both WordPress.com and WordPress.org blogs.
And now, without further ado, I introduce my buddy Kristel!
I recently helped by good pal
Mandy Caratunk Girl out with her migration from the ol’ Blogger into her new WordPress Blog. From the sounds of it, a lot of you may be considering a similar move, so she asked me for help explaining the process of getting all of your content moved over safe & sound.
On first glance, it may seem like a complicated process, but really, aside from the fact that this is a multi-step process, it can be done by even those of us who aren’t super technically inclined.
Backing Up Your Blogger Content
Though it’s not a critical part of the process, I highly recommend backing up your Blogger content before managing the move from Blogger to WordPress. It’s highly unlikely that your content will get hit by the proverbial bus…but you never know. Here’s the basic process:
1) From your Dashboard, Select “Settings” for the blog you are exporting:
2) This’ll land on the “Basic” Tab, under which your first option is “Blog Tools”, select “Export Blog”
3) This will open the “Export your blog” tool. Simply click “Download Blog”
4) A dialog box will open that asks you whether to open or save the file. Select “Safe File” and be sure you save it somewhere on your computer that you’ll be able to easily find it again should something happen to your content during the big move.
Your content is now backed up, safe from immediate harm (unless your computer now gets struck by lightning), and you are ready to begin the big move from Blogger to WordPress.
Importing Your Content Into WordPress
Couple of things you’ll want to do before you start this process:
a) Be sure you are logged into Blogger (this will help with Step 6 below)
b) Be sure, if you have guest contributors, you have added them all to your new WordPress blog using the “Users” control panel, which can be found in the left side menu of your WordPress dashboard (this will help with Step 9 below)
I know, enough of the preparation already…on to the import:
1) Log into your WordPress dashboard
2) You’ll see a menu along the left side of the screen. Select “Tools”.
3) The Tools menu will expand to reveal “Import” and “Export”. Select “Import”
4) This will open a menu that offers several types of file import options. The one you want will be at the very top: “Blogger”
5) if this is the first time you’ve imported content into WordPress (guessing, if you’re reading this, it will be) a window will open that walks you thru an install process for the importer tool:
5a) Click Install Now
5b) Select “Activate & Run Importer”
6) Click “Authorize” to allow WordPress to connect directly with Blogger
7) Select “Grant Access” with Google’s authorization service
Eight) Use the Magic Button to “Import” the blog you are importing
9) Once WordPress has imported content, the Magic Button will change to read “Set Authors”…click it.
10) Match the correct blogger user name(s) to the correct WordPress user name(s) & Save Changes
WordPress will automatically open your “Posts” menu, where you should see all of your posts from your old blogger account. It’s from within this menu that you will be creating new posts & editing drafts/old posts moving forward.
Hopefully this all worked like a charm & you are off & running, but if you have questions, please be sure to leave them in the comments area here (so we can share Q&A with everyone else) & I’ll answer them as efficiently as possible.