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How to Migrate from Blogger to WordPress Safely

Today I want to share with you an important article that is about how to migrate from blogger to WordPress. I have no doubt about the quality of blogger and it is one of the best and most popular blogging platforms. Blogger is free and google hosted blogging platform. It is the best for the newbies who just starting blogging. But sooner or later you need to migrate from blogger to WordPress. So you have to know the migration process from blogger to WordPress.

There are a lot of bloggers who are waiting but they don’t know how to migrate from blogger to WordPress. There are other big reasons why bloggers do not want to migrate from blogger to WordPress. Because they are afraid of losing traffic and search engine ranking. But it is still possible to do that without losing traffic and ranking. But you need to know how to migrate from blogger to WordPress perfectly.

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This article will show you step by step the migration process from blogger to WordPress.

You may ask why should shift from blogger to WordPress. Blogger is owned by google and google have a complete right over your blog. They can delete or change anything on your blog anytime. So if you want full control of your blog you need to shift.

Blogger has some limitations such as you can not customize properly. WordPress is more SEO optimized than blogger. So you should know how to migrate from blogger to WordPress so that you can easily do it without losing your valuable resources.

How to Migrate from Blogger to WordPress

How to Migrate from Blogger to WordPress

You need two important things if you want to migrate from blogger to WordPress. Such as:

A Perfect Hosting Provider

Hosting is really an important factor for your WordPress blog. When you shift from blogger to WordPress you need a web host. Because WordPress blog is self-hosted. You can use Bluehost.

CloudFlare Account

It is not very much important but it is highly recommended that you need a good CDN like CloudFlare. Because CloudFlare will help your blog t protect some threats, it also improves your blog loading time and more.

Migration Process from Blogger to WordPress

  • Export Blogger Blog

At first, you need to export your blogger blog’s content. Open your Dashboard then click on Settings >> Other >> Export Blog. This process will download an XML file to your computer.

How to Migrate from Blogger to WordPress

 

  • Import Blogger XML File to WordPress

Then you need to import XML file. Go to WordPress and click on Tools >> Import then click on Blogger.

How to Migrate from Blogger to WordPress

Then a popup  will come asking you to install the blogger to WordPress importer. Just click on Install button.

WordPress will download and install the Blogger importer plugin for you. Once it is installed, activate this plugin and run importer link to continue.

Migration Process from Blogger to WordPress

When you activate the plugin and run the importer. Then it will ask you to upload the XML file that you have download from Blogger.

Migration Process from Blogger to WordPress

When the upload will be finished, you will ask to assign an author to the imported posts. That’ all, you have done.

Setting up Permalink

You need to set permalinks. Just click on Settings on your WordPress Dashboard then select Permalinks. Now paste the following texts into the Custom Structure box then Save Changes.

How to Migrate from Blogger to WordPress

Setting up Redirection

This step is one of the most important steps to migrate from blogger to WordPress. If you want to know how to migrate from blogger to WordPress, you need to know setting up redirection process.

You need to set up redirection on two levels.1st, redirect blogger visitors to your new WordPress blog and 2nd, once users reach your WordPress site, you will redirect them to the exact post they are trying to read.

Go to blogger blog account and click on Template. Scroll down the Template page, when you find Revert to Classic Template just click on it. Finally, click on Revert to Classic Template link.

How to Migrate from Blogger to WordPress

Then you will see Edit Template HTML text area. You need to replace the entire code with the following code.

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-strict.dtd">
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xml:lang="en" lang="en" dir="<$BlogLanguageDirection$>">
<head>
<title><$BlogPageTitle$></title>
<script type="text/javascript">
<MainOrArchivePage>
window.location.href='http://www.mytechgoal.com/'
</MainOrArchivePage>
<Blogger><ItemPage>
window.location.href='http://www.mytechgoal.com/blogger/?q=<$BlogItemPermalinkURL$>'
</ItemPage></Blogger>
</script>
<MainPage><link rel="canonical" href="http://www.mytechgoal.com/" /></MainPage>
<Blogger><ItemPage>
<link rel="canonical" href="http://www.mytechgoal.com/<$BlogItemPermalinkURL$>" />
</ItemPage></Blogger>
</head><body>
<div style="border:#ccc 1px solid; background:#eee; padding:20px; margin:80px;">
<p>This page has moved to a new address.</p>
<h1>
<MainOrArchivePage><a href="http://www.mytechgoal.com"><$BlogTitle$></a></MainOrArchivePage>
<Blogger><ItemPage>
<a href="http://www.mytechgoal.com/<$BlogItemPermalinkURL$>"><$BlogItemTitle$></a>
</ItemPage></Blogger>
</h1>
</div> </body></html>

You need to replace http://www.mytechgoal.com/ with your domain name. Save your template. You have successfully completed redirection on your blogger blog.

Now you need to set your redirection on your WordPress that users will be redirected to the proper posts. Using Notepad or other text editors you need to create a news file. Give a name of this file such as redirected.php then copy and paste the below code in this file.

<?php require_once('wp-load.php');
$res = $wpdb->get_results("SELECT post_id, meta_value FROM $wpdb->postmeta WHERE meta_key = 'blogger_permalink'");
$wpdb->print_error();
foreach ($res as $row)
{ $slug = explode("/",$row->meta_value);
$slug = explode(".",$slug[3]);
$wpdb->query("UPDATE $wpdb->posts SET post_name ='" . $slug[0] . "' WHERE ID = $row->post_id");
$wpdb->print_error();
}
echo "Permalinks are Fixed! Welcome to WordPress, Happy Blogging";
?>

Now upload redirected.php file to public_html of your WordPress installation.

Then run this php code on your site from the following link that you can fix the permalinks issues. You get a message as done.

http://www.yoursitename.com/redirected.php

Redirect Feeds

To redirect RSS feeds, you need to go blogger Dashboard. Then Click on Settings >> Other. You will see Site Feed section. Now click on Add link just next to Post Feed Redirect URL. Here you can enter the web address of your new WordPress RSS feed and the existing RSS subscriber will automatically move to your new feed.

Importing Images from Blogger to WordPress

You must want to import all the images to your WordPress which you have uploaded in blogger. There are different ways to do that but I think using importer plugin, you can easily do it. You can use Cache Image Plugin.

Install and activate this plugin to WordPress. Then go to Tools >> Cache Remote Images. Then click on Scan Or Scan(including linked) that you will get a list of domains from which images can be cached. Now click on Cache from this domain button then the images will import directly to your folders. All the previous images URLs are replaced with the new ones.

Munna Hossain
 

Hello, I am Munna Hossain. I am a professional blogger and affiliate marketer. I am interested in technology, blogging, SEO, and WordPress. My blog Mytechgoal provides you all information about technology, blogging, SEO, and affiliate marketing.

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