Move from Blogger to WordPress

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What You’ll Learn

If you’re like me, you’ve been blogging for a long time, and might still be using a free format and template that really doesn’t show off the quality of content you provide your readers. I blogged with Blogger since 2007, and boy, have things changed! Blogs are not just online diaries for chronicling your daily misadventures or current projects. Blogs are now multimedia platforms that can enhance your personal brand, promote your business, or even become a business within itself.

Because I was ready to expand my blog beyond simply posting my personal craft projects, I decided to switch from Blogger to WordPress.org.

In the next lesson, I outline the advantages of using the WordPress platform.

In subsequent lessons, I guide you step by step through the process of setting up your new WordPress site and transferring your old Blogger posts to your new home.

I hope this course is helpful to your goal of starting your own site!

Why Move from Blogger to WordPress

If you’re like me, you’ve been blogging for a long time, and might still be using a free format and template that really doesn’t show off the quality of content you provide your readers. I blogged with Blogger since 2007, and boy, have things changed! Blogs are not just online diaries for chronicling your daily misadventures or current projects. Blogs are now multimedia platforms that can enhance your personal brand, promote your business, or even become a business within itself.

Because I was ready to expand my blog beyond simply posting my personal craft projects, I decided to switch from Blogger to WordPress.org. There are many advantages to making this transition, which I want to highlight for you in this post. Blogging is not what it used to be, and I hope what I share with you is informative and valuable.

Benefits of Moving from Blogger to WordPress

Aesthetics. WordPress sites have a more polished and professional look, which is crucial to creating legitimacy and an established brand and online presence. The look and feel of your blog relate to themes and plug-ins.  With WordPress, there are thousands of templates available, some free and some for a fee. A WordPress theme can be run from very a basic blog to a complex multimedia eCommerce site. With a little CSS knowledge, you can customize a WordPress site, and make it all your own.

Expandability. Because WordPress is an open-source platform, you have the option to expand the functionality of your blog via plug-ins. Plug-ins can help you track your site statistics, create contact and subscription forms, and help you manage your images.

SEO Optimization. Searchability is a crucial aspect of making sure people can find your blog and all of its wonderful content. WordPress makes it easy for you to increase your web presence and be found by desired readers, subscribers, and customers.

Control. With a WordPress site, you have a great deal of control over the format and design of your blog or website. When I was on Blogger, I didn’t have much control over the look and function of my blog, besides some tacky themes floating around the internet.  My blog Krustallos chronicled my sewing projects and crafting ventures. It was a lot of fun to set up and showcase my creations. However, apart from the content, I was not really able to customize and control the form and function of my blog. WordPress allows me to create not only blog posts, but static pages as well. So if you want to place information on your blog that will remain the same with the occasional update, the option of creating static pages should suit your needs.

What’s the next Step?

WordPress offers many options for the novice and seasoned blogger alike. In the following lessons, I will guide you step-by-step to migrating your Blogger site to a WordPress.org platform and share some information about my preferred web host SiteGround.

Setting Up Your Hosting Account

I highly recommend SiteGround as a web host for your WordPress site. Right now, you can start your new blog for as little as $3.95 a month! SiteGround is a great site and offers many benefits, including:

  • 1-Click WordPress Installation
  • FREE domain transfer
  • FREE template & installation
  • Super fast page loads
  • Server-level protection and security
  • Excellent 24/7 support
  • Plus a whole host of tools that will help you to operate your WordPress site!

I opted for the GrowBig plan so I can create more websites as Krystal & Company grows. The GrowBig plan also features SuperCacher that greatly improves a WordPress website speed.

However, if you are just starting out, the StartUp plan will work for you. You can always upgrade later.

Register Your Domain

You can purchase a domain through a registration site of your choice or through your web hosting service. I used SiteGround, which provides a FREE domain transfer for existing domains. Otherwise, a new domain through the host is an extra cost.

Be thoughtful and forward-thinking about this part of the process. You want your domain name to be easy to remember and type, while accurately reflecting your site. You might want to come up with a few possible names in case your first choice isn’t available.

Review and Complete Your Registration

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Install WordPress

SiteGround has a built-in WordPress Installer already included in the web hosting options. So setting up your WordPress site is actually quite simple and requires very little technical knowledge. You can also set up your site as a multisite if you plan to add create a network of sites later on. Once you have set up your hosting account, you can access the WordPress Installer via your CPanel.

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You will be directed to the Softaculous WordPress installer. Click “Install” in the menu, which will highlight in blue.

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This is where you will choose the protocol for your url (e.g. “http://www.” or simply “http://”) and apply it to your domain name. Also, I would advise that you leave the “In Directory” blank. If you assign the site to a particular directory, it will store your WP files there and your site won’t display properly. Just leave this field blank.

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Here, you will enter your site name, description, and check whether or not you want to create a WordPress Multisite. If you think you might possibly want to create a network of sites under your current domain, I would highly recommend checking the “Enable Multisite (WPMU) option now. It is much more cumbersome to convert your single site to a multisite later on. I chose the multisite option, because I create several sites under the Krystal & Company banner.

Also, make sure you create an Admin Username for yourself you like and remember, because once it’s created, you can’t undo it. (Ask me how I know.)

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Here you choose the language of your site, check whether or not to limit login attempts, and decide if you want to include a passwordless login (I’ve never used the latter option).

Now you are ready to install!

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Export Your Blogger Content

Once your WordPress site is installed and up and running, you need to go back to Blogger to retrieve and import your content. Go to your Blogger account and download your blog posts into an XML format.

In your Blogger dashboard go to Settings > Other.

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Choose “Back up Content”

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Click “Save to your computer”

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Save your blog as an XML file, and give it a descriptive name you’ll remember.

Install Blogger Importer Plug-in

  1. Download the free Blogger Importer plug-in through WordPress.
  2. Activate the Blogger Importer plugin in order to import your Blogger XML file into your new WordPress site.
  3. On the left side menu in WordPress, go to Tools and choose “Import”.
  4. Click on “Blogger”.
  5. Choose the XML file that you previously saved and import.

Once your Blogger XML file is imported into WordPress, WordPress will automatically populate your blog with your old Blogger posts, images, comments, and author(s).

Customizing Your New WordPress Website

Now the fun part begins!  WordPress offers thousands of free site templates to get you started. You can customize these templates to fit your taste and subject matter. Knowledge of HTML and CSS will really serve you well in getting just the look and feel you want.

There are also some superb WordPress templates for purchase on the web. Krystal and Company Crafts is built on a template I purchased from Restored 316 Premium WordPress Themes, which uses the Genesis Framework. I highly recommend this company. They offer a vast selection of premium templates, their templates are affordable, and they offer great support.

If you are a novice to WordPress, there are numerous free tutorials online to help get you started. You might want to begin here.

Your Turn

Was this tutorial helpful and informative? Please let me know in the comments below. I am passionate about showing people how to take their aspirations to the next level, and that includes getting you set up with a great website that showcases all your creativity, talent, and potential!


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