Switch from Blogger to WordPress

How to switch from Blogger to WordPress, including taking over some of the content - More info in the WordPress Tutorial from checkdomain.net

To have more design possibilities, but above all: to be independent. This desire for more freedom is sooner or later felt by many bloggers who started their careers with platforms like Blogger. In the beginning, these services are a good solution because they cost nothing and make hardly any demands on the technical knowledge of the users. In the long run, however, the possibilities here are quite limited. The logical step is to host the blog yourself and switch from blogger.com to wordpress.org, for example.

In this article we show you how the blog migration from Blogger to your own WordPress blog works in just a few steps. If you want to move your free blog from WordPress.com to your own domain, you'll find step-by-step instructions here.

From blogger to self-hosted blog - why?

Like any move, a blog move is a thing where you have to weigh the pros and cons carefully. The whole thing is much simpler than most users fear - but time and effort still have to be invested.

These points speak for a self-hosted blog:

  • Become independent: Bloggers or blogspot belong to Google. This means that Google sets the rules and can delete blogs if they violate the rules. With a self-hosted blog, you alone determine the rules of the game - it's your child all by itself, and nobody can talk you into it.
  • Design options: WordPress in particular now offers countless themes and plugins with which blogs can be designed both visually and technically according to your own ideas and needs.
  • Usability: The blogger editor drives many users to the brink of madness. Uploading pictures is also a game of patience. On the other hand, writing and illustrating articles in WordPress is a really convenient, reliable affair.
  • Community: The WordPress community is large and helpful when there are questions or problems. Support is available in WordPress forums, among others, but also in relevant Facebook groups. .

In the video we have explained the first four of the following steps in fast motion. The detailed instructions can be found below.

These points speak for a self-hosted blog:

  •  Costs: n any case, costs for domain, webspace and server have to be taken into account. Our tip: The cheapest way is to get everything together in one webhosting package, for example checkdomain. Optionally there are also investments for support in designing the site, if you want to keep away from the topic of programming completely. In addition many Blogger still spend money for their desire Theme. The layout templates are also available free of charge in multiple variations, but the paid themes usually offer more individual customization options.
  • Technology: Who would like to host a Blog, should not have too large technology fears. Of course, ready-made themes and the many plugins make blogger life easier from a programming point of view - but at least beginners' knowledge should be brought along so that they can make small adjustments themselves, for example. A tip for all those who still lack the last bit of courage: On the net you'll find countless tutorials that will help you get started in programming and help you with concrete problems with your blog.
  • Security and search engine optimization: In contrast to Blogger, both points require a lot of initiative. In order to protect yourself against hackers and spammers, regular WordPress updates are mandatory. And when it comes to SEO, it's also important to always stay on the ball, and of course there's a whole range of plugins, such as YoastSEO, which support search engine optimization.

Step 1: Check domain and order webhosting package

An own domain plus storage space in the net are basic requirements for an own blog. If you book these services as part of a web hosting package, make sure that it also includes the required services: In addition to the domain, these are for a WordPress blog currently a MySQL 5.0 database or higher and PHP 5.2.4 or higher. In addition, there is a sufficiently large web space, especially if you work with a lot of pictures, and if possible a traffic flat to avoid additional costs.

Step 2: Install WordPress

Once you've secured your domain and ordered the web hosting package, the move can begin. Now you have to install WordPress. To do this you either go to WordPress.org or as a checkdomain customer choose the much easier way via our software installer:

  1. Log in to your personal checkdomain customer area.
  2. Click here in the menu overview on "Webhosting" and then on the button "Software". WordPress is one of the most popular applications in our App-Installer:
    Using App-Installer for WordPress
    Using App-Installer for WordPress
  3. Click on WordPress - you will end up installing WordPress. Enter the required information in the form.
    Just a few clicks: With the software installer WordPress is installed within seconds.
    Just a few clicks: With the software installer WordPress is installed within seconds
    Tip: If your move takes longer or if you want to take more time, you can first run your new blog on a subdomain and switch the blog to private (simply check the box in the form and change it again later). This is especially recommended if you already have a domain that still runs on Blogger and you don't want your users to know about your move early.
  4. Then agree to the license agreements - done!

Step 3: Select a theme

Your new WordPress blog of course comes with a standard theme (a small collection of standard themes to be precise). But if you're doing the work of hosting a blog yourself, you don't usually want to rely on the simplest ready-made solution. You'll find a large selection of paid WordPress themes on the net from a variety of providers - we'll also give you an overview in the checkdomain blog. What you ultimately decide on depends entirely on your own taste and requirements. In any case, it is important that the theme is responsive, i.e. also optimized for display on mobile devices.

It is recommended to make the most important settings for the selected theme and to save the fine-tuning until all content has been moved from blogger to WordPress.

Step 4: Import content from Blogger

This step was a big challenge for a long time, but is now only half as bad. The Blogger Importer Plugin is a really hard-working removal tool that transports everything from A to B quickly and reliably.

You don't even have to download this plugin separately. Just go to the left sidebar of your new WordPress blog and click on "Tools" and "Import data". The first thing you see here is "Blogger". Install the plugin, then click on "Activate Plugin & Run Importer" and finally on Authorize and Allow access - the move starts automatically.

Nur ein paar Klicks: Mit dem Software-Installer ist WordPress innerhalb von Sekunden installiert.
The plugin - your friend and relocation assistant: Contributions and comments are automatically transferred from the old to the new blog.

Depending on the size of your blog or the amount of data to be imported, the move will take a few minutes or even several hours. You may have to go to "Update import" if the system gets down on its knees because the amount of data is too large

Tip: Pause blogging during the move

It's best not to post any new posts during the relocation phase or edit any posts on your old blog, as these often cause problems for the relocation plugin. Posts will either not be imported or will be imported twice (unfortunately this also applies to comments). This means that you would have to import manually or delete duplicate content.

And another problem that some bloggers stumble across: It happens that pictures are not imported in their original size. Here, too, only manual changes can help.

Step 5: Fine tuning

We are already on the home straight, but still have a few tasks ahead of us. For those who already had their own domain at Blogger, this includes customizing the links posted from other sites to your old blog. They should continue to work:

Nur ein paar Klicks: Mit dem Software-Installer ist WordPress innerhalb von Sekunden installiert.
So that no links are lost: WordPress also offers a simple solution for this relocation problem.

In WordPress, go to Settings in the sidebar and click on Permalinks, then on Post Name and on Apply Changes. Then the links should also work with WordPress - if you want to be on the safe side, check them out.

Next item on the list: Delete the Google Analytics code from Blogger and paste it into WordPress. The same applies to the RSS feed if you use this option. In addition, it is recommended to install various plugins (e.g. spam protection, hacker protection, SEO, editorial plan...). And then, of course, you can make adjustments to the design.

Everything works, everything looks the way you want it to? Then your users can come!

Step 6: Set Redirect

To avoid losing visitors, you should not simply delete the old blog even after your move has been completed, but instead set a redirect - also called redirect. This means that every user who accesses the usual blogspot address will be sent directly to your new blog at home. Pagerank and Co. will also be retained.

This means that every user who accesses the usual blogspot address will be sent directly to your new blog home. Pagerank and Co. will also be retained.

The redirection is also easy and comfortable via a plugin: So quickly into the sidebar, on plugins and install. Search here for the plugin Blogger 301 Redirect, install and activate it. Click Settings. In the menu that opens, select Blogger 301 Redirect. Scroll down a bit, copy the code and paste it into your old Blogger blog: Go to Dashboard, Template and Edit HTML Templates - now the redirect is done and the move is perfect!

If you haven't had the courage to move your blog yet, we hope our guide will motivate you to take this worthwhile step. And if you have any questions or suggestions: We are looking forward to your feedback!

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