Good Morning! Finally I made the switch from Blogger to WordPress. I wanted it already for a long time, but I was so scared! Am really not good in building websites, HTML codes etc. When I started with Blogger I found it already difficult. That’s why I never switch to WordPress, I thought It’s to difficult and everything will go wrong. But every blogger and professionals gives me the advice to switch to WordPress. WordPress offers some significant advantages for a blog owner, especially when you blog grows. It’s more professional to have a own domain/host. A self-hosted WordPress blog demonstrates a higher level of investment, which is often interpreted as commitment or legitimacy. Of course you can customizers your own website and it’s possible to use SEO for a better ranking in Google. Beside that WordPress have many themes and the possibilities for your website are hugs!
So the many possibilities convince me to switch to WordPress and am really glad I did. Where I was afraid for never happened. Exactly it was quite easy. In one day I had build my website. But I understand It’s hard to believe. That’s why I made this post. Especially for the people who doubting or want to go to WordPress, but don’t know how to do it.
I hope this post would help you and that you can switch to WordPress without to be afraid that’s something go wrong or that you couldn’t do it.
Step 1. Get your own domain name.
To get started with WordPress, the first thing you would need is a WordPress hosting service provider and your own domain name.
I bought my domain name at www.one.com. It was very easy and they have a 24hours support. Of course there are more options, search on google and find out what is the best fit for you.
Once you have signed up for WordPress hosting and set up your domain name. The next step is to install WordPress on your new website.
Step 2. Import your blogger into WordPress
Once you have installed WordPress, it is time to import your content from Blogger to WordPress. To import your Blogger blog into WordPress, you need to go to Tools » Import and click on Blogger.
This will bring up a popup, asking you to install blogger importer. Click on the Insall button and WordPress will now download and install Blogger Importer plugin for you. Once it is finished installing the plugin you need to click on Activate Plugin and Run Impoter link to continue.
On the next screen, you will be asked to authorize WordPress to import your Blogger blog. You need to click on the Authorize button on this page, which will take you to your Google Accounts page. On your Google Accounts page, you will be notified that the application WordPress is requesting permission to manage your Blogger account. You need to click on the Allow Access button to continue.
Congratulations! you have successfully imported your Blogger blog into WordPress. However, you still need to make sure that you don’t loose any search rankings and that visitors to your old blog easily land to the same content on your new WordPress powered website.
Step 3. Setting up permalinks
Permalinks is the term used for URL structure of permanent links for individual entries in blogs. WordPress comes with a feature that allows you to set up SEO friendly URL structure. However, since you are importing content from Blogger you would want your URL structure to be as close to your Blogger URL structure as possible. To set permalinks you need to go to Settings » Permalinks screen and choose Name as your permalink structure.
Step 4. Setting up Redirection
The most important step in moving any website is to set up redirection so that users are redirected to your new website. The crucial part of redirection is that you would want users to land on exactly the same page on the new site which they were accessing on the old site. Secondly, you would also want search engines to notice that your old site is moved to this new location.
To do this you need to set up redirection on two levels. First you will redirect Blogger visitors to your new WordPress blog. Secondly, once users reach your WordPress site you will redirect them to exact post they were accessing on your Blogger blog.
Let’s first set up redirection on the blogger blog. To do that you need to log on to your Blogger account and go to your Blog’s settings and click on Template.
On the template page, you need to scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on Revert to Classic Template link.
After switching to classic template, you will see ‘Edit Template HTML’ text area. You need to replace every thing in this text area with the following code. Make sure that you replace http://www.example.com with your own domain name. Click here to copy the code! (Step 3)
Save your template, and you have successfully implemented redirection on your Blogger blog. However, you still need to setup your redirection on your WordPress site so that users are redirected to the proper posts. To do that, you need to create a new file using a plain text editor like Notepad. Give this file a name like wpb-blogger.php and paste this code inside it. Click here for the code (stap 3)
Save your changes and upload this file to your WordPress theme directory using an FTP client. Once you have uploaded the file to your theme directory go to your WordPress admin area and create a new page in WordPress. In the title field for this page enter blogger. Under the Page Attributes section choose WPBeginner Blogger as template and click on the Publish button.
Step 5. Redirect Feeds
On your old blogger site, your feed subscribers will not be able to notice the switch. So it would be best to redirect your blogger feed to your new WordPress site’s feed as well. To do that, you need to go to your Blogger account. Go to the Settings » Other and under the Site Feed section click on Add link next to Post Feed Redirect URL. Here you can enter your new WordPress site’s feed address.
Step 6. Choose a Theme.
This is the fun part! You can choose a theme for you blog :). WordPress have many theme! Take a look and decided what fits by your style/lay-out. I choose for the theme Fashionista, haha how convenient :). I liked this style, clean, easy and chic. If you want you can always change a theme when you want to.
Step 7. Customizers your website
Now It’s time to make you website personal. You can add different widget like, Instagram, Social media canals, About me page, Pin It button and many more. This could be a whole different post, so If you want to I can always make a post about that. You ask! And I will do it :P.
Enjoy your day!