Moving Your Blogger Site to WordPress
The following five videos and corresponding information sets are aimed to give you the most direct and easy way to transfer your Blogger site to a self-hosted WordPress site as seamlessly as possible.
These tutorials should work for any Blogger and WordPress site, but I used Bluehost & Studiopress (Foodie Pro child theme to be specific). The one change I’d recommend now would be using SiteGround as your host. I highly recommend these services for their ease of use and ability to give you such a slick WordPress site so easily.
Another super cool note about SiteGround – they’ll actually migrate your site for you! If you’re more hands-on and want to learn the ins-and-outs of migration, the guides below will walk you through it. But if you’d rather just have it done, signup for their service and get connected with the support team and they’ll do the heavy lifting for you!
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1. Setting Up a WordPress Site in 5 Minutes
For a self-hosted WordPress site, I recommend SiteGround
For a WordPress theme, I recommend Studiopress and Elegant Themes
Or checkout my list of The Best Food Blog Themes and Foodie Pro Theme Master Customization
Recommended Bluehost Signup Options
- Domain Privacy Protection: Yes, I would recommend this service
- Site Backup Pro: Probably no. Personally, I’d use another service such as BackupBuddy
- SiteLock Domain Security: Not recommended
- Search Engine Jumpstart: Not recommended
- Google Apps for Work: If you want to use a personalized email address (firstname.lastname@example.org), this is the best available service and well worth it.
Recommended SiteGround Signup Options
- I’d start with the “StartUp” package. If there is promotional pricing, it might be worth signing up for 2 or 3 years of service to take advantage of the discount, but I usually default to 1 year of service.
- Domain Privacy: Yes, I’d select this option. Mostly helps avoid spam coming to your email address.
- HackAlert Monitoring: No, I would not pay extra for this. I have a backup and security recommendation we will look at later.
2. Basic Principles of WordPress
If you’re new to WordPress, this video will get you quickly familiar and cover settings to have in place before you move your blogger data.
3. Moving Your Blogger Data
When moving Blogger content to a WordPress site, your content will be handled as follows:
Posts: Automatically Moved
Comments: Automatically Moved
Images: Hopefully move automatically, sometimes need special importing (import external images plugin)
Pages: Must be manually moved
4. Transfer Your Domain Name
As I mention, I wish I could cover more details, but there are simply too many systems and variances. This hopefully helps you get an idea of how to point a domain name that is registered somewhere else to your new WordPress host.
5. Redirect Blogger to WordPress and Switch Your RSS Feed
This is the money video. This allows automatic redirection from your blogger site to corresponding posts/images, etc. on your new WordPress site. Crazy invaluable.
Tips, Tricks, and Final Notes
Just in case there was any confusion, all of this transfer and install information pertains to a self-hosted WordPress site. If you don’t have self-hosted WordPress site, I’d recommend starting with Bluehost.
Email Service: You can actually setup rss to email subscriptions through a feedburner account (for free!) If you want more flexibility with your email subscription service, I recommend Mailchimp (what we use and it’s free for the first 2,000 subscribers. Also, using this link gives both you and us a $30 credit for the service).
Tracking Website Data: Check out Google Analytics. It’s free, hosted off-site, easy to install, and very powerful.
Food Blog Plugin: For your recipe content, check out a recipe schema plugin like the Easy Recipe Plugin
Social Media Plugin (used in our sidebar): SocialFans
If you think I missed something or should look into it (or you want to show me your slick new site), reach out to me on twitter!
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