If you’ve tried Blogger, but think WordPress might better suit your needs, why not move your blog to WordPress? It’s easy to do. Below are step by step instructions for two different methods to import your blog. I’ve also included some things that you might run into, so you won’t be caught off guard after making the transfer.
If you want to get all the information up front and know what to expect afterwards, check out Troubleshooting the Move From Blogger to WordPress.
The first method is built in to WordPress.com. I did not use that import method for mine, so I won’t discuss it much. But if you want to try that method, the steps are below.
Note: Either method implies that you have set up an account on WordPress.com already. If you need to create an account, go here.
Don’t worry, I’ll be here when you get back.
Option 1 – Use the Import Script in WordPress.com
- Login to WordPress.
- You should see a little toolbar at the top of your screen that says “Me”, “Blogs”, “Info”, “Follow”, etc. Click “Blogs”.
- Choose your blog, then click “Dashboard”.
- From here, you’ll see a long sidebar menu, including “Dashboard”, “Media”, “Links”, etc – find and click “Tools”.
- Under “Tools” click “Import”.
- Click “Authorize”.
- Grant WordPress access to your Google/Blogger account.
- I didn’t personally get to this step, but you should be shown a list of your Blogger blogs and should be able to choose one to import.
Option 2 – Export Your Blog from Blogger and Import into WordPress
First things first, you need to save your blog.
- Login to Blogger.
- Click “Settings” from your Dashboard.
- Click “Basic”.
- Click “Export Blog”.
This will save an XML copy of your entire blog. Make sure to save it somewhere you can find it.
Before you take any further steps, review the XML file. Make sure everything is there! (See below.)
This file serves as a backup of your full blog (template, widgets, posts, pages, etc) and also works for setting up your new blog on WordPress.
Go back to the steps for Option 1. This time, we’ll start with step 5 – you should be on the “Tools > Import” screen.
- From this screen, scroll down to “Have a Blogger export file?”
- Click “Browse” and locate your saved blog XML file.
- Click “Upload file and import”
This method is just as easy, but either way should work fine.
When you have everything loaded on your new WordPress blog, check out the Themes and pick something nice. WordPress even lets you preview your blog with the new theme, not just some generic sample blog.
Be sure to check out all the other widgets too! WordPress gives you lots of options for your blog and your posts.
Next, you’ll want to know what you’ll be up against after the transfer. WordPress makes it easy, but it’s not infallible! If you think you’re ready to make the move, first read up on some problems you may encounter during the transition and after the move.
If you had a really simple blog and/or didn’t use a lot of features… or if you’re just feeling adventurous, you may want to skip ahead.