Well alas, it had to be done. After years of touting the benefits of Blogger blogs and recommending client’s host their blogs there we’ve been forced to move by Google and their decision to discontinue support for FTP. While it’s a shame to have been pushed out of blogger. Of course I’m still working out a few of the kinks BUT all-in-all it went pretty smoothly.
For those facing the same dilema – here’s roughly what it took:
- Install WordPress.
- The easy way is to convert directly from your blogger account as Dusty illustrates on his blog at http://dustyreagan.com/convert-from-blogger-to-wordpress/ BUT I wasn’t able to go that route so I …
- Export your Blog (if you can’t use the method in Step 2).
- Using WordPress’ Import function (under Tools in the left nav) you’ll have to convert your exported data to a WordPress format (since you can’t use the Blogger import if you’ve gone past step 2. I was relieved to find an awesome tool at http://blogger2wordpress.appspot.com/ that worked wonderfully converting all the data exactly how it should.
- So now you have your blog working. It’ll look different but all the information is there. I then had to go into the files and edit the theme to look like the Beanstalk blog is supposed to but if you don’t have your blog matching your site and you’re happy with one of the countless themes available for WordPress – you’re done. If not – you have to then manually convert your Blogger template to a WordPress template that requires a reasonable understanding of PHP. I say reasonable as I’m in no way a PHP developer and I was able to do it in about 30 o 40 minutes with the tweaks and the addition of a couple new features that WordPress had that weren’t available in Blogger.
- Now all that’s left is to go through your backlinks and incoming traffic points and make sure to 301 all those link and entry points so you don’t lose link strength or annoy your visitors. And don’t forget to 301 your feeds.
And that’s all there is to it. The total process including figuring out how to do it took about 1.5 to 2 hours. I hope you have the same success or better.
SEO news blog post by Dave Davies, CEO @ 5:54 pm on April 30, 2010