Blogger Sucks. Wanna Move to WordPress?

Filed as Features, Guides on December 14, 2007 5:53 pm

I’m seeing a lot of “Blogger sucks” posts in my feeds as many are frustrated with the new login system and inability to leave links in comments from non-Blogger/Blogspot blogs, as well as other whines and gripes about the new changes to the blogging platform.

Here is a step-by-step instruction to help you move to or , the free blog hosting service.

Where Do You Want to Go?

You must first decide whether or not it is time to move from a free hosted site to a self-hosted site for your blog.

If you’ve been blogging for a while and you want more control over your blog’s design and flexibility, then I recommend you choose to “rent space” with a web host for a monthly fee and install the full version of WordPress.

If you are happy with free and don’t want to control every detail on your blog, then choose the free blog hosting service, , and join almost 2 million other happy bloggers and a fascinating and diverse community using the latest cutting edge WordPress version.

Then either install WordPress on your self-hosted site or sign-up for a free blog from .

To set up a self-hosted version, see the requirements for a web host, information on hosting WordPress, what to do before you install WordPress, and how to install WordPress. You can also have WordPress installed for you for free by a team of volunteers who are experts in installing WordPress.

Before beginning, I recommend that you backup your Blogger/Blogspot blog and export it as an XML file as another backup, just in case.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Moving From Blogger to WordPress

  1. Stop and Look at Your New Blog: When the blog is set up, look at the blog to see the first post, a Hello from Mr. WordPress with one comment. This is the default Theme and look of your blog.
  2. Basic Set Up: Log into your WordPress Administration Panels and do the following:
    • Go to Manage > Posts panel and delete the first post.
    • Go to Comments and delete the first comment.
    • Go to Users/Profile and enter in the information about you in the appropriate forms.
    • Go to Options and enter information about your blog in the appropriate forms.
  3. Import for Blogger: Go to Manage > Import to begin the import process for Blogger. All post content, comments, and categories are imported.
  4. Fix Images: Images, unfortunately, are now hotlinked to your Blogger/Blogspot site which Blogger will not allow. Images need to be uploaded again to your new WordPress blog.

    In the full version of WordPress, there are a variety of WordPress Plugins for images, photographs, and graphics to speed up the process of uploading multiple images. Once uploaded, you can use the fast search and replace in WordPress MySQL database method to change the URL to the images to their new address, however, WordPress may sort and date the URL to your images, so do this with extreme care and backup first.

    WordPress.com only permits uploading one image at a time, a tedious and time-consuming activity, so consider adding only the images you really want and need to minimize the effort. Edit each post with the image in it, uploading the image at that time and changing the image location to the new one.

  5. Test your blog: View it and move around viewing the different posts, categories, archives, search, and other pageviews. Did everything work?
  6. Fix Intrasite Links: Intrasite links, links from one blog post to another on your blog, will now send readers to your Blogger blog. If using the full version of WordPress, you can use the search and replace in WordPress MySQL database method for fast changing of the links. WordPress.com bloggers must change these manually or let them go.
  7. Select Your Blog’s New Look: Now, go to Presentation and start experimenting with various WordPress Themes. If you are using the self-hosted version, check out the WordPress Theme Viewer to start.
  8. Setup Your Blogroll: Go to Blogroll/Bookmarks and edit and change the blogroll to add your favorite blogs.
  9. Alert Your Blogger Fans of Your Move: On your old Blogger/Blogspot blog, leave a “forwarding address” in a last post. Alert those on your blogroll, favorite fans, and others about the new location.
  10. Activate Comment Spam Protection: If you haven’t, activate or choose another comment spam fighting tool.
  11. Be Patient Waiting for PageRank: As for PageRank and SEO, don’t worry. You may get better and faster results with WordPress, but be patient. It takes a few days to months to catch up. Just keep blogging.
  12. Start Playing With WordPress: Start playing around with your new WordPress blog. Consider adding WordPress Plugins for full versions of WordPress from the WordPress Plugin Directory and the WordPress Plugins Database. Start playing with WordPress.com Widgets or WordPress Widgets for your full version.
  13. It’s important to use the Default WordPress Theme during the Import process and do not activate any WordPress Plugins until after the import process is complete. This keeps the process simple and restricts tracking down bugs, flaws, or mistakes in the process only to the imported content and not the Theme or Plugins.

    Learning More About WordPress

    Your first stop to learning more about WordPress is the , the online manual for WordPress Users.

    You can also read the following to learn more about using and tweaking your WordPress Blog:

    WordPress Help and Support

    To get help using WordPress, see:

    More on Moving from Blogger to WordPress

    For more information on moving from Blogger to WordPress see the following, though not all instructions and tips may apply to the latest version of WordPress or Blogger. Also, be warned that many who switch to a new self-hosted site take advantage of money-making opportunities with their new host for promoting their services. Take time to research your own hosting service properly.

Tags: , ,

This post was written by

You can visit the for a short bio, more posts, and other information about the author.

Submissions & Subscriptions

Submit the post to Reddit, StumbleUpon, Digg or Del.icio.us.

Did you like it? Then subscribe to our RSS feed!



  1. By sir jorge posted on December 14, 2007 at 7:14 pm
    Want an avatar? Get a gravatar! • You can link to this comment

    i need to buy a domain name and move my blogs…it’s not easy

    Reply

  2. By Ravi posted on December 14, 2007 at 10:13 pm
    Want an avatar? Get a gravatar! • You can link to this comment

    Sir Jorge, aren’t you the one I remember boasting about 7 blogs? If so, why aren’t you already on WordPress?

    Reply

  3. Viagem à Volta Da Blogosfera 15-12-2007 | Blog | Trabalhar a partir de casa | Programas grátis | Euromilhões | DinheiroDecember 15, 2007 at 7:35 am
  4. Blogger sucks!December 15, 2007 at 9:03 pm
  5. By dinsan posted on December 16, 2007 at 12:58 am
    Want an avatar? Get a gravatar! • You can link to this comment

    The issue of commenters link has been corrected Lorelle…
    I’ve posted the news on my blog. :)

    Reply

  6. By Lorelle VanFossen posted on December 16, 2007 at 10:56 am
    Want an avatar? Get a gravatar! • You can link to this comment

    @dinsan:

    I’m glad the issue with comments has been corrected. Many are still frustrated with other features – and non-features – and the drain from Blogger/Blogspot, especially as it is still so associated with sploggers and scrapers, continues. Google will have to do a lot more, many believe, to improve its reputation.

    Luckily, there’s choices. ;)

    Reply

  7. By seo bristol posted on December 16, 2007 at 11:57 am
    Want an avatar? Get a gravatar! • You can link to this comment

    This is the most informative site to enable the transition from Blogger to WordPress – Thanks for such a comprehensive resource.
    If you’re reading this and wondering whther it’s time to move to WordPress – the answer is yes; you won’t regret it.

    Reply

  8. Weekly Digest: Back on the Farm, Improving Your Blog Series, WordPress Podcast Reporter, and More « Lorelle on WordPressDecember 17, 2007 at 1:04 am
  9. By Lin posted on December 17, 2007 at 8:03 pm
    Want an avatar? Get a gravatar! • You can link to this comment

    I had my blogger blog moved over to WordPress a week or so ago thanks to Snoskred. Not having any understanding of the background hosting stuff, having Snoskred make the move for me was the best thing I could have ever done.

    I still have to move my images over, but I’ll get that done soon enough. I love WordPress! ;)

    Reply

  10. Moving Your Blog from Blogger to WordpressDecember 17, 2007 at 11:48 pm
  11. Didja Hear? | Live at the KitKat LoungeDecember 19, 2007 at 10:19 pm
  12. By Sheri Larsen posted on December 20, 2007 at 9:02 pm
    Want an avatar? Get a gravatar! • You can link to this comment

    I wish you had written this a couple of weeks earlier! Even though I moved from WordPress.com to using WordPress on my own domain this post would have been very helpful. I just published a post on the experience – including a section linking to the best plugins I found for setting up a new WordPress blog.

    Reply

  13. WordPress Wednesday News: Mandatory WordPress Security Release, Sneak Previews of WordPress 2.4, Hoodies, Vote for WordPress, Moving to WordPress, Custom Fields, and More : The Blog HeraldJanuary 3, 2008 at 4:21 am
  14. By Boy posted on January 20, 2008 at 1:51 pm
    Want an avatar? Get a gravatar! • You can link to this comment

    hi. i’m stuck at no.2 because step no. 3, Import for Blogger: Go to Manage > Import to begin the import process for Blogger. All post content, comments, and categories are imported.

    DOES NOT WORK. Iam using the newest wordpress 2.3.2, and i am trying to access blogger, i granted permission to access in blogger using my gmail account which is under the blogger blogspot account, but wordpress is returning an error that it has trouble signing in . i cleared wp, but when i try again, still the same error.

    why is this so?

    Reply

  15. By Lorelle VanFossen posted on January 20, 2008 at 5:11 pm
    Want an avatar? Get a gravatar! • You can link to this comment

    @Boy:

    Have you asked this question in the WordPress Support Forums. They are the best resource for hands-on help on this. The problem could e with your installation, directory permissions, or the import file., or many things. They can walk you through the process step by step.

    Good luck.

    Reply

  16. By Blog Bloke posted on February 19, 2008 at 10:39 pm
    Want an avatar? Get a gravatar! • You can link to this comment

    I’ve discovered the perfect way to move your Blogger blog over to WordPress, automatically redirect your old posts and not lose your Google juice either.

    Reply

  17. Sunday Links 11 - Moving from Blogger to WordPress | Earn BloggerMarch 23, 2008 at 10:49 am
  18. By Dunn posted on March 26, 2008 at 12:03 am
    Want an avatar? Get a gravatar! • You can link to this comment

    I had moved my blog from blogger to wp. Had imported all the post. Everything looks fine in my home page. But when I clicked the individual post, it viewed with my old blogger layout instead the new wp. How do I fix this? Even the transfer team from my hosting dont know how to fix this.

    Reply

  19. By Lorelle VanFossen posted on March 26, 2008 at 6:34 am
    Want an avatar? Get a gravatar! • You can link to this comment

    Have you sought help in the WordPress Support Forums? That is the spot to get individual assistance with issues like these.

    If you switched from Blogger to WordPress, and brought the HTML that created the look of your Blogger blog with you, it might look like the old design. Since I don’t have any more information than that to work with, your best bet is to ask on the WordPress Support Forum, including all the information on how the transfer went of the design elements.

    And if you want a different design, then go to the Presentation or Design panel and change the WordPress Theme. Takes seconds. If that fixes it, then it’s the Theme that is the issue. If it doesn’t, then what is probably happening is that you didn’t change the links from Blogger to the new site during the transfer so any time you link within a post to another, it takes you back to the Blogger site.

    Good luck with it. I’m sure the folks on the WordPress Support Forum can help.

    Reply

  20. By Aseem Kishore posted on March 26, 2008 at 9:23 am
    Want an avatar? Get a gravatar! • You can link to this comment

    This is very good, but if you can’t get the redirection to work, you have to try something else. I moved from Blogger to WordPress and had to do it differently, so read my post on it also if this didn’t work for you.

    Reply

  21. Cleaning Blogspot Spam: Is Google Responding to Public Pressure? : The Blog HeraldApril 1, 2008 at 8:31 am
  22. By Jirel posted on April 4, 2008 at 12:51 am
    Want an avatar? Get a gravatar! • You can link to this comment

    But, Google may penalize for the same contents in two blogs. No? Is there any ideas to prevent this?
    I am also thinking of moving to self-hosted WP with my current blog of about 7 month old.

    Reply

  23. Window Shopping is Hopping! « Window ShoppingMay 15, 2008 at 7:47 pm
  24. By suicidalsam posted on May 19, 2008 at 3:14 pm
    Want an avatar? Get a gravatar! • You can link to this comment

    blogger is not the best blogging platform for SEO. I have a blogger blog and its been a year but it still gets just 200 visitors. I have a wordpress blog to and its not even been 6 months and it gets 1000 visitors daily.

    I will be using your tutorial to move the blogger blog to wordpress.

    Reply

  25. How To Move From Blogger To Self-Hosted WordPressJune 13, 2008 at 10:55 pm
  26. Meroal » Blog Archive » WordPressJuly 3, 2008 at 5:25 am
  27. By sj posted on August 3, 2008 at 10:19 pm
    Want an avatar? Get a gravatar! • You can link to this comment

    I’ve used almost all of the blogging utilities out there and WordPress is easily the best.

    One of the best aspects of WordPress is the large quantity of plugins that allow you to customize your site.

    I don’t think blogger is even in the same league.

    Reply

  28. By alexp0205 posted on August 17, 2008 at 6:45 am
    Want an avatar? Get a gravatar! • You can link to this comment

    This was very helpful. Thank you.. I just now moved my blog from blogger to word press.. Thanks to u..

    Reply

  29. By indianraga posted on August 29, 2008 at 12:15 am
    Want an avatar? Get a gravatar! • You can link to this comment

    Blogger is more flexible as far as posting javascript in the sidebar is concerned, wordpress.com is easier to use for those who have limited knowledge of html and javascript. I use both blogger (classic) and wordpress.com and I somehow manage to get the best out from them both. See for yourself (both are identical) :

    http://indianraga.blogspot.com

    and

    http://indianraga.wordpress.com

    Reply

  30. Blogspot sucks, Wordpress very much betterOctober 7, 2008 at 5:13 am
  31. By Jason Cohen posted on November 18, 2008 at 4:18 pm
    Want an avatar? Get a gravatar! • You can link to this comment

    Great post about switching!

    WordPress (or Typepad) is way better than Blogger, but I just switched to Squarespace and I like it even more.

    No, I’m NOT a shill for them! I run my own company. Here’s an article I wrote about why I selected them.

    Reply

  32. By Kelly posted on December 11, 2008 at 5:02 pm
    Want an avatar? Get a gravatar! • You can link to this comment

    Because I am a total rookie, I found wordpress to be somewhat on the intimidating side but I did finally get a blog up and working. Actually the install is very simple, it’s finding a theme that works with it once you start adding plugins.

    For a “free” blog, it can’t be beat. I will say I wouldn’t be happy long if I got a free one on wordpress, it is much nicer on your own host.

    And for the site owner, I love your note at the bottom. It is a pet peeve of mine to get pingbacks and trackbacks with pieces of my post. I really don’t call them comments.

    Anyway, I like your site with the instructions. I feel sure your site will be a help to many, one of few I find when surfing that is worth bookmarking.

    Reply

  33. By HSFB posted on December 17, 2008 at 6:08 pm
    Want an avatar? Get a gravatar! • You can link to this comment

    Thank you for the tip! I’m using Blurb’s blog-to-book service, which only allows WordPress at the moment, and this made my day.
    Thanks again. :)

    Reply

  34. Moving from Blogger to WordPress | The Evolving NewsroomFebruary 2, 2009 at 12:58 am
  35. 301 Redirect From Blogger To WordPress « Supermunk’s BlogMarch 24, 2009 at 4:14 am
  36. By Martin Ferro-Thomsen posted on April 7, 2009 at 2:06 pm
    Want an avatar? Get a gravatar! • You can link to this comment

    Very helpful. I followed some of your tricks and learned a few of my own. I wrote this post about moving from Blogger to WordPress 2.7 using Godaddy Economy Hosting: http://ferrogate.com/2009/04/the-new-ferrogate-i-moved-from-blogger-to-wordpress.html .

    Reply

  37. By Monica posted on April 18, 2009 at 7:19 am
    Want an avatar? Get a gravatar! • You can link to this comment

    Thanks- Blogger deleted 11 months of my notes about my kids. I now hate them and will never say a nice thing about them…. I knew I should have changed sooner. I will always regret not using wordpress sooner.

    Thanks for this – it was very helpful !

    Reply

  38. Tweetness! « The Glowing JungleJune 8, 2009 at 4:13 am
  39. By David posted on September 2, 2009 at 4:23 am
    Want an avatar? Get a gravatar! • You can link to this comment

    This is a really good guide. The only thing I’d suggest that you use Blogger’s 301 in order to make sure your Google juice is transferred to the new domain. Here’s a quick guide I put together yesterday as a compliment to your guide for those that want to move from blogger to wordpress whiling preserving SEO. And yes, I totally agree with the title of your post, Blogger does indeed suck. :)

    Reply

  40. By David posted on September 2, 2009 at 4:31 am
    Want an avatar? Get a gravatar! • You can link to this comment

    Messed up my first comment, here we go again:

    This is a really good guide. The only thing I’d suggest that you use Blogger’s 301 in order to make sure your Google juice is transferred to the new domain. Here’s a quick guide I put together yesterday as a compliment to your guide for those that want to move from blogger to wordpress while preserving SEO. And yes, I totally agree with the title of your post, Blogger does indeed suck. :)

    Reply

  41. Switching from Blogger to Wordpress Part 2 « Fabulously Broke in the CitySeptember 18, 2009 at 5:23 pm
  42. By BN Softs posted on September 25, 2009 at 3:11 pm
    Want an avatar? Get a gravatar! • You can link to this comment

    This is very helpful, that you for this useful article.

    Reply

  43. By BLogWrangler posted on October 5, 2009 at 12:35 am
    Want an avatar? Get a gravatar! • You can link to this comment

    The suggestion to back up the existing site with an XML file before migrating from Blogger to WordPress is a good one. Retaining a local copy provides further protection in case something goes wrong on the hosting server. You can never have too many backups it seems. ;) With practice the entire process is quite manageable.

    Reply

  44. By alex posted on June 4, 2010 at 5:29 pm
    Want an avatar? Get a gravatar! • You can link to this comment

    Thanks for this post, i have been looking for a way to move my blog to wordpress.

    Reply

  45. App Zone! - Games, apps, musics! » Blog Archive » Blogger’dan Wordpress’e Geçmenin En İyi 10 YoluSeptember 7, 2010 at 11:41 am
  46. Top 10 Resources to Migrate from Blogger to Wordpress | Gadgets WorldSeptember 20, 2010 at 10:12 am
  47. By Kamran posted on October 1, 2010 at 6:02 pm
    Want an avatar? Get a gravatar! • You can link to this comment

    Blogger is very very bad service it will screwed you. you will found robbed when they delete your blog any day, when it get popularity. Instead use cheap webhosting initially if blog required more space and bandwidth upgrade package. You can use popular webhost worldwide or if having trouble related to credit card search for local webhost in your country with local webhost you can pay by check or any local method. This way you can backup you files or blog monthly so you can not loose data and restore blog anythime on same company or other company if you change your webhosting company.

    Reply

  48. By Katrina posted on October 5, 2010 at 8:15 pm
    Want an avatar? Get a gravatar! • You can link to this comment

    could someone explain why my importing page just seem stuck? I’m exporting from Blogger (not sure about version, but created it back in 2008) to wordpress self-hosted. all is very simple but the posts just haven’t shifted from showing 5 out of 100.

    thanks

    Reply

  49. By nimo2 posted on October 24, 2010 at 5:58 am
    Want an avatar? Get a gravatar! • You can link to this comment

    Guys, another pro blogger discuss different oints on why they left Blogger.
    Chek this noob:
    http://bennixcomputertips.blogspot.com/2010/10/truth-why-they-left-blogger.html

    Reply

  50. By Atul Vhale posted on November 3, 2010 at 5:27 am
    Want an avatar? Get a gravatar! • You can link to this comment

    Both blogging service are great and most popular in bloggers. In my opinion if you are doing all on sub-domain only then blogger is best meanwhile it is best to customize theme and widgets to blog. If you are hosting your blog for lifetime then wordpress win my heart. WordPress support PHP, CSS, Javascript. In wordpress there are Search engine friendly plugins which helps to improve you site.

    Reply

    Your words are your own, so be nice and helpful if you can. If this is the first time you're posting a comment, it might go into moderation. Don't worry, it's not lost, so there's no need to repost it! We accept clean XHTML in comments, but don't overdo it please.

    Current ye@r *