WordPress migration

By : Govind

Blogger to WordPress migration retaining traffic

Blogger is a great platform for free and quick blogging for starters. However, once it is established and has sufficient traffic, Bloggers will want a WordPress migration to ensure a full control over their blog and its activities. The main challenge they face during WordPress migration is to successfully transfer the traffic from Blogger to WordPress. In this article, we will guide you to a successful WordPress migration from Blogger without losing its traffic.

Step 1-> Export Your Blog from Blogger

First thing to be done is to export your blogs content to a back up file.

In older versions of WordPress, you can do this by going to Dashboard>Settings>Other. You can find the “Back up Content” button under the “Import & Backup” section.

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Step 2-> Install blogger importer plug-in in WordPress

The Blogger Importer plug-in imports your blog data from a Google Blogger site into a WordPress.org installation. Import the backup file to WordPress using blogger importer.

https://wordpress.org/plugins/blogger-importer/

Step 3-> Import all images and attachments

Once you have used the blogger importer, next step will be to import all the images and attachments from your blog to WordPress. The following plug-in will assist you to do that.

Using the following plugin https://wordpress.org/plugins/cache-images/

Step 4-> Change the default permalink to custom structure

Go to settings in WordPress and go to permalinks under settings. Select custom structure and copy the red part of the following URL and paste it there. This is done to match the WP URL to our BlogSpot URL

WP->Settings>permalinks

http://www.yousitename.com/%year%/%monthnum%/%postname%.html

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Step 5-> Redirect Blogger users to WP

You must be careful while doing this step. This is for redirecting the users from your blogger to WordPress. The URL of the blogger will be re-structured to the URL of your WordPress. So any user that comes to your blog will be automatically redirected to your WordPress site. For that copy and paste the following code to the header of your blog and replace all the “yoursiteURL” with you WordPress site URL.

Replace the existing code in theme template editor in your blogger with the following code. And replace “yoursiteURL” with your actual site URL.

 

 

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Step 6-> Receive redirect from Blogger

This is required to Receive and redirect all the redirected traffic coming from the blogger. Add the following code to the functions.php file under Current theme folder in your WordPress. If you have permission to edit files in the server. Then go to wp-content folder, in there go to  themes. Inside themes go to current theme folder. You will find a functions.php file. Copy and the following code and paste it carefully in the end without deleting any existing code in that file. wp-content-> Themes->Current theme folder-> functions.php file Insert the following code to that file, without deleting any existing content. If you don’t have the permission, then don’t worry, we have alternative ways:- Go to WP->Appearance-> Editor->Select the current theme on top right ->on right side bar Theme Functions (functions.php) Click on that file; carefully insert the following code at the bottom of the page without deleting anything existing in that page.

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Step 7-> Redirect RSS feed to new site to redirect existing users

Next step will be to redirect the RSS feed from blogger to Word Press so that we can redirect the entire existing RSS subscriber to our new site.

Blogger-> Settings-> Other -> (Under Site feed) Post Feed Redirect URL

Enter http://yourWPsiteURL/feed

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Step 8-> Install WP Smush to optimize the images (recommended)

This plug-in is recommended to compress the sizes of the images to required sizes. It gives a boost to the WP Page. You can find the link to the plug-in here.

And now Blogger to WordPress migration has been successfully done.

For any queries, you are welcome to contact me at [email protected]

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