Moving from a custom domain on Blogger to WordPress – Importing my blog

Over the past few weeks, I have been blogging about my experiences moving my blog from Blogger to WordPress when I already had a custom domain.

If you would like to catch up on the steps I took so far, please read Step 1: Purchasing a new Web Host, and Step 2: Installing WordPress and Redirecting

As I mentioned in the previous post, I relied on a blog post I found to guide me thorough moving from Blogger to WordPress (by Nosegraze).
Now that I had installed WordPress, it was time to import my blog!


Step 3: Importing my blog

1. I first logged into my WordPress Dashboard. It looks totally different from the one on Blogger!
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2. Before I imported my blog, Nosegraze suggested I edit permalinks first. Blog posts on WordPress have a default URL of domain/?p=123 with sequential numbers. On the other hand, Blogger blog posts have a default URL of domain/%year%/%monthnum%/%postname%.html  In order to keep the same structure, I needed to edit the permalinks.  No problem – with WordPress, this was easy!

On my Dashboard, I went to Settings, then Permalinks.

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I selected Custom, and inputted /%year%/%monthnum%/%postname%.html

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2. Next, it was time to import my blog! I went to Tools, then Import, then Blogger.

3. WordPress plugins need to be installed and activated, so I installed the Blogger Importer and pressed Activate Now.  Then I just followed the directions.   This plugin imported my blog posts, my pictures, and the comments from Blogger. I changed commenting systems a few times, so some of the comments were unfortunately lost, but this does not seem to be the norm.

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Success!  In the next post, I will share some of the plugins I use on my blog.


xoxo, K

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