Blogger: How To Move To WordPress ?
Blogger is a popular platform provided by Google for bloggers. It provides free hosting plan and free system that can be used as both server space as well as content management system (CMS) . It also provides free domain service but that will be suffixed with blogspot. For any top level domains or premium domains, one can easily host their domain on blogger platform with just a little steps and using already available blogger templates can bring up the site pretty easily.
WordPress on the other hand is a popular CMS tool that is also open source. Meaning that it is managed and monitored by hundreds of thousands of developers all around the world to keep it secure and make it better and better. For the websites that seek good SEO(Search Engine Optimization), WordPress provides better flexibility and options than blogger. If your website is typically a blog, magazine or something that needs good SEO, it is better to try WordPress because it has all the tools required and it’s very easy to work with as well.
Why to choose WordPress instead of blogger ?
- WordPress can be used to build basically any type of website whereas blogger is only good for blogs.
- Blogger’s functionality is pretty basic compared to WordPress.
- WordPress has tons of plugins to make it more SEO friendly.
- WordPress has better customization options than blogger.
- For developers, adding custom code is so much easier in WordPress.
- The ownership of content is with you because you can host your WordPress website on your own hosting server which is not the case of blogger as it is owned by google.
These are only few reasons why you should move your website to WordPress from blogger. Once you start using it, you will feel the difference and the difference is usually positive.
How to transfer blogger website to WordPress ?
Transferring website from blogger into WordPress is not that hard task. From the starting of WordPress, the team has built a feature to do so. You can move your website in blogger to WordPress without loosing a single thing. The website will be transferred completely and the content will be perfectly save.
- Change Name Server record on domain
The very first thing you need to do is change the name server(NS) records on your domain. Previously, it will be of blogger and now you need to change it to your own provided by your hosting provider.
- Install WordPress
You now need to install WordPress on your root directory. It will be either
/var/www/html/if you are using VPS. If you have access to cpanel, you might also have a tool called softaculous which will let you install pretty easily with just some button clicks. If you do not have that tool, you might have to do it manually, which involves creating database and providing database information during installation process.
- Import content
After the installation completes, go to yourdomain.com/wp-admin and enter your credentials. You will be brought to admin dashboard. On the left sidebar, look for tools and hover over it. There, you will see import option, click on it. On the top, you will see an option Blogger. Click install if it is not installed already. Now, go to blogger.com and select your site. Click on settings and scroll down until you see Manage Blog option. Click on Back up content and the content will be downloaded in xml format. After the download completes, go to wordpress part where we left, that is, tools > import > Blogger . If you did install Blogger already, you should see Run Importer option, click on it. Fill up the author details and click on import. It will import all your content from blogger into current WordPress website.
- Install Theme
After the content import is done, you now need to shape your website into desired design. You can use free themes from WordPress marketplace or buy a theme and use it. Go to Appearance > Themes and you can use appropriate option.
- Setup Menu and Widgets
After theme installation, you now need to setup your website based on the theme you installed/activated. Usually, if the theme is premium, you will get a documentation. Follow the documentation to setup menu, widgets and other stuffs.
After completing these steps, your website will be up and running using WordPress CMS.