How to Transfer from Blogger to WordPress?

Last updated: July 21, 2009 by Yan


The author of this post is Brian, the blogmaster of Domain Structure who has just moved from Blogger to WordPress successfully and never regretted since. I’m inviting him to write a guest post to share with us his personal experience for the benefit of those who fear to go beyond blogspot.

So you want to change your blogging platform from Blogger to Word Press eh? Thankfully Word Press has a great feature to help you with this change but first let’s get down to basics.

I’m going to assume you are already using a custom domain and have your own hosting provider. If not.. then I would suggest taking care of those first and for most. Unless of course you just want to use Word Press on their server.

If you are not going to use your own domain/host then create your account at WordPress.com. Once you have created your account and have logged into the admin portion of your blog follow these steps to move your blog from Blogger to Word Press.

Instructions

  1. From your dashboard click Manage
  2. On the manage screen you will see some more menu options appear under the main options. Click Import.
  3. On the import screen you will see a list of different blogging platforms you can import from (Blogger is the first option). Make sure you are logged into your blogger account before you click import.
  4. Click on Blogger and when the page loads it should display the name of the blogs you have with Blogger.
  5. Simply click the import button beside your blog of choice and presto magico it should start importing.

If you are using your own hosting the steps are the exactly the same. The only difference is you will have to download Word Press to your computer and then upload all the files to your hosting account via FTP. You will also have to create a MYSQL database.

Word Press Installation

  1. Download the WordPress Setup package.
  2. Unzip the package in an empty directory.
  3. Open up wp-config-sample.php with a text editor like WordPad or similar and fill in your database connection details.
  4. Save the file as wp-config.php
  5. Upload everything
  6. Open /wp-admin/install.php in your browser. This should setup the tables needed for your blog. If there is an error, double check your wp-config.php file, and try again. If it fails again, please go to the support forums with as much data as you can gather.
  7. Note the password given to you.
  8. The install script should then send you to the login page. Sign in with the username admin and the password generated during the installation. You can then click on ‘Profile’ to change the password.
  9. (Read Me file is available in the Word Press folder if you need to read it again)

After you have successfully installed Word Press and are viewing your blog from the admin screen you can then follow the above mentioned steps to import your blog from Blogger.

When I first tried to install Word Press on my own host and import from Blogger I came across an issue and was unable to use the import feature that is provided from Word Press. Apparently some hosts won’t allow scripts to contact outside sources. Fortunately I did some searches and found a solution.

The Solution

  1. Create an account at WordPress.com
  2. Log-in to your admin dashboard and also log in to your Blogger dashboard
  3. Select manage and click on Import
  4. Select Blogger and import your blog
  5. Once successfully imported click on Export
  6. Download the export file
  7. Go back to the admin dashboard of your self hosted WordPress
  8. Click on Manage and then click Import. Then look at the bottom and click Word Press
  9. Browse for your recently saved Word Press .xml file (Will have Word Press in the file name).

After all that is said and done your articles and comments should all be included in to your new Word Press blog.

Hopefully the switch between Blogger and Word Press is a nice smooth transition. The longest part of the transition for me was waiting for the host/domain to point to the blog properly.

If you are thinking of moving from Blogger to WordPress, we have designed A Complete WordPress Setup Package that will help you get the most out of WordPress and use it straight out of the box.


18 Responses to “How to Transfer from Blogger to WordPress?”


  1. Hi Brian, Thanks for the post, it might very helpful for a lot of bloggers out there.

    This might actually be out of the scope of this post, but what are the advantages of word press over blogger? The availability of ‘categories’ comes to mind, but is there anything else?

    Also, do you need to have a custom template to have ads in your blog with word press?

    Thanks again!





  2. A great post which every beginner blogger needs to know. Blogger.com sucks if you want to build a large successful blog. So you need to upgrade. These are great tips for an important step



  3. Brian,

    I think this post offers many bloggers an option to move to wordpress, although I’ve come across friends who are still very satisfied with their Blogger. I do still have blogger although a little neglected I must say. But should I want to do this transfer, I’m happy to know that I can turn to you for advice if I run into some trouble doing it. Thanks!

    Peter Lee

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  4. @Prasanna

    The advantages of Word Press over Blogger.. Simple.. The never ending plug-ins that are available for Word Press.

    The plug-in that really sold me was the back up plug-in. With a few clicks of the mouse I can have my blog backed up daily and sent to me via eMail. This alone makes me sleep better at night.

    @Brad

    Yes this would create x2 of everything in the search engines. You can choose to delete your blogger blog posts. Or eventually after the search bots crawl the old blog enough times and notice its not updating they will begin to get de-indexed.

    Domain Structure’s last blog post..Get Your Article Dugg




  5. Great post.

    It will definately help for those who are still using blogger and want to shift to wordpress

    Mine was a different story. my blogger blog was removed by google :(. I had to purchase the domain shifted to wordpress.

    Started learning about it and slowly reposted the posts…



  6. @Nihar

    Did they mention why your blog was removed? I find it interesting that it was removed considering the amount of blogs that SHOULD be removed but are not.


  7. This is a future issue if we want to seriously develop our blog. It’s really easier to maintain a blog with self hosted wordpress instead of blogspot.


  8. Looks like a good tutorial. Easy looking steps and simple explanation. Haven’t tried it though. Will surely try it soon.


  9. Does anyone know where Brian is these days? The Domain Structure blog seems to have gone.

    I’ve a Blogger blog at my own domain, jackyan.com/blog. I’d love to know whether installing WordPress into this directory for the initial set-up will harm any of the files already in there.