[resolved] migrating from Blogger to WP, on my own domain (21 posts)

  1. loopme
    Posted 5 years ago #

    I am a bit overwhelmed with all of the resources out there, but haven't come across much that speaks to the process when you have your blog hosted on your own domain (not blogspot.com). I am keeping my blog at the same domain. Are there special steps to take in order to do this?

    Currently, my blog is set to domain/news and I intend to move my blog to the index page.

  2. bh_WP_fan
    Posted 5 years ago #

  3. Kailash
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Yes, you can also move your wordpress to other directory without moving files/folders. More help http://codex.wordpress.org/Moving_WordPress

  4. loopme
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Thanks! I have things underway. 2 hiccups:

    - .htaccess file issues (going to start a separate post regarding this pesky file!)

    - my previous blog was ftp-based... So, when I go into WP-Admin import tool, this warning comes up:

    To use this importer, you must have a Google account and an upgraded (New, was Beta) blog hosted on blogspot.com or a custom domain (not FTP).

    eek! Hmm... I,m thinking I might have to actually convert my ftp blog to a blogspot one, THEN use the import? I'm not sure if this is the easiest option, or creates unncessary work.

    An advice?

  5. @mercime
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 5 years ago #

    loopme, yeah there is an option to host Blogger blog in own server instead of at Blogger though I hear that that feature is no longer going to be supported anymore.

    I have migrated all such Blogger blogs to WPMU some years ago, and this is what I went through. Before doing so, remember to copy and save the HTML of your custom blogger theme if you have one.

  6. loopme
    Posted 5 years ago #

    mercime - thanks for your tips. The future "unsupport" of ftp-based blogs is precisely why I am migrating over. I am using this (forced) opportunity to update the look of things, so I don't have to worry about my old blogger theme. (although I have backed it up just in case!)

    I checked out your links. I'll test out this method when i have a bit more time and a tad less frustration :)

  7. @mercime
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 5 years ago #

    loopme, not many knew about or used the ftp-based Blogger feature. Just try or Google for as many ways to backup and export your Blogger ftp-blog and import to WordPress. Feel free to share if you've found another or better way to work it. Good luck.

  8. Just Football
    Posted 5 years ago #

    I am in the process of migrating from Blogger custom to WordPress too and it is not going well.

    I haven't been able to import all my comments from blogger. So I updated the php.ini file to 5mb and imported the blog as a wxr file, but it duplicated all posts, the originals with tags as categories and the wxr file stuff with tags as tags. So now I have hundreds more posts than I've ever actually had.

    I then changed the amount of posts to view on a single screen from '20' to '700' to try and delete them all in one go, but now I get a completely blank screen when I click on posts in WordPress. Arggh!!

    Is there a way to delete all posts and simply start the import all over again? I'm also a bit worried by the fact I cannot access any posts right now.

  9. @mercime
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Just Football, try importing Blogger from a free account at WordPress.com and use its powerful servers. Export XML from the free account you created, and import said XML to self-hosted WP. After all's well, delete free account at WordPress.com

  10. Just Football
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Thanks :-)

    Actually I ended up increasing the memory limit to 64mb and that loaded fine, then reduced the posts per page to 20 odd, deleted all comments, tags, categories and posts and re-uploaded everything from scratch using the wxr file. Seems to work ok now.

  11. kathaemert
    Posted 5 years ago #

    loopme, did you get this to work?

    I am in exactly the same situation and have questions before I actually upload WP files and import from my self-hosted blogger blog. I've run my backups and have all the html & CSS files saved.

    I'd love to know what process you ended up using and how it worked.

    Are you keeping the same url for your blog? I'd like to keep the same address for mine.

    Is your old data and new data in the same directory? My current blog is at /public_html/blog

    What happens when you import? Does it keep your data in the same place and just convert it to WordPress formatting?

    I'm actually excited to be leaving Blogger.com - this forced move will be good for my business.

    Thanks for sharing your experiences.

  12. loopme
    Posted 5 years ago #

    I agree - the forced move is good, but still frustrating!

    I have not migrated info over, nor do I feel I have "the easiest" answer yet. (Right now, the leading method seems to be convert my self-hosted/ftp site to a blogspot site, THEN use the WP import tool.)

    Meanwhile, I do have WP set up and running, but there are a few problems I'm trying to overcome first that may cause problems during migration. (Can't get .htaccess & permissions working correctly! - any experts reading this and have pointers?!)

    To answer some of your other questions:
    I'm keeping the same URL, although the exact page my blog is on will be changing. but I do have WP saved in the main/root directory of that URL. My data will remain in the same directory, although different folders I'd presume?

    Best of luck! Do let me know once you dive into it and how it goes; I'll do the same. hoping it's a productive weekend :)

  13. kathaemert
    Posted 5 years ago #

    I went ahead and tried to migrate to a blogspot blog and it's a nightmare! Blogspot changed and added text to my html and now when I tried to import from blogspot to WP, it didn't really work. I cannot post from WP and have it show up because blogspot is still taking over. I don't suggest that method.

    I've deleted my blog from my server and have reloaded the pages from my back-up on my hard-drive. Now to figure out what the next step is.

  14. Just Football
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Have to say, this procedure is driving me mad!

    I too have a self-hosted blogger blog. I did the import but it could not import all comments, so to get around that I had to convert Blogger's xml to a wxr file. But then you have the issue of maintaining permalinks. Short of going in and editing every single permalink, you're left with the only other alternative which is losing all the history built up in Google etc.

    To cut a long story short I am going crazy. Can anyone at WordPress help explain why the importer only recognises 40 of about 700 comments?

  15. loopme
    Posted 5 years ago #

    JustFootball: Yikes! I was optimistic with your earlier post.... then see your latest.

    So far, I've exported the xml from blogger, used the conversion tool to create the wxr, but then i'm getting file size errors when i try to import. Trying to figure out where to increase file size (where did you do that?)

    My fingers are crossed that the fact I have next-to-no comments may be a blessing in disguise...

    fingers crossed for you!

  16. loopme
    Posted 5 years ago #

    kathaemert -
    I have found success!!

    from blogger, i exported the XML.
    then i used http://blogger2wordpress.appspot.com/ to create a WXR file.
    finally from within WP, used the Tools:Import:Wordpress page to import this.

    and DONE!

    it was super easy. all the hard stuff came before. my hosting provider is really what save the day, generously helping create the .htaccess file, set permissions, and adjust a php file to handle a larger file upload.

    best of luck!

  17. Just Football
    Posted 5 years ago #

    'create the .htaccess file, set permissions'

    what is that all about? why do you need to do that?

    seems like something i've overlooked...

  18. Frozen Banana
    Posted 5 years ago #

    The easiest way I found to migrate from self hosted FTP Blogger to selfhosted wordpress (wordpress.org) was:

    1. Export blog from Blogger as xml file (go to Settings on Blogger´s dashboard, then Basic, and finally Blog Tools)
    2. Create a temporary blogspot.com blog (again, through the dashboard)
    3. Import your xml file to the temporary blogspot.com blog
    4. In WordPress under Tools use the WordPress import tool to import from the temporary blogspot.com blog

    Of course now you are stuck with the issue of figuring out how to redirect your post links from your old domain (the original one) to your new one. It seems like all the plugins out there are set up to redirect from blogspot urls to wordpress ones. I´m having a hard time finding a way to redirect my posts from my original (not temporary blogspot.com) blog posts to the new wordpress one.

    Anyway, hope this helps with the initial part of migration!

  19. curtismchale
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Best post for this information is below:


    I've just finished migrating a client over to WordPress and we are still having some issues with comments but everything else has worked fine. Permalinks are exactly the same so there should be no loss in SEO value.

    I run into issues with missing comments and the XML file generated from the backup of the FTP site is too large for the appspot tool to convert it to a WXR file (which for us would also create 1100 duplicates). Looks like I might be getting down to hand editing the XML file into small enough chunks then editing 2200 or so duplicates to figure out which one is the best post.

  20. emilayohead
    Posted 5 years ago #

    curtismchale - In trying to get all of my comments, I ended up with duplicate posts as well. I used this plug-in, I think it was called WP-eDel, to delete all the duplicate posts automatically. It worked quite nicely. However, I still only have 50 comments imported - if you know of any way to fix that for a complete non-tech person, I'd love to hear it.

  21. nit
    Posted 4 years ago #


Topic Closed

This topic has been closed to new replies.

About this Topic