Moving from Blogger to WordPress: Testing and Domain Pointing
I’m about to move (for a friend) a fairly large blog currently on blogger to wordpress. I’ve googled and found several really good guides for this, and even set up a another small blogger account and tested the process on a wp site I use for testing. I think I have this pretty much down pat except for one worry: She already has a domain name that is currently pointed to her blogger account. I’m trying to figure out the best way to move content, test the site, and THEN do the redirect for the domain name. Note this is just a domain name pointed to her blogspot account (i.e, http://herdomain.com, when typed in, goes to http://heraccount.blogspot.com).
I am setting up a brand new WP install on new host. I then want to import all the content from the blogger account (tons of posts), set up the new theme (fairly customized, already set up on my test site), tweak it till it’s perfect and THEN do the redirect – she has quite a few advertisers so I really want this to be as seamless as possible. My concern is the initial install will be on a temp url. I’m trying to wrap my brain around the steps (and specific order of steps) of changing the domain name on the new install from temp to her domain, and then the redirect, which would be after importing content. Won’t that mean tons of links on the new install that will need to be changed? Ugh….I know there’s a proper method of doing this and just wondering if anyone had some good advice 😉
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