Yes you read that right! It really says moving from WordPress to Blogger, and not the other way around.
But you should try telling Google that. As I was trying to find information about moving from WordPress to Blogger, Google kept offering results about moving from Blogger to Wórdpress. And I kept checking my query thinking: ‘Didn’t I say it right?’
Thankfully there is some information out there about moving from WordPress to Blogger but it’s hard to find and scarce. So I figured I’ld do my bit and help other poor sods who want to leave WordPress for Blogger.
But first let me start by explaining why I wanted to move my blog back from WordPress to Blogger.
Moving from WordPress to Blogger: why I wanted to
I think I can explain it best my using a bowling metaphor! When my husband and I take our kids out bowling we usually have the bumpers up. That way you have a much better chance of hitting the bowling pins.
I think Blogger is like bowling with the bumpers up.
It’s easier, and if you make a mistake you’ll probably still score.
WordPress on the other hand is like bowling without the bumpers. If you make a mistake your ball hits the gutter and you get zero results for your efforts. It’s harder and more complicated. You can really mess things up.
I moved from Blogger to WordPress about a year and a half ago. And I totally get that WordPress has more options. But the thing is: I don’t really nééd all those options. I want to write stuff, and make it look pretty. And Blogger allows me to concentrate on my content, and makes it much easier for me to make my blog look good.
So that is why last week I was moving from WordPress to Blogger!
Moving from WordPress to Blogger: 12 steps
Let me start by saying I started my blog at Blogger. So I still had my Momfever blog up at Blogger because of the images. I had bought a domain name using Blogger at the time of my move to WordPress.
So I moved Momfever báck to Blogger.
And this is how I did it.
- Go to you WordPress dashboard and click on Tools
- Choose Export
- Choose what you want to export. You can export your whole blog, or just your posts or pages.
- Then click on Download Export file
- Now you have to make sure your wordpress file is suitable for Blogger. So head on over to WordPress2blogger.
- Upload your wordpress export file and click on convert.
- Now you’ve got a file you can upload to Blogger!
- Go to http://www.blogger.com and head on over to your blog
- Click on Settings
- Choose Other
- Click on import and choose the Blogger file you just created
- Now you’ve moved your WordPress blog to Blogger!
But wait, there’s something else!
How to make sure your blog name goes to your Blogger blog and not your WordPress blog
This is where I ran into trouble! I couldn’t figure out how to direct http://www.momfever.com to my Blogger blog instead of my WordPress blog. Turns out I had to adjust two things: DNS settings and Nameservers.
Warning: once you do this, you lose acces to your wordpress blog. So make sure you stripped it from everything you want to take with you to Blogger!
- In my case, because I had bought my domain name through Blogger I had to log into my Google Admin.
- Then click on Domains
- Click on Advanced DNS. Then I found my domain name was listed at GoDaddy! GoFigure.
- Log into your DNS console
- Click on your domain name, which in my case was momfever.com
- Click on Nameservers
- Choose Standard and then save
- Click on DNS Zone File. (Sometimes it takes a few minutes to be able to get into your DNS Zone File because the nameserver change hasn’t taken effect yet.) Fill in like this:
Don’t worry if it doesn’t work immediately. It sometimes takes a couple of hours. But after that you should see your Blogger blog appear at your blog domain.
Fall out from moving from WordPress to Blogger
I experienced some fall out from moving from WordPress to Blogger. Like all my images disappeared on my Google+ page and my Momfever Facebook page. That’s because I had placed links to my post on Google+ and Facebook and waited for the thumbnail. The images in my pósts were broken too once I had changed my DNS settings and Name Servers.
So I had to put in all the images again!
If you want to avoid the disappearance of images, just upload the image from your blogpost from your desktop! And thén place the link to your post. That way it doesn’t matter if you move your blog from WordPress to Blogger.
N.B Blogger is much kinder than WordPress: if you move from Blogger to WordPress all you images stay up. But if you change your dns settings you lose access to your WordPress blog and your pictures get broken.
I hope this helps other people who are considering moving from WordPress to Blogger. Because a tutorial like this would have saved me a whole lot of stress, and feeling like I was banging my head against a brick wall.
I may have caused some broken links. Because Blogger has different permalinks than Blogger. If you move from Blogger to WordPress you can fix this, but not the other way around.
Other bloggers about moving from WordPress to Blogger
- Post from Blog Bloke about moving from WordPress to Blogger
- David Haimes about migrating from WordPress to Blogger
- The Computery
Overall I feel moving from WordPress to Blogger was worth it. I feel like I’ve come home! Blogger feels like a warm bath. I can easily get my blog to look the way I want to, and I feel my posts do much better.
There are only 4 things I miss about WordPress. Those are:
- The ease of creating internal links
- The Yoast plugin: but I have several other blogs still on WordPress so I write my posts there, optimize them, and then copy and paste them into Blogger
- The word count of a post
- The plugin that let’s you give people a preview of your post
But overall, I’m glad I did it.
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