In the last month I switched blogging platforms. I changed from Blogger to WordPress about a month ago. And while I have to say I am getting the hang of it, I am still figuring things out. I’m sure you’ve seen those posts where you can “switch to WordPress in five minutes!” “it’s so easy!” Yeah, it’s not easy.
I spent hours looking up blog posts for transferring my site and figuring everything out. I figured it was time for a post to have EVERYTHING you need. If you have never used WordPress it’s confusing to figure out. Not to mention transferring your blog from a different hosting site. So, I am here to help you out of the internet darkness. And once you have mastered WordPress it’s crazy to think that you kept your blog anywhere else. Here is what I learned and what you will need to know if you are to make the switch!
Note: This is for wordpress.org, not wordpress.com. It will be helpful to have a .com account as well for adding features to your blog, but it isn’t where you want your domain to be.
Use a hosting site. I use Bluehost, but there are lots of options. I got a great deal on my blog, and they have a hotline where you can call with all of your problems and questions. And boy did I call them a lot. Shoutout to whoever helped and had to explain how to use the internet to me! This is how I got through transferring my blog. They are super helpful and the hosting site is a great way to keep ownership of your blog.
Note: They do charge you up front. It says you pay $5.95 per month and that’s true, but they charge you for all the months at once for the next three years. If you decide to delete your blog or cancel your subscription you will get the money back for the number of months that have gone unused by you. No harm, of foul.
How to transfer your blog. This is the hardest part and what I had the most trouble on. Now I am demonstrating how I switched from Blogger to WordPress, so if you have a different platform edit accordingly.
- Transfer your blog to Bluehost. When you login to Bluehost, there will be a homepage for you with a header. There will be a “domain” section on the header and click on that and you will want “transfer a new domain to your account.”
- Get your blog from Google domains to WordPress. This was a step that I didn’t know existed or how to do. Search for Google domains or go to your domain.google.com site and your domain should pop up in your account. Click on the ‘manage my domain’ button and there will be a place for you to transfer out your blog. You click on this and it has a code that you will need to plug in to Bluehost to transfer your site. Put your domain on public so you will be able to transfer it.
- Once in Bluehost there will be a place for you to transfer your domain. Type in your domains name and there will be a place for the code that you got from Google domains. Plug that in and you should transfer your blog from Blogger to WordPress.
- You will also need to transfer your domain into WordPress. Bluehost does this for you if you follow the above instructions but you need to get all of your content over into WordPress. Login to WordPress and Blogger. In Blogger, go to Settings à Other and click export blog. This will download an xml file of your blog to your computer. Hang on to it.
- Go to WordPress, click on Tools -> import. There will be a Blogger plugin to transfer your blog, and you will click on the activate plugin user. Next it will ask you to import your xml file. This is the file you just exported from Blogger. Find that on your computer and import it into WordPress. Once installed, all of your content will be added into WordPress!
- Delete your blog from Blogger. Once you are sure that your blog is in WordPress, you can delete it by going to Settings à other à delete blog. It will ask you that you’re sure and say yes and delete. Now if something went wrong and you lost your site, you can get it back to save your content. Just make sure to delete it again once it’s over in WordPress.
Upgrade blog and template. Now that you’ve switched over it’s time to upload a new template. The Blogger one you previously had is no longer compatible with WordPress. I just bought a new one on Etsy and installed it, but if you design your own you will have to recode to make it WordPress accessible.
Know the lingo. Part of my trouble with WordPress is that it took me a long time to figure out where everything was and the phrasing. WordPress uses different terms than Blogger, but it all has the same stuff.
Dashboard – Your home page for WordPress. Where your stats will be. You can also download Jetpack for more in depth statistics.
Media – Where to upload your photos and videos. You can also upload them directly into a post.
Appearance – Where everything related to the layout of your site will be. This is where you pick general layout (I have Genisis) and also where you upload your custom theme. This is also where you can change the layout and add widgets, menus, and a header.
Plugins – This is where everything your blog needs goes. This is where MailChimp, Jetpack, and Google Analytics will be added to your blog. Click on what you want and activate it to add it on your site.
Categories and Tags – These features are super helpful to organize your blog and get more viewers. You add tags on the post you are writing and categories can be added created in the post or you can create them in Appearance -> Menus.
Transfer Ad Words. If you have Google Ads, you will need to switch them over to your new site. Delete your old campaign and begin a new one. You will be able to set up your spending and all the details of your ad, just like you did with your old one. One plus is Bluehost should give you a coupon on your Ad Words campaign so you’ll save a little bit of money!
I hope this helps! If you have questions or suggestions, please comment I’d love to hear from you.