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This morning, after using open source software WordPress for a client, I decided it was time to transfer my personal blog from Blogger to WordPress. There were tons of tutorials online that explained how to make the transfer over to the open source content management system, but none of them seemed to work!
I know just enough coding to know that I could be dangerous if I were let loose on files that were not backed up. I found about 8 tutorials on the first page of Google when I searched exporting Blogger to WordPress, but they all required me to change settings on my server, then the Blogger settings interface and included multiple warnings to back up my site. Shhhhhh…I thought this was going to be much easier.
After setting up wordpress on a new domain, I simply went to the “Settings” tab in the new WordPress 2.5 interface and clicked on “Import” and chose “Blogger” from the menu. I have three blogs with Blogger, but I only wanted to import the posts from one of them. After I authorized Google for my new URL to access the posts, I was sent back to another user interface page with listed the amount of posts and comments it could import for each of my blogs. Unfortunately, it wasn’t showing anything for this blog (about 165 posts and 300 comments).
After tons of searching around, head banging and kicking the dog (no animals were truly harmed during the transfer of my Blogger to Word Press) with no luck, I decided to try one more thing.
The only Blogger site that WordPress was able to import, was the only site I have hosted with blogspot. With that knowledge, I decided to open a blogspot account (I created a domain.blogspot URL and chose to keep it private so the search engine spiders wouldn’t crawl it) so I could try to import from there. It seemed a bit dodgy though, because I then had to go to my blog and go to the “Publishing Tab” and changed my settings. I changed my settings from my custom domain to Blog*Spot Address. I then saved my settings in Blogger.
I then went back to my new WordPress admin panel, clicked on “Manage”, then “Import”, then Authorize (when I was prompted by Google whether or not to Authorize my new domain to the data) and within seconds, it showed all of the posts in the admin section of two out of my three blogs. Both of the ones that were showing posts were hosted at blogspot.com.
From there, you simply hit the Import button next to your desired blog and like magic, your Blogger account has been imported into your WordPress 2.5 account!