Blogger is a popular free web-log (blog) service from Google. Through blogger, you can share text, photos, and videos. It was launched by Pyra Labs but acquired by Google in 2003. Google hosts the blog and you can blog here if you have a Google account.
But being a hosted blog, it has its limitations. You cannot have full control over it.
Meanwhile, WordPress is a self-hosted blog, a free open-source software (or content management system, if you will) you can install on your own web host. According to w3techs, 65.2% of all websites whose systems are known uses WordPress. This is 42.4% of all websites in the world.
For example, the official US Government, whitehouse.gov is built on WordPress according to builtwith.com.
Now, there are plenty of people who began their blogging adventure with the easiest way – blogger. But as they grow and as technology moves forward, they need more freedom and independence. They need to run their own hosting and site. For such people, WordPress becomes the easiest way to continue their blogging.
But they have a problem – how to move years of Blogger content into WordPress? Do they need to type everything all over again?
In this post, we will show you FIVE SIMPLE STEPS you can follow to get your Blogger content into your WordPress installation with the user, comments, date, and categories all intact.
We are going to assume that your WordPress installation is ready. If not, get a domain and a hosting package from hosting providers or you can contact us. Install WordPress...
First of all, log in to your Blogger account. Then navigate to Settings and click 'Back up content. It will open a dialog box asking you whether you want to cancel or download. Download the XML File to a location you will remember.
Now, go to your WordPress Administration page at yourwebsite.com/wp-admin and log in. In your dashboard, you will see a set of links on the left. Click on 'Tools' and then 'Import.'
It will open a new page where you can install the tool. You will see a Blogger Import tool there. Click 'Install Now' and activate it.
You will then be shown the following:
Now, choose the XML File which you had downloaded from your Blogger. Then, click 'Upload file and import.'
As it finishes uploading and installing your Blogger contents to your new WordPress installation, it will ask you to import the Author of the contents as well. You can create a new name for the contents/posts or you can assign an existing user to the posts. Then click submit.
That's it. Now, you have successfully imported all your blogger contents into your new WordPress installation. All you have to do now is change your WordPress settings and designs.
Depending upon the size of your XML File, you may need to tweak your upload max size in your php.ini and .htaccess files as the default WordPress and cPanel upload size is only 2MB. But that's another topic...