The Blogger to WordPress mass migration is in full swing, and I’m going to answer a question from Meredith about the move! This will cover various different aspects such as which web host to choose, how to move your content over, and whether or not you will lose GFC.
Hi! I follow you on Twitter, and I’ve noticed you seem to know a lot about WordPress and making the switch. I don’t even know where to start. I know you have posts on EVERYTHING I’m about to ask but I still feel really confused. Which host is the best? The one I know the most about is GoDaddy. How do I get everything from Blogger to WP? Will I lose GFC followers? I noticed there’s a way to import, but does it work well? I’m new to blogging and I know very little about graphic design, so will the switch be difficult for me? I just.. I’m sorry to ask so many questions, and again, I know you have posts on ALL that stuff, and i read them, but I’m new to this, and I just feel really confused and torn. Any help/advice you can offer would be really great!
Thanks in advance for your help!
Hi Meredith! I’ll do my best to answer all of your questions. 🙂
Which web host is the best?
These days I am highly recommending RFE Hosting (that is an affiliate link). I don’t use them myself because I have a dedicated server, which is a whole different deal and a whole different price tag, and isn’t something I can recommend to someone new to self-hosted. But, I have been using RFE Hosting for many of my clients and I think they’re phenomenal! They have great customer support, it’s really easy to install WordPress, and I find their sites to be blazingly fast.
GoDaddy is a pretty good option too, but they can be hit or miss. I used them for about 6 years before moving to where I am now, and I never had any problems with their service (until I set up my e-commerce site, but again, that’s a totally different thing). The one downside to GoDaddy is that I’ve heard their customer support can be a bit… crap. I have ZERO experience with this because in all my 6 years of using them I never had any problems so I never even needed their customer support. But a few Google searches will bring up a lot of lame or half ass GoDaddy customer service responses.
But, I find that some people in life really love customer support and others (like me) tend to not need it. I’m one of those people who always figures things out on her own. If I do have a problem, I Google it or play around until I figure it out. But there are other people who love to be able to turn to a reliable customer support team. If you’re one of those people, perhaps you should check out a hosting company who’s known for excellent customer support (like RFE Hosting!).
How do I get everything from Blogger to WP?
Once you have WordPress installed on your hosting account, moving everything from Blogger to WordPress is SUPER easy! There’s a tab in the WordPress admin panel called “Tools” and under that, there’s a submenu called “Import”. Clicking that brings up a list of all the import options. You can see from the screenshot above that the top one is Blogger! You simply click on that and press “Install Now” on the new page that pops up.
Then, you simply follow the instructions to import your posts and comments. You will be asked to “authorize” access to your Google account so that WordPress can connect to it. Then you click a button called “Import” and just sit back and wait while your posts and comments get copied over.
The post formatting usually does get messed up a little bit, but it’s not too bad and you can just go in and edit your latest posts to fix the formatting.
Some things do need to be moved over manually, including: sidebar widgets (gadgets) and pages. But it’s really easy to just copy and paste them over!
The one thing you can’t just move over is your design. WordPress and Blogger are completely different platforms so the designs are not interchangeable. You can hire someone to move your design over for you (and make it look exactly 100% the same) but the design has to be re-coded completely from the ground up. So that means the person has to have experience in coding for WordPress and making theme designs from scratch!
Will I lose GFC followers?
Yes you will lose GFC because that widget is not available on WordPress anymore. There are two methods to “hack” GFC to get it to work on WordPress, but honestly… I think it’s better to say goodbye to GFC. GFC is not a very accurate way of measuring your followers anyway, so it’s better to focus on RSS and e-mail subscriptions.
If you really do want to keep your GFC followers, then here are links to the two different “hack” methods:
- Method #1 – This method only works under very specific conditions, which I haven’t fully determined. So it may work, or it may not. But the plus side is that it will work if you redirect your old blog to your new one.
- Method #2 – This method will always work as long as your Blogger blog isn’t redirecting.
Will the switch be difficult for me?
Honestly, I think everyone has a very different experience. If you hire someone to do the move for you, I can almost guarantee it will be easy and painless (mostly because they’ll be doing all the work!). The only difficult thing might be adjusting to the new WordPress layout. WordPress has so many more features and options than Blogger, and it just looks different. There is an adjustment period but you will get used to it eventually!
If you attempt to move your blog on your own… well, I can’t say whether it will be difficult or not. Some people (usually the more tech/web-savvy ones) do just fine on their own. Others cry, throw tantrums, and think they’ve seen the end of the world. Everyone has a VASTLY different experience, so it’s hard to say.
To help ease you through the process, you can check out my Blogger to WordPress walkthrough.