How to Import Blogger Site to WordPress

Blogger is a template-based blog builder hosted by Google. Since Blogger is set up differently, it can only be hosted in Vodien by importing the Blogger site to a WordPress site. 

Here are the steps needed to complete the import: 

  1. Back up the content from Blogger.  
  2. Install WordPress in your Vodien hosting. 
  3. Import the Blogger backup to the installed WordPress site.  
  4. Set up the redirection on your WordPress dashboard.  
  5. Set up the redirection on your Blogger dashboard.  
  6. Style your website. 

1. Back up the content from Blogger. 

Step 1. Login to your Blogger dashboard. 

Step 2. In the left pane of the menu bar, click Settings.

Settings Button in Blogger

Step 3. In the Manage Blog section, click Back up content.

Backup Content Option in Blogger

Step 4. Click DOWNLOAD.

Download Content Button in Blogger

The backup should be a .XML file as shown on the screenshot below.  

Blogger .XML File

2. Install WordPress in your Vodien hosting.

Install a new WordPress site to your hosting. Follow the applicable links provided below for each type of hosting.

3. Import the Blogger site to the newly installed WordPress site.

To import the Blogger site using a plugin in your WordPress dashboard, follow these steps:

Step 1. Log in to your WordPress dashboard. 

Step 2. In the left pane of the menu bar, click Plugins, and then click Add New.

Add New Plugin Button in WordPress Dashboard

Step 3. In Add Plugins, enter Blogger Importer Extended in the search box, and then press Enter on your keyboard. 

Search Import Blogger Extended Plugin in WordPress

Step 4. OBlogger Importer Extended, click Install Now, and then wait for the Installing icon to disappear.

Blogger Importer Extended Install Now Button

Step 5. Now, click Activate.

Blogger Importer Extended Plugin Activate Button

Step 6. After the page redirects you to the list of installed plugins, click Run Importer on the Blogger Importer Extended section.

Run Blogger Importer Link in WordPress

Step 7. Now, click Run Importer.

Run Blogger Importer Button

Step 8. Click 20 posts for free. If your Blogger site has more than 20 postsyou can avail their Unlimited license or use the basic Blogger Importer instead. 

Blogger Importer Extended 20 Posts Free Button

Step 9. On your Blogger dashboard, copy the blog ID on the URL as shown in the screenshot below.

Blogger Blog ID Location

Step 10. When you return to your WordPress dashboard, paste the blog ID in the box beside Submit.

Enter Blogger Blog ID in WordPress Dashboard

Step 11. Click Submit. 

Submit Blog ID Button

Step 12. Click the Start Import! button below your blog name.

Start Blogger Import Button

Step 13. When the pop-up message appears, click OK

Blogger Importer OK Button

Step 14. Once the import is successful, you can view a Success! message on the screen. Click remaining steps to complete the importing process.

Blogger Importer Remaining Steps Link

4. Set up the redirection on your WordPress dashboard. 

Redirect old Blogger links to your WordPress website to maintain SEO ranking.

Step 1. Click the Redirect old Blogger links toggle button to enable the redirection of the Blogger links to their respective pages and posts that were imported to the WordPress site. 

Step 2. Click the Redirect 404s to homepage toggle button to enable the redirection of any broken links to the website’s homepage.  

Step 3. In the lower section of the screen, click Save Changes. 

Blogger Redirection Buttons

5. Set up redirection on Blogger dashboard. 

The redirection also needs to be set up on Blogger dashboard since this is where the site URLs originated. This prevents broken links and maintains your site’s SEO ranking.

Step 1. In your WordPress dashboard, click Download Template on the Blogger Importer Extended plugin.

Download Redirection Template for Blogger 

Step 2. In the left pane of the menu bar, click Theme.

Theme Tab in Blogger Dashboard

Step 3. Beside CUSTOMIZEclick the drop-down button, and then click Restore.

Customize Drop Down Options

Step 4. When the Restore message appears, click UPLOAD

Upload to Restore Button for Blogger Theme

Step 5. Select the template file downloaded from Step 5.1, and then click Open.

Select Template File from Computer

Step 6. Wait until the page shows Restored Theme. The theme should display as custom (Modified) since you uploaded a customized template. Click the drop-down button beside CUSTOMIZE, and then click Mobile Settings 

Mobile Settings in Blogger

Step 7. In Theme > Choose Mobile Theme, select Desktop. This disallows the changing of the original Blogger links to the mobile links. This needs to be done to avoid broken links when the website is accessed on a mobile device. The mobile view of your website is now handled by your WordPress settings.

Blogger Desktop Theme Button

Step 8. Click SAVE. 

Save Desktop Theme Button

6. Style your website. 

Apply the desired theme, color, fonts, and widgets to your website as these are not carried over from Blogger. The drop-down options to modify these are under the Appearance menu in your WordPress dashboard. 

Appearance Option in WordPress

Feel free to contact our Singapore or Australia Support Team for further questions. 

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