How to move from Wordpress to Blogger

Hello Joyflakes!

I have rarely, if ever, done a tutorial but after all of the struggles I had getting my blog back to blogger from Wordpress, I thought I'd give it a shot. There are all sorts of post and suggestions for moving your blog from the lovely orange and white space that is blogger, to the blue land of Wordpress. There is even a specific section of the Wordpress help section titled "coming from blogger?"

But what if you want to go back to blogger? or you're on Wordpress and realize that you don't need everything that the platform has to offer and you don't feel like paying for it? Then, switching from Wordpress to blogger is the way to do it. As I said in my last post, I love blogger so here are the 4 (yes only FOUR) steps to making the switch from Wordpress to Blogger.

1. You'll need to export your blog from Wordpress

This simply means that you are going to download your blog as an .xml file to your computer from the internet. To do so, log into Wordpress, look under settings/tools and click export. It really is that simple.

2. Convert your .xml file into a blogger export file

I will be the first to admit that I am not an internet wizard like some of my fellow bloggers *cough Dana cough* so I won't get into the nitty gritty details because I'd probably mess them up. What I do know, is that there was at one point an app which let you convert your blog into blogger formatting from Wordpress but that app is no more. The good news, is that the app is still out there as a website called Wordpress2Blogger. If the link I've just put doesn't work, as it did most times i tried it from other peoples blogs, simply google "Wordpress 2 Blogger" and you should be able to access the site.

3. Create your blogger or log into your existing blogger

If you are a gmail user, this is incredibly simple and all you have to do is log in with your gmail. If you do not want to use your personal email (completely understandable...I have a different email for each endeavor I take on) then create a google account for your blog.

4. Import your converted blog file to your new blog

This may sound complicated as the word Import can often lead to confusing places but it really is quite simple.

Click on your blog, go to settings, other, click import, look for the file on your computer and voila! You should have all of your posts right at home on blogger.

One important note...If you, like me, are moving everything BACK to blogger, importing will give you duplicate posts. Just make sure that you choose the option that doesn't publish immediately after importing. Then, you can delete the duplicates without anyone knowing the difference.

The only thing that this doesn't do, is import you pictures properly. Because of the way that Wordpress handles images, they won't transfer over the way they were before. If you, like me, don't have a huge amount of pictures this wont be an issue but if you're a photographer or fashion blogger you're going to have some work ahead you. The good news is that there is a TON of information out there for you to help you get them back.

I hope you've enjoyed this quick and easy how to and I hope you find your blogging home.