How to Switch from Blogger to WordPress without Losing Rankings

I will explain a complete process to switch from Blogger to WordPress.

In this post, I will explain a complete process to switch from Blogger to WordPress.

I have already explained why WordPress is the King

In switching between Blogger and WordPress, the one question is, would I lose the Google rankings?

And the answer is, Yes, you will! If you don’t do it right.

I will walk you through the complete process, and you will not lose Google rankings.

I have divided the complete process into few steps.

  1. Back up the Blogger website.
  2. Setup hosting.
    • Best shared hosting.
    • Best dedicated hosting.
    • Setup hosting account (Step-By-Step)
  3. Import Blogger data to WordPress.
  4. Changing the WordPress theme.
  5. Configure Permalink settings.
  6. Redirect the users to the WordPress website.

1- Back-Up the Blogger Website

Alright, the first thing first, we will save the Blogger files in our computer.

To do that, go to Settings on the left tab.

Scroll down the page to where it says Manage Blog. And, click on Backup Content.

The pop up will appear, choose to download the files in your computer. Once we have the backup, we’re good to go to the next step.

2- Setup hosting

The next big thing is hosting. You need a hosting service to host your website files (in our case, Blogger files).

If you’ve never heard this word before, here’s a complete guide on website hosting and maintenance.

Best Shared hosting

For hosting, I would recommend using a good hosting platform. By good, I mean, very good 😃.

If you’re new to hosting, you can go with SiteGround

I have been using Siteground for quite a long time as shared hosting. They never let my website performance down.

Best Dedicated Server hosting

For people willing to put in more effort, I would recommend going with the dedicated server. Digital Ocean is the best option for dedicated servers.

If you don’t want to manage the server, Cloudways hosting is the best option for you. I have a complete Cloudways hosting review.

How to Set up Hosting on SiteGround?

Setting up a hosting account on Siteground is super easy. Follow along with me step-by-step.

Step (1)- Select the Hosting Plan

First, go to SiteGround hosting, and choose the plan for your website. 

BTW, you can get a discount on hosting with my discounted link.  

Step (2)- Plan Details and Payment

Next, choose the period for the hosting plan. I will go with 12 months for now. You can select any period you want.

Then, choose the payment type. And, click on ”Pay Now”.

Step (3)- Choose the Domain Name

The next step is to choose the domain name. But you will have your custom domain name set on Blogger. So, we will be using that custom domain to point to a new hosting server.

Step (4)- Login to the SiteGround Account

Next, login to my SiteGround account, and go to ”Websites” tab.

Scroll down the page, and click on ”Create Website” section.

Here you will be able to create a new WordPress website. The process is simple, in the next step, you need to install WordPress.

When it prompts to buy a new domain, or connect an existing one, choose ”Connect an Existing Domain”.

Then you need to connect your domain to your new hosting server.

Step (4)- Connect your Domain to New Hosting Provider

Login to the domain provider’s website, and access the domain of your Blogger website you want to migrate.

You need to change the name servers of the domain.

Every domain provider has different methods to change the name servers. So, you might want to get help from the hosting provider or read their forum.

Change your domain name server to the SiteGround name servers. Or whatever will be your new hosting service provider will be.

3- Import Blogger Data to WordPress

The next we need to do after we set up our new hosting account is importing the Blogger’s data to WordPress.

To import the Blogger data to WordPress, go to your Blogger website. Go to Settings >> Other.

Click on ”Backup Content” and save it in your local computer.

Then, head over to your WordPress dashboard and click on Tools >> Import.

From the Blogger section click on ”Install Now”, it will install the Blogger importer plugin on your WordPress dashboard.

After the installation click on ”Run Importer”. It will activate the plugin on your website.

Then, click on ”Choose File” button, and upload the Blogger file that you just downloaded.

After that, click the upload button.

It will now import your Blogger data into your WordPress website. If you visit your website now, you will see your Blogger posts now.

It will look kind of bland, so we need to change the theme. To change the theme follow along to the next step.

4- Changing the WordPress Theme

You will notice the default of the website looks quite plain and outdated. So we need to fix, with changing the WordPress theme.

While, I have a complete dedicated guide on installing, uploading, and setting up a new theme I will try to explain it here.

To change the WordPress theme, go to Appearance >> Themes.

And, here you can see all the plugins installed on your website (and the one activated).

To add a new WordPress theme, click on ”Add New”. You can search all the themes in the theme search bar.

I will search for Astra theme in the search bar, and install it.

Install and activate the theme with the button, you can also preview it before installing or activating.

If you again visit your website now, it will look far better than before.

It’s a free theme that we just installed, and of course, it comes with some limitations. For a more powerful option, with no limitations, you can go with the Astra premium theme. It’s the best option to go with, as it comes with dozens of pre-built website demos.

I have listed down the 50 top selling WordPress themes of all time.

You can also read this amazing post, 8 best selling WordPress themes to go with.

After you have installed and activated a new theme, you might want to delete unused WordPress themes. But, I suggest keeping at least 1 default WordPress theme in case something bad happens.

5- Configure Permalinks Settings

The next we need is configuring the permalinks. To do that, go to Settings >> General.

The first thing we need to do here, is selecting the correct time zone.

Step (1)- Update Time Zone

Scroll down the page to the time zone.

Here, you can select your specific time zone. Or you can also select the city if you don’t want to use UTC.

Once done, scroll down the page to end, and click on ”Save Changes”.

Step (2)- Update Permalinks Structure

Next, we will correct the permalinks structure. To do that, go to Setting >> Permalinks.

Here, select the ”Month and name” structure, and click on Save Changes.

6- Redirect the Users to the WordPress Website

Now, we have setup the complete website, and we want to redirect the users to our WordPress website. We will redirect the users, so that they will not see a 404 error when they visit the website pages.

Using Plugin ”Blogger to WordPress”

Go to the plugins section, and add a new plugin. Search for the plugin ”Blogger to WordPress”.

Install and activate the plugin Blogger to WordPress by ”rtCamp”. And make sure the plugin is by ”rtCamp”.

Then to redirect the users, go to Tools >> Blogger To WordPress Redirection.

From the page, click on Start Configuration.

Scroll down the page, and confirm that you’re at the right blog. Aside of that, click on Get Code.

Again, scroll down the page, and copy the generated code.

Head over to Blogger, and click on Theme from the left tab.

From the page, click on the three dots (beside the current Blogger theme), or the option button (dots).

And, select the option Edit Html.

Here, replace the existing code with the code we copied, from the WordPress plugin (Blogger to WordPress).

From the top right side of the code editor, click on the right most icon to save the code changes.

To verify the changes, go back to WordPress dashboard. From Blogger to WordPress plugin (where we copied the code), click on Verify Configuration.

And, you have successfully redirected all of users to your new WordPress website.

Congratulation on moving from Blogger to WordPress, and know that WPPedia is always here to provide you with the best and free WordPress guides.

Covering Up

As you have now moved from Blogger to WordPress, there’s a lot you will learn along the way. I recommend reading guides, watching videos, and doing practice as it will you effecent and confident.

There are some helpful WordPress beginner guides that I recommend you reading.

These are just small recommendations from me, however, for any other post, you can always use the wppedia.org search section to find posts.

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