I recently made the big leap over from Blogger to WordPress. What a difference! Working with the Blogger template always felt like I was trying to push a stubborn child down the vegetable isle and sometimes changes to formatting and html simply don’t take—something that still doesn’t make much sense to an experienced writer and techie like myself. WordPress gives you infinitely more control.
For a simple portfolio site like this one, going through the stress-free services offered by WordPress.com is great. But if you want the full customizable experience or you want to a run a revenue-generating site, then going through WordPress.org and building your WordPress site yourself is certainly the way to go.
But hey, this isn’t an advertisement for WordPress, it’s a simple how-to. Let’s get to it!
Okay, so you don’t want those pesky old Blogger pages anymore. What do you do with them? You have a few options.
Delete them forever. Not a great choice if you want to build on your existing traffic and familiar user base.
Export/Import. Export your blog from Blogger and then import it wholesale into WordPress. The downside being that you end up with two blogs with the same information. Check out this detailed walkthrough on how to import/export your existing blog from Blogger to WordPress from wpbeginner.com.
Redirect your Blogger site. I’m a big fan of this because it’s so simple. Minimal hassle with your old blogs. You can do this one of two ways:
- Go to your domain registrar (assuming you own a domain) and have the old domain forward to the new one. Here’s a GoDaddy walkthrough on how to do this.
- Insert HTML into your Blogger template. This is the quick and dirty way to get the ball rolling. Simply paste a little customized HTML code into your Blogger template and your blog will then redirect users to the site you designated. Cool, right?
How to Redirect Blogger to WordPress Using HTML
- Log in to your Blogger account
- Select the blog you want to redirect
- Click Template
- Click Edit HTML
- Find the <head> tag near the top of the html
- Insert the following code:
<meta http-equiv="refresh" content="0;URL='http://www.mynewsite.com/'" />
- Replace mynewsite.com with the address of the new WordPress site you want users to be redirected to
- Click Save Template
- Click View Blog to see the redirect in action
Once you feel that traffic has been redirected to your new WordPress site for long enough (say, two years) then feel free to delete those old blogger sites and live redirect free! And forwarding/redirects aren’t limited to blogs. They work for any website.
So until next time, thanks for reading!