Recently I migrated my blogger website to WordPress premium plan account. Well, before that I did a lot of research and I personally wanted to know what all difficulties one can face while migrating. Upon reading various blogs and watching videos, I found that people said it is easy to migrate than you think. However, none of the bloggers, even the best one in the world disclosed what all precautions to be taken and possible problems one can face. Thus, in this long post, I am going to take you through the issues that disturbed me.
- New Blog or Old?
If your blog is new and you have posted around 30 or fewer articles and traffic is negligible. I would suggest you make a new blog on WordPress (WP) with the same domain. This will save much of your time and can possibly save you from frustration. However, if you have good traffic, and you are hell-bent on migrating. Do read the post till the end.
2. Check the XML File Size
The first basic step is to check the XML file size of your blogger website. This you can do by taking the backup on your computer. As per the latest updates, you are allowed to upload file size up to 512 MB. If the size is heavy, more than that, in that case kindly take the Business Plan of WordPress.
3. Mapping Domain is better than Transferring
If your domain for blogger website is with some other service provider like Big Rocks or Godaddy and so on. Better keep it there, just map it from your WordPress account. If you go for transferring the domain from your service provider to WP, it will take time, and it is costly as well, it will require you to do basic chores like getting the secret code, unlocking it. I transferred from Big Rocks, and believe me it took me 8 days to get it live on WP.
4. Do not Launch the Site in Haste
Before uploading XML into WP for migration. Make sure that your WP website is not launched yet. Do customize and finalize its themes, work on the basic settings. I would recommend you watching YouTube videos. If you fail at migrating the XML file at once, try once again. I got it uploaded in second attempt.
5. Nothing Should be Posted before Uploading
When you are uploading the XML file into WP website for migration, make sure on your WP website no post is published. It will hamper the process.
6. Manually Set the Images
After the migration, all your blog images will be stored in Media. However, you need to set the featured image manually. Also, you need to re-format your articles or posts.
7. For Plugins, go for the WP Business Plan
If you want to install plugins for SEO or anything else, you cannot do that on WP Premium plan. Better go with the business plan.
8. Decide the Future of Draft Posts
If you have many articles in the draft in your blogger website, better publish them or remove them. In WP they are most likely not to get transferred.
9. Blogger Menu will not be Published
The pages on your blogger website – like Home, About Us, Contact US – are more likely will not be published in the menu. In WP, you have to prepare the menu from scratch.
According to my experience, a lot of things change automatically when you migrate your website from blogger to WP, thus for an old website, it is better to seek advice from experts. Do a lot of research and connect with those bloggers who have done it many a time.