Blogger to WordPress conversion complete

posted by Russ, February 12 in technology with tags ,

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As noted in my last post, the conversion from Blogger was a long time coming. Especially since I am a developer and love that WordPress is written in PHP. For me this switch just makes a lot of sense, I have access to so many new features and finally have the flexibility that I didn’t have with Blogger.

I’ve heard a lot of grumbling about importing old blogs, and initially was planning to just start a new blog and leave the old one. Until I found this handy tool. Blogger2Wordpress conversion tool. What it does it take the XML export from Blogger, and convert it to WordPress format, so then the import works perfect on WordPress. It’s an extra step, but for those who were using FTP publishing with Blogger, the import directly to WordPress isn’t supported.

So that tool took care of that. All that was left to do was figure out WordPress templates, and start hacking away. It took a while, but I was finally able to get my WordPress template to just about exactly match what I had before. And the plugins and widgets I can now use make life so much easier!

I have not put the time into redirecting the feed, but I may look into that later on. Which leave any old indexed pages that have incoming traffic as the only outstanding issue. This I can probably resolve using my .htaccess file and url rewrites, though I doubt I’ll do that. Because I’ve change the permalink format from YYYY/MM/DD to friendly urls that include category and topic, mapping the over using a generic rule is virtually impossible.

But anyway, there it is. Conversion from Blogger to WordPress is pretty easy. Feel free to leave a comment if you have anything to add or questions about your own conversion.

Originally posted on Friday, February 12th, 2010 at 12:02 PM .

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