If you want to move your current blog from Blogger to WordPress, maybe we can help. We just brought over and merged 6 complete and separate blogs, and we learned a lot along the way.
You’ll need to decide if you can be happy with a free blog hosted at WordPress.com. Keeping it at WordPress is very easy and you will have some nice features, but you also sacrifice some flexibility.
If you’re not terrified by all things technical, I highly recommend you try out the self-hosting option (***Whip An Orbit, below***). But if you are planning to copy your Blogger posts over to your new WordPress blog, you’ll want to start here anyway. Due to a bug in the importation process, the easiest way to make the move is in 2 hops.
So no matter where you want to end up, start here:
- Go to WordPress.com and sign up for a new account. Don’t panic. It’s fast, free and easy. Make sure you check the “gimme a blog” button near the bottom.
- On the next screen, you’ll choose a name and address for your blog. Unless you’re happy with the boring default one they put in the blank. Don’t do that, please.
- Here’s what you see after just 2 screens. The process couldn’t possibly be faster or easier.
- Still with me? Save that email, but you don’t need it yet. Click the change your template link, and pick something pretty with the click of a button. You might want to take note of whether the template you chose allows a customized header and whether you can edit the css. Then again, you might not care. There’s no commitment here – you can change again at a moment’s notice.
- At this point, you might want to explore your options, especially if you plan on staying right there at WordPress.com. Take a few minutes to click all the choices at the top, and just read everything. Don’t be afraid to make changes. Unless you click the big scary Delete Blog Permanently button, you’re not going to hurt anything.
- Remember to delete the silly “Hello World” post. Go to Manage: Posts to do that. Now go to Write: Posts and write something original, for goodness sake. Take a look at the options while you’re there, and hit the Publish button when you’re done, and you’re off!
You are now logged in as [your user name].
An email with your username, password, Akismet API key and important links has been sent to your email address.
Write a post [link], change your template [link] or visit the homepage [link].
We hope you enjoy WordPress.com.
Next I’ll tell you how to copy all your Blogger posts over to your new WordPress.com blog. Don’t worry. It’s easy.
Remember, even if you’re going to move to your own self-hosted WordPress blog, you might need to move your posts to a free WordPress blog first, so pay attention. I’ll explain why and how.
***self hosting: we use and love Whip An Orbit. It’s a small and growing company with great customer service, tech support, and a real personal touch. They also have WordPress pre-installed on the server so you can activate it with just a couple of clicks. Packages start at $1.50/month, and even the cheapest package will allow you to host several separate blogs on separate domains!by