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I recently made the big switch from Blogger to WordPress and decided to go self hosted all at the one time. Which meant a very stressful few hours. I decided to write this post to help anyone elseย crazy daring enough to try this.

*These steps are how I moved from Blogger to WordPress using Tsohost specifically*

1. Firstly after deciding to go self-hosted I had to figure out exactly what I needed to do. I decided to use tsohost as that seemed to be a popular choice. I bought my domain name (elandbabya.com) and hosting from tsohost. I’ve already been in contact with their support team (my stupid mistake which I will get to later) and they were very helpful. I paid ยฃ8.99 for the domain name and ยฃ2.99/month for hosting.

2.You will receive and email from tsohost giving you directions to access your ‘hosting cloud’. Using the login details they provide will lead you to the dashboard.

3. Installing WordPress application. From your cloud hosting dashboard > manage website > Application Options > Install Applications > New software installation > Find WordPress and click install. Keep not of the login details provided when you install, they will appear in a green box. (I didn’t and spent an entire day asking people for my own password!) (Also, make sure you allow cookies or wordpress will tell you your password is incorrect, log you out and make you look like a 5 year old blogger to the lovely support team at tsohost.)

4. Transferring posts from Blogger to WordPress. Login to your blogger account > template > backup/restore > download full template. (Save this somewhere it will be safe and easy to find later.)

Login to your WordPress account > Tools > Import > Blogger > Choose file (remember the one you put in such a safe place you can’t even find it? yeah, that one!) > Import. This will import all posts, comments, images and links. (These are not redirecting links we will get to those.)

5. Blogger 301 Redirect Plugin. WordPress > Plugins > Add New > Search: Blogger 301 Redirect > Install.

Once installed: Settings > Tick ‘Redirect Blogger post feeds to WordPress feeds’ > Save changes > Copy HTML code > Login to Blogger > Template > Edit HTML > Delete all Blogger HTML > Replace with the Blogger 301 Redirect HTML code > Save Changes.

Click the ‘gear’ under Mobile > Select ‘No, show desktop version’ > Save.

6. Google Analytics Plug-in. WordPress > Plugins > Add New > Search: Google Analytics Dashboard for WP > Install. Change the site from you’re previous blog url to your new url if you’ve been using GA previously.

 

I think I have covered everything although I have blocked the whole experience from my mind. I found Mum turned Mom’s post step by step guide for wordpress.com and You Baby Me Mummy’s post Top 20 wordpress plugins very helpful. My most helpful source has got to be Vickie from A Pocketful of Dandelions who is simply a WordPress genius!

 

If you’re thinking of making the move by yourself hopefully this post will help and if I you have any questions I probably am most easily found on twitter.

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50 comments on “Moving to WordPress”

  1. Sounds like a lot of work. I was with wordpress.org and moved to the self-hosted one with bluehost. That was stressful enough. lol Your blog looks really good already. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • It was stressful but now it’s done ๐Ÿ™‚ Oh thank you.. I’m hoping to get a design made in the next few weeks if I can decide on something x

  2. This is a really great breakdown of the whole process Ellen! I’m sure lots of newbies to WordPress will find it very useful so I’ve Pinned it.

    Thank you very much for the lovely comment. I’m happy to have helped. Vx

    • I haven’t used the app a whole lot to be honest but I already see it as better than the blogger one. It is really a mobile version of the desktop site, you can approve/ reply to comments and see stats,etc. that you can’t do on the blogger app x

  3. Great advice here! I am on wordpress self hosted with TSOhost too and I can’t fault them! I’ve never used blogger but it seems like most people switch to wordpress in the end. Fab post! Thanks for linking up with #sundaystars xx

    • I wished I started on wordpress now avoid all the hassle. Although I do think blogger was easier to navigate when I was starting out xx

  4. Great post and it will come in handy for those searching in google for help. I have heard it can be a huge step and headache at the same time. I am on wordpress and have heard a lot recommend it after blogger. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me. #sharewithme

  5. I’ve read a fair few blogs in the last week with tips on how to go self-hosted, and it has given me a little itch to do the same thing. Realistically, I probably won’t just yet (after doing a fair bit if changing around of my blog just before Christmas). But I think the next major thing I do this year will be going self-hosted. All of these posts are going to come in very handy when I do! Thanks in advance (o:

    • I am glad I made the switch, wish I’d done it sooner if I’m honest. Feel free to email me if you get stuck during the switch. Good luck with it x

  6. Yikes! Sounds stressful! Although it is something I am considering doing shortly so I will definitely be bookmarking this and referring back! Thank you for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  7. Hi El, I’ve been ruing the day I made a snap decision and went for Blogger! I’m desperate to do what you’ve just done and now with this very helpful post I feel like I could at least try! Thanks for sharing your experience. #brilliantblogposts

    • I was the same wish I started with WP.. I wish I’d switched sooner because I wouldn’t have lost so many page views, etc. Hope this helps when you do make the move x

  8. This is really helpful, thank you! I’m currently with WordPress.com which I like, except I can’t have plugins with .com- do I get the plugins if I just go self-hosted? I’m so confused as to what I have to do in order to get plugins available! I’d like to stay with WordPress but the whole thing is blowing my tiny mind and I can’t seem to find anything anywhere that tells me! #brilliantblogposts

    • I was never on wordpress before going self hosted but there is a tab on the sidebar under appearance that allows you to download plugins of all sorts ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Goodness lady you are brave and very very clever to do this yourself. I got someone else to do mine! How amazing is WP though? I am loving it, it’s sooo much better than blogger xx

    • Half way through I was like ‘Oh yeah should have just paid someone else’.. Yes WP is definitely a step up from blogger! xx

  10. I’ve been considering this move for a very long time. One of the many things holding me back from taking that step is security. On blogger Google takes care of that for you and it’s not something you ever have to think about. I’d hate to have to abandon my blog because something went wrong that I could’ve prevented if only I’d known what I was doing!

    This is a great post and if I ever do take that (scary) step then I’ll be back to read again. I’m adding it to my bookmarks just to be sure I still have it!

    #BrilliantBlogPosts

    • Oh I never knew about the security issue – maybe there is a plugin for it on WordPress? Good luck if you ever do make the move ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. i’m still new to all this so that was useful thank you! Still not quite sure what exactly self hosting means and entails… I’ve got a weebly website because when I started I mainly wanted to use it for my yoga teaching business but now the blog is taking over and I’m thinking of moving to WP… Decisions decisions… #sundaystars

    • I never used weekly but I am definitely happy I moved from blogger to WordPress there are just so many more options. Good luck with the blog ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. You are so brave. I made the move late last year. But I would have found it far too stressful to do mine. I paid for someone to do mine for me. This is a really useful post for anyone who wants to take the plunge like you. Thanks for linking up to last week’s #SundaysStars. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

  13. Sadly they have changed the way this works now – using an auto login from wordpress to blogger – which Google no longer supports. Your way sounds so much easier, am having to fiddle around to get it right ๐Ÿ™

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