Beginner's Guide for WordPress / Start your WordPress Blog in minutes

How to Move Custom Domain Blogger Blog to WordPress (Updated)

Do you want to move your custom domain Blogger blog to WordPress? Blogger is a free blogging platform that has been around for a very long time.

Normally, a free blog on Blogger has blogspot.com in their website address. For example, myblog.blogspot.com.

In our main Blogger to WordPress migration tutorial, one of our readers asked us for step by step instructions on moving custom domain blogger website to WordPress.

That’s because Blogger also allows users to connect custom domain names to their blogs such as myblog.com.

If you have a custom domain Blogger blog, and you want to move it to WordPress, then this tutorial is for you.

In this step-by-step guide, we will show you how to easily move a custom domain blog from Blogger to WordPress.

Moving custom domain Blogger blog to WordPress

Note: If you’re looking for moving a normal Blogger subdomain blog to WordPress, then see our guide on how to switch from Blogger to WordPress.

Following are the steps we will cover to help you move your custom domain blog from Blogger to WordPress.

  1. Getting started
  2. Change DNS settings
  3. Remove domain redirect
  4. Install WordPress
  5. Export content from Blogger
  6. Import content in WordPress
  7. Setup Permalinks
  8. Redirect Blogger feeds to WordPress
  9. Customizing WordPress
  10. Extending your WordPress site

Step 1: Getting Started

Before we start, it is important to note that this guide is for the self-hosted WordPress blog. See our guide on the difference between self hosted WordPress.org site vs WordPress.com blog.

In order to get started, you will need a WordPress hosting provider to set up your self hosted WordPress website.

We recommend Bluehost because they are an officially recommended WordPress hosting company, and they are giving WPBeginner users exclusive 60% discount + free domain and SSL.

Basically, you can get started for $2.75 / month.

→ Click Here to Claim This Exclusive Bluehost Offer ←

If you want a Bluehost alternative, then take a look at Siteground. They also have a special offer for WPBeginner users.

Step 2: Change DNS Settings

Blogger allows you to use any domain name registered by a 3rd party. U.S. based users can also use a domain registered with Google Domains.

When you first setup the domain pointing to your Blogger blog, you were asked to add CNAME and A records to your domain’s DNS settings.

These domain name records help browsers decide where to direct users when they enter your domain name. See our guide on domain names and how they work)

You will need to delete those old records and add your new WordPress host’s DNS settings.

You can get DNS settings required by your WordPress hosting company from their documentation or support websites. A typical DNS nameserver looks something like this:

NS1.Bluehost.com
NS2.Bluehost.com

In this guide, we will show you how to update DNS settings in Godaddy. However the basic settings are the same across all popular domain registrars.

Changing DNS Settings in GoDaddy

You need to Login to your Godaddy account and click on the manage button next to domains. After that, you need to click on the gear icon next to your domain and then select manage DNS.

Launch DNS management in GoDaddy

You will see your domain information page. Next, you need to click on the DNS Zone File. This is where all the DNS level records for your domain are stored.

Edit DNS zone file in GoDaddy

On the DNS Zone File page, you need to locate the A record and CNAME aliases you added for your Blogger blog and delete them.

Don’t forget to click on the save changes button to apply your changes.

The next step is to setup nameservers for your WordPress hosting provider.

Go back to manage DNS page for your domain and then click on ‘Manage’ under the namservers section.

Manage nameserver settings

On the next page, you need to click on ‘Custom’ and then click on the edit nameservers link to add your new WordPress hosts nameservers.

Adding nameservers

Click on the save button to make your DNS changes go live.

Important: DNS changes may take anywhere between a few hours to one or even two days to fully propagate. During this time, you can access your Blogger blog by logging into your account.

Step 3: Remove Domain Redirect

Your Blogger blog’s original blogspot.com address is redirecting users to your custom domain. Since we have changed the domain settings, we need to remove this from Blogger too.

Simply log into your Blogger account and go to Settings » Basic page. Under the publishing section, click on the cross icon to cancel the redirect.

Remove custom domain redirect from Blogger

Step 4: Install WordPress

If your domain’s DNS has propagated now, then you can install WordPress on your hosting provider.

If your domain is registered on a 3rd party service other than your web host, then you will need to add the hosting for the domain.

For example, in Bluehost you will add your domain as an Addon domain through cPanel unless it is the main domain on your account.

Adding a domain name to your hosting account

After adding domain to your new host, the next step is to install WordPress. Most hosting companies have simple 1-click WordPress installers that you can use to quickly install WordPress.

If you need more help, then follow the instructions in our complete WordPress installation tutorial.

After successful installation of WordPress on your custom domain, you will be ready to import content from your Blogger blog.

Step 5: Export Content From Blogger

Before you can import content into WordPress, first you need to export it from your Blogger blog.

Blogger allows you to export content in an XML file.

Simply login to your Blogger blog and visit Settings » Other page. Under the blog tools, click on the Backup Content link.

Export blog posts from Blogger

This will bring up a popup where you need to click on the ‘Save to your computer’ button.

Depending on the file size, it may take a few seconds or a few minutes. Once you have your data, it is time to import it into your WordPress site.

Step 6: Import Blogger Blog into WordPress

Login to your WordPress admin area and visit Tools » Import page. There you will see a list of importers for different services. You need to click on Blogger to install the Blogger importer.

Install Blogger importer tool for WordPress

WordPress will now download and install the Blogger Importer plugin for you. Once it is finished installing the plugin, you need to click on Run Importer link to continue.

Run Blogger importer

On the Import Blogger screen, WordPress will ask you to upload the XML file. Simply click on choose file button and upload the XML file you downloaded earlier. Click on the Upload file and import button to continue.

Upload file to import

WordPress will now import your blog posts from Blogger, once it is finished you will be asked to assign an author to the imported posts. You can assign your blogger posts to an existing author or create a new one.

Congratulations! you have successfully imported your Blogger blog into WordPress.

However, you still need to make sure that you don’t lose any search rankings by redirecting search engines and visitors to the same content on your new WordPress powered website.

WordPress comes with a feature that allows you to set up SEO friendly URL structure.

However, since you are importing content from Blogger, you would want your permalink structure to be as close to your Blogger URL structure as possible.

To set permalinks, you need to go to Settings » Permalinks and paste this in the custom structure field:

/%year%/%monthnum%/%postname%.html

Change permalinks

Once that’s done, your permalink structure will make the WordPress blog post URLs similar to the URLs on your Blogger blog posts.

However, it is possible that not all your blog post URLs would match the URLs used by Blogger. In that case, you’ll need to paste the following code snippet to your WordPress theme’s function.php file.

add_action( 'init', 'wpb_update_slug' );
 
function wpb_update_slug() { 
global $wpdb;
$result = $wpdb->get_results("SELECT post_id, meta_value FROM $wpdb->postmeta WHERE meta_key = 'blogger_permalink' ");
$wpdb->print_error();
foreach ($result as $row){
$slug = explode("/",$row->meta_value);
$slug = explode(".",$slug[3]);
$wpdb->query("UPDATE $wpdb->posts SET post_name ='$slug[0]' WHERE ID = '$row->post_id' ");
}
echo "DONE";
 
}

We won’t recommend manually editing your site’s theme files, as the slightest mistake can break your website and prevent you from accessing the WordPress dashboard.

An easier way of adding the code is by using the Code Snippets plugin for WordPress.

First, install and activate the Code Snippets plugin on your site. If you need help, then follow our tutorial on how to add a WordPress plugin.

Upon activation, you can go to Snippets » Add New from your WordPress admin area. After that, enter a title for your snippet and then paste the code in the ‘Code’ box.

Adding code snippet in WordPress

When you’re done, don’t forget to click the ‘Save Changes’ and ‘Activate’ buttons.

Setp 8: Setup Feed Redirects

You have successfully redirected your Blogger blog to WordPress. However, users who have subscribed to your Blogger RSS feed will stop receiving updates.

You need to redirect feed requests to your WordPress feeds. This can be easily achieved by editing the .htaccess file in your WordPress site’s root folder.

If you can’t find your .htaccess file, then see this tutorial.

Start by connecting to your WordPress site using an FTP client. You will need to enable ‘Show Hidden Files’ option in your FTP client settings. If you are using Filezilla, you will find this option under Server menu.

Show hidden files in FTP

Once you are connected to your website, you will find the .htaccess file in your WordPress site’s root directory. You need to edit this file and paste the following code before any other code in the file.

<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
   RewriteEngine on
   RewriteRule atom.xml /feed? [L,R=301]
   RewriteRule rss.xml /feed? [L,R=301]
   RewriteRule ^feeds/posts/?.*$ /feed? [L,R=301]
   RewriteRule ^feeds/comments/?.*$ /comments/feed? [L,R=301]
</IfModule>

Don’t forget to save your changes and upload the .htaccess file back to the server. Your Blogger feed subscribers will now be redirected to your WordPress site’s feed.

Step 9. Customizing Your WordPress Site

Themes control the appearance of your WordPress site. You can use them to change your website’s colors, layout, navigation menus, and more.

WordPress themes

By default, WordPress comes with a very simple theme that doesn’t offer many features.

Luckily, there are thousands of WordPress themes available that you can choose from.

Following are a few of our showcases with our expert-pick of best WordPress themes in different categories.

Here are a few tips that you should consider when looking at these themes.

  • Simplicity is the best design. Look for a simple theme with flexible features.
  • You will not find a theme exactly as you had on Blogger, but you can look for a theme with similar layout and color choices
  • Make sure that the theme you are choosing looks good on mobile devices
  • Only install a theme from reliable sources like WordPress.org or one of the top WordPress theme shops.

Once you have found a theme, you can go ahead and install it. See our beginner’s guide on how to install a WordPress theme for step by step instructions.

Note: You can also use one of these drag & drop WordPress page builders to create completely custom website designs without writing any code.

Step 10. Extending Your WordPress Site

WordPress plugins

One of the top reasons for using WordPress is the large number of plugins that you can use. Plugins are like apps for your WordPress site. You can use them to add new features and extend WordPress functionality.

Now, as a beginner, you may be wondering how to start using these plugins? Which plugins you should try first?

Don’t worry we got you covered there as well. Check out our expert selection of the essential WordPress plugins that you should install first.

Next, you should know that WordPress is not just limited to blogs. You can use it to create any type of website you can imagine.

Finally, as a new WordPress user, you may need help now and then. WPBeginner is the largest WordPress resource site for beginners. See how you can make the most out of WPBeginner’s free resources.

We hope this article helped you move your custom domain blogger blog to WordPress. You may also want to see our list of 40 useful tools to manage and grow your WordPress blog.

If you liked this article, then please subscribe to our YouTube Channel for WordPress video tutorials. You can also find us on Twitter and Facebook.

Disclosure: Our content is reader-supported. This means if you click on some of our links, then we may earn a commission. See how WPBeginner is funded, why it matters, and how you can support us.

The Ultimate WordPress Toolkit

Get FREE access to our toolkit – a collection of WordPress related products and resources that every professional should have!

Reader Interactions

46 CommentsLeave a Reply

  1. I already have AdSense on my custom domain blogger site. now I can move it to WordPress without losing adsense approval. Thank You.

  2. I want to migrate from blogger to wordpress with custom domain.
    I found this post really helpful. But i have a query –

    I want to migrate blogger blog to wordpress blog on another domain and after setting up wordpress. I will replace new domian of wordpress website with old domain which i used in blogger.
    Is it possible or not.

    • That would be possible and it would depend on your hosting provider for the steps involved in the domain changes and if a temporary domain is available.

      Admin

  3. Hello WP-Begginer, I want to migrate my blog to wordpress. But I have a doubt. In blogger custom domain consits www in url but how can i assure that WordPress blog also consists www in url.

    • Depending on your host, when you first install the site you can ensure the site has www in your URL or not depending on your personal preference.

      Admin

  4. Thank you for this really easy to follow instructions. I’m a beginner blogger and it made the process really easy.

  5. “If you have a custom domain Blogger blog, and you want to move it to WordPress, then this tutorial is for you.”

    I have a custom google domain registered via Blogger, and I want to move to WP, can I still rely on this tutorial? Thanks

  6. Really informative post for them those are searching for custom domain on blogger, This is really helpful for everyone and for beginners also. Keep giving updates.

  7. I used a custom domain in blogger. Then I moved to WordPress. After doing all processing my permalink like ‘example.com/2019/02/how-to.html’.

    But when I changed my permalink to example.com/sample-post

    then It changed into ‘example.com/how-to’.

    I would like to keep my permalink like ‘example.com/how-to’.

    Now, what should I do for not losing Google SEO…??

  8. Thank you so much for this tips and knowledge about WordPress, i have also a site in WordPress and with this blog, I will complete my work now thanks a lot.

  9. I recently moved from blogger to wordpress and now I am facing a really big problem. I have custom links for all the posts in my blogger blog and now the urls have changed in wordpress. So, how am I going to fix this issue? Please help me asap.

    • You likely did not update your permalink settings to the Blogger setup we recommended. Under step 7 you would want to take a look at that recommendation.

      Admin

  10. Thanks for sharing Great Article.I am using these websites regularly beacause Great information.

  11. I have more than 14000 posts. It is big file of 145 MB. Then how will I do it? What will be the moving time. If it is removed from blogger, then is there any downtime? Will my site loose rank? Can I copy abc.com on blogger custom domain to xyz.com on WordPress press? and then set back to abc.com on the same hosting? Pls guide me.

  12. what to do for google adsense and how to show google ad on new website (moved from blogger to wordpress which have custom domain) .

    reverification of google adsense for new website or anything else

    Thanks in advance

  13. Hi, I have a blog on blogspot with 200 + post. Recently I have purchased the domain from godaddy and hosting from hostgator. Hostgator sent me an email with username and password. There is no any option of cpanel login. I have purchased the wordpress hosting plan. Now on my hostgator profile, it says that wordpress installed. But when I try to login admin panel. It says no page found.
    I want to migrate my blog from blogger to wordpress blog but don’t know what to do with that domain or How can i shift.
    Looking forward to your positive response.

  14. Thanks for this valuable and clear guide.

    But still I have couple of questions:-

    1. why This Importer is only importing my blogger site posts not the static Pages.
    2. Blogger site Posts urls are pointing perfectly to respective WordPress permalink urls but why the static page url (bloggerexample.com/p/pageurl) is not redirecting to WordPress concern urls (wordpressexample.com/pageurl) ? I have more then 100 static pages on my blogger site so I think using a redirection plugin is not a good idea.
    2. how to perfectly mapping these static blogger pages urls to respective WordPress pages url in bulk?

    Thanks in advance.

  15. Please If registering for the bluehost web hosting where do you start, is it with the new domain or I already have domain options?

    2. When or how do you know the DNS setting has fully propagated?

    Please help with an explicit directions on the 1 and 2 steps

    • Hey Favour,

      If you already have a custom domain name (example: wpbeginner.com), then please select that option. IF you don’t already have a domain name then start with a new domain name.

      There are online tools that you can use to check if DNS has propagated. However, the easiest way to check it is by simply typing your url in a new browser window.

      Admin

  16. Hi, please can you help me move from blogspot to wordpess, cos I don’t want to be stuck in the process?

  17. I have a blogger blog on a custom sub-domain http://www.blog.example.com.
    I wish to move my blogger blog to WordPress on the same root domain http://www.example.com. May I do so?
    OR, I’ve to install WordPress on thecustom sub-domain http://www.blog.example.com, where my blogger blog is already being redirected.

    And If I am able to install wordpress on http://www.example.com then how can I manage my http://www.blog.example.com ‘Blogger’ blog to redirect my new wordpress site.

    Please help me and oblige.
    Thanks.

  18. Will this still allow viewing on my Blogger site until my WordPress site goes live? Or does it transfer the domain immediately since we are altering on GoDaddy.

  19. I’ve been trying to import my custom domain blogger to wordpress for a while now. I changed the DNS and took away the redirect. It’s still not working. Is there anything else I could try to get the job done.
    Thank you in advance.

  20. I was searching for about one week on net to solve the problem i facing to move my custom domain blogger blog to WP but I could not get solution. This is only wpbeginner.com to help me on the problem. Now I have decided to move. Thanks.

  21. Dear sir, i migrated my custom domain blog to wordpress. but images are not imported from blogspot to wordpress. only post texts and links are migrated. How can i import my post images? please give a solution.

  22. Hi, My blogger site is still using the .blogspot.com, meaning I haven’t setup a 3rd party URL and my blog has not yet been ranked with only less than 20 posts and only a couple of static pages, can I just simply copy the content and delete the blogger so I could use WordPress and a different domain name coz right now and I don’t know what has gotten into me that I used the pronunciation for the actual word.

  23. Blogger Importer is not working. What should I do now? Is there any other way to import blogger post without losing traffic?

  24. This was helpful. However, my Blogger blog truncates the post names if they’re too long. Is there a way to set the permalink to respect the Blogger title truncation?

  25. Hello. I’m moving my blog to wordpress and this is so helpful… However, I have a couple of questions:

    1. Do you need to have your domain active for a month before the change? My log is under one domain (which is expiring) but the new one will be under another (That I bought this week). Since I wouldn’t like to have a “down blog” I would like to know if I can add the domain to my blog right before transfer and then transfer it. Hope it makes sense.

    2. Where do I find my new WordPress hosts nameservers? I’m lost.

    Thank you so mych

      • Thank you so much!

        One more thing… when I try to import my blog, it says the maximum file size is 2MB (which is too low. My blog file has 9mb.) Is there a way for me to increase this number?

        Thank you!

  26. What if I changed to Permalinks to Post name what will happen? One of the reasons why I want to migrate to WordPress is because I want to get rid of dates in blogger URL. Can you give options? Is it possible to set Permalinks to Post name without losing traffic or search engine rankings?

    • Thank you very much for this useful information. I would like to know the same as Jericho. Once I have imported my Blogger content to WordPress, can I then change the Permalinks to Posts name without loosing search engine rankings?

  27. Thanks so much.
    ..Pls in case u re having AdSense codes on ur blogspot before switching in fr a custom domain and nw changing to WordPress with ur new domain, pls ll AdSense deactivate ur acct or it ll still be the same….

    my site name.xyzloversbrain.blogspot.com

Leave a Reply to Kristin Cancel reply

Thanks for choosing to leave a comment. Please keep in mind that all comments are moderated according to our comment policy, and your email address will NOT be published. Please Do NOT use keywords in the name field. Let's have a personal and meaningful conversation.