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How to Switch From Blogger to WordPress Without Losing Google Rankings

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Many bloggers begin their journey on Blogger because it’s a free and straightforward platform. However, as your blog grows, you might start feeling restricted by its limited features.

Switching to WordPress can open up a world of possibilities with its extensive capabilities. But there’s a common concern about making this move: the potential loss of Google rankings.

This article will guide you through the process of transitioning from Blogger to WordPress. We will focus on how to do it correctly, making sure you keep your valuable Google rankings intact.

Our goal is to help you upgrade your blogging platform without sacrificing the SEO efforts you’ve already put into your site.

Switching from Blogger to WordPress

Why Move From Blogger to WordPress?

Blogger is a popular blogging platform created by Google. It allows anyone to create a free blog using their Google account.

However, many beginners soon realize that there are a lot of limitations on what they can do with their free Blogger blog.

WordPress, on the other hand, gives you complete ownership of your website. It also allows you to add the necessary features to grow your blog and monetize your content. Plus, you can perform all the SEO optimizations to rank higher. We have created a detailed side-by-side comparison of WordPress vs. Blogger.

It’s important to note that when we say WordPress, we are talking about self-hosted, which should NOT be confused with, which is a hosted solution that has its own limitations. For details, see our article on the difference between vs. is the popular “WordPress” platform that you have likely heard about because it powers 43% of all websites on the internet.

That being said, let’s take a look at how to properly move from Blogger to WordPress while preserving your Google search rankings and website traffic.

Here are the steps that we will use to transfer from Blogger to WordPress:

Ready? Let’s get started.

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Step 1: Sign Up for WordPress Hosting

To get started with WordPress, you will need a domain name and web hosting.

For a quick reminder, a domain name is your website’s address that people type to get to your blog, and web hosting is where your website files are stored. Both of these are a MUST-HAVE to create any type of blog or website.

With that said, we recommend using Bluehost. They are one of the largest hosting companies in the world, and they are an officially recommended WordPress hosting partner.

Because WPBeginner is the largest WordPress resource site, they have agreed to offer our readers a free domain name and a 60% discount on hosting. Basically, you can get started for just $1.99 per month.

If, for some reason, you would prefer to go with a Bluehost alternative, then we recommend using either SiteGround or Hostinger because both are excellent solutions.

Once you have signed up for the WordPress hosting plan and set up your domain name, you can go ahead to the WordPress installation step.

If you sign up with Bluehost using our link above, then they will install WordPress for you automatically.

If you used a different WordPress hosting provider, then you need to install WordPress by following our ultimate guide on how to install WordPress.

After you have installed WordPress, it is time to move your content from Blogger to WordPress.

Bonus Free Offer: Since a lot of you asked for this, we are now offering a free Blogger to WordPress migration service as part of our free WordPress blog setup service. This means one of our expert team members will do the entire migration for you (100% free). Yes, you can literally switch from Blogger to WordPress without any risk.

Note: Our free blogger migration service is for smaller blogs that have less than 1000 blog posts. We can offer a migration service for larger blogger sites, but that will be a paid service.

However, if you are someone who likes learning and doing things yourself, then you can follow our step-by-step tutorial below.

Step 1: Export Your Blogger Blog

The first thing you need to do is export your Blogger blog’s content.

You can do this by visiting the Blogger website and logging into your account dashboard.

After that, go to the Settings page. Scroll down to the ‘Manage Blog’ section, and click the ‘Back up Content’ button.

Backup Blogger content

This will bring up a popup showing what exactly is included in the Blogger backup.

You need to click on the ‘Download’ button to continue.

Download blogger backup

Your Blogger blog’s content will be downloaded to your computer in an XML file.

Once the download is complete, it is time to import your Blogger content into your WordPress site.

Step 2: Import Blogger to WordPress

To start importing your Blogger site into WordPress, log in to your WordPress admin area and visit Tools » Import.

On the Import page, go ahead and click on the ‘Install Now’ link below Blogger.

Install Blogger importer for WordPress

WordPress will now download and install the Blogger Importer plugin for you.

Once it has finished installing, you need to click on the ‘Run Importer’ link to continue.

Run Blogger importer

WordPress will ask you to upload the XML file on the Import Blogger screen. This is the file that you downloaded in Step 1.

Simply click the ‘Choose File’ button and upload the XML file you downloaded earlier.

Next, click on the ‘Upload file and import’ button to continue.

Upload the file to import

WordPress will now upload the import file. If your import file is too large, then you may see an error message.

In this case, you will need to increase your maximum file upload limit. If your file is small, then you won’t see any errors.

Next, you will be asked to assign posts to an author. If you have multiple authors on your Blogger blog, then you can create a new user account for each author. You can also assign these posts to existing authors on your WordPress website.

Assign authors

After making your selection, click on the ‘Submit’ button to continue.

WordPress will import all content from the Blogger export file to your WordPress site. You can view the content by visiting the Posts » All Posts page.

Imported content on your WordPress blog

Permalinks is the term used for the URL structure of individual pages. WordPress comes with a feature that allows you to set up an SEO-friendly URL structure.

Since you are importing content from Blogger, you need your URL structure to be as close to your old Blogger site’s URL structure as possible.

To set permalinks, you need to go to Settings » Permalinks in your WordPress dashboard and choose the ‘Custom Structure’ option.

After that, you need to add the following text in the box next to the custom structure field:

Setting up permalinks

This permalink structure makes your blog post URLs similar to the URLs on your old Blogger blog.

However, sometimes your blog post URL, also known as a slug in WordPress, will not match the slugs used by Blogger.

To fix this, you will need to create and run a little code snippet.

We recommend adding this PHP code using the WPCode plugin. It is the safest way to add custom code to your WordPress website. For more details, please see our guide on how to copy and paste code snippets in WordPress.

add_action( 'init', 'wpb_update_slug' );

function wpb_update_slug() {
global $wpdb;
$result = $wpdb->get_results("SELECT post_id, meta_value FROM $wpdb->postmeta WHERE meta_key = 'blogger_permalink' ");
foreach ($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";


After saving the code, you just need to visit any page on your WordPress site to trigger this script.

Important: After the script has run, don’t forget to disable or delete it from your WPCode library because it only needs to run once.

Bonus Free Offer: Don’t want to deal with code? We have got you covered. Since many of you asked for this, we are now offering a free Blogger to WordPress migration service as part of our free WordPress blog setup service.

This means one of our expert team members will do the entire migration for you (100% free). Yes, you can literally switch from Blogger to WordPress without any risk.

Step 4: Set Up Redirects From Blogger to WordPress

The most important step in moving any website is to set up proper redirection so that you don’t lose any existing traffic or SEO rankings. You can see our ultimate WordPress SEO migration checklist for more details.

Note: If your Blogger blog has its own custom domain instead of, you may need to point your domain nameservers to your hosting provider. For instructions, please follow our tutorial on how to switch custom domain blogger blog to WordPress.

The crucial part of the redirection is to ensure that your users land on the same page on the new domain they were trying to access on the old site.

At the same time, you also need to ensure that search engines understand that your website is moved to this new location.

You need to install and activate the Blogger to WordPress Redirection plugin to do that. For more details, see our step-by-step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Upon activation, you need to visit the Tools » Blogger to WordPress Redirection page and click on the ‘Start Configuration’ button.

Get the redirection code

The plugin will now detect the URL of your Blogger blog and show you the option to get a redirection code. Go ahead and click on the ‘Get Code’ button next to your Blogger URL.

It will now generate a code snippet that you need to properly redirect users from your old Blogger blog to your new WordPress site.

Next, you need to log in to your Blogger dashboard and go to the ‘Themes’ page. Click on the dropdown arrow on the ‘Customize’ button next to your theme, and then select the ‘Edit HTML’ option.

Edit blogger theme code

Blogger will now display the custom HTML code for your theme template. If you made any customizations to your Blogger theme, then you may want to copy the code and save it on your computer as a backup.

Otherwise, you can just go ahead and delete everything. After that, copy the code displayed by the plugin on your WordPress site and paste it into your Blogger theme editor.

Blogger theme editor

Don’t forget to click on the ‘Save theme’ button to store your changes.

Next, we need to set up redirects for mobile users.

You need to go back to the Themes page in your Blogger blog’s dashboard. This time you need to click on the gear button below the mobile preview of your blog.

Change mobile theme settings

This will bring up a popup where you need to select the ‘No. Show desktop theme on mobile devices’ option.

Then, click on the ‘Save’ button.

Disable mobile theme

That’s all, your Blogger blog will now redirect all your blog visitors to your new WordPress blog.

Alternatively, you can also use All in One SEO (AIOSEO) to redirect posts and pages from Blogger to WordPress. The plugin offers a powerful redirection manager feature that lets you set up full site redirects to your new site.

Plus, you can enable 404 error tracking and catch any broken links that may occur when moving your site to WordPress. This will help improve the user experience, and you won’t lose keyword rankings.

Step 5: Moving Other Content From Blogger to WordPress

In this step, we will move the remaining content from the old blog on Blogger to your new WordPress blog. This may require some manual work, depending on the settings/content of your blog.

1. Moving Pages From Blogger to WordPress

WordPress’s Blogger importer tool only imports Blogger posts and ignores pages.

To move your pages into WordPress, you will have to edit each page in your Blogger blog, copy its contents, and then manually create a page in WordPress.

To learn more about pages, see our article on the difference between posts vs. pages in WordPress.

Now, you will come across another issue. The Blogger pages have URLs that look like this:

Your WordPress page URL will look like this:

To fix this, you will need to use the All in One SEO (AIOSEO) plugin. For instructions, please see our beginner’s guide on creating redirects in WordPress.

2. Widgets

Like Blogger, some WordPress themes also utilize widgets to add content to your blog’s sidebar.

To add widgets, you need to visit the Appearance » Widgets page in your WordPress dashboard and simply drag/drop widgets into the sidebars. For detailed instructions, see our guide on how to add and use widgets in WordPress.

If you are looking for a specific widget you don’t see in WordPress by default, then you likely need a WordPress plugin. You can search WPBeginner’s best WordPress plugin category to find the functionality you want.

3. RSS Feeds

Search engines and users who subscribe to your blog posts via RSS feeds will still be able to find your blog. However, they will not get any new content.

To fix this, visit the Settings page under your Blogger account. Next, scroll down to the ‘Site feed’ section and click on ‘Post feed redirect URL’.

Redirect Blogger RSS feed

This will bring up a popup where you need to add the RSS feed URL of your WordPress website.

Your WordPress feed URL will look like this:

Don’t forget to replace with your own domain name.

Add feed URL

Click on the ‘Save’ button to add the URL and save your settings.

Step 6. Things to Do After Migrating From Blogger to WordPress

Now that you have successfully moved your Blogger blog to WordPress, let’s take a look at what else you can do to improve your blog.

We have created a checklist of the most important things you need to do after installing WordPress.

WordPress is quite easy to use. However, you’ll occasionally discover new things that you may need help with. This is where WPBeginner comes in.

WPBeginner is the largest free WordPress resource site in the world. We regularly publish tutorials and guides written specifically for bloggers and small businesses.

Here are some of the useful resources that you will find on WPBeginner (all of them are free):

  • WPBeginner Blog – The central place for all our WordPress tutorials and guides.
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We hope this article helped you switch from Blogger to WordPress without affecting your Google search rankings. You may also want to see our guide to which WordPress plan you should use or the most common WordPress myths debunked.

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  2. Mike Oplinger says

    Ok I’m on step #3 and I’m to the part where I select WPbeginner on my blogger page but I don’t have anywhere to select this, all I have is an option to select the order the page shows up in which is currently 0.

    • Shell says

      I had the same issue. The problem was I had put my wpb-blogger.php file into the /public_html/wp-content/themes/ folder instead of in the folder of the specific theme I was currently using. Perhaps the tutorial could state this a little more clearly?

  3. mansoor1223 says

    Hi, I just did the same as what is written here, but when i searched google for a post and clicked that Link i am seeing a 404 Not Found Page

  4. Ronamae says

    How to solve this?

    Oops! That page can’t be found.

    It looks like nothing was found at this location. Maybe try one of the links below or a search?

  5. dani says

    Assalam-u-Alaikum brother Syed Balkhi
    When I install blogger importer in wp and then I click Tools>import so I face this error.
    Please tell me what happened and how to solve it.
    Jazak-Allah and Thanks.

    • Awais says

      I completed all the steps as written. No problem. The one issue I have is that if anyone goes to click on a link from facebook or twitter to read that specific blog article, it takes them to the main WordPress blog page not to that individual blog. Then, they would have to actually search for it by name on the right column. How can this be fixed please? I’ve spent nearly a day trying to figure this out. Thanks.

  6. Shane Carmody says

    Cheers for this. Almost everything worked great and I didn’t have to do Step 5 as the Blogger importer did it for me. The only gripe I have is that the Blogger importer stalled at the end and it didn’t finish off. Aside from that, redirection works like a charm.

    Thanks for the great tutorial.

  7. mariya says

    i don’t understand I am stuck at the step where i change my blogger template to classic and go into the edit html…i cannot find in my web address…what am I doing wrong ?? please help ! note i don’t have my own domain name its like
    please help !

  8. jnader says

    I completed all the steps as written. No problem. The one issue I have is that if anyone goes to click on a link from facebook or twitter to read that specific blog article, it takes them to the main WordPress blog page not to that individual blog. Then, they would have to actually search for it by name on the right column. How can this be fixed please? I’ve spent nearly a day trying to figure this out. Thanks.

  9. Sarah says

    I have completed the transfer and it all seems great except when I google specific posts it directs me to my new wordpress but the link leads you to one of my wordpress pages, not the individual post. Did I miss a step?

  10. srividhya says

    This is really helpful. But I am not able to find the permalinks under settings in WP. Where should I change my permalinks?

  11. Tiffany Burton says

    Thank you for a wonderful tutorial. After reading many of the comments and double checking things I still have a question. The redirect links on my blogger site are working great. All my posts have a link now that takes them to my new wordpress site. The problem is when I get there instead of taking me to the matching post my wordpress site says:
    “Well this is somewhat embarrassing, isn’t it? It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching, or one of the links below, can help.”
    Everything imported correctly and the posts are there. What part did I do wrong? I have the blogger page made and uploaded my php file via filezilla without a problem. I even found a plugin to let me exclude pages from my sites navigation bar. This is my first time ever typing code of any kind could that be the problem? I am just wondering what I need to do from here.

  12. Mark says

    Great article – thanks. Just one issue I’m having is that I have to use custom permalinks in WordPress so they don’t match from blogger:
    WP: [domain]/%year%/%postname%/
    Blogger: [domain]/%year%/%month%/%postname%.html

    Any idea where/how I can change this?

  13. WPBeginner Staff says

    Please make sure that you have modified the blogger template correctly and that it is redirecting users to the blogger page on your WordPress site.

    Also make sure that the blogger page is using the wpb-blogger.php file as its template.

    If all of this seems right, then check the URL you are directed to and compare it with the post’s URL on your WordPress site. Report back with more information and we will try to figure this out.

    • Kristiyan Bogdanov says

      Ooops. I forgot to make the page. Now its all fine. Works perfectly! Is it safe to hide or delete the page now?

  14. Diana says

    Thanks for these instructions, I have to admit i have four this a HUGE learning curve. Ive followed all of your steps to the letter, but now am at the end of Step 3. I have created a new page, but don’t get the WP Beginner Blogger option on drop down. Did I miss a step somewhere. any help would be much appreciated.

  15. Aljaž Ribnikar says

    Thanks for this tutorial. I did all steps above but there is something wrong with redirection. My new wordpress blog is on sub directory of my online shop (shopurl/blog) but if I visit old post on blogger it will redirect me to my root domain (online shop) and not to my wordpress blog post. My old blogger was on sub domain of this same online shop (blog.shopurl).

  16. Guest123 says

    Hi, I had recently started on blogger and now trying to make the switch to wordpress. I am trying to import blogger content to wordpress but having issues. When I am on blogger>setting>blog tools and I click on export blog, and click on the option to “download blog” an error comes up saying “safari could not update this feed because the source file is no longer available”. How do I fix this so that the contents I have on blogger is moved to wordpress? thank you!

  17. Aljaž Ribnikar says

    Hi! Thanks for your tutorial! Everything worked great, except redirects from blogger post to wordpress post. I have online store on some other platform and separate installation for wordpress blog on subdir of my online store. My blogger blog is on Now I am moving from custom blogger domain to wordpress subdir on my website: I did all steps above but when I open old blogger post it will redirect me to my website root ( not even to blog ( If I open old blogger root page it will redirect me OK to I hope I didn’t complicate it too much:) Any idea?

  18. eL-hAkeeM says

    I’ve followed your instructions but still can’t get my embed videos back,,
    can you tell me how to fix it??

    • Jason Knoell says

      Is there any update on this? I realize you’re not my personal support line ;) but I do need to find a fix for this ASAP… :(

    • Angelo says

      I have the same problem. Mobile version is still showing. Also when using an old article link it reffers only to the home page of the new wordpress site. Hoping for help.

  19. Jason Knoell says

    This is fantastic and works like a charm without loading in more plugins. Thank you! However…. When I visit the site on my iphone, it doesn’t redirect me. Is this because it’s a mobile verion of the blogger site? Is there a way to catch that too?

  20. WPBeginner Staff says

    Adrain you should remove it from your site’s navigation menus or sidebars. The purpose of this page is to redirect users coming from blogger to correct posts in WordPress.

    Making a page private will make it inaccessible. This means users coming from blogger will not be redirected.

  21. Adriane says

    After creating the page labeled “Blogger” and using the WP Beginner theme, what is the purpose of the page and should it be displaying anything? When I click on it I just see a white screen.

      • Adriane says

        Is there something wrong if it leads me to a blank white screen when I click on the blogger tab? Can I make it private or should it remain visible? Thanks!

  22. Amber K. Sanders says

    This article was helpful, but I do have an issue. I want to add a “blog” menu tab that will then allow clients to be on my site and read additional posts. How can I get my posts to show up when I add a new page?

    • Cathy says

      I wanted to reply to my earlier post, because I found out what the issue was. The new WordPress blog is hosted on Hostgator, and that particular host has some changes that need to be made in order for this Blogger–>Wordpress technique to function correctly. If you contact tech support there, they can assist with it.

      • John Potenza says

        Can you tell me what exactly they did, or do you have no idea? I also have hostgator, would love to know.

  23. Andrea @ Why Roam? says

    Hi, thank you for this post! The instructions were very easy to follow. Everything has worked perfectly for me. However, once I tested a link from my old blogger site, I received a 404 not found error. I’ve tried several posts and receive the same error. If I do a site search, the old post comes right up. Any advice?

  24. Satya says

    I have a blogger blog having custom domain name. I followed all the steps above..but the issue is still my blogger post redirected to home page(wordpress blog) only..Plz help..

  25. Helen says

    Sorry – I’ve fixed it. The main issue for other users is finding the right folder to put the php folder in. Not easy and you may have to contact your host support as I did.

  26. anu says

    I do have another question as well…do you know how I can move my blog followers to wordpress site? is there a plugin?

  27. anu says

    This is a very helpful post…thank much for sharing…I have a question here,….this will move only the post, comments and the media right? but it does not do anything to move the blog pages to the wordpress….is there a way to move the pages and it’s contents as well?

    I still didn’t do the redirection …as I was not sure if I need to do more changes with respect to the pages in wordpress.

    Please help.

  28. Sharron Goodyear says

    I have followed your instructions up to the point before saving the php file. I went into Edit HTML and deleted the code that was there and replaced it with what you have listed above. I then saved the template.

    However now when I try and access the ‘Edit HTML’ I get the following error message:

    We’re sorry, but we were unable to complete your request.
    When reporting this error to Blogger Support or on the Blogger Help Group, please:
    Describe what you were doing when you got this error.
    Provide the following error code.
    This information will help us to track down your specific problem and fix it! We apologise for the inconvenience.

    Please could you tell me why this might be as this is causing a major issue for me!!

    Many thanks


    • WPBeginner Support says

      Wait for a while and then try again. Remember that your posts on your blogger site are perfectly safe and you can always go back to Templates and restore your blogger blog.


  29. marielle altenor says

    I’m in the process of moving my blogger site to My question has to do with Google Analytic. Do you have a post that talks about how to go about it? Would I be using the same profile for my new blog or create a new one and start the page view and such from the start?

  30. Tanja Jensen says

    Hi there!
    After I imported my blog, all my images are looking bad :( The quality is not good…. But all the images did import into my media library.
    Can I do something that will update all the images in my posts or do I really have to go through every single post manually?
    – Tanja

  31. Tanja Jensen says

    Hi there
    I have a problem with Step 3. I cannot see my .php file unde ‘Template’ when creating the new page titled ‘blogger’. What may I have done wrong?
    – Tanja

    • Tanja Jensen says

      Uh, I think I fixed it. Just had the place the file in some sub directories = the right place :-) Although a bit hard to figure out since there are many main and sub folders in my FTP client! Hard for a beginner to figure out… – Tanja

  32. TIffany Ima says

    This is a great tutorial, except it doesn’t explain how to add the file to the theme directory, and I am completely lost. I cannot get my post to redirect appropriately.

  33. Tanja Jensen says

    HI there! I am about to move my blogspot blog to WordPress – YAY! But before I do that, I want to make sure about one thing: when I import my blog from blogspot to WordPress, will I then delete it on blogspot or just copy it? I mean, if something goes wrong, I want to be able to go back to my blogspot to continue making posts until I get the WordPress to work.
    Another question – when I import my blog, where will WordPress import my blog posts – to a particular page or to specific WordPress posts? And what about my tags/labels or what you call it here… I depend a lot on my division on tags :) I haven’t seen the ‘inside’ of the WordPress admin panels, so I don’t know how it all looks. I mean, do I have a special section called ‘posts’, where I write post, edit my old ones etc?
    Thanks for the help! – Tanja

    • WPBeginner Support says

      Tanja, this guide does not ask you to delete any posts from your Blogspot site. This method only redirects users coming to your blogger site to your WordPress site. Your blogger posts should remain as they are and if you wish you can always switch back your blogspot template and your blogger site will be live and accessible again.


      • Tanja Jensen says

        Good to know, I was just worried about what was meant by the word ‘import’ – delete or copy :) I am a beginner (as most others looking at this site), so I just wanted to make sure – that I could still run my blog while I was setting up the WordPress version of it. Thanks for the help! :)

  34. Bob Jones says

    I have the same problem that Rachelle, above, has. When I then go to create a page in WordPress, WPBeginner Blogger does not come up as an option in the templates. My only options are “Default Template,” “Contributor Page,” and “Full Width Page.”

    Any post I view on Blogger now shows the text of this page, concatenated in a continuous line of text.


    Bob Jones
    Salem, Oregon

      • Bob Jones says

        Thank you for your reply to my question. I copied the code in the first block under step 3 into my blogger template. I then copied the code in the second block of step 3 into a wpb-blogger.php file and uploaded that file to the server directory containing the WordPress files. I see that WPBeginner Blogger is the name of that template.

        What happens now when I click on a post in a Google search results page listing is that I get sent to the blogger page I created in step 3. I do not get sent to the post that was shown on the results page.

        Also, I still do not have WPBeginner Blogger as a choice in the Page Attributes / Template drop-down box.

        Getting closer, but still not there.

        Bob Jones
        Salem, Oregon

  35. David Reber says

    Did something change in the newer versions of WordPress. I needed to add the Page Theme plugin to allow for a different theme to be used on different pages.

  36. Farhan says

    Thanks for the great article, I want to move my blogger site to wordpress but want a new perma link structure.

    So instead of a date based system i.e. year/month/blog title like 2014/03/tutorialA.html I want to change it to /tutorials/3Dsoftware1/tutorial1.html

    Is there a code solution that I can implement in the head of the blogger file or in each post’s html version to target my old blogger posts to my new wp site? Each post will now be listed by its categoryName/post_title.

    Perhaps I should create two posts i.e. do the straight forward conversion then apply category based URI with a 301 redirect? I imagine not as there will be an extra duplicate post.

    Thanks so much

  37. Asdrubal Romero says

    I have done all up to the point of setting redirection at wordpress. You say that i have to upload a file but i do not even know how i do that. What is the ftp direction of wordpress and do they have a reserved space for each user?

    • WPBeginner Support says

      First make sure that you are on a self hosted site and not blog (see the difference). After that you need to contact your web host to find out your FTP account user name and password. In case you don’t want to use FTP, some web hosts also offer a file manager available on your cPanel dashboard.


  38. nil says


    I would only like to change the rel=canonical URL from my old blogger blog to my new blog, not redirect everything. Do you know how? That would be great!

    Just tried few manuals from the net, nothing works anymore.


  39. Rachelle says


    I’ve been able to import my blogger posts (except the very first post, which I still cannot figure out why it didn’t import) to my hosted WordPress account. I was able to get everything to work–including the Blogger redirect–until I reached the step where you have to setup the redirect for WordPress itself so that each individual post on Blogger is redirected to the new location on WordPress. I created the PHP file and pasted in the code exactly as was posted above. I then uploaded the file to the theme folder where the WordPress files are on my account. However, when I then go to create a page in WordPress, WPBeginner Blogger does not come up as an option in the templates. My only options are “Default Template,” “Contributor Page,” and “Full Width Page.”

    I’m at a total loss as to where I went wrong. Any ideas on how to correct this issue? I don’t want people clicking on a direct link to one of my Blogger articles to see a “Page Not Found” error.


    • Glenn says

      I have the same problem: I uploaded the file and the WP Beginner template does not show as an option. Can someone share a solution?

      • Glenn says

        I *think* we’re getting close, but it’s still not working. Hmm, do I need to do anything differently if my wp blog has a different title than my blogger blog:

        blogger name:

        wp name:

        THANK YOU for your continued help with this: appreciate the quick reply to my last query!

  40. Emma says

    I have tried everything on redirect from blogger and I get this error:

    Error parsing XML, line 2, column 73: The value of attribute “dir” associated with an element type “html” must not contain the ‘<' character.

    can you help please?

  41. Dino says

    I have a self hosted blog WordPress on Bluehost and I’m trying to migrate contents from my old Blogger blog.
    I did the export step from Blogger, but when I’m on my wordpress dashboard, I do tools>import, then a completely white page appears.

    What can I do?


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