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My Blogger to WordPress Migration Journey with WPBeginner

By Trishna Das @trishnadas

My Blogger to WordPress migration journey with WPBeginner is full of hopes and possibilities. I've started this blog during November 2015 when I was in 12th standard. I started with Google's Blogger or Blogspot as getting Adsense approval with Blogspot was easy. For a new blogger, Blogspot is easy interphase with less hassle and does the job. But after blogging for a while, I knew that I had to move from this free blogging platform, no matter even if you add a custom domain, you ain't gonna get the full SEO optimization that a self-hosted WordPress blog gets. So, after searching for a year, I came across this post of WPBeginner where they have mentioned that they provide free Blogger to WordPress Migration for blogs with less than 1000 posts. At that time, it was too good to be true.

On their Free WordPress Blog Setup, they have mentioned that you'll be needing

You'll have to choose a host from the listed Hosting Sites and purchase a Hosting Service from either Bluehost, Hostgator, SiteGround, InMotion, DreamHost.

What Hosting Service I've Chosen? and Why?

I've chosen Bluehost as it was the most affordable yet very reliable host. I got the Basic plan from the Shared Web Hosting Plans. (You can know more about this plan here)

The Basic Plan retails for $7.99/month but you can get it for $2.75/month if you choose the 36 months plan. Since I had a $100 budget, so I've chosen the 12 months plan where I had to pay 4.95/month and my annual bill was $70.09 ( Approx Rs.4990) which included package charge $59.40 + $10.69 Tax

My Blogger to WordPress Migration Journey with WPBeginner

The Blogger to WordPress Migration Journey:

June 24, 2019

  • I've purchased the hosting account and fill the form here.
  • Gets an email from WPBeginner stating that they need administrator login for Blogger (Blogspot) site. Once they accept the invitation, they will need my Bluehost control panel login and the Theme that I wanted to upload.

June 27, 2019

  • They asked me to change to an Admin user for Blogger.
  • I changed them to an Admin user and provided my Bluehost login details.

July 1, 2019

    They began the Blogger to WordPress migration process

July 3, 2019

  • They told me that they were almost done with the migration process and wanted me to check whether everything looks good or not.
  • They asked me to change my domain nameservers to Bluehost
  • I changed the nameservers on the same day they asked me to do so.

July 13, 2019

    I asked them whether I could edit my previous content.

July 15, 2019

  • They replied back that I can edit my content.
  • They told me that they were trying to set up a few more redirects for RSS

July 16, 2019

  • The migration process was done.
  • I changed the theme

The full process took 22 days and the follow up extended a few more days.

Plugins They've Installed

  • Akismet Anti-Spam
  • Blogger To WordPress
  • Google Analytics for WordPress by MonsterInsights
  • Insert Headers and Footers
  • Login LockDown
  • No Self Pings
  • OptinMonster API
  • Really Simple SSL
  • Redirection
  • WP Super Cache
  • WPForms Lite
  • Yoast SEO

All the above plugins were are very useful, especially the Yoast SEO. One of the main reason I wanted a Blogger to WordPress migration was because of this Yoast SEO. Blogspot/Blogger did not have any plugins for SEO optimization so I was literally awed when I first used this Yoast SEO in localhost.

What changes I made?

First of all, I have changed my login details. Then I've changed my theme. I've chosen a free theme because at this moment, I wanted to focus on blogging, I'll definitely get a paid one soon.

I've installed the following plugins:

Is this service Free?

You don't have to pay anything for their service, you just need to pay for the hosting using their affiliate link. But I do want to remind you that they will still earn $65 from Bluehost affiliate. So, its a win-win from both sides.

Lastly, I'd like to thank James from WPBeginner who guided me and answered all my questions when I was panicking and helped me through this process.


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