I had been thinking about moving my blog site from Blogger to WordPress for some time now, but had mixed feelings about it. Plus I’m lazy.
But Blogger kind of made me do it now. I had my blog on my own domain (toddheitner.com) and published to it through Blogger’s FTP service. Well, they announced that they’re doing away with that option. So time to move.
I was surprised how easy it was to do.
I logged in to Blogger and there was a notice there about the need to migrate to either a blogname.blogspot.com URL or a subdomain of my domain like blog.toddheitner.com. I just clicked to start the process and moved it to toddheitner.blogspot.com, that way I’d have a backup site in case I screwed something up.
Then I installed WordPress on my domain through Fantastico since, again, I’m lazy and it’s really quick and easy. Then I used WordPress’ Import feature and selected Blogger. I just had to click Authorize and it took me to my Blogger account where I had to give my blog authorization to access my Blogger account. I was already logged in, so it was quick and easy.
From there, it was just a couple clicks to import everything, assign the posts to myself as the author and I was done.
I uploaded a new theme and did a few of the normal things I do when setting up a new WordPress site, like making sure the Privacy settings are right and setting up custom permalinks.
By the way, for anyone reading this and thinking it’s incredibly boring and nerdy, hey, you should have known this was going to be a nerdy post by the post title.
I just thought I’d describe the process in case anyone else is thinking about making this change.
I’m planning on changing the purpose of this blog, but I think I’ll make a separate post about it since anyone interested in me or my site in general probably wouldn’t want to read through all this stuff first.
Anyway, it was an easy process, so I’m glad to finally get that done.