Import Blogger Posts & Comments to WordPress Easily

Its easy to import Blogger Posts and Comments to WordPress! After my recent WordPress move, many users emailed me to ask me how simple (or difficult) it was to move posts and comments from Blogger to WordPress…

It was as simple as possible I would say. I understand you have already installed the latest WordPress version 2 in the directory or root where you want it. See these official installation instructions. I installed the latest version WordPress 2.0.2 as a fresh install (In fact my Dreamhost webhosting did a one click WordPress install with MySQL database creation in a few minutes).

I tried their wiki instructions, but they were not correct. Other resources explained tips for importing into WordPress 1.5, where the blogger import script was not present and there were different tricks for importing posts and comments.

Settings in Blogger

I just ensured that some settings were inspired from different feedbacks I read elsewhere. Before doing anything, back up your Blogger blog first.

Click Formatting and change the Timestamp Format to be mm/dd/yyyy hh:mm:ss AM/PM (the first choice in the dropdown menu).
Click Archiving and set Archive Frequency to ‘monthly’
These settings are already set in Blogger by default. I already had these settings in my blog anyway, so effectively I made no change my Blogger settings.

Settings in WordPress

Login into WordPress. Go to Import. Click on Blogger – “Import posts and comments from a Blogger account”. Fill in your blogger username and password. It will list all your blogger blogs as you see on the Blogger dashboard. Click on the blog you want to move to WordPress. And the Import will start automatically. Time taken will depend on how large your blog is. It took me a 2-3 minutes for a 1000 posts.

Remember, do not stop, reload or restart while the process is going on. It seems at times that the importing process is stuck, but it is continuing in the background. After all is done, it will tell you it is done and you can ‘Move on”…

If for some reason things get stuck, you can “reset the importer”.
View your new WordPress blog manage and see all your posts and comments are imported.

If you install WordPress in a subdirectory instead of the root of your domain, read all about hosting WordPress in an alternative directory.

Importing Bugs

– Several posts lost their formatting like text in bold, italics etc…
– The posts which had codes like javascript, html tags etc were lost these codes.
– Iframes inserted inside posts dissappeared. e.g. all those Amazon ads are displayed via iframes codes and they were gone.
– Of course all your customizations to the Blogger template need to be done again to the WordPress template now.
– Also read how to prevent errors by unclosed tags in WordPress Visual Text Editor.

Note: This post just gives my experience of importing from Blogger to WordPress. Always back up your Blogger blog before doing this. I do not take any responsibilty if this does not work for you or causes errors in your blogs.

All I can say it could not have been more easier. Nothing was affected in any way on my Blogger blog. And all posts and comments are on WordPress.

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dotku
dotku

would it support MSN Space transformation?

kioshi
kioshi

Any tips? I keep getting this ‘Sorry, you need to enable sending referrers for this feature to work.’ after moving to Dreamhost. Never happened before so I know my browsers are ok.

Thanks for the tips on importing!!

Donna
Donna

I’m currently trying to import from blogger but when I go to import > blogger, I only get this message.

“Import Blogger

Howdy! This importer allows you to import posts and comments from your Blogger account into your WordPress blog.
This feature requires iframe support.

Reset this importer”

And yes, iframes is available on my firefox 1.5 and IE 6

Any help?

Joe Kennedy
Joe Kennedy

I’m having trouble with it. I only have 433 posts, but it keeps saying my MySQL server is timing out. Any thoughts?

tom sherman
tom sherman

Thanks for the tips. I used a lot of this information as the basis for my post, Moving from Blogger to WordPress: Best Practices. I go into some detail about maintaining the 1:1 correspondence between old Blogger entries and imported WordPress entries.

r0b3rt
r0b3rt

i keep having the 504 page popping up eveytime i try to import…

r0b3rt
r0b3rt

nevermind about having the 504 page popping up… my server adminstrator reset the IP address of Blogger, and i now can access to the importer… but the thing now is that I always reached the page where it says your blog doesn’t seem to accept the template or responding.. I check my blogspot blog and found that the template was changed… so wats the prob?

Benjamin Melanon

The import fails, and destroys the display of the Blogger blog too “Find a better blogging tool: wordpress” is what it replaces the blog front page with. Restoring backups doesn’t help because Blogger can’t republish itself, even the index. Not cool of wordpress.

Robert Schumann
Robert Schumann

One more detail to note: the process doesn’t work if you don’t publish through blogspot. I had a site publiched via FTP at http://example.com (names made up to protect the innocent) which wouldn’t import, so I had to change settings to use blogspot hosting.

Srgio Lima

Hi,

Congratulation. The script work fine to me.

Thanks Very Much!

MIchelle
MIchelle

Ive imported all my posts from blogger to WordPress. It worked fine, but ive lost all the text formating. The characteres are weird. Could you please help me?

tks,
Michelle

Jayakanthan
Jayakanthan

Good tips. I just transfered my blog site to wordpress and wordpress is a winner

Arthur Browning
Arthur Browning

I have blogs in WP and Blogger – they are different – both have different strengths. Categories much easier to set up in WP. Both have different appearnaces in Firefox, Opera, and IE –
it’s been astruggle getting optimum from either

evan sagge
evan sagge

What about Blogger Beta? Is it possible to imports blogs from Blogger Beta to wordpress?

Jasmin Tuffile
Jasmin Tuffile

Hi there! Nifty walkthrough. But am having trouble trying to import Blogger Beta in (since they changed). Any ideas on this too?

Jim
Jim

Yeah, blogger beta doesnt work so well.. any ideas

Eric Seiden
Eric Seiden

I too have Blogger Beta and would love to Escape but with 300 or so posts and tons of comments, I am not going to do so until I can (relatively) easily convert my stuff. Actually, I just blogged about this very topic today.

stevenV
stevenV

“mm/dd/yyyy hh:mm:ss AM/PM (the first choice in the dropdown menu)”

this is, in the new version (out-of-beta), the 3rd choice in the menu now.

TJantunen
TJantunen

Hi,
I wrote these http://tjantunen.com/2007/03/21/import-blogger-posts-to-wordpress/
simple instructions how to import blogger beta posts to wordpress easily and without using any plugins.

MaryJames
MaryJames

Hola all

How I can change avatar in this forum?

nakliyat
nakliyat

It is nice.Do you have also a plugin for blogger wordpress convertion ?

Regards

Trevor Carpenter
Trevor Carpenter

I just used your tutorial to export my sister’s blog from Blogger to her new WordPress blog. Your help was great. Thanks!

Sushi Dating
Sushi Dating

I did not know there is a way to moving comments from blogger to wordpress. Good to know. Thanks!

Milli22
Milli22

I go into some detail about maintaining, and i now can access to the importer but the thing now is that I always reached the page where it says your blog

Helen
Helen

Hi, I get the following message when trying to import. I have minimal tech knowledge – can someone please help me?

Unable to find the socket transport “ssl” – did you forget to enable it when you configured PHP?

Rentacar
Rentacar

i prepared my web site http://www.adarentacar.info with html and javascript with php

siemens yangin
siemens yangin

The script work fine to me.

Thanks so Much

aldemir grup
aldemir grup

its great but someting wrong.. ?

Aseem Kishore
Aseem Kishore

I also wrote a nice guide on how to moved from the Blogger platform to WordPress, including how to avoid duplicate content on both sites, etc.

http://www.online-tech-tips.com/wordpress/the-best-way-to-move-from-blogger-beta-to-wordpress/

Check it out before you make the switch!

bozcaada
bozcaada

I did not know there is a way to moving comments from blogger to wordpress.

anakkale

Good tips. I just transfered my blog site to wordpress and wordpress is a winner

small
small

The script work fine to me.

OOM
OOM

Do you happen to know if you can import WordPress posts & comments into Blogger?

televizyon seyret
televizyon seyret

thankss
I did not know there is a way to moving comments from blogger to wordpress.like

alternatif
alternatif

thanks very good

mini juegos
mini juegos

thanks
memojuegos

Hikaye
Hikaye

thanks

e-okul
e-okul

thanks you

tedavisi
tedavisi

thanks you nice.

dijital bask?
dijital bask?

thanks yo

promosyon
promosyon

good work

FeR
FeR

hi!
I’ve tried importing my posts but it just wouldn’t work. I read from somewhere else that I need to set the archive to “no archive” (because I had a problem that wordpress only imported the first post of the month from blogger!)…I’ve tried that and the “monthly” archive option but to no avail..

It keeps getting stuck after importing 4 posts then the button turns into “set author”

I have about 800posts, shouldn’t be a problem, right?

local world
local world

Great post!I try to do this myself weekly, and it does pay off. It gets your name and site out there for more people to see it

asdasda
asdasda

good very nice

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youtube
youtube

hi, good very nice. thnks

tedavisi
tedavisi

very good. thanks you nice.

resimler
resimler

I did not know there is a way to moving comments from blogger to wordpress.

dev

Good tips. I just transfered my blog site to wordpress and wordpress is a winner

youtube
youtube

Great post!I try to do this myself weekly, and it does pay off. It gets your name and site out there for more people to see it

video watch
video watch

Good tips. I just transfered my blog site to wordpress and wordpress is a winner

tasarim
tasarim

thank you for great article….

S
S

Works like a charm…

Alex Eftimie
Alex Eftimie

Didn’t work for me, but I found this alternative solution: http://alex.eftimie.ro/?p=1

gzel szler

great tip! i have finally moved my blogger account into wordpress platform including SEO points hopefully, it worked perfectly from my vertito.blogspot.com blogger account

film izle
film izle

sharing for thanks.. i wish the successfrom now on writing

oyunlar1
oyunlar1

great tip! i have finally moved my blogger account into wordpress platform including SEO points hopefully, it worked perfectly from my vertito.blogspot.com blogger account

Dr.Ariffaizal
Dr.Ariffaizal

Is it not give any effect with Page Rank and SEO?

arslion
arslion

I failed to import..there is a reason written that you cannot import from blogger at this time..check out the new version of wordpress to import. :(

Gregor Anton
Gregor Anton

Great post! My blog is importing now, it’s a little slow, took 10 minutes to start working on post 1 of 37.

Katrina
Katrina

I keep getting a error with google, when I click “authorize” this come up:
The page you have requested cannot be displayed. Another site was requesting access to your Google Account, but sent a malformed request. Please contact the site that you were trying to use when you received this message to inform them of the error. A detailed error message follows:

The site “http://wordpress.com” has not been registered.

Can you help?

barbie
barbie

thanks a lot for this topic

oyUn
oyUn

nevermind about having the 504 page popping up… my server adminstrator reset the IP address of Blogger, and i now can access to the importer… but the thing now is that I always reached the page where it says your blog doesn’t seem to accept the template or responding.. I check my blogspot blog and found that the template was changed… so wats the prob?

Puja Madan
Puja Madan

Thanks a lot. I just did this and it was a breeze!

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araç kiralama
araç kiralama

Thank you very much for writing, I wish success

Mas Dhani
Mas Dhani

I have problem like Unable to find the socket transport “ssl” – did you forget to enable it when you configured PHP? (429496729) while do import

seo
seo

I’m guessing the only way to do this in Javascript would be to use the onresize event, and then using the resizeTo method to attempt to keep the window at the size you want

Madhawa Habarakada
Madhawa Habarakada

I tried to do this, but blogger does not authenticate my wordpress domain. :(

The Survival Mama
The Survival Mama

Great tutorial!!
Worked like a charm. I’m running the newest version of wordpress, and there was a big notice at the beginning that the plug-in hadn’t been tested, but it worked great!!!

josh karteson
josh karteson

Hi all.

I found yet another article for blogger to WordPress migration. It also covers migration of Google frinds connect, RSS Feed subscriber and redirection of blogger post to WordPress.
http://bloggertowp.org/migrate-from-blogger-to-wordpress-best-tutorial/

Cheers!
Josh

Dianne
Dianne

Great, working, Thanks