A few days back, I shared about a WordPress plugin called Cache Remote Images, which imports images from BlogSpot to WordPress.
I shared this plugin because the official Blogger Importer plugin didn’t support importing images. All of your images are only stored in Picasa.
One reason why I always advocate WordPress over BlogSpot is because with WordPress, you are the real owner of your content (which includes your images).
Imagine a scenario where you lose access to your Google account, or your account gets deleted or banned, you would lose access to all of your images because your Picasa account is linked to your Google account.
But now, there is good news for all BlogSpot users who are looking to migrate to WordPress.
The Blogger Importer plugin has been updated with a new changelog. One of the major additional features is the importation of images. This means that all of your images will now be imported to your hosting account instead of being hot-linked to your Picasa storage.
This is indeed very useful if you wish to have complete control over your content.
How To Use The Blogger Importer WordPress Plugin
Though it’s an official plugin from WordPress, it doesn’t come installed with the default WordPress installation. Here I’m sharing a quick guide on how to use the Blogger Importer plugin to import all of your images, posts, comments, and users to WordPress.
The very first thing you need to do is install WordPress on your web host. Here are a few guides which will help you to get started:
- Web Hosting Basics for Beginners
- How To Install WordPress on Bluehost
- How To Install WordPress on HostGator
- How To Install WordPress on DreamHost
- Best Managed WordPress Hosting Providers for 2016
- WordPress Guide for Beginners
The above tutorials will help you to quickly get started with WordPress.
Since you are moving from Blogger to WordPress, and switching blogging platforms is no small task, I highly recommend you read the full BlogSpot to WordPress migration guide here. In this guide, you will find all of the necessary info you require about making the move.
So now I assume you are ready to use the Blogger Importer plugin. All you need to do is log in to your newly installed WordPress blog, and click on Tools > Import and select “Blogger” from the list.
This will show a pop-up, and you can install the Blogger Importer plugin. Once the plugin is installed, click on “Activate” and run the importer to start the migration.
The rest of the steps are pretty straightforward.
All you need to do now is:
- Authorize access to your Blogger account.
- Select the blog you want to import.
- Once all posts, images, and comments are imported, you just need to assign authors.
You can read about the above steps in one of my earlier guides:
This plugin solves a few major problems with the Blogger to WordPress migration, but it still lacks the most important feature: Fixing permalinks.
Also, check out this post:
For now, you can import BlogSpot posts, comments, images, and labels into WordPress. As of now, this plugin doesn’t support pages (which you can manually create in WordPress).
Go ahead and try out this plugin and make a move from Blogger to WordPress. If you still have questions, feel free to ask via the comments.
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