Migrating your BlogSpot blog to WordPress is easy and one can easily achieve a 301 Perma redirection by setting up Custom domain on BlogSpot and later Installing WordPress, Importing BlogSpot posts to WordPress, fixing permalinks and doing rest of the thing. I know, I’m making it sound easy, but to make sure you need to do many more things that includes taking care of all your Social media profile, Feedburner migration, SEO changes and many more. But pretty much, you can do it of your own or take professional BlogSpot migration service.
One of the major problem DIY blogger face after migrating BlogSpot to WordPress is : Migrating images from Picasa to WordPress. When you are using BlogSpot, Google stores all your images into your linked Picasa account and after migration, your images are still stored in your Picasa account which is fine, but at the same time you risk losing your images, if in future your Gmail/Picasa account is disabled or closed.
One simple way to get rid of this issue is by importing all BlogSpot images to your newly created WordPress Blog (Self hosted), this way you will never risk losing your images in case of Gmail account disable issue. In this post, I will be sharing one simple WordPress plugin which will help you to quickly import all linked images from outside domain to your self hosted Blog. This is useful for any WordPress user, who have accidentally hotlinked images from other domain and now wish to host all those images on their Blog.
Cache Images WordPress Plugin: Host hotlinked images on your Server
Cache images is one of the simplest plugin which will help you to import and host all images on your server. If you have ever hotlinked images from other domain (Outside your domain), it will scan it and will show you the list of domains and with one click you can import and start hosting on your site. This is very useful and necessary, as sometime many blog owners disable hotlinking and your readers will get errors.
Specially it’s useful for Bloggers who are migrating from BlogSpot to WordPress, as there images are hosted on Picasa and with Cache images plugin, they can host images on their server. Using this plugin is super easy and all you need to do is, download and install cache images plugin. This plugin is authored by Matt Mulllenweg (Founder of WordPress).
Once plugin is Installed and activated, go to Tools > cache remote images and select option which says “Scan”. It will scan your posts and will show the list of domains from where images are hotlinked. (See screenshot)
For BlogSpot domains, you will see domains like 1.blogspot, 1.picasa and so on. Simply click on Cache from this domain, and cache plugin will start importing images from the hotlinked domain.
Persoanlly, I use this plugin once every month as some time guest author here accidentally hotlinked images, and this plugin helps to find all those domains from where images are hot linked, and host it back on ShoutMeLoud Server. Another good thing about Cache images plugin is, it uses AJAX to import images, so it will work on underpowered server too.
I find this plugin very useful and I’m sure for many of you, this plugin will be useful too. Do let me know what other methods you are following to import images from Other domain to your server?