“ The decision to move from Blogger to WordPress is a bit like moving from an apartment to a house. You don’t just decide today and move in tomorrow. This article series looks at the short and long-term planning it takes for a successful move.”
In this last article (part 4) we look at the final steps for a successful migration. The example continues with the migration of my BPWebNews blog. There are two videos walking you through the plugins I used to keep subscribers and redirect traffic.
Parts in This Series:
Part 1, Get a Custom Domain Name. It's never too late to do this while still on blogspot.
Part 2, Test Drive WP. Use free WP to experience your future blog neighborhood.
Part 3, Bring Your Readers. Have Blogger forward old url hits to WP blog.
Part 4, It's all about avoiding 'page not found' errors!
Update to Part 4: Addendum - see newer post for the step that avoids the annoying message by Blogger asking if your readers want to be redirected to the new url.
Step One - Update and Redirect FeedBurner Account
Updated Feedburner details to point to new WP feed - Login your FB account. Go to "Edit Feed Details" tab. You'll see the " Original Feed ... (Feed published on your site)" contains the old blogger feed address --- make a note of the url - you'll use it in step two. Then replace that feed with your new WP feed. In my case I replaced : http://bpwebnews.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default with http://bpwebnews.com/feed . Then press and save details.
Added WP plugin to direct all feeds to my account including the wp/feed. Without the plugin anyone using the native WP feed is not given a chance to go via Feedburner. The native feed look like the first image. The redirection is shown in second image.(clicks image to enlarge)
Step One Notes:
- Plugin used: FD Feedburner Plugin By John Watson
Step Two - Basic Redirection for Feeds and Posts
- Shows an old blogspot post redirected to correct WP post. The same technique can be used to redirect old default blogspot feed to the WP feed. Current subscribers who did a browser RSS would have the old feed. Also Feedburner was giving them the old feed, so we need to redirect those subscribers!
- points out the difference in how WP and Blogger use the post title to create the url.
WP --- http://bpwebnews.com/2010/08/moving-to-wordpress-a-loaded-question.html
Notice WP has extra "a" in the name. So even if you got the new domain correctly from Blogger you'd still get a"404- page not found" error. The plugin solves that problem.
- Plugin used: Redirection By John Godley. Monitors 404 errors and manages your 301 redirects.
- Plugin used: Permalink Finder By Keith P. Graham - video shows how it relates to redirection plugin.
- Mentions a step 3 to permanently avoid Blogger on old search engine results, but unfortunately there's a new version of the plugin and it's not working. I'll followup with a post on this aspect. Update to Part 4: see Addendum - newer post for the step that eliminates Blogger asking readers if they want to be redirected on old search engine hits.
Step Three - Fix internal links that point to blogspot
If you used a custom domain name throughout most of your stay on Blogspot, then this step may not be necessary. I added the simple plugin to handle internal links but you have to be VERY careful that you key the correct domain names! Backup your blog before you do this step... Here's a snapshot of the form: (click to enlarge)
- Plugin used: Velvet Blues Update URLs - By Velvet Blues
As I said in the previous segment this series is for the those who want to learn by doing. Or if you used an inexperienced friend or freelancer, these videos can help clean up the mess. Oh, also helps if you decided overnight in a huff an puff to chuck Blogger and import from new WP using that nifty tool.
If you need any help in planning your move or just want to outsource the techie part, then try our Migration services at Word Press Blog Experts. Naturally I'll answer any questions about this series. Do take a minute to leave your experience with migration planning. I look forward to and appreciate your comments! Even if you're a freelancer, I like to keep track of the competition...