In this addendum to the series Preparing to Move to WordPress, I show you how to bypass the Blogger redirect menu. You may recall the menu is basically a warning that readers are being redirected to your WP host. Blogger then forces them to say 'yes' they want to continue. Not only does it look scary but it takes extra time for readers to click again!
So what you really want is for Blogspot to use the old url and go directly to the correct post in WP. Well, the only way to do that is with special software since Blogspot is not that cooperative when you abandon ship!
The hero plugin in this post is the "Blogger to WP Redirection" (B2W) which I could not get to work properly when I moved to WordPress a few weeks ago. Hence the plugin was not used in the DIY tutorial series. Going on the theory of better late than never, I tried B2W again. Only after getting it to work did I realize this software replaces the Permalink Finder.
The B2W plugin requires you to overlay your Blogspot template with provided code. Not for the faint of heart! And it also may require special web host rule which can be tricky. So you may want to just follow the tutorial through Part 4. I still recommend you try the Addendum at some point for a cleaner conversion. If there is a problem, you can always go back to using the regular Blogger redirect via the yes-no menu.
The Key to Bypassing the Blogger yes-no Menu
The key is a combination of the plugin called Blogger to WP Redirection and the Mod_Security rule. Together your visitor will present Blogger with an old url like
and go directly to
http://yourUrl.com/greatpost.html with no questions asked!
The plugin sets up a 1-to-1 mapping between Blogger posts that have migrated to WordPress. For example, an old subdomain address (e.g. BPWebNews.blogspot.com) moved to new custom domain (e.g. BPWebNews.com).When you use B2W you'll need to revert to Publishing on Blogspot rather than telling Blogger to redirect to your custom domain. Sounds weird, but you have to trust that the software in the revised template will safely carry your reader over the seas to WordPress.
The full directions for the procedure are here: http://bloggertowp.org/blogger-to-wordpress-redirection-plugin which are quite detailed. You need to follow each step closely. Unfortunately, the plugin assumes you have sufficient access on your web host to execute a database query. The query format looks like this
In my case, the query did not pull in the WP post but instead went to the Home Page without any errors! The web host had blocked the access.
The Host Mod_Security Rule
If you're on a shared web host, the plugin will not work unless you add a whitelist rule for Blogger to go directly to the WP url via the B2W plugin code. First your hosting must have Mod_Security enabled, then you need the rule created by support. If you don't have the Mod_Security feature enabled you get a 403 Forbidden Error whenever you redirect in Blogger.
If the feature is enabled on your web host but the redirect goes to your HomePage, then you need a whitelist rule. This happens when you're on a Shared server. I had an online Chat with my Hostgator and they could see my WP blog was attempting to access a rule,
The domain http://bpwebnews.com showed to be hitting the mod_rule 1234xxx which requires a whitelist (the ID itself) to allow the query to work.
So support added the rule and everything worked. I then deactivated the Permalink Finder.
Notice I make no attempt to define what mod_security means! I leave that to the certified techies! Here's a definition I found:
ModSecurity is an Apache module that adds intrusion detection and prevention features to the Web server. In principle it is similar to an IDS you would use to analyse your network traffic, except that it works on the HTTP level and understands it really well. ... In addition to detection, mod_security also supports attack prevention. Because it stands between the client and the server, if it finds that the request contains a malicious payload it can reject the request, performing any of a number of built-in actions. ... Semantic.com
See what the Blogger menu looks like and how it disappeared after the plugin.
I found that after I used the B2W software, my Feedburner count doubled-up to the pre-migration level. I suspect some feed Readers, using the default Blogger url, can't answer the Blogger question --- similar to a bot confronted with Captcha!
Please leave a comment if you have any questions. Let us know if you used this software approach in your migration.
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, Keep Search Engine Traffic. It's all about avoiding 'page not found' errors!
Addendum: Using the Blogger to WordPress Redirection plugin.