Posted on February 13, 2017

The Complete Guide To WordPress // How to set up your WordPress blog and import posts

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how to install your WordPress blog and import previous posts from Blogger and WordPress.com

Welcome to the third week of my Complete Guide To WordPress blog course.

Here’s what we’ve covered so far:

Today we are talking about how to install your WordPress blog and import previous posts from Blogger and WordPress.com.

how to install wordpress

In this example, I’ll be using TSOhost to show you how easy it is to install WordPress and import your posts from Blogger or WordPress.com.

When you log in, you want to click onto ‘Account services‘. Then click the link on your active hosting account.

how to install your WordPress blog and import previous posts from Blogger and WordPress.com

Then click ‘manage‘ on your hosting account. Scroll down to log into the control panel.

Click ‘add website‘ from the top menu bar, enter your URL and press ‘next‘.

how to install your WordPress blog and import previous posts from Blogger and WordPress.com

This may take a few minutes. After it’s done, go down to the bottom and click ‘Install Applications

how to install your WordPress blog and import previous posts from Blogger and WordPress.com

Then install WordPress.

how to install your WordPress blog and import previous posts from Blogger and WordPress.com

After a few minutes, you’ll be given a username of random characters and a password you should change right away.

You can click log-in to log into your new blog.

You are now logged into the dashboard of your new blog!

how to install your WordPress blog and import previous posts from Blogger and WordPress.com

It will have a default theme and now you are ready to import your blog posts (or start blogging if you don’t have an existing blog).

how to install your WordPress blog and import previous posts from Blogger and WordPress.com

How to import posts from Blogger:

If you are moving from blogger, you’ll want to set your permalink structure to the same as the structure blogger uses to avoid broken links:

http://BLOG NAME.blogspot.com/YEAR/MONTH/BLOG POST.html

You can do this in your settings > permalinks:

how to install your WordPress blog and import previous posts from Blogger and WordPress.com

If you don’t care about links from your old blog, have a different URL or are new, it’s better to have this set to ‘Post name’ as it’s better for search engine optimisation. Plus, the link looks cleaner.

Click on Plugins > Add New

how to install your WordPress blog and import previous posts from Blogger and WordPress.com

Then search ‘blogger‘ to find a blogger importer plugin, then click ‘install now‘.

how to install your WordPress blog and import previous posts from Blogger and WordPress.com

Activate the plugin and then follow these instructions:

how to install your WordPress blog and import previous posts from Blogger and WordPress.com

How to import your posts from WordPress.com

Log-in to your WordPress.com account. Go to Tools > Export.

how to install your WordPress blog and import previous posts from Blogger and WordPress.com

how to install your WordPress blog and import previous posts from Blogger and WordPress.com

Then Download the Export File.

Then go into Tools > Import on your new WordPress blog, click ‘WordPress‘.

how to install your WordPress blog and import previous posts from Blogger and WordPress.com

Click ‘Install now‘ and follow the instructions.

how to install your WordPress blog and import previous posts from Blogger and WordPress.com

So this week you’ve:

  • Set up your WordPress blog.
  • Imported your old posts from your Blogger or WordPress.com blog to WordPress.org

Still to come in the course:

  • How to change your URL so it points to WordPress
  • How to find a theme you love and your customisation options
  • How to create your own header
  • Plugins
  • Short-cuts to WordPress

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4 Comments

  • Reply Candice February 13, 2017 at 10:25 am

    Really informative post!! I moved from blogger to wordpress and I struggled!!

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

  • Reply Akaleistar February 14, 2017 at 2:14 am

    Great info! I think the switch is definitely worth it 🙂

  • Reply Lucy February 20, 2017 at 8:32 am

    Your a star I have wanted to move for ages but have been a chicken that in moving I would loose everything. This series has been so useful Lucy x
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  • Reply Dayna February 22, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    Hi,

    I love this post and I’m looking to move my blog from blogger to wordpress, I was wondering if you could help, I don’t have my own domain or anything.

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