How to Prepare Your Blog for Self-hosted WordPress

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I’ve spent the last two weeks doing a lot of research on this topic for a couple reasons, not the least of which are:

1.  An established blog needs to keep its google ‘juice’ and page rank.

2.  Us bloggers, like to keep our readers, not confuse them with new addresses and redirects and warning pages.

3.  We also like to keep our FEED readers/ subscribers.

4.  We also like to have a professional top level domain (myblog.com or myblog.net)

For Blogger:

The ONLY way, and I stress – only – way to keep your google ranking with a move away from wordpress is to publish to a “custom domain” and stay on Blogger until every single one of your readers and posts are switched over to the new URL.  Meaning everyone will now be linking to:  myblog.com instead of myblog.blogspot.com.

After 2-3 months, depending on the popularity and complexity of incoming links, (the more popular the blog, the faster google re-indexes it), contact us to import your information.  We will change over your Name Servers, so they will point to your new WordPress self-hosted blog, and your readers won’t notice anything, unless you put up a new design at your new bloggy home.

NOTE:  The final move is a difficult one to try yourself, you need to be familiar with .htaccess files and permalinks to make the post titles on your WordPress installation match the post titles from Blogger.

For WordPress.com blogs:

These are the blogs with a name like myblog .wordpress.com.   Because hosted WordPress blogs (the ….wordpress.com ones) will allow control over where the blog is published, you can switch to a new name (myblog.com) and to a new location (on your own host server) any time you like.  There is no wait, like there is with Blogger.   There is an additional $15 fee to purchase the ‘custom domain’ option in WordPress which will keep your permalinks in tact when the switch is made.

For Typepad and Moveable Type

For these platforms, you already have your own domain name, and we can change that to a new location at any time.  These blogs are more difficult to move to wordpress and keep everything in tact as they don’t provide very handy export tools.  But we can work around that!

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  1. I am on Blogger but I am planning a transition to WordPress soon. I am reading a book right now, but this was a very helpful overview!

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