FTP publishing on Blogger to WordPress: Migration guide

FTP publlishing on Blogger to WordPress migration – Simple and step by step guide

Blogger is closing its FTP publishing soon. Those who want to stay with Blogger custom domain or Blogspot can wait for their Migration tool. I recently migrated a client’s site from Blogger FTP publishing to WordPress and it was a learning experience. Here is a brief migration guide:

1. Create a beta site in WordPress. ( http://example.com/beta/ )

2. WordPress import will not work with FTP publishing on Blogger. So, switch FTP publishing to some Blogspot domain name for a moment. Don’t worry. Your blog will be safe as all the FTP files still remain on your server and your site will be accessible.

3. Import your Blogger comments and posts from the Blogspot domain to beta WordPress site.

4. Follow the steps in http://devilsworkshop.org/moving-from-blogger-to-wordpress-maintaining-permalinks-traffic-seo/ to preserve Blogger permalinks and therefore your PageRank.

5. Export the posts and comments from WordPress beta site.

6. Access your site through FTP and rename index.html to index-backup.html . You will have folders like 07, 08 , 09 etc., These are yearly folders containing the FTP published files. Rename all these yearly folders to 07-backup, 08-backup etc.,

7. Install WordPress in the directory where you published Blogger by FTP.

8. Import the WordPress XML file from beta site.

All Done. Have Fun 🙂

P. S . 1. If you have trouble accessing homepage after migration, check your .htaccess and remove any line regarding index.html

P.S. 2. Haloscan, a commenting service, is also shutting down. If you have your Haloscan comments tied to your FTP Blogger, follow the steps in


21 thoughts on “FTP publishing on Blogger to WordPress: Migration guide”

  1. most wanted tutorial for the moment…

    Google really got fucked up with their blogger users.. Now we knw what they’ll do and how much they value their customers… loosers.

    All hail WP!

    1. Mayu, is it so bad? Blogger FTP publishing lacked features and was buggy. So, good they get rid of it. WordPress is best choice for people who do FTP, so glad Google helped them make the decision to switch 🙂 But increasing Google dependence on web is a concern. Will write about it.

  2. I am glad to find a guide to moving services. Previously I’ve tried using the tool of the WP, but it seems they can not work at all. Frustrated … because my data exceeds 30MB. Hopefully this can help me! I immediately did the same as you teach.

  3. Cool guide, but I don’t see anything mentioned about redirecting urls etc. Didn’t you have to do this for your client? I’m thinking that even with using “pretty” permalinks in WP, there would still have to be some redirection done.

    Blogger uses html pages and WP uses PHP pages. Wouldn’t (blogger) have to be redirected to: http://www.abcdefg.com/2010/03/hyjklmn/ (WP)?
    I don’t see how any migration can be done seamlessly and without a loss in terms of page/search rankings etc without redirection.

    If you offer this service (with redirection), I’ll be interested in using ur services. One of my blogs has #1 – #10 spots on google for the chosen keywords, my main concern is how migration would affect this.

  4. Why did I never see anybody complain about how they could not protect their blogs anymore?
    I used blogger’s ftp to “publish” to a password protected directory. All the services (blogger definately and WP too, I suppose) allow that only on a per user basis.
    I want to tell friends a user/password combination and that’s it. Can’t be bothered to invite every single person.
    So I guess it is Emacs or vi again… 😉

    Thanks for the guide though – who knows: I might need it when fed up with html.

    Best regards

    1. Hi Frank, in WordPress you can set passwords on a per post basis. So anyone with that password can access the post. No need for per user basis.

  5. Hello Ravi,

    thanks for the quick reply. I tested the feature and it works.
    Just not as comfortable as “just blogging” was before. And I find wordpress very slow compared to the blogger interface.
    If I don’t find anything else, I’ll have to stick to that solution.
    Thank you again.
    Best regards

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  7. I appreciate this concise description.

    FYI, Blogger seems to be experiencing some issues with loss of comments lately. I just converted one of my Blogger FTP blogs to Blogspot and the first thing I noticed was that all comments had disappeared. I checked the XML file I’d exported in advance, just in case something went wrong, and the comments were intact.

    I have not seen a Blogger fix for this yet, and there are plenty of threads out there about it.

  8. yes google blogger user is being kick like sh it by them. Poor service for giant company. WordPress is better

  9. //most wanted tutorial for the moment…

    Google really got fucked up with their blogger users.. Now we knw what they’ll do and how much they value their customers… loosers.

    All hail WP!//

    Hi Mayu

    There was no need to convert to WP at all. The users can still use Custom Domain without spending additional Money

    I did the same with http://www.tvmc.in

    No Issues at all

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