March 24, 2005
*UPDATE – Andy Skelton has removed the Blogger Importing Tool from his blog to make way for the integrated blogger import tool within the WordPress admin control panel. Please refer to that tool as support for this post has been discontinued. Thank you!
This tutorial uses Andy Skelton’s Modified Blogger Importing Tool that imports not just the posts but the comments as well. The first time I tried it, it went smoothly but I didn’t get a chance to do some screenshots. Here is my second try, with screenshots and again, Andy’s script didn’t fail me. Most of the screencaps are from the original tutorial, I just incorporated new screens to show the Blogger settings for Comments and the screens from after running the new importing tool.
Download Andy’s Modified Blogger Importing Tool. Unzip the file on your local drive and upload the file to the wp-admin folder of your WordPress blog. It will overwrite the existing import-blogger.php file but that’s okay, that’s the idea.
Log in to your blogger account and click the blog you would like to import into WordPress.
Go to SETTINGS, PUBLISHING. Chances are you are publishing on blogspot.com.
Click the ‘Switch to FTP’ link and you will be taken to the FTP menu.
Fill in the different FTP fields with information from your server.
Change the BLOG FILE NAME to wordpress.php. Type your FTP Username and Password and click SAVE SETTINGS.
Go to the SETTINGS, FORMATTING tab.
Change the TIMESTAMP FORMAT from whatever it is set to to this format 9/23/04 11:53:01AM. It should be the first on the drop down list box. Click SAVE SETTINGS.
Go to COMMENTS, COMMENTS TIMESTAMP FORMAT and choose the same format as above – 9/23/04 11:53:01AM. Click SAVE SETTINGS.
Go to the SETTINGS, ARCHIVING tab. Make sure Archive Frequency is set to MONTHLY and rename the archive file to wordpress.php
Go to the TEMPLATE tab and do a backup of your existing blogger template to be on the safe side.
To do that, block and copy your template code and paste it into any word editing program like NOTEPAD or WORDPAD. Save it as a txt or rtf file.
Go to the MODIFIED WordPress Blogger Import Guide Page at http://myblogdomain/wp-admin/import-blogger.php (myblogdomain would be the url of where you installed your WordPress blog) and copy the import template code as shown below.
Go back to your Blogger Window, under Template and paste the import template code into the now empty box in your blogger screen. Click SAVE TEMPLATE CHANGES.
When you get the SETTINGS WERE SAVED SUCCESSFULLY message, click the REPUBLISH button just below it.
Wait for the YOUR BLOG PUBLISHED SUCCESSFULLY confirmation from your Blogger screen.
Make sure the blogger archive files were successfully imported into your wordpress directory. If you have an FTP client, you can check this by logging into your wordpress folder and looking for the archive files. They should look like this 2004_05_01_wordpress.php . The number of these files should depend on how many months you have archived in your blogger journal.
When that’s done, go back to the Modified WordPress Blogger Import Guide Page and click the OK button on the THIRD STEP as shown below.
A successful import will take you to this page, confirming the number of posts and comments imported.
Delete the blogger backup files in your WordPress directory as he suggested or keep it there if you can afford the extra disk space and if you want to save it for backup.
Check your blog to view the successfully imported posts AND COMMENTS and give yourself a pat on the back. (Thank Andy, too!)
Congratulations to a successfully imported blog!