Saturday, 20 April 2013

Exact things to do to migrate to a WordPress blog (self hosted)

| Saturday, April 20, 2013 | |

Migrating from Blogger to WordPress or establishing a new WordPress self hosted blog. Both process seems to be hard and easy at the same time. They may be very typical to perform until you have no idea how to do, and becomes very easy after you know what to do. 

Below is a list that will guide you what to do step-wise while migrating from Blogger to WordPress. In case you want to set up a fresh WordPress blog then you need to skip step 8, 9, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20
  1. Hosting Space- You require a good hosting service to host your WordPress blog a chart is given here discussing about the estimated minimum to maximum cost. If you need to know what hosting is or about the types of hosting refer to this article.
  2. Install WordPress- You need to install WordPress on server. But don't worry about that maximum hosting service providers have one-click install options. Therefore, making install as simple as installing a software on your desktop.
  3. Set custom permalink- Every post/article published on any blog has an address or URL, but that URL maybe in different formats. Bloggers till now has no option to change the structure of URL but WordPress has it.
  4. WordPress Theme- You can get it custom designed but that is expensive option. The cheaper way is to use the free one or buy it from themeforest. There are many more sites but themeforest is a good market place. You will get a good template in $35 to $60.
  5. Set Logo and Favicon- After installing your theme, you need to set your Logo and favicon. Maximum themes have a toolbar which will get installed with your theme installation and you can change your Logo and Favicon just like uploading picture on Facebook.
  6. Create Standalone pages- The pages tlike about, contact, etc. are know as standalone pages.
  7. Check for permalinks, again- According to SEO (Search Engine Optimization) techniques permalink structure plays important role in search results. If you have chosen custom permalinks then it's good to check if permalinks are working as expected, by checking the standalone page URL.
  8. Import from blogger- Importing your posts and comments from Blogger is done by using the built in option. In your WordPress dashboard go to Tools > Import.
  9. Check the permalinks, again- just a check to ensure that permalinks are as selected.
  10. Plugin Wp-Insert- This is the best available plugin that lets you insert ad units almost anywhere inside your blog. You can put ad on high CTR places like just below the heading after the post, etc.
  11. LinkWithin- Related post widget has high importance, if your template doesn't have in-built related post widget then this is a great plugin.
  12. Set Categories and tags using the document- For better management you must create a chart in Word document that points to your exact categories and tags that you will use.
  13. Set featured images- These images are displayed in the excerpts so if you have imported your blog posts then you need to set them of every post (not necessary) but it places a better expression to the readers who land on your home page. Well WordPress has a direct option that is there in the blog post editor.
  14. Setting redirect from blogger to wp- You are required to set a 301 (permanent redirection) from blogger to WordPress. A 301 redirect tells search engines that you website or blog has permanently moved to a new domain name. The best part is that you won't loose your search engine rankings just the existing links are updated, and they start reflecting your new domain name or specific URL.
  15. Set feedsburner redirect- If you have migrated from Blogger to WordPress, then you need to redirect your feeds so that you don't loose any of the reader that you have collected while blogging on Blogger.
  16. Feedburner subscribe via email form- Maximum templates comes with a subscribe via email form but in case you don't have or you want to set it manually.
  17. WordPress SEO by Yoast- A set of additional SEO options to use and rank better in search results.
  18. Migrate disqus threads- All the existing comments threads are required to be migrated so that they become available at your new domain name.
  19. Share the new links on digg, stumbleupon only- To kick start you blog on new address you need good amount of traffic. You will get some traffic from the redirects but to have a better result it is good to resubmit your articles with new link to these sites.
  20. Email to guest authors- If you have guest bloggers to your blog then it is good to treat them with a message telling them that their blog posts or submission are now on a premium platform.
  21. Install W3 Total Cache- WordPress sites are slow to access. To overcome this maximum publishers use a plugin to accelerate the page loading.
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