How Nic n Cher got WordPress’ed
I know many people will have ventured down the route of switching from Hosted Blogger to WordPress.org before us but I feel I should share this experience and hopefully help out others, I am kinda like that you know.
I must admit I was petrified, I imagined massive problems, losing Nic n Cher’s last two and a half years of writing, I won’t lie, there was pressure, mainly being applied by Cher BTW.
Anyway as you can see we only have a few things left to tidy up but we made it, so I feel safe enough to tell the story now.
1. Download WordPress from www.wordpress.org
2. Unzip your downloaded file and save to a new folder. (you will get instructions from wordpress on how to do this part, very easy)
3. If you are using the blog as your whole site then just upload / FTP the unzipped files straight into the root of your domain, tip: do not upload the main folder that all the unzipped files are in, just upload / FTP the files and folders that are in the main folder. If you are using the blog as part of your site then just create a folder on your domain, and upload all the files and folders to there.
4. OK now you have all the files in place, you now need to create a MySQL database on your server. As I use 1and1 to host my domains i can only give instructions for this server but it was very easy. Login to your 1and1 control panel and select MySQL Administration, then select New Database, then simply name it and click set up. This should take 1and1 about 20 minutes to set up. Once the new Database is ready, from this screen you will see the details you need for the next step.
- Database Name
- Host Name
5. Ok, with your new DB information locate the file in your wordpress files called /wp-config-sample.php – open this and add your new database details to the top of the file, the section looks like this.
define(‘DB_NAME’, ‘wordpress’); // The name of the database
define(‘DB_USER’, ‘username’); // Your MySQL username
define(‘DB_PASSWORD’, ‘password’); // …and password
define(‘DB_HOST’, ‘localhost’); // 99% chance you won’t need to change this value
6. Now rename this file /wp-config.php and upload / FTP to your domain.
7. Now open up you browser and go to the address http://www.######.com/wp-admin/install.php, and follow the instructions, this will install your new blog database and files.
8. Excellent! you say, but what about your old Blogger blog, the hosted blog that was your pride and joy for so long. Easy. Once you are logged into your new blog on your domain (http://www.######.com/wp-admin) you need to navigate to a tab named “manage” you will then see an option “Import”, now all you do is follow the easy to understand directions and import every Post and Comment from your old Blogger blog.
9. Now the fun starts, you will need to find new WordPress Themes and make this baby your own, there are tons to choose from and a whole bunch of them are free, so good luck and welcome to your new blog.
Below are some links I found helpful while on my WordPress pilgrimage.
BTW I have came across this really shitty problem when importing from blogger, all your blogger tags are now categories in WordPress and you have no tags, this is a real pain. However Cher battled through many of these and she is now almost finished manually changing these, this was a crap job, poor Cher eh, over 2 years worth, nightmare!
I am still troubleshooting our wordpress blog so if I have any other problems or issues I will update this post.