Maintaining permalinks when moving from Blogger to WordPress

by Kinetic Webs on October 18, 2010

WordPress includes an import feature for posts for users switching from Blogger to WordPress, however, it does not insure that the post titles will remain the same, instead creating new post slugs based on the post titles, which can  be notably different from those generated by Blogger and include these issues:

  • Blogger truncates the title much sooner than WordPress (less than 40 characters in length)
  • Blogger excludes English article words (a, an, the)
  • Blogger drops characters with accents, instead of converting them to their closest ASCII equivalent
  • Blogger ends post titles in .html when WordPress completes the post title after the last word in the title with a /

So for example, a post title like ‘The Best Fried Chicken Tapãs’  in Blogger would have a resulting permalink in Blogger that would look like this:

best-fried-chicken-tapãs.html

This title would be changed during the import process in this way:

  1. Include the word ‘The’ when creating the permalink from the title as it was a part of the post title
  2. Remove the ã in tapãs as it contains an accented character
  3. Remove the .html as it is not a properly formed WordPress file.

Resulting in a new page permalink of

the-best-fried-chicken-taps

It’s crucially important that the permalink either doesn’t change or that your new site is setup to manage the required changes when moving from one platform to another. Not attending to this issue might not matter to some but to most bloggers; having links in Google resolve accurately to the correct page in a new platform is of critical importance.

Instructions

  1. First, import your posts from Blogger using WordPress’s built-in importer; you will be prompted to install a plugin that you will need to activate and run.
  2. Once the import function is completed, download, install and activate the wp-maintain-blogger-permalinks-1.1.zip plugin.
  3. After installing the plugin, under Tools > Maintain Blogger Permalinks click the button that says Maintain Blogger Permalinks. Once you’ve completed the operation, you can deactivate and delete the plugin.
  4. Now to structure your permalinks..go to Settings > Permalinks and select “Month and name”
  5. To ensure that your old Blogger URLs ending in “.html” get redirected to your new “.html”-less WordPress permalinks, edit your .htaccess file and put the following above the # BEGIN WordPress text:

<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteRule ^([0-9]{4})/([0-9]{1,2})/([^/]+)\.html$ $1/$2/$3/ [QSA,R=301,L]
</IfModule>

NOTE: Your RewriteBase line above should match the one in the # BEGIN WordPress block already in the .htaccess file

To confirm that the rewrite rules above are working, take your latest permalink and replace the trailing slash “/” with “.html”

  1. A permalink from Blogger: http://example.com/2010/11/best-fried-chicken-tapãs.html
    If you paste that URL into your web browser, it should automatically redirect to:
    http://example.com/2010/11/the-
    best-fried-chicken-tapas/

You should be good to go. We have found some examples of problems with occasion posts as the result of characters that can’t always be caught with the rules in the htaccess file and the easiest way to manage that is by changing the shortlink in your post to match the address that the post is resolved to after these revisions.

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2 Nasiha January 5, 2016 at 12:51 pm

Hi
I just uploaded Maintain Blogger Permalinks and links are redirected to blogger short links, but now all my new wordpress links (which are longer) turn to 404, I uninstalled Maintain Blogger Permalinks but still have that problem,,

How to remove it and make as it was please?

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29 Manivasagam December 16, 2012 at 4:02 pm

hi thanks for tutorial,

as you said, i’ve moved blogger to wordpress and so far the permalink is set to URL/year/month/post.html ( blogger perma structure ) ..

but i feel my blog url would be better if it is in this structure > URL/Post

So, i’m asking , whether i can change the permalink now to the new structure ?

For that what plugin are necessary ? please do reply ..

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30 Haryanto October 25, 2012 at 5:09 am

very useful thanks a lot, I was desperate for a fix from blogspot permalink

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