Preserve URLs and Google Maps during import from Blogger
I’ve been blogging on Blogger since August 2008: http://blog.twoknobbytires.com/ . I would like to import my blog to a WordPress.com blog. I’ve tried using the wordpress.com Blogger import and the http://blogger2wordpress.appspot.com/ converter. In both cases, new URLs are generated for my old posts and Google Maps are not rendered (I have a Google Map on almost every post). Is it possible to import from Blogger to WordPress.com and have URLs maintained and Google Maps transferred?
Blog url: http://twoknobbytires.wordpress.com/
There won’t be any to preserve your URLs. We use a different structure here.
As for maps, you can re-embed them following this guide: http://en.support.wordpress.com/google-maps/
Okay, thanks. Does a wordpress.org install have the ability to preserve URLs imported from Blogger? Or, on wordpress.com, can I manually change the URLs after import to match my Blogger URLs?
On WordPress.com, you cannot change the URL structure, but you can on WordPress.org.
okay, thanks. are there any paid upgrades that would allow me to preserve URLs on wordpress.com?
No, that type of change is only possible with a WordPress.org installation.
okay, thanks. from what I’m reading about WordPress.org installations importing from Blogger, I only see meta refresh redirect solutions. is it possible for a WordPress.org install to parse and 301 redirect old Blogger URLs to new WordPress.org URLs?
The redirect would need to happen on Blogger’s end. If you have a domain name with Blogger, once you point that to your WordPress.org installation, it’s just a matter of setting your permalinks to use the same structure.
To clear up any confusion, WordPress.com and WordPress.org are two different entities.
after further testing, it looks WordPress.com will translate (301 Redirect) old Blogger URLs to new WordPress.com URLs as long as the publish date for a post has not been changed. does that sound correct?
correction, WordPress.com will translate (301 Redirect) old Blogger URLs to new WordPress.com URLs as long as title of the post has not changed since it was first published. does that sound correct?
No, that doesn’t sound correct. A redirect needs to be issues on the sending end. It can’t be handled on the receiving end, otherwise you’re just shooting in the dark.
WordPress will make a guess as to the new location of the title of the post, but that’s just a guess. It’s not an exact science.
Do you know the “science” behind WordPress’s guess so that I can give my posts the best chance of correctly being redirected?
It should compare keywords of the incoming post slugs with existing post slugs, and redirect automatically.
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