Blogger FTP Migration Tool Walkthrough

Blogger FTP Migration Tool Walkthrough


Hi I’m Rick Klau one of the product managers
and blogger and I’ll be walking you through the migration
tool that will help migrate your FTP blog over to Blogger hosting we announced the tool a few weeks ago and we’ve been busy nailing down a few details to ensure
that this is a fairly smooth process that will insure that any blogs you are currently publishing via FTP will be able to be updated after we shut down support for FTP on
May 1st If you log into Blogger starting today you’ll notice an alert at the top of your
dashboard indicating that FTP support is going away on May 1st and you’ll be invited to start the migration by
clicking the Start Migration now link you also have a link here to the dedicated
FTP blog which presumably many of you have already seen from recent e-mails that have gone out
about this announcement so when we clicked start migration this will take us to we were calling the
FTP Migration Dashboard here you’ll see a list of all of your FTP blogs in this case I have just one but if you have others they’ll be listed
here as well in the lower left is a video which will be this video as soon
as it’s done and it will be indented there in the lower
left. On the right are the headlines from the FTP blog we have any other
announcements to make clarifications to make in the coming weeks they’ll be added to the FTP blog and
can be linked to from this migration dashboard To go ahead click Start that takes us to the first step in the migration process here we see something that we just recommend in general
is good hygiene for any blogger which is to get a back up of your blog in this case we’re going to take a full back up this includes
all your posts, your comments you’re template This is just to ensure that should anything go wrong at this point (we don’t expect it to
you but if it does) we have a full back up to allow us to recover the blog contents without any
data loss we’re going to go ahead and click download
blog back up so that we have that full XML file on our hard drive Click ok and this will save the final to our hard drive. Once we’ve done that then it’s time to continue actually start
the migration So now we’re going to click on continue that’ll take it to step two where we have to
pick our new URL for the blog Now in this case the migration tool will give
you two options you can either host your blog at Blogspot or you can host your blog at the domain you’re currently hosting
your FTP blog at We assume most of you are going to want
to keep your domain’s branding in the URL of the blog so we’re going to walk you through the process
of migrating from an FTP blog to a Blogger
Custom Domain in this case we’ve already filled in the domain
that you’re currently hosting at we selected a subdomain we’re going to go ahead and click continue this will take us to the next screen where we have to verify that the subdomain is set up properly and there’s a link here for those of you that need to know how to set up a CNAME on your domain generally a fairly straightforward process
just quick chat with your domain registrar. We have detailed instructions
in our help forum that walk you through how to do that with most popular registrars In my case I had already done this ahead
of setting up this migration so that this video would be a little bit more streamlined Because I’ve done that DNS has already propagated. Requests for
yeoldeftp.rklau.com the subdomain I’ve selected are already being pointed to Google’s servers So as soon as that the DNS has propagated you’ll see in this box a hosted by blogger message that indicates that your DNS is properly configured and that we are seeing requests for your domain which means at that point we can continue If you don’t see that right away, it may
mean it’s taking a few minutes for DNS to propagate You can always leave and come back Just click resume from the migration
dashboard to bring it back here Now we’re almost done. Your new blog URL is already set up, requests that go to that domain are already working your blog is live at that address but of course you’ve been publishing, perhaps for years, to another
URL. You want to make sure that all of the back links that are pointing to those old posts flow through to the new site. You want to make
sure that search traffic — when people search for terms on posts
that you’ve written — that those search queries result in traffic to the new blog. And you make sure that anyone who clicks a
link to an old post finds the new URL. We do two things — we use something called
rel=canonical, simply some code that’s inserted into the HTML of the page that tells search engines where the right (or canonical) page is on the internet. In this case it’s the
new URLs are the canonical locations for your web pages And meta=refresh simply redirects visitors to the older pages (the old
FTP pages) will redirect in the browser after a few seconds That insures that they are transported from the old pages to the new and get the benefit of whatever new designs you’ve set up on the new
blog or whatever new content you posted to the
new blog post migration This process may take a while but we’re doing
a full FTP republish of your blog and if you don’t stick around and sit and
watch the spinners indicate that an FTP is
happening we’ll give you the option of checking the
box and being e-mailed when the migration is complete Check the box, type in your email address Click start update and this will kick off a full FTP republish up your entire blog which will then add the code that we just mentioned above to every page on your blog insuring that we are protecting those backlinks, we are preserving that
traffic we are preserving any click traffic from external web sites coming through to your new blog URL Now in this case this isn’t a very big blog, this update only takes
about twenty seconds yours of course may take a little bit
longer, depending on how big your blog is, and how fast the connection to your FTP host is. As soon as it’s done you both get an e-mail
and see on the screen that the FTP republish has completed We’ll click Continue and that’ll take us to the very last step of this process which is checking a few of the old FTP URLs looking for the code that we inserted into those pages to make sure that the redirects are in place to make sure that the refresh – the meta
refresh tags – are inserted and in place As soon as we do that we know that the FTP URLs properly point
to your new you URL which will help insure that within the next day or two Google will have indexed all your new URLs and that any visitors to the old pages
on the FTP blog will come through to your new URL As soon as you see that verification successful
message, you’re presented with an option to click finish which will mark your blog as done and update its status in the FTP migration dashboard. You’ll now see of course that your posts will appear immediately, and for more on what’s new on Blogger since you were set up on FTP, you can click
on that link. You’ll see here in the dashboard migration status it’s complete You’re now done!

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