Moving from Blogger to WordPress and get an authorization Error in your Google account (Gmail), “access-denied”, stopping all the importation process? Also having a limit-size Error when you’re transferring your Intense Debate comments to WordPress? Well, you aren’t alone!
This is my experience with my unconventional move to WordPress.org and the solutions I’ve found. Really hope this tutorial-series will be helpful to other bloggers.
And YEAH finally I’ve ended my migration! 🙂 It feels awesome not to be working in WP-migrating themes that should take few days and not weeks, after my announcement of my move to WordPress.
I decided to write my first “new” guide post in WordPress, giving all the details with the unexpected problems found and the other ways I needed to take ending, successfully, the transition.
I’ll be posting 2 different articles in successive weeks, explaining:
1) How to Import Blogger to WordPress when the Access to your Google Account is Denied
2) – a) How to Import Intense Debate comments to WordPress while getting an Error in maximum limits with your Exported xml file
b) Essential WP Plugins you need to Install Immediately to Reduce Spam, Spammy Pingbacks & Trackbacks and How to Avoid your crazy Ping-Spamming
So relax, take a cup of coffee (with chocolate much better) and enjoy the ride with the first part!
1) Guide How to Import Blogger to WordPress with Authorize-Error in Google Account
I won’t cover the “normal” process of the transition, because there is extensively covered in my articles of reference at the end of this post. I’ll cover the non-conventional ones I needed to take. Let’s go:
- Install WordPress: checked
- Backup your Blogger blog – means Export it: checked
- I’m using my custom domain, so I need to switch back to my domain.blogspot.com: checked
- On WordPress plugin Directory, find the plugin to Import Blogger into WordPress. Install: checked
- Start the Importation: checked
- Begin Authorization to grant access of the WordPress to Blogger via your Google account: checked
- Going to your Google account, really a Gmail, and accept to connect the Blogger blog with the new WordPress blog…and cannot grant access: FAILED!!! WT**F!!!
I received the following error-message:
The page you have requested cannot be displayed. Another site was requesting access to your Google Account, but sent a malformed request. Please contact the site that you were trying to use when you received this message to inform them of the error. A detailed error message follows:
The site “http://sweetsfoods.com” has not been registered.
Or I’ve had also the nasty version in Spanish:
No se puede mostrar la página que has solicitado. Otro sitio web estaba solicitando acceso a tu cuenta de Google, pero envió una solicitud errónea. Por favor, ponte en contacto con el sitio web que estabas intentando utilizar cuando recibiste este mensaje para comunicarles el error. A continuación verás un mensaje de error detallado:
El sitio web “http:// sweetsfoods.com” no se ha registrado.
Of course my site was properly moved and installed. The propagation to my new server was ended very few days ago. This error turned out my migration from Blogger into WordPress totally cancelled!
Roadblock 1 – Transfer Blogger to WordPress
Days to find out how to solve this problem! I tried everything, cleaning history of different browsers, clear cookies, different machines, other gmails / administrators and wait a day to see if I had luck…nope 🙁
It was impossible to contact support, to whom? This was an internal error-problem between Blogger and WordPress.org.
My site was brand new on WP, without content just the post after the installation, and I put only a note warning that I’m in transition, plus receiving spam constantly (see it later on the WP plugins takeway in next post)
* Solution to Roadblock 1 Authorize-Error, Export Blogger to WordPress
I was reading in forums / posts with this problem – believe it or not – it’s quite common! Finally, I needed to change the direction of the move: Convert my exported backup blogger file.xml and importing directly as a WordPress file.wxr
In other words, convert files of Blogger.XML to WordPress.WXR
This application will save your life: go to http://blogger2wordpress.appspot.com/ enter your Blogger file.xml and ‘Convert’ to WP.wxr
With the brand new WP file go to WordPress Tools / Import / WordPress.
Now, you’ll be using the Import Tool for WordPress.com to WordPress.org!
In my case, I passed from a transition of Blogger to a migration from WP.com to WP.org – bizarre.
Theoretically the next steps were easy, just to import that file and done…but nope 🙁
Roadblock 2: Import File.WXR to WordPress.org
Install the plugin WordPress Importer and upload the File.WXR.
But again a problem arose; depending of the quantity of posts/comments/images, etc your file xml has, then now your converted WXR, can be big and if it exceeds the 2 MB the importer DOESN’T WORK. If you try it, it’ll return back to you: file too big.
My file was near 4MB!
Once more on the road looking up a solution. Or you touch PHP memory limits (I don’t know if this work) or better you split your WXR into several smaller pieces, in my case were 4 of 1MB.
* Solution to Roadblock 2: How to Split a WXR file
Thankfully to this small free program WXR File Splitter found on WP forum, you can split your WXR (WordPress XML RSS) file, for Windows.
As every program tried from web, it’s paramount to check who made it and verify it before with antivirus / malware or software you trust.
Then you set to split into files lower than 2MB and you can import, one by one, to complete the transition. Today there is a new version 1.51 – I used the version 1.02.
It was magical and said Yay!! when I saw appearing all my posts 🙂 – but not all the comments received and done by me on my blog. I lost lot of them 🙁 (I’ll talk about this point together with the Intense Debate comments imported too, later in the second part of the series)
– I’m doing this tutorial for You – if you’re migrating and you’ve some of those problems with the importation. But really I don’t want to repeat this experience anymore! 😉
Now yes – at last, I could move on with the “normal” process of the transition from Blogger to WordPress.
But I’ve left pending all the Intense Debate comments (about half of the total of my comments), because I was waiting a solution from support of thousands of duplicated comments I’ve in my installation of Blogger. I couldn’t import them till I ended with a healthy-smaller file to handle (my next post)
I want to share as references, articles I’ve read for all this process of migrating from Blogger to WordPress – Thank You all:
- How To Migrate From Blogger To WordPress: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
- Migrating from Blogger (Blogspot) to WordPress without Losing Any Valuable SEO and Links
Part of a Series: The Ultimate Guide to Launching a WordPress-Powered Blog
- Part One: So You Want to Leave Blogger for WordPress, Part 2
- Setting up your Foodie Blog on WordPress, Part 2: Themes and Settings, Part 3: Plugins
As you’ve seen, I’ve been so busy in backstage dealing with the migration issues, fixing hundreds of links / comments etc. I’d add also improving the WP security (solving themes), learning about WordPress-itself, plugins and dealing with my new theme, plus all the upgrades I’ve had in the middle.
But wait! This is the first part of a series of 2 articles. The second part is coming next week with all the process related to the IntenseDebate transition, more WP plugins you’ll need to activate instantly after installing WordPress. Stay tuned 🙂
Note: I need to go on with several tech-tasks for a while, so my best of the week series will wait for several weeks. I’m starting also slowly to move my “social machine” on my preferred social networks. Those weekly recaps will be again live when I’ll have more time to compile them – hope soon.
It’s nice to be online again! Till next week with the second part!