Being a blogger myself (as well as a blog designer), I get asked quite often how to do certain technical how to questions from other blogger friends.
Brittnei from Homemaking in Style ran into a bit of trouble importing her blogger Intense Debate comments into WordPress Intense Debate comments asked me for my educated opinion on how to do this and what she may be doing wrong.
I did a quick Google search and before I could even come up with a solution, Brittnei totally figured this one out herself. I asked her if she would mind terribly sharing this here with all my readers today and she graciously and kindly wrote up how to transfer Intense Debate Comments in Blogger to WordPress for all who may need help with this.
Thanks again Brittnei and without further ado, I turn my blog over to her today!
When I decided to officially make the switch from Blogger to WordPress, I thought it would be a breeze transferring my Intense Debate comments in Blogger to my new WordPress, self-hosted blog. Intense Debate says that it is easy because all you have to do is download the .XML file with all of your comments that is in your Intense Debate profile. That was the easy part.
Then I realized that the format was not compatible with the Intense Debate Importer Plugin because after I imported the .XML file, I saw a message that said it wasn’t able to match the comments with the correct posts. My blog on Blogger used BlogSpot in the URL. I was now self-hosted on WordPress and I had created my own domain name as well. So the question was if it is saying it isn’t compatible, at this point, how do I transfer my Intense Debate comments in Blogger to my WordPress blog?
I found that what I needed to do was get a file converter because the file type was truly .GIF as opposed to .XML. You can do this by googling file converters. One that did the trick for me was JZip. Once you have downloaded a software like JZip, you can upload the Intense Debate file onto your computer and follow the instructions to extract the file to just an .XML file. Once you do this, you should be able to import the comments into WordPress. A few things to consider:
- Prior to transferring your blog to WordPress, you may want to consider planning a timeline of the steps that you wish to use to complete the process. You want to make sure that you only have to import your Intense Debate comments just one time. I say this only because if you have to do it more than once, it can become a huge pain to have to delete duplicates.
- Consider not responding to the comments on several of your posts that have to be imported, perhaps the last week’s worth. I say this because when you import the comments, if you responded to any of the comments on a post, it will not show it as a reply directly under the reader’s comment. It shows all of the comments separately, as though they were comments from individual readers. So if you don’t respond to comments on a few posts, once you have written your final post on Blogger and you have imported all of your posts into WordPress, you can import the comments and then after that, respond to the comments and it will show that you replied to the comments on your WordPress blog.
I hope I’m making complete sense to you all, especially the blogger who needs to import Intense Debate comments from Blogger to WordPress. I’m no expert, but I do have experience working with this because I’ve had to research how to do it on my own for when I transferred from Blogger to WordPress. If you have any questions, feel free to visit my blog and send me a message. If I can help you, I certainly will. I enjoy passing along information to help fellow bloggers out.
If you are thinking about making the big switch, I highly recommend that you have Janine do it for you because she is a professional. Take it from me, if you are not familiar with all of this, it can be very stressful and time consuming. I’m very grateful to Janine for allowing me to share my findings on this topic with her readers at J9 Designs. Happy blogging everyone!