Hacks: Upgrading to Movable Type from Blogger

06/23/2003

The instruction manual for Movable Type contains detailed instructions about transferring your weblog from Blogger and Blogger Pro, and these instructions work extremely well if you have not been maintaining your site for very long. But while it’s rare for there to be a problem with the importing process, exporting weblogs from Blogger isn’t always so easy.

The normal transferral process is essentially three stages:

  1. Replacing your Blogger template with one that formats your data in a way that Movable Type will understand.
  2. Changing your Blogger settings to produce one very large file containing all your data.
  3. Inserting that file into Movable Type’s import directory and pressing the import button.

Stage one is the simplest stage and presents no problems. You simply copy this text into your Blogger template page:

<Blogger>
<$BlogItemBody$>