Blogger Hosted Images on Wordpress
Reader Q & A
Reader Kathy Frederick asks:
“Pictures I’ve uploaded prior to my move to WordPress are still hosted on Blogger. Is that bad?”
Great question Kathy!
This issue will be of interest to former Blogger users who have moved over to Wordpress, or users who are considering the move.
Although Wordpress successfully imports Blogger hosted images over to your Wordpress blog, there is a problem that will sooner or later catch up with you.
Blogger does not seem to like hot-linking hosted images to other blog platforms. Sooner or later Googlebot is going to figure it out, and it will break all of the links to your Blogger hosted images.
So if those images are important to you, you had better start saving them now or they could disappear.
All is not lost however because you can host them for free with online image host sites. One of my fav’s that I use is Image Shack. Your own ISP service provider should also provide you with some ‘free‘ webspace with your account.
You can of course put it into your Wordpress image folder, but I wouldn’t recommend that because your hosted account comes with limited webspace and if you use a lot of images it will fill up quickly. If that should happen they will suspend your account and send you a bill to upgrade.
There is also a Wordpress Plugin that is supposed to copy Blogger hosted images over to your local WordPress server. But I wouldn’t recommend it either because the creator of the plugin gives us this warning:
“WARNING!!! This plugin makes permanent changes to your WordPress database that cannot be undone. This is still in development and has not been thoroughly tested. Do not run this on a production blog without a backup or you may permanently destroy the content. Preferably run this only on a test blog with the expectation that it may need to wiped clean if something goes wrong. Consider yourself warned.”
So if you decide to use this plugin – do so at your own risk! As far as I’m concerned I’ll pass.
In my case I have so many posts that it’s just not practical to change all the image links manually, but what I have done is fix the links in my more popular posts.
If the rest should disappear, then “Que Sera Sera“.