It’s been about nine months now since I made the move from Blogger to WordPress. I was fully dedicated to the Blogger platform and it was good for me the first eight months of my blogging endeavor. But at some point, I asked the question that every serious blogger considers eventually:
In January of this year, I shared with you seven of my reasons for making the switch to WordPress. I had been blogging a short time, but decided I enjoyed it and really wanted to get serious about it. Blogger was a great platform for me at the time, but I started to feel limited on some of the things I could do. I also read from so many others that made the switch how they wished they had done it sooner.
For those of you that might be asking the same question of whether to make the move or not, don’t make a hasty decision. Do the research first. Read all the reasons for and against making the move. Ask yourself what the strengths and weaknesses are of your blog, of yourself, and what are your future plans for your blog? Does your current blogging platform support those goals and needs?
I spent about two months doing research to make my decision. Then I had to decide if I could make the move myself. I’m certainly no techy expert, but I’m not afraid to learn it and give it a try. Plus, I’m cheap and paying someone to make the move for me this early in the game just wasn’t happening. 🙂
So I made the leap. I’ll be honest… there were several times that I almost regretted making the move in the beginning. There was so much to learn in a quick time and keep blogging. Now, I’m so glad I did it. Do I wish I had started on WP? Eh, alot of bloggers say yes, but since I was only eight months in, it didn’t really matter.
So when and if you are ready to make the switch, the first thing you will need to do is purchase your domain name. I actually purchased two: creativelysouthern.com and creativelysouthern.net, and I’ll tell you why. You need a test site. More on that in a bit…
Next, you need a hosting service for your website. I went with BlueHost, which allowed me to purchase my domain and hosting service all at one stop. It was so easy to set up.
The service that I have received from BlueHost has been excellent! They are fast, helpful, and never make any of my questions seem stupid, and BELIEVE me, I’ve asked them!
Next, your ready to pick a theme or layout. You could use one of the free themes that comes with WP, but what’s the fun in that?
I purchased the Genesis framework (which is super easy to use) and the Craftiness child theme. (My theme has changed twice since then) 🙂Let’s talk about that test site again. Your theme is how you customize your site. Eventually as you start to learn more of what you can do with WP, having a “test site” will be so helpful! You can play around with the test site layout without totally messing up your real site. This is what helps keep me sane… a little anyway.
Now rather than re-inventing the wheel here, I’m going to give you the links to the three tutorials I used to make the move from Blogger to WordPress on my own.
Before you flip the switch, read the tutorials first. This takes some time!
Here are the tutorials I recommend:
All of these have different tips and advice, but all of them should help you insure that you keep all your contents, comments, and subscribers! Sweet!!
Just a few additional tips if you have decided to make the move.
- Don’t fret over picking the perfect theme on the front end. It’s more important that your content is still there and nothing gets lost in the move.
- Read the tutorials first. Did I mention that?
- Enlist a little support from a fellow blogger. I remember emailing Claudine (heyyyy girl!!) and asking her if my comments were working. It’s just a relief to know I had a friend out there that could tell me if something wasn’t quite right. 🙂
- Let your readers know ahead of time that your are making the switch.
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions. If you get stuck, ask for help!
- Be patient. Don’t let it overwhelm you and take the joy out of what you love doing.
Let me just throw this out there too… there are oodles of bloggers that are still using the Blogger platform and are very successful (some of my favorite blogs!). So don’t think you have to make the switch just take it to the next level. Do what is right for you. I actually would recommend starting out with Blogger or some sort of free platform in the beginning until you decide how much you enjoy it and what goals you have in mind.
Hope this has been helpful to you and if you need a little support, hey I’m here for ya! These tutorials helped me make the move from Blogger to WordPress, AND keep my content and sanity. Well, most of my sanity. Actually that may still be questionable. 😉