Moving from Blogger to WordPress, my experience.

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I’ve recently moved moved my blog platform  from Blogger to  Wordpress and found that if I’d been better prepared, with the right information everything might have been a little quicker setting up.

I scoured the web for lots of support which was really helpful but some was really technical or out of date so here’s my little round up for anyone considering doing the same.

  • Schedule lots of posts before you start so you have a week to play around with your new site (and so your family don’t go hungry!) There’s so much more you can do on WordPress it’s mind blowing and you’ll soon get sucked in to the different plug ins as well as giving yourself time to iron out any hiccups.
  • Clear up labels on each post so you only have a selection of between 5-10, this helps when you import it to WordPress as your labels become your categories. You don’t want to end up with 50 random categories.
  • If you’re not sure on whether WordPress is for you, create a free theme and get yourself familiar with how it works. This was the 1st real difference I found to Blogger as not all themes support side bars or footers. When you’re confident with what you’re after, then you can think about upgrading. The free ones aren’t as customisable as Blogger.
  • I used the switch over as an opportunity to redesign my header on Canva if you haven’t already got a fancy one. I’ve tried pic monkey and Rebbit but find the Canva site have more better quality designs.
  • If you have your own domain and are just using a free template you’ll need to pay £9 to upgrade to domain mapping. You can then change your name servers on the website that holds your Domain . I did this after I was happy with my site, the process of unhooking my Domain from Blogger was easier than it sounds. If you get stuck there are dozens of help videos on You Tube.
  • I’d thoroughly recommend going self hosted. This gives you access to lots more free templates and plugins which you won’t get with the the free WordPress.com hosting site. I got mine from Go Daddy for £14.40 for the year, you also get a free domain name (if you haven’t already). Before you start the whole self hosted thing export your blog and save it on your computer. You can go straight to self hosted from Blogger with your exported Blogger file. It’s so much easier to move to self hosted than I thought.
  • Dont delete your Blogger page, if anything doesn’t import over you can copy and paste it.

 

So here’s what I’ve found so far are the Advantages of being with WordPress.

  • You can do so much more on a WordPress mobile app than the Blogger one,  there are more features such as page editing, draft and schedule options, stats, read comments and comments approval.  I gained more blog followers, almost instantly!
  • More comments and you can approve them first.
  • Images load faster and the whole look is sharper and better quality.
  • Plugins are amazing. You’ll never get bored playing around with your blog. I started with You baby, Me Mummy’s Top 20 WordPress Plugins post. My favourite so far are the Yoast SEO, Nrelate and Commentluv but I’m finding new ones weekly.
  • The stats are also a lot more detailed than Blogger.

Disadvantages

  • Lost my google+ comments, not all comments went but I still lost a few. I’ve put a sticky post on my blog explaining I’m just switching along with a link to my old blogspot address so anyone could pop over and read my old one.
  • I’ve had to part with some cash to make the change from Blogger worthwhile. It hasn’t been a lot though, so far it’s cost me about £24.
  • More spam comments and email, however the spam comments are stored in the spam folder so you can delete.

 

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20 Comments

  1. 16th December 2014 / 8:26 am

    Great post, I am with blogger at the moment and have been considering changing for a while. If I do, I know what to do in preparation now xxx

    • 16th December 2014 / 8:58 am

      Glad you find it useful, i just thought it would help anyone else considering it without going into too much technical detail.

  2. 16th December 2014 / 10:31 am

    I’m on blogger and I’m happy with it at the moment….Changing over scares me. Very useful information though x

    • 16th December 2014 / 11:41 am

      I’m glad i did it bit still have so much to figure out! Blogger is much easier though, but i do like a challenge. Merry Christmas

  3. Colette B
    16th December 2014 / 11:23 am

    I think you’re right about the self hosted thing – I don’t thnk you can make money on the free platform which would be why the skimlinks didn’t work. I keep considering the move myself but I’m not brave enough.
    Thanks for linking up with this week. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas x

    • 16th December 2014 / 11:39 am

      Thanks Collete, ive just gone self hosted with Go Daddy which was much easier than i thought. Im still working out how itll make a difference though! Merry Christmas to you too x

  4. 16th December 2014 / 12:39 pm

    It took me a while to get used to wp, I kept feeling as though blogger was much easier. I switched in Sept and now feel very at home with wp! Cant think how I added skimlinks, will have a look and get back to you. The best thing for me was not having to add html codes anymore! But if you have things to add then do it via appearance – widgets- add text. I am on self hosted, only thing I can see difference is that I can use my own domain. X

    • 16th December 2014 / 12:44 pm

      Thanks Katy, thats brilliant advice. I’m justing trying to work out how i can add plug ins now i’m self hosted but still havent got the option on my dash board. All advice is greatly appreciated!

  5. 16th December 2014 / 12:39 pm

    I moved from Blogger to WordPress self hosted earlier in the year, and have never looked back. Although it is very different to use, I actually find WordPress much easier now, and much more customisable – it’s just more ‘me’.

  6. 19th December 2014 / 7:56 pm

    I started on blogger and am still on blogger. I think it’s easy to use and I’ve never had a problem with it. I am curious about what you mean with regard to more PR opps because you’re on WP now though? Thanks for linking up to the #BinkyLinky

    • 19th December 2014 / 8:10 pm

      I’m not sure why, but I’ve had a few extra PR emails since moving, probably a coincidence or could be better navigation round my site. I’m not sure. Not that they’ve been amazing, one was for a Pee Cup! : )

  7. Honest Mum
    20th December 2014 / 2:51 pm

    Sorry just seen the badge! Great tips!

  8. 8th January 2015 / 10:43 am

    I’m looking into transitioning to WordPress, so this post came at the right time for me. Thank you for the many tips and tricks shared. Definitely very helpful!

    Best wishes from Italy,

    Rossi
    http://www.rossiwrites.com

  9. 31st January 2015 / 2:22 pm

    Great post. Can you tell me how you’ve found godaddy now you’ve been with them a little while? Am on the cusp of moving and am unsure who to go with! also, if you don’t mind – have you set up adverts with google or directly with companies? thank you!

    • 31st January 2015 / 2:56 pm

      I’m quite happy with Go Daddy, there were a few teething problems at first but I think it was more to do with me than them. I find them very reasonable. My advert for the table is direct with the company, I’m with Nuffnang as well so the logo may change to an advert from time to time. Good luck with your switch.

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