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I scoured the web for lots of support which was really helpful but some was really technical or out of date so here’s my little round up for anyone considering doing the same.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