Making the switch from Blogger to WordPress
Well, here we are. In my new little home, all cozy and neat. I feel very happy here.
I mean, I feel neat and cozy on the blog. Inside where all the “behind the scenes” action is going on? I feel rather crumply. (Right? Crumply is a word…?)
I love WordPress already, don’t get me wrong. But since a few of you have asked about switching, as well as hosting and if you can take your Google Friend Connect along (yes) I thought I’d do up a post on what my thoughts were on it.
So I was on Blogger, and bought my own domain name a few months back. I’m now on WordPress.org, not .com, which means I have to have my own host. Enter Kelly from Twenty70 Hosting. ::sings in falsetto voice:: Amazing!
I made a switch for a few reasons:
- I was tired of the limitations of Blogger and rearranging my blog
- I wanted a cleaner look
- My pages were all messed up from the domain switch
- I was bored with Blogger
- I wanted to spend money have a new blog design
In order to do all of that, I had to switch. Painful? No. Easy? Yes, thanks to Kelly. She did all the work and then just emailed me with, “It’s up!” I was so pleased.
So should you switch? Well it depends.
I highly recommend Blogger if you don’t understand what RSS, HTML, or anything like that means. And I so didn’t when I first started blogging. In fact, I did a whole post about my frustration.
Blogger is very forgiving and simple – it lets you know when there is an error and most of the time you can Google and fix it. Blogger is also easy to handle – everything is labeled. Steps to take to do things are easily found. There isn’t a whole ton of “jargon” that leaves you thinking, “Wait, what? Oh sweet Moses, what does that red flashing light with ‘You’ve just blown up your blog‘ really mean?”
You know what I’m talking about.
Blogger is also really fun to play around with and then click out of if you decide not to have it be a permanent change. Mistakes are easy to figure out and fix.
But, if, like me, you’re finding yourself wishing for fun buttons and different pages and shiny objects that make your eyes glaze over in delight – then it might be time for a switch to WordPress.
If you do decide – make sure you have some time set aside to figure it out for a while. Don’t switch in the middle of a trip somewhere because it will just frustrate you. I’ve spent the entire day today on this couch in my dashboard messing with codes. Between Bella being up, laundry, and cleaning.
Yes, I’m so glad I switched – but I’m also so glad I waited. I probably would have quit blogging if I had gone with WordPress right off the bat – no lie. It’s a lot to learn.
Then you find out about plugin’s and your head explodes from:
- overwhelmingness (full of new words today)
What do you think? Will you make the switch? Why or why not?
If you did, are you happy with it?
Care to share your gems of advice to a newbie or people considering WordPress?