Making the switch from Blogger to WordPress

July 2, 2010

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.

<3 naps.

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:

  • excitement
  • stress
  • 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?

17 Comments

  • Saturday Stumbles « New to Mom

    July 17, 2010 at 7:42 am

    […] of her site. I’m not sure how I missed this post. But, she wrote a post about making the switch. She highly recommended using Twenty70 Hosting. I emailed them immediately to ask some questions. […]

  • Michelle B

    July 12, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    I just made the switch….LOL. I used twenty70 hosting as well. I made sure I told them where I heard about their business. Maybe you will get a free month 🙂
    I guess now I just have to wait……

  • Michelle B

    July 12, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    I can’t believe I just found this post. I’ve been debating for like 24 hours..LOL. I have blogger but want something different. Here are my concerns:
    Getting everything switched over, hosting, and the $$ it would cost me to do.
    I also don’t want to lose followers, but it looks like I could keep my GFC. Do I need to do anything with that so people will know I switched?
    Also, from what I ‘ve seen, the cost to have someone design my blog is like tripple the price for wordpress then it is for blogger. I’m on a tight budget so it might not be best to switch now.
    I also think that I could maybe use a free theme and then create a header in GIMP like I was digitally scrapbooking.

    Who do you host your site through?

    1. Diana

      July 12, 2010 at 12:41 pm

      Hey Michelle!
      First off, don’t make the awful mistake I did and change your RSS feed after the switch. :/ Really, really stupid. Now everyone that had my updates sent to them no longer gets any.

      If you keep your old RSS feed, people should see the first new post or last old one announcing the switch.

      I have Kelly at Twenty70 Hosting as my host. http://twenty70hosting.com She is amazing, and at $5 a month you can’t beat it.

      Designs can be more expensive on WP, but I went through Lisa at My Little Buffalo http://mylittlebuffaloblog.com – and for 1 button and a header it’s $45 – which was about what I spent for my old Blogger design.

      And if you decide not to spend the money, I know WP had thousands of headers and designs to choose from.

      I’ll be interested to see what you decide so come back, or email me and let me know. Your name isn’t linking to a blog but I’d love to follow along if you do switch!

      🙂

      1. Michelle B

        July 12, 2010 at 12:54 pm

        Thanks for commenting. I will let you know.
        Another question though, so for $45..does that include the 3 column layout? Or is that a free option that is included when you sign up?

        1. Michelle B

          July 12, 2010 at 12:57 pm

          I also should say that I only have 3 RSS subsribers so I’m not real worried about that…LOL.

  • Sara

    July 8, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    I was thinking about switching… I love messing with html (giant nerd over here) but it sounds a little more complicated than I have time for, so I think I’ll wait a while. I did buy my domain though! Woot!

    Off to update your button on my site… 🙂

  • television fan

    July 6, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    Excellent post thanks!

    Sent from my Android phone

  • Cindy @ This Adventure, Our Life

    July 2, 2010 at 11:46 pm

    This is a great help for people thinking about switching! I did not really do much on my switch or I would not have a blog right now, ha ha!! I do like WordPress though! I am still figuring out the best ways to tag everything, as there are SO many searchable options if you enter in the correct material, also for commenting on people’s blogs who do not allow just a URL (UGH!!) I have been using my blogger for now, but I am looking for a new and better way to do it and have it go to my new site… 🙂 WordPress has soo many more options!!!

  • metta1313

    July 2, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    I’m just waiting for you to publish “WordPress for Dummies” so I can purchase it for when my switch is done soon! And I heart all your new words!

  • Erin

    July 2, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    this is a great post and makes me stand firm in my newbie to blogging / Blogger platform at least for now. Although I would like to have a fancypants bloggy button at some point, but I”m all about what’s free for now lol.

    oh, and what happened to your blogroll? that was a helpful tool as well!

    1. Diana

      July 2, 2010 at 9:07 pm

      Fancypants! You guys are killing me! 🙂

      I found out how to import the blogroll so it’s back with some new additions…

      I try to update it and move blogs around so I’m hoping no one gets offended if for a while they’re not on there.

  • mama23bears

    July 2, 2010 at 10:37 pm

    i love the new look! i am wondering if all the fancy facebook, twitter and sharing is sexy are all a wordpress thing? do you pay extra for that or is it all a code? you know on blogger you can ‘add a gadget’ and then it pops up and basically sets up stuff for you, is that what wordpress DOESN’T do?

    i have been thinking about this for a while. oh, and where oh where did this cute design come from? kelly from twenty70?

    1. Diana

      July 2, 2010 at 9:04 pm

      They are all WordPress plugins – so all you have to do is download and then upload them in. It took me a while to figure it out but I’m getting there. They are all free. And it does “pop up” once you install it, but often there are things that have to be done to make it work or to customize it. The Sharing is Sexy thing had like 75 buttons to choose from. :/

      The design was by Lisa at My Little Buffalo – http://mylittlebuffaloblog.com

  • Angie

    July 2, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    Interesting that you posted this. Just this afternoon I’ve been struggling with putting up my first post on my newly updated used-to-be-Blogger-now-Wordpress blog. And TOTALLY regretting the move!
    Please tell me it gets better than this! And is there any way to upload multiple photos without using the ‘gallery’ feature or having to ‘insert’ them one-by-one?

    1. Diana

      July 2, 2010 at 9:06 pm

      OMG. The picture uploading makes me want to scream. I honestly have no idea but I’m also hoping it gets better. Awful.

      We’ll wade through it together – I’ll visit and see if there’s anything over at your site I don’t know about to ask you on. 🙂

      1. Michelle B

        July 12, 2010 at 12:20 pm

        My friend uses Flickr for her wordpress.com account. Sounds like she can upload, write a post then link it to wordpress.

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