As promised I am back to tell you about my Blogger to WordPress move, how long it took me, and a few things I learned along the way….
I had blogged for about 2 1/2 years on blogger and never had an issue. Not a photo lost, a post not displaying, nor any down time. I know several have had issues with their blog just being shut down for no apparent reason. There is no one to make a call to or email about a Blogger issue. You are on your own to do the research and try and figure out what went wrong. If it wasn’t for fellow bloggers sharing their experiences the information wouldn’t be out there for the rest of us to search.
I was very fortunate to have everything go smoothly with Blogger and thought I had pressed my luck long enough. It was time to take the plunge into WordPress. I was ready to own my own content, and that means photos too, and spread my wings into a whole new world.
Boy oh boy, I had no idea what I had got myself into. I can laugh now, but there were days I was ready to hang it up. But I persevered and day by day I was able to learn a new platform, a whole new way of reading code, and a new learning curve on design.
I am today proud to say “I did it”, and all for FREE.
I love the fact that with WordPress there is a real person on the line when you make a call to your host that will help guide you through any issues you may be having, and by this I mean they are available 24/7 and for me that was very valuable. Remember you are paying for this service, once you leave Blogger it is no longer free, so great technical help is to be expected.
Let me say the whole process took me 6 months from start to finish. I now know why blog designers charge what they do. Some charge as much as $6,000 and others as little as $2000.
The first thing I did was purchase a theme on WordPress and dove right into the design part of it. I wanted to do the fun part first like design a header and put in place, add all the fancy widgets I needed to complete my look, and pick a background that reflected my style. Let me tell you, the fun went out of my sails rather quickly. I had to learn so much before I could even put a simple header in. I read forums, moved ahead by just trial and error, and just forced myself to figure it all out. Six months later I am up and running.
I have made some wonderful friends along the way that have been invaluable to me. Brenda from Cozy Little House was there to hold my hand and push me along to continue on the design end of it and Claudia from Mockingbird Hill Cottage is a “code god” . She is so patient and kind, I am sure there were many times she could have been doing things other than talking me through something, but both these women stuck with me until the move was made. Thank you both from the bottom of my heart for all you have done.
WordPress can be designed quickly if you use a theme right out of the box, but of course I wanted my own design, hence the 6 month process. Once the design was in place and I had learned most of what was needed for WordPress I backed up my Blogger blog and moved the files over to WordPress. At this point I could see all my past posts on my new blog but no one else could (remember at this point it had not been published yet). Once that happened I had to pick a good time to migrate everything else into WordPress. There seems to be no good time to do that by the way. Some experience a 2 day wait time before everything makes the transfer, so that means your readers can’t find you for a few days.
Well, luck me…..mine showed up within 20 minutes. I was so happy to see my “new blog” with my “new design” up and running.
I can now say I would do it all over again, and that’s because I have it all figured out now. Or at least most of it. It has also spurred on a new business venture I am working on. I will fill you all in on that here very soon. If you decide to move to WordPress on your own I recommend taking all the time you need. You can still write posts on Blogger while you build your WordPress site. I never let anyone know I was moving so I am sure it is a surprise to many of you. Maybe deep down I was afraid I may fail and didn’t want to explain myself. For me the process worked well. I am now ready to just start posting again and relax for a while.
Please join me on my new WordPress adventure!!