When I started my blog back in 2011, it seemed like a no brainer to create it on the Blogger platform. I knew that other bloggers had blogs through WordPress but to me, it just made sense to do it through Blogger since Google was so connected with the platform. (Remember back when GFC was a huge deal?) Plus, it seemed so user friendly compared to WordPress. But, as time went on, I came to realize that there were problems with having a blog on Blogger that I never understood (and to be honest, still don’t really understand.) I had friends encouraging me to make the switch and every conference I went to basically said “move to WordPress” over and over again.
So, after much debating and hemming and hawing, I finally decided to take the plunge. I was going to move to WordPress. Those who know me understand that I’m extremely stubborn and pretty frugal, so I wanted to figure out a way to move myself to WordPress. I know that there are ways to hire someone to do this for you, and at times I wished that I had someone else doing it for me, but once I completed everything I was so happy that I figured it out on my own.
After this switch, I knew that there were so many of my friends who wanted to do the same thing. So, in a very very abridged version are some tips for transferring from Blogger to WordPress.
The first thing you’re probably asking is, why do I need to make the switch? There are so many other people who can put this in more eloquent terms than I can, but the fact of the matter is that Google can shut down your blog for no reason. Your blog is not owned by you, so they have the right to do it at any time. I heard horror stories about people logging on to find their blogs gone, but of course had the whole “that could never happen to me” and “I’m so careful” thoughts. Unfortunately it was a conversation with my good friend Faison that pushed me to make the switch. Her blog disappeared one day and there was no getting it back. She had done nothing wrong! After bemoaning Blogger over drinks one night, I decided that it was time to make the change.
*I won’t be giving a step by step tutorial on the blog, but I suggest following along with this tutorial from Twelve Skip. It was a lifesaver during my move. However, this tutorial is for people who have not yet purchased a domain. If you have already purchased a domain, please reach out to me via email (observantturtle.blog at gmail dot com) and I will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
Here are a few things key things you need to know before moving from Blogger to WordPress:
- There is some cost involved. Depending on if you want to do the move yourself or not, that cost can range from about $70 to upwards of $500+. When I initially looked into moving, I was shocked by the little things here and there that add up quickly. Especially since I was used to a free blog on Blogger and $10 a year for my domain name through Google/Go Daddy. Thankfully (being the stubborn and frugal person that I am) I took it into my own hands and only ended up paying roughly $100 for the move (when you factor in paying for hosting and some privacy measures to hide my address from anyone searching for the owner of the domain). I was extremely lucky that I had friends who helped me out with themes and designs, so I did save some cost on that. However, everyone will need to purchase some kind of framework (I used Genesis.) Think of this as the overall structure of your blog. Then, you can customize a design from there.
- It takes time; it doesn’t happen overnight. In fact, it took me nearly a week and a half from start to finish. Most of this time was spent waiting for the domain name to be transferred from Google to Bluehost, but it also had to do with me not being prepared. That leads me into my next point…
- You need to know all of the account names/passwords for the accounts used to set up your blog. I’m a pretty forgetful person and really didn’t think about writing down the information used for my Google API account. (This is the login used when you created your domain name through Google.) It took me two days to locate this information, and it was just by chance that I found it. I seriously can’t stress this point enough. If I had known that I needed this information prior to my move, things would have been a lot less stressful.
I just want to mention that I couldn’t have made this move without Bree from Pixel and Pair and The Thing About Joy. She was my biggest supporter, cheerleader, IT help desk person, etc through this whole process. As someone who had been through this process before, she was such a big help and answered any and all of my questions. She even designed my beautiful new header!
Have you made the switch? If not, what’s holding you back?