Blogger Tips & Tricks: Moving to WordPress

Two weeks ago I moved from Blogger to WordPress. It was frustrating and stressful to say the least. It’s definitely not for the weak of heart, but if you are thinking about moving I wanted to share some things with you to help you. If you have questions I’ll try to answer them as best I can, but I’m no expert.

Where to start:

First I would recommend starting a WordPress.com account just to see what you think and get used to the layout. WordPress.com is free but it has very limited customization options. (Pro account probably has more options but I’ve never used it) I think Blogger has way more options than the .com, that being said I don’t see the point of switching unless you are going to self host with WordPress.org. Now if you decide you want to go for it you can pick a hosting site. WordPress has a list of recommended ones. I went with Bluehost and I’ve had zero problems. Plus the guide below shows you how to set everything up with Bluehost.

These to guides really have almost everything you need. It’s step by step and it was what I and several others used. I highly suggest reading it from start to finish before attempting anything. Familiarize yourself with it and keep in mind that it’s not as hard as it sounds.

Awesome Guide Part One
Awesome Guide Part Two

I did run into two problem that weren’t address in the guides. These are issues that not everyone has I guess, but I still want to go over them so that if it happens to you you don’t have to have a meltdown like I did.

My first problem was with getting the Blogger Importer to work on WordPress. Google would not authorize it and I spent hours trying to figure out what the problem was. Finally I asked the fabulous Erica at The Book Cellar and she told me what the problem was then I found a small tutorial. So if you can’t get it to authorize use this fantastic tutorial. I had to do what it goes over in the first method. Then it worked like a dream!

Problem number two was kind of huge and scary, but of course it turned out to be a super easy fix. My Feedburner account wouldn’t work the day after I switched…then it didn’t work the next day or the next or the next. I had a breakdown. But! Turns out all I had to do is change my original source url in my Feedburner account. Now, the guides up there say you don’t have to do this if you are keeping the same domain, but I did and it fixed it instantly. There were a lot of tears those 4 days for something that was just that simple. So if you are keeping your same domain while switching (ie not going from a .blogspot to a .com) then I say leave Feedburner alone for 24 hours after you switch and if it doesn’t work after 24 hours then change your original feed url to the new WP one. That will save you lots of heartache. Oh and I did not lose any subscribers by doing that.

If you want to move to WP but don’t want to do it yourself here is a fantastic deal!

That’s really all my advice…If you want to know some facts about my move here they are:

I had 1,219 posts when I moved and 1,213 switched.
I had 14,002 and only 13,970 switched. (Which isn’t horrible.)
I don’t think that I lost any subscribers….You know how Feedburner fluctuates especially over the weekend. If I did lose any it was maybe 300 and I have since gained them back.

I’m really loving WordPress too! All the plugins are fantastic! It is more complicated than Blogger but it’s not bad after you get used to it. There is also a plethora of support forums for when you run into a problem.

On a semi related note, I am working on my new WordPress design as we speak! I’m really excited about it and I hope to have it up in the next few weeks. (I’m so tired of this one already) So hopefully I will start offering WP designs on my design site in the next couple of months.

Let me know if there are tips and tricks you want me to discuss!

Past Tips and Tricks:
New Features in Blogger–new interface & mobile templates
More info on mobile templates & reply to comments in Blogger
A overview on the new Blogger interface
Pros & Cons of word verification
How to make a customized link bar
Things that slow your blog down
New Blogger app
How to add live links to comments
How to remove hidden HTML from your posts (this is a life saver!)
Info on getting your own domain name
How to get the external link to your Followers gadget
Automatically tweet links to your posts with Feedburner
Keeping Up With Your Books Read Throughout the Year
Getting share buttons to work in Blogger
Getting your full feed count through Feedburner

 

Comments

  1. I’m glad that you are getting used to WordPress and I can’t wait to see your new design.
    Amy @ Book Loving Mom recently posted..Spread Love, Not HateMy Profile

  2. It is better once you get used to it and more and more people are making the switch. I had a hard time with my feed and didn’t realize one problem until someone pointed it out to me 2 months after I had made the switch. Bless you kind person who did though I really should have noticed sooner. I too couldn’t use the converter it just wouldn’t accept it so after some googleing I discovered a site that will convert from blogger to wordpress format and I have to say that I did make a couple mistakes and my new web host was plain fantastic in helping me, okay fixed what I had messed up.
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  3. I wish I lived closer to you. so you could help me personally! I really am leaning forward to switching. But, again I am just clueless on anything.
    So, I am going to read your links top to bottom and try and get some knowledge on this! \
    Thank you for this post!
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  4. I have thought about moving to WordPress but I am so afraid because I love my blog so much! Mostly because of your wonderful job making it look so lovely……if I lost anything I would be devastated.
    Jennifer recently posted..Please shut the F*** up!My Profile

  5. I’m way too afraid to attempt the switch on my own. I seriously can’t do the simplest thing on my own! I’m okay with sticking with blogger for now though. I don’t want to have to relearn how to format my posts, etc. I’m glad your loving wordpress though!
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  6. I’m glad your move went alight in the end!

    I do have to disagree about wordpress.com though. That’s what I use and I find it far superior, easier and with much more options than blogger (not a fan).

    I’ve been looking into wordpress.org for my illustration website but it all sounds a lot more complicated lol! Can’t wait to see the new design :)
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  7. I am legit bowing down at the altar of your webby knowledge. I am a complete internet idiot, so I can’t thank you enough for all these great links and tips and tricks on how not to kill my website whenever I need to update it. THANK YOU!!!!!

    Smiles!
    Lori
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  8. Wow – you barely lost any posts – I could only get 1219 out of 1453 posts to transfer, but I figure that was still most of them.
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  9. Thanks for sharing with is valuable tips and tricks to touch the progression of WordPress.
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  10. YnnaRada says:

    Providing us this kind of useful information is really a big help. I will surely follow all the tips and detailed guide that you’ve shared with us to enhance my knowledge as a blogger. Thanks for the post and keep up the good work. 
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