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.
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.
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