OMG I need to first say to anyone looking to transfer their blogs from one platform to another be prepared to spend hours along with your blood, sweat, and tears trying to do just that. And for the record, I think it’s very important for WordPress to make it obvious that there’s a clear distinction between their WordPress.COM and WordPress.ORG sites and the benefits of both. I probably spent the last three days figuring how to transfer my blog to WordPress.com to then realize that in order to use custom plugins I needed a WordPress.org site…mainly for the use of Disqus for commenting. After going back and forth with my hosting I finally figured out how to do just that but then quickly ran into the trouble of getting my domain name to properly link to my new WordPress site. Talk about FML. Seriously.
But, with some determination (mainly being the money being spent on this whole process) I FINALLY made a successful transition from Blogger to WordPress. Hopefully I’ll never have to go through this experience again…and a huge thank you to all of the tech bloggers out there as your tutorials and videos were a HUGE help for a newbie like me who has no idea what she’s doing. I also want to thank my readers for being patient with me as I made this transition and I hope in doing so I’ve somehow created a more user-friendly site.
Before I head off I wanted to share some tips that have helped me make this big move into our new home with WordPress:
- Research. Do your research about hosting (since you’re paying for it) and what benefits they offer you and don’t be shy about asking questions or getting in touch with their customer service department.
- WordPress.COM is a free basic hosting platform with many upgrades available for purchase. Plugins not available.
- WordPress.ORG is hosted through another hosting site (mine is GoDaddy.com) and allows you more control and customization of your site using Plugins.
- YouTube and other blogs will be your friend. Unless you’re a seasoned webmaster and know HTML and other codes like the back of your hand, transitioning your blog can be a huge, and frustrating, undertaking. Use free resources like YouTube for demonstrations or tutorials to help you step-by-step. Also, contact other bloggers to see if they’d be willing to give you advice or simply look up your question in the Google search.
- Have patience. This is by far the hardest, but most important, tip I can give you. It’s easy to pay someone to do all of this for you and there were many times where I thought to just quit and have someone else deal with the headache. However, once you begin figuring things out and finally get your site moved it’s such a rewarding feeling. Besides, your blog is your baby and after an experience like this you’ll have such a deeper appreciation and ownership for it.
Have you transitioned your blog from one platform to another? What advice would you give to other beginner bloggers who may be considering the same?