Now that I have made the move, unpacked most of my boxes and arranged my new home to my liking, I think it’s about time to share how my blogger to wordpress migration went. Moving to a self-hosted blog was on my mind for a while before I moved and I had read a lot of articles about it, however in the end it was a spur of the moment decision for me.
Overall it was all a lot easier than I thought and I have no problems using the wordpress interface even though it’s fairly different from blogger. I find I prefer wordpress even after only a few weeks as I find formatting a lot easier here.
There was no need to panic! Self-hosting is no where near as scary as it sounds.
And I love my new layout and name. Like a geek, I keep checking my blog and smiling with pride to know I own it!
I hired Ashley from A Creative Whim to do the actual move for me and this took a lot of stress out of the move for me. All I had to do was sit back and wait. I confirmed with Ashley that I wanted to move on Sat 28th Oct and by Wed 2nd Oct, I was up and running. I had a ton of questions, some of them ridiculous but Ashley patiently answered them all and I would have been lost without her. The migration cost to $50 and it was worth every cent for the peace of mind that it gave me.
I purchased a Tweak Me theme and also the UBB plugin and both of these have made my life so much easier. I can alter the appearance of my blog with the click of a button with Tweak Me and formatting my posts is a breeze with UBB. And best of all no more updating my review archive, it gets done automatically.
One of my favourite things about being self hosted is the range of plugins. I was scared of plugins as I didn’t know what they were but it turns out they are simple to install and even easier to use. I’m still discovering new ones but so far I love Tweet Old Post (automatic sharing of old posts on Twitter), Shareaholic (allows other so share my posts to social media sites) and Clone Me (allows me to copy memes from week to week with very little effort).
I was scared I would get thrown by something unexpected but it never happened. There are loads of tutorials and posts that I referenced before, during and after the move. In particular I found the articles below really helpful.
- Kimba @ The Caffeinated Book Reviewer gives valuable pre-move food for thought So you want to Move to Self-hosted WordPress? Things you should know before you move
- Parajunkee lists her Top Plugins
- Ashley @ Nosegraze has lots of tips about Shopping for a Web Host
When all my rearranging was done, I emailed bloglovin to move my followers to my new address and it was done within the hour. Thanks bloglovin, that really impressed me.
The bad isn’t really that bad and it’s more something that I put myself under pressure with to get done. I had to update my old posts with the UBB sections if I wanted these reviews to show on my new review archives.
I deleted my old review page when I moved as I hated having my reviews split between two pages. And then I hated how empty the new one looked so I set about the task of updating the old ones. It took a bit of work but I’m more than pleased with the result and that’s it forever; no more updating review archives for me!
If you are less OCD about having everything updated immediately then this is less of a problem.
The other bad thing is one we all know about – you lose your GFC followers. Ashley did give me an option where I could keep them but then you wouldn’t be directed automatically to my new address. I decided to just suck it up and wave bye bye. I figure those who actually follow me are already doing so by other means anyway. It is still scary to lose the hard won numbers though.
I lost my disqus comments on the blog! *cries* Totally my own fault, when I set disqus up, I never turned on comment syncing with blogger. Yes, I messed up. You live and learn. I do hate not having all my comments on the blog as I love the comments and appreciate the time and effort that people took to leave them.
All is not lost; they are on disqus so I can still see them. And you always misplace something valuable when you move, right?!
My Final Thought is….self hosting rocks!
Overall I’m still learning something new every day about self-hosting but so far I love it. My only regret is not moving sooner.
Bookish Chat about moving from blogger to wordpress :
Is there any specifically you want to ask about the move? Fire away. And if you use plugins, what is your favourite? I’d love to hear your recommendations.