MOVING FROM BLOGGER TO WORDPRESS (SELF-HOSTED)

WELCOME TO MY NEW BLOG!

I previously believed that moving from Blogger to WP self-hosted would be too complicated (and expensive) for a computer novice such as myself. Though it is expensive, it is not complicated, and, if you follow this guide, all should run smoothly (and take only a few hours).

WHY self-hosted/WordPress? 

  • It is expensive, but there is more freedom to allow your site to suit your needs.
  • It offers increased interaction – I find Blogger restrictive in this respect. WP appears to be more interactive, offering a better comment system, and the ability to easily follow my blog (which you can do in the sidebar). Not so subtle plug, sorry.
  • WordPress offers so many wonderful themes – Blogger has a miniscule amount of built-in (free) themes; WordPress has HUNDREDS that fit lots of blog types (beauty, lifestyle, photography). And I find customisation to be easier and more enjoyable. If you want extended freedom of design, self-hosted allows you to change font, and other, more in-depth changes, such as colour scheme, which I think is brilliant.

I am certain there are more benefits that I have yet to discover, as I am still getting to grips with WP. If you think of any, leave them in the comments below for others to see (and me to learn).

HOW did I make the move?

I browsed A LOT of posts (and videos):

https://littleworldofrachel.wordpress.com/2018/06/27/moving-from-blogger-to-wordpress/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWISbzYLhTE

https://hellobexa.com/blogging/six-reasons-why-you-should-go-self-hosted/

https://startbloggingonline.com/move-blogger-wordpress-complete-guide/

(Special shout-out to Rachel for being super helpful when I DM’d her on Twitter).

I considered Pipdig’s migration plan – but it is pretty pricey (£95, though you are allowed a theme of your choice), and can take 72 hours, so I decided that I would attempt to do it myself. Here is my very own HOW TO guide.

FIND A HOSTING SITE AND PURCHASE YOUR HOSTING PLAN

I am certain I will explain this incorrectly, but I believe that this allows you to host your WordPress site, hence hosting site – though this seems too simple an explanation. After scouring the internet (Twitter) for reviews, I settled on SITEGROUND. The process could not be easier: choose a plan, and then pick your domain; enter some admin details, and then pay. I had a little trouble installing WP, but was able to contact SiteGround in seconds, and have my problem solved in six minutes. I was very impressed with their service, and would highly recommend if you are in need of a hosting site. For a domain and hosting plan I paid approximately £53 for the year.

INSTALL WORDPRESS

Search your hosting site for a WordPress installer, enter your admin details and URL, and you are ready to go. When SiteGround corrected my small hiccup, WP took seconds to install, and a new window appeared that allowed me access to my site.

SAVING YOUR CONTENT ON BLOGGER

Enter your dashboard (on Blogger), and find Settings, and then Other. Here you will find a button that will allow you to back up your content – choose this option, and it will prompt you to save your content onto your device. This will save your post content (including pictures and comments); as far as I am aware, it does not save your followers. If you have a Bloglovin account however, you can move your followers from your old Blogger site, to your new WordPress site, in your Bloglovin settings.

IMPORT YOUR CONTENT TO WORDPRESS

Enter your WordPress dashboard, and find Tools, and then select Import. It will allow you to import from Blogger, but will first prompt you to install a plugin. Install it, and then it will allow you to upload the Blogger file that you have saved onto your device. Upload this, and then visit your site – all of your posts should now be there, pictures and comments included.

SELECTING A THEME

You do not have to purchase a theme, as WordPress has lots of (incredible) free themes that will suit your content. But I decided to purchase a Pipdig theme as a treat to myself. I opted for the Crystal theme, and I adore it – the customisation is endless (widgets, fonts, and networks galore), and the layout is clean and concise. It was a little pricey, but I feel motivated to make great content to match this great theme.

INSTALLING A PIPDIG THEME ON MAC

This is a small side note, but I encountered another brief hiccup attempting to do this, but it was easily solved. I could not upload the file that contained the theme, as it had been opened by Safari when downloaded (and therefore was no longer compatible with WordPress). If you are faced with this problem, open Safari, and Safari preferences, and simply uncheck ‘Open “safe” files after downloading’, and then re-download your theme.

I am in no way an expert, and have a very long way to go (and so much to learn). I would like my selected photos to have a running theme, and I need to fix the font in my posts that appears to have been effected by my transition to WordPress. But overall I am so happy with it, and so motivated, and would recommend making the move if you have been thinking about it.

Please do share this post with those that are in need of a helping hand in this move! Posts such as these helped me immensely.

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24 Comments

  1. July 10, 2018 / 8:57 pm

    This is super informative. I’m glad to see someone’s honest opinion and experience moving platforms. It’s something I’ve been toying with for a while.

    • Emily
      Author
      July 10, 2018 / 9:02 pm

      Thank you – I was hoping it would be. I’d definitely recommend it. I’ve always enjoyed blogging, but it’s given me a huge boost of motivation. ☺️

  2. July 10, 2018 / 8:59 pm

    Congratulations on going self hosted! I recently did too with Siteground and it’s a lot easier than expected as they are very helpful! Good luck with your blog 💗 xx

    • Emily
      Author
      July 10, 2018 / 9:06 pm

      Thank you! I thought so too – I was sure I would be pulling my hair out trying to figure it all out, but it was super easy. Thank you so much. 🌸

  3. July 10, 2018 / 9:10 pm

    Congrats on the move!! Love the new look and the post!

    • Emily
      Author
      July 10, 2018 / 9:24 pm

      Thanks Lizzie! 🌸

  4. July 11, 2018 / 10:12 am

    Your site looks so good! So clean and fresh and polished, it looks like the move was definitely worth it!

    Cordelia || cordeliamoor.squarespace.com

    • Emily
      Author
      July 11, 2018 / 2:12 pm

      Thank you so much! It definitely was! 🌸

    • Emily
      Author
      July 11, 2018 / 2:12 pm

      Thank you! 🌸

  5. July 12, 2018 / 3:35 pm

    Your theme looks awesome.. going self hosted looks really complicated but m sure it all wortb it 😀

    • Emily
      Author
      July 12, 2018 / 4:41 pm

      Thank you! That’s what I thought before I did it, but I promise it isn’t anywhere near as complicated as it seems! ☺️

  6. July 14, 2018 / 2:30 pm

    What an informative post! I’m moving my wordpress blog to self hosted WordPress today hopefully, although I’m paying for pipdig to transfer it as i’m too confused haha! I can’t wait to have my new blog up & running – it’s good to see you love yours so much too😊

    • Emily
      Author
      July 14, 2018 / 4:45 pm

      I actually think the pipdig transfer is really worth it, as you get the theme thrown it! Just a little too pricey for me. I can’t wait to see it! I’m sure you’ll love it. ❤️

  7. Jamie
    July 17, 2018 / 11:19 am

    I just moved from blogger to WordPress too! I love it

    • Emily
      Author
      July 17, 2018 / 11:29 am

      It’s great, isn’t it? So many good features and options I didn’t have with Blogger. ☺️

  8. July 18, 2018 / 7:51 pm

    I also used Siteground to move my blog over to self-hosted and it was so easy and they were so helpful! Pipdig do some AMAZING themes too!! x

    • Emily
      Author
      July 18, 2018 / 8:28 pm

      I know – I couldn’t believe how quickly they solved any problems that I had. It was all so hassle free! They do – I’m so happy with mine, and the customisation seems endless. ☺️

  9. Ellie M
    July 21, 2018 / 10:30 am

    This is so helpful 🙂 I’m still super new to blogging (under one month) so I think when the time comes for me to go self hosted this might be one of my guides in ‘how to’ 🙂

    • Emily
      Author
      July 21, 2018 / 11:35 am

      I’m so glad that you found it helpful! Thank you! Hope it all goes well when the time comes for you. 😊

  10. August 2, 2018 / 9:03 am

    This blog post is so helpful for anyone who is thinking to go self-hostes on WordPress. I started my blog with WordPress and went self hosted couple of months later. I couldn’t agree more. There are so many themes & I love them!
    Kisses,
    Sima x | http://www.styleglint.com

    • Emily
      Author
      August 2, 2018 / 8:44 pm

      Thank you! That’s what I hoped it would be. I’m so glad I went self-hosted – there’s just so much freedom and customisation. 😊

    • Emily
      Author
      August 9, 2018 / 11:31 pm

      You’re welcome! Thank you for reading!

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