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).
- 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):
(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.
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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Thank you for reading!