Guys, I am super excited, because I have decided to make the move to WordPress, the self hosted version. It’ll be done by next week, but there won’t be any site down time, so you can still check back here for posts. Plus, my domain name will stay the same, so no new site or anything, I’ll still be right here. haha. If you have had thoughts about switching, but are still unsure if you should or not, read these posts: 1, 2, 3, they may help you come to a conclusion, and I might help you, too. One thing that really stuck with me, which you’ll read again below, was this quote, “If you’ve thought about it previously, chances are, you’ll think about it again.”
How the thought of switching began? I’ve had thoughts about it before, but never wanted to go through the trouble of transferring everything over. Recently though, I realized I wanted to change quite a few things with my design, but Blogger has it’s limitations, so what I had in mind, could only be done on WordPress. Did you also know that Google can totally delete your blog at anytime, whenever it wants, with no explanation? I don’t know about you, but that scares the shit out of me! All of the hard work I have put into my blog for over a year, gone? No thank you. On the self hosted WordPress, you own absolutely everything, and you can customize it any way you want.
“Blogger is a blogging service provided by the tech giant Google. It is free, reliable most of the time, and quite enough to publish your stuff on the web. However, it is not owned by you. Google runs this service and has the right to shut it down, or shutdown your access to it at any time.
With WordPress, you use a WordPress hosting provider to host your own site. You are free to decide how long you want to run it and when you want to shut it down. You own all your data, and you control what information you share with any third party.” – wp beginner
Now the great thing about switching is that everything will come with you, including your comments. That’s honestly one thing that was holding me back because if you’re a blogger, and you’re reading this, then you know how important those comments are to you. (Speaking of comments, the comment section on WordPress also looks much nicer and cleaner.)Your blogger design will even come with you! It just has to be coded differently. Luckily, I found someone, Amanda, who is doing the entire switch for me, because I have no clue how to use the new site yet, and I need it done ASAP. If I were just starting out, and had no followers, I would totally do it myself, but because I have a good following right now, I don’t want to do a bunch of trial and error, and have my site down for God knows how long.
Downside? I do have a few. One being that it’s a little investment. You pay for your site, but it’s not bad at all. Just depending on what plan you choose. I signed up for 3 years until a renewal, so that cost a bit more, because you pay all at once, so I paid for an entire 3 years of it. (On accident, but whatever.) And the other investment would be the fact that I’m paying someone to do the entire switch for me, which many people tend to have to do.
Well, just wanted to give you guys a small update. I’ll be back to my outfit posts tomorrow! If you came upon this post because you typed in “Switching from blogger to wordpress” into google, then I hope I helped you come to a conclusion!
Oh my gosh, thank you so much for sharing.
I’ve been debating that switch for a while and still am!!
Keep us posted on how everything goes and how you’re liking it! :)
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this helped me a lot! I just went through a transition and all of these tips would’ve helped greatly! Thanks for sharing! Thanks for your lovely comment in my blog! I am now following you to keep in touch with your recent
Oh YAYYY I loved reading this post! I’m so excited to get you going on WordPress…it’s ridiculous! :) I hope your information can help your readers figure out if they need/want to switch. I absolutely am 100% in love with WordPress, and I think you will be too! You always know that if you have questions, you can come back to me as well. :)
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Where is your black and white diary from? Its gorgeous!
I keep debating weather to switch over, just don’t know it wordpress would suit me more than blogger.
This post is really helpful. I’ve been thinking about switching to WordPress but I was wondering if it would be worth the hassle.
Love your blog by the way!
I just did a move from Squarespace to WordPress – I have definitely been put outside my comfort zone with WP but it is SO WORTH IT! The amount you learn and grow as a blogger with WP is unmatched :)
For anyone else considering the switch – bite the bullet and do it :)