FROM BLOGGER TO WORDPRESS | SURVIVAL GUIDE

So you’re thinking about moving from Blogger or from any other non-hosted blogging platform to self-hosted WordPress, but you’re still in doubt. No worries. What if I say, I’ve been in this particular situation during the last 4 months? Yes, I ran my Blog and started to take my blogging career seriously less than a year ago, but since April or May, I’ve been thinking a lot about migration to WordPress. Yes, I have actually my domain name, which I used, while I was with Blogger, so all the readers and subscribers were coming through this link www.fashion-confession.com. But at this time I had no hosting, so I was using Google services for this reason.

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I would say the decision to move is a very hard decision for many reasons. The time it has taken and the learning curve are two big “yes” for blogging. So I was preparing for this migration a really long time. I’ve read a dozen of articles and spoke with a lot of people about that, because, you know, it’s some kind of a brand new level for your Blog. I’ve always resisted the argument to move because it will help you to grow your network and so, but actually you just have to make the move because it is the right decision. So the last and the most convenient thing about migration was my statistics, which shows me the numbers that speak better than something else. By that time I had around 100 posts on my Blog and a lot of comments. But if you ever heard about moving from Blogger to WordPress, you’ll probably understand me that the most painful part in this entire thing is that you will lose all the comments you have (because it is Google, baby). So I decided, the sooner I move to self-hosted Blog the lesser comments I will lose. And the other interesting reason, that forced me to do it as soon as possible, was the change of Google’s Terms of service, because it actually relates to claiming ownership to what you write on your Blog. Funny, huh?

So as long as I already had a domain, it was for me quite tricky to buy a hosting. I bought my domain several years ago, before I seriously started to blog, so it was just for fun. And it became for me a real problem, because I had to transfer my domain to my new hosting provider for making my new self-hosted Blog work (just FYI, a selfhosted means that you install the blogging software on your own web-server without any third part involved). So to say, the main problem for me was not to transfer my Blog from Blogger to WordPress (btw, anyone can do it by themselves), but to connect my hosting-provider to my domain. But the positive thing for those of you, who do not have their own domain, is that it’s quite easy then for you to migrate your Blog. And I will show you how to do it in several easy-to-follow steps.

DOMAIN AND HOSTING
Once you have taken the decision to migrate, make a list of what you have to do. And most importantly, calculate the approximate expenditure that you might need it. Yes, it might be quite pricey, but remember, it’s just a self-investment, so go ahead.

So at first, you will need to have these two things: Website hosting and domain name. After that you have to find such a WordPress theme, that you would like to use. There are a lot of companies, who provide very nice semi-custom templates.

The main and the most painful (well, only for me) part of this migration is to transfer your Blog data and to connect your domain to your hosting. Normally, it will be done automatically after you’ve bought a hosting package+domain.

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But, as I mentioned before, if you already have a domain, well, then I hope your provider has a special WordPress synchronizer, which save your time and nervous system. Unfortunately, I had to do it all by myself, because, firstly, I have already had a domain, secondly, my first hosting provider made me wait more than two weeks and, truly say, the customer service and support was horrible. So I had to terminate the contract and find another hosting provider. When I found him, I had to do all the MySQL installations and to deal with PHP database all by myself. But I’ve learned one important lesson, when you deal with all the stuff alone and finally exactly figured it out how it all works from the inside; it is really motivating, because you understood that you could do actually much-much more. And the easiest part from all of this after all is to setup your Blog Template (haha, just kidding).

So one more good advice, before you start the migration – backup your Blogger blog including the XML template, blog posts and comments just to be on the safe side. And the hardest part WordPress will do by itself – it an easy one-click option for importing blog posts and reader comments from Blogger into your new WordPress Blog.

If you would like to switch from Blogger to WordPress without Losing Google Rankings, I recommend you to take a look at this article, which describes step-by-step what you should do.

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Looking back at this very hard and very frustrating experience and this way, that I had done alone, I can say with confidence that it was worth it. With no doubts! And if you’re still not sure about this, just remember one simple thing – it is one of the important investments to your blog success so far. So go for it!

Hope, this post will help you to make a right decision and to move forward. I’m happy to answer all your questions in my comments’ thread below. Feel free to ask and remember – there is nothing impossible to do, so just do it!

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  • This came at the right time! My blog is brand new and before I buy a domain, etc I wanted to move across to WordPress. I’m going to follow these steps so thank you so much for posting this! X

    • Thank you, Kirsty! Yeah, it’s good decision! I wish you luck and always here, if you have any questions. Probably, I will write another article very soon with step-by-step migration instructions.

  • I have just started my blog so I am totally new. I haventbought a domain name either yet. Do you suggest it better to swap to WordPress now or is WordPress more for big bloggers?

    • Hey! Thanks for stopping by! I actually recommend you to start direct with WordPress. Yes, it might be hard to deal with it for the first time, but later you’ll get used to it. As for me, I have to say that my migration from Blogger to WordPress was not so smooth, because I lost a mass of comments for this year. But I definitely would say, that it worth it and the sooner you switch the platform, the easier it will be to you.

  • It is indeed a big change but a good one! Great guide

    XX

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    • Thank you, Floortje! Yes, it’s a big deal! And I’m happy, that I finally did it!)

  • That does sound terribly confusing but a handy guide for those considering the move to a self-hosted domain. I started off with Wix but then brought my own domain and name does that make me self-hosted?

    • It depends, if you have a free hosting or paid on Wix. A self-hosted Blog means that you are not actually using a third party services, but CSS Coding Standards.

  • It’s wonderful that you decided to move to WP and invest in a self-hosted site. The more I learn and understand about self-hosting the more it seems like the right thing to do. Primarily, the fact that Google owns Blogger which means that they also own your blog, They have the right to remove or change your blog at any given time without prior notice and that just doesn’t seem right to me. I want to own my own content and not have to think about the possibility that one day you could log into your account and be blocked from all the content you have created. For this reason alone I plan to swiftly move to WP and self-host my own shit.

    • Yes, it’s absolutely the right thing to do. And you are absolutely right about Google services and stuff. Only you should be the content owner, without any third parties. I probably write one more post, explaining step-by-step how to switch to WP.

  • Thank you for the tips! I’m currently in the process of migrating. I haven’t even started writing on my current blog so your advice gave me clarity on what I should do.

    • You’re welcome! It’s absolutely right decision!

  • This is an excellent article! I too am in this process, after being on blogger for four years and caringbridge before that:) I am excited to follow your blog and read up on fashion ( don’t have alot of time to do so with family, work and blog ! Loved what I read so far! Have a great Sunday! Blessings, Suzanne

  • I recently went thorugh something similar, but I only went from using native WordPress to another web host – and they did the entire domain-transfer for me. Also, since it basically was WP to WP all the comments and everything followed. So happy I started using WP already at 18. I wish you all the luck. I’m super happy with wordpress. Just all the themes and widgets makes WP a much better platform than anyghing I’ve ever tried before.

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  • This was a great post! Super helpful. I’m thinking of moving to a self hosted one soon, but im still on the fence so we shall see 😀

    • I would say, this is a required step to make if you’re planning to blog seriously. But it’s nothing to be afraid of, the sooner is the better. So if you have any questions, please, feel free to ask, I’m ready to help.