So, moving from Blogger to WordPress was something I was debating on for a while and on July 1st I finally done it! It didn’t go to plan at all, I thought I knew everything from the endless research I done, but I didn’t! So I done a poll on Twitter a few weeks a go to see if anyone wanted me to do a post on whether its worth it, what I learnt and how hard it actually is, and you said yes, so here it is!
Moving to WordPress!
This was the part I was most scared of, at the time I’d been blogging for nearly a year, I had a lot of posts! What if I lost them all?
Well I didn’t, it was actually really easy to move everything over. At the time I only planned on transferring to WordPress and then going self hosted later on in the year, that didn’t happen. I used the WordPress migration tool to migrate my blog from Blogger to WordPress, you can read up on how to do that here! You basically back your blog up and then upload it to WordPress, it takes about 10 minutes, if that!
So, why did I want to move over to WordPress?
One of the things that made me want to move over to WordPress was the app, you can edit / write / upload / do absolutely anything on the WordPress app, which means blogging on the go is so easy! Another good thing about the app is you can follow other blogs (that are WordPress) and all their new posts show up on like a homepage, so you can scroll through and like and comment on any post easily!
Another reason for wanting to move over was how easy it is to write posts and navigate around the dashboard. I had a lot of problems on blogger when uploading pictures, wanting things to be a certain way etc and on WordPress it is so easy!
On WordPress you also have a lot more control over your blog, you can change absolutely anything and there are also a lot of plugins that help! From plugins to help you improve your SEO to automatically posting social media updates, there is a plug in for everything, literally.
The only bad thing from moving to WordPress from Blogger is that I lost all my stats, they didn’t transfer over. I was slightly gutted as i’d worked so hard to achieve all those page views etc but they are still on my Blogger account so I haven’t lost them entirely!
I know it’s easy listening to me say how good my experience is moving over, but not everyone has the same experience! The first thing I done was create a WordPress account with like a test blog and had a play around before I made my decision!
Going Self Hosted!
Now this is something I definitely wanted to do, I just didn’t expect to do it so soon! Even though I done hours of research on moving over to WordPress, one thing I didn’t know is that you can’t upload your own theme. Now that isn’t a problem, WordPress have a huge range of free themes that you can use and they look lovely! But my being over excited and rushing everything, I’d already paid for a Pipdig theme! So obviously I was a bit stressed out, now you can pay for WordPress plans to upload a theme but I thought if i’m gonna pay for that, I may as well pay to go self hosted! So it was decided and I went self hosted!
I spoke to a lot of different bloggers and done more research to decide on who to go self hosted with and finally came to the decision of going self hosted with SiteGround! I can’t fault SiteGround on anything, they have 24/7 customer service who are so helpful! I must of been on their live chat about 3 times an hour because I was so worried about my blog being moved over hahaha! They were helpful every time and happily answered every question I had.
I paid £39.60 for a years worth of hosting and domain support, which works out at £3.30 a month and that is a lot cheaper than some other sites I came across! They also migrated my blog over from WordPress.com to my self hosted site for free and I got email updates along the way so I knew where they were up to, which I thought was a nice touch!
(This post was not sponsored, all opinions are my own however I do have a Siteground Affiliate Link)
So, Overall I’m happy that I moved over to WordPress and I definitely think it is worth it going self hosted! I’ve had a lot more engagement on my blog and I know numbers aren’t everything but it’s nice to see people are actually reading what you write!
If you have any other questions feel free to message / email me! Hope this was helpful!