So you’re thinking of making the switch to WordPress huh? Maybe you have already read my Blogger or WordPress: Pros and Cons of Each post. If not, I recommend it! The short end of the story, and the main reason why I recently switched over my wife’s blog at KatieDidWhat.com is that when you are using Blogger, you don’t actually have the rights to your content. Blogger (owned by Google) can shut down and erase your blog at any moment, for any reason. I know of a few people who have had this happen. I like the idea of us owning the rights and having access to all of out web properties.
Anyway, I know one thing that discourages many bloggers from switching to WordPress is the actual process of switching. How do you do it? What if you don’t know any code? What if you mess it up? Well, read on to see how easy the switch can be!
First off, all will be well if you Remember to back up your blog before you start anything like this. Think of it as a safety net. 🙂
The first thing you’re going to have to do is get your own domain and hosting. Bluehost can handle new domains or transfers.
I recommend Bluehost for a number of reasons, with 2 very important ones being a VERY low price and excellent customer service. At the time of this post, you could get up and running for under $5 per month!
Wordpress installation is a cinch with Bluehost, but if you need a step-by-step video, Bluehost has a great little under 4 minute video that walks you through it:
So now that you’ve got WordPress installed, what’s next? How do you get your posts switched over? Watch the video below to see this in action or read below the video for a step-by-step tutorial with screenshots.
Watch this short video to see how:
If you didn’t/couldn’t watch the video, here’s what to do: click “import” found under “Tools” in your WordPress dashboard. Select Blogger and install the plugin. Authorize access to your Google account and then select (if applicable) which blog to transfer. Click import and your posts, images and comments will be imported to your new WordPress site! The images will show up but they will still be hosted on your blogspot url. This is not a problem in most cases, but it will cause your thumbnails to show up as broken images if you have a related posts plugin.
To transfer the images, watch this video:
The awesome plugin “Blogger Image Import” will crawl through all of your posts and images and find pictures that are linked to blogger and blogspot domains, it will copy those images and create a new image file that will be hosted on your WordPress site. It will also replace the existing images in posts to link to will find them, make copies of them and host them on your WordPress site. Again, this is not an essential step, but one that you should do at some point.
That should do it! Remember to back up your blog before you start anything like this. It;s a good idea to back up your blog on a weekly, (or at the very most, on a monthly) basis.
That’ll do it!
Now that your content is switched over, it’s time to work on site design. I recommend a premium WordPress theme such as Genesis. Check out their StudioPress Themes and their Community Themes. Premium themes from Genesis are coded to be very SEO friendly in addition to being very easy to manage on your end and very pleasing to experience from a visitor’s standpoint as well. They are also much cheaper than hiring a designer! Free themes are okay to start, but you should consider a Genesis theme as soon as your budget can allow it.
Welcome to WordPress! You’ll be glad you came, once you get over the initial shock of how different things are. 😀
If you need any help switching over, please leave a comment here or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll be happy to help!