You may have noticed that our blog has changed a bit in the past few months. That’s because we migrated NewlyWoodwards from Blogger to WordPress. And by we, I mean my friend Laura did all the work. (You should be used to me outsourcing the hard things to more competent people like my husband and smart friends.)
You may have noticed bloggers making the switch for a while now. This is just a quick post about why we did it and how it went. And because Laura is awesome, she’s offering a special promotion for NewlyWoodwards if you want to make the switch, too.
If you’ve been around a while, you’ve heard me joke that when I started NewlyWoodwards in 2008, I thought I was brilliant. I mean, I was going to start a place where I could blog about our home renovation, our marriage and all our other projects. NO ONE HAD EVER DONE THAT BEFORE.
I didn’t read blogs and I didn’t know anything about blogs. Clearly. But, I quickly learned that there were a lot of great blogs out there doing what I wanted to do. Much better. But, I continued on and blogging became a really fun outlet for me and a great way to document our lives.
I started the blog in Blogger, which served us very well. It took all of 5 minutes to set up, was easy to modify and post and added more and more capabilities. But, I started getting annoyed when Blogger would mysteriously go dark. And, I learned that I would have a lot more flexibility and control by moving my blog to WordPress. But the migration seemed WAY beyond my capabilities.
A few reasons I was leaning towards making the switch:
- There seem to be more options and flexibility in WordPress. In addition to having ultimate flexibility to the site, you can also add countless widgets to improve your blog.
- Blogger “owned” my blog. If Blogger decided any content was inappropriate, they could remove it. It really freaked me out to have the possibility of years of content being removed. With little I could do to stop it. On a self-hosted WordPress site, you own your own blog and content. You pay for it, but it’s yours.
- Google kept making changes to Blogger, which made me worry what was coming next. Google Reader will be going goodbye soon, and this is a perfect example of Google making big changes that could affect us. Who knows what will come next? There is also very little support for Blogger, meaning that you are on your own if there’s an issue. Sometimes, no amount of Googling helps.
- Everything I read about SEO tells me that WordPress is just plain better. The better the SEO, the more people come to my blog. And who doesn’t want more people coming to visit?
There are tons of other reasons that bloggers have. But these are a few.
It also helps that my friend (Laura – from Candyland Studio) knows a LOT about WordPress, and was awesome enough to help me through the transition.
There were several things I had to do before I could migrate thousands of posts, comments and followers.
- First, since I already purchased my domain name within the Blogger platform, I determined where it was purchased.
- Then, I purchased a hosting package, which is where all my “stuff” will live. Unlike Blogger hosting, I now own all of this.
Then, I worked with Laura to move everything from Blogger to my new self-hosted WordPress site. Honestly, this was a bit stressful. And I definitely wasn’t comfortable doing that myself. What would happen if I lost all my posts? Or followers? That would have been pretty sad.
Laura made sure that didn’t happen. There was a bit of a downtime for NewlyWoodwards while everything got migrated from blogger to the new host (about a weekend). And a few moments of “what the…?” when we realized there were a few moving parts that popped up.
When she transferred everything, she set me up a Genesis WordPress template. I went with her Intermediate Web Package because then I didn’t have to spend time learning how to change my theme colors, create a new header, set up the navigation menu, and sidebar stuff … Laura set most of it up for me so I could log in and keep blogging as seamlessly as possible.
In the end, I was left with a self-hosted WordPress blog that gave me so much more flexibility. And within a month, I had a noticeable increase in traffic and subscribers, which I attribute to better SEO. (Although I’d love to say it is just because NewlyWoodwards is so awesome that no one can stay away.)
So far, I’m super happy I made the switch. While I don’t think there’s anything wrong with Blogger and it served me very well for nearly five years, there are some valid reasons to migrate to WordPress.
Are you interested in moving to WordPress?
If you are, I’d highly recommend using my buddy Laura. (She also offers other web design packages.)
If you want more information, check out her website.
Plus, she’s offering a special offer to NewlyWoodwards readers. (That’d be you.)
Do you have any questions? Or have you made the switch and have other
Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post, but my friend Laura and Candyland Studio did migrate NewlyWoodwards from WordPress to Blogger. I was so pleased that I offered to share my story on the blog and she graciously offered my readers a discount on her web services.