I’ve recently made the switch from WordPress to Blogger and I wouldn’t have been able to do it without the help of a few blog posts, so I’m going to share those with you and walk you through what I did.
Why did I move?
A few people have asked me so I thought it would be easier to explain it on here.
I felt restricted by the templates on WordPress and you couldn’t seem to customise anything without paying whereas you can do pretty much anything on Blogger, especially if you know HTML.
I was also annoyed that you only get a certain amount of storage for free on WordPress, whereas you get an unlimited amount for free on Blogger.
To stop my storage filling up I was uploading images to Flickr and copying the URL to my WordPress blog, which is okay but if Flickr decide to clamp down on everyone’s storage again I would lose most of the images on my blog.
I’m not saying that WordPress is awful or that it’s the wrong platform to use, it just isn’t the right platform for me.
If you follow me on WordPress, follow me on Bloglovin’ instead or bookmark this website and keep checking back.
Moving my blog to Blogger
The first stage is to export your blog from WordPress, don’t worry you can move your comments across as well.
I’m not entirely sure that every single one of my comments have moved across but most of them seem to have.
To take me through this first stage I followed WordPress to Blogger: Making the Move on Rachel is Elsewhere.
To make it completely clear, before you can import your blog to Blogger you need to create a new blog on Blogger and then go to ‘Settings’ and ‘Import’.
Importing my blog took about five minutes, if that, and it was ready to use right away.
I use the Simple theme and I did a bit of fiddling with the width of posts, the right hand sidebar, uploaded a header and added some widgets to the sidebar.
Annoyingly I then had to go through about 400 posts and change the size of the images on it because they were a tiny bit too big and were invading the sidebar.
Buying my domain name
I’d been thinking about buying my own domain for a few weeks and now seemed like the right time to do it.
I bought my domain (that’s www.eatreadglam.com) from GoDaddy. It cost me £23 for the domain for two years and a private registration. Private registration isn’t necessary but as WHOIS lists things like your address, I didn’t want that on the internet and felt it was worth the extra money.
The price of your domain will vary depending on whether you’re .com, .co.uk etc and often prices vary between domain registrar.
Connecting my domain name to Blogger
This was the part I found the hardest, I had no idea what to do but thankfully I discovered a blog post called How to setup your Blogger blog with GoDaddy.
It walked me through the whole thing and took me all of five minutes to do. I though it might take a few hours for domain to start working but it worked instantly.
Asking Bloglovin’ to change my URL
The only real concern I had about my new domain was whether I could change my URL as I didn’t want my followers to be confused about why they could no longer see my posts.
Bloglovin’s help pages tell you to post a blog post on your blog telling people that your URL has changed and then get in touch with their support team to ask them to change it.
I emailed them at about midnight and by the time I woke up at 7am my URL had been changed and I hadn’t lost any followers.
It was a lot easier than I thought it would be to move from WordPress to Blogger and it only really took a few hours. I think I started moving it across at about 8PM and it looked as it does now by midnight, most of my time was spent resizing images.
If you’re thinking of making the move don’t be put off because it looks confusing, if you have any questions about it drop me a tweet or an email.