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Switching from Blogger to WordPress | What You Need to Know

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Many bloggers are finding that WordPress is the preferred platform of choice for blogging.  I transferred my site from Blogger to WordPress about 1-1/2 years ago, and don’t regret it for a minute.

Many of my friends are on the fence about switching, mostly because they think it’s so difficult – but it isnt!!  If this WAHM Baby Boomer can learn it, anyone can!

Here’s an orientation class program that can put your mind at ease:

WordPress is the website building tool of choice for many business owners these days.  It’s a great option.  No software needed on your computer, great functionality and flexibility – and you can update your site content from any computer, netbook or smart phone.  It’s no wonder that it’s become so popular.

You’ve probably heard that WordPress is incredibly user friendly – and it is!  Still, most first time users find it overwhelming at first.  If you ever tried to tackle WordPress on your own and felt like giving up, you’re not at all alone.  There’s a lot to take in at first.

I was lucky though. I had several patient friends available to help me over the learning curve. Still, I wouldn’t say that I felt truly comfortable for months after. The more I got to know it, the more I realized that WordPress is both simple and complex all at the same time.

If you only want to use WordPress to publish content, it’s pretty darned simple.  The visual editor operates like any basic word processor.  You enter content, press publish and you’re finished.

Think of WordPress as being three things at once.

1. It’s a Content Management Script that runs on your web server, letting you enter content as easily as writing an email.
2. Your content is stored in a Database on your web server.
3. Finally, it wears a Theme, a set of template files, that determines how the content is displayed online.

Entering content is easy.  The database takes care of itself.  Customization, want to alter your design and manipulate the database for special needs, you have to tap a whole other area of knowledge and that’s where many get stuck.

There’s good news and bad news for those who want to learn more about managing their WordPress site.  The good news is that there’s a huge resource of documents and a large community of developers and users who are willing to answer your questions.  The bad news is that there’s a huge resource of documents and a large community of developers and users… ;)

The trouble for newcomers is usually that they don’t know how to ask the right questions to produce the answers they really need.  The documents and forums seem to be written in a foreign language and newbie questions are often answered with links to more foreign explanations that just add to their feelings of overwhelm.

My advice?  Don’t give up.  Keep asking questions.  To get the best answers, provide as much information about your problem as you can.  If you’re persistent, you’ll find that things come easier over time.

For More Information Visit: WordPress Orientation

About the Author:

Kelly McCausey of Mom’s Talk Biz invites you to WordPress Orientation, your all access pass to exclusive WordPress learning.  We demonstrate answers to your questions during our live web conference sessions.  If you’re goal is to do it yourself.

About Cindi Moomettes

New England blogger from Connecticut and author of the multi-generational Moomettes Magnificents where she writes about Family, Grandparents and Grandchildren, home decor, Crochet, Knitting, DIY, crafts, family travel familiarization trips (FAMs), photography, social media and reviews. You can also find her at Moomettes Magnificents on eBay for the latest Fashion trends, Home Decor and Vintage Collectibles. Also at Moomettes Crochet for Handmade Crochet Wash Cloths & Accessories. For food and recipes visit at her blog Frugal New England Kitchen ***Products and/or companies featured on Moomettes Magnificents may have provided product samples and/or compensation for consideration. All opinions are my own. Posts may contain affiliate links. See also Disclosure***

23 comments

  1. thank you for this information.It will come in handy here very soon

  2. I do want to switch, but I am afraid. I just taught myself how to do Blogger. I have questions, like how much will I lose? How easy or hard is the transfer?
    I also have the problem that my name is not available if I leave Blogger.
    Thanks for the review. All info I read helps.
    .-= Barbara Platt´s last blog ..Win 250 business cards from UPrinting.com; free shipping =-.

  3. stopping by from sits! thanks for the info-been considering making the switch!
    .-= susan@pocacosas´s last blog ..Favor Affair Giveaway =-.

  4. I had considered, but the possibility of losing all comments on my blog posts was daunting. That’s what MAKES my blog even more special…the marks left by others. I refuse to lose that.

    And now, a lot has been invested to update my blog, so switching is even less probable for the time being.

    http://www.therehanfamily.com

  5. Hi Ali ~ I combined 3 blogs into this blog; one blogger and 2 wordpress. I didn’t lose any of my comments and the transfer was easy. I agree that comments from my readers are invaluable. All the posts transferred over, along with the formatting. Before the transfer from blogger to wp is made, a backup is completed.

  6. Hi Barbara – I didn’t lose anything in the transfer when I combined 3 blogs. All my comments are in tact. If your name isn’t available as a .com you may want to consider a .net Many bloggers are using that extension now.

  7. yes this is one of the finest and sharpest CMS system , and most friendly inrespect!

    I like they way you said its just like , we do e-mails!
    .-= news articles´s last blog ..Less Carbon taken by trees in warmer climate, save Earth! =-.

  8. I have been wondering about this…even going so far as to set up an account just in case I decided to switch. So thank you for posting this! I really appreciate it! I am stopping by from SITS I hope you are having a lovely and blessed Saturday! xo,KA

  9. Thank you so much for this little insight. I have been thinking of switching. I am a for sure follower now on your site to see what other tid bits you have!

  10. Visiting from sits and i really enjoyed reading your article. I want to change to wordpress but am not sure where to start and how to transfer all my blogspot content to my wordpress
    .-= Nadia´s last blog ..Tissue Paper Coloring =-.

  11. Stopping from SITS! Thanks for the tips!

  12. Just yesterday, someone who “knows” suggested I switch my new blog over! Thanks for the tips! Happy SITS!

  13. I went from Blogger to WordPress and I couldn’t be happier. Of course, you might want to mention that there are two different WordPresses out there: WordPress.com and WordPress.org. I went the simpler route and so far it has worked for me. And congratulations on your SITS day!
    .-= Preston´s last blog ..2009 A Blog Year in Review =-.

  14. Thanks for the wonderful post. I am on Blogger and WordPress seems difficult to me. I read a commenter say there are two WordPresses. What is the difference?
    .-= Shannon´s last blog ..Domino’s New Recipe: Win Free Domino’s Pizza =-.

  15. thanks for the information. I am getting ready to move over to WordPress soon, so very useful! Visiting from SITS today!
    .-= Bella Lucia Photography´s last blog ..Blessings and Spa Treatments =-.

  16. This was so helpful to read through, thanks!

  17. An interesting article, but I’m still intimidated. Not being very techno savvy, I think I’ll stay where I am.

    (BTW, I, too, am a New England blogging Grandma.)
    .-= Eva´s last blog ..I Coulda’ Used Some Lessons! =-.

  18. I’m just learning how to customize blogger a little more but have heard many people speaking highly about wordpress. I’m really wanting to switch but doesn’t it cost money to be able to have your blog customized. I don’t really want to have a cookie-cutter version of a blog and I would love to be able to customize it whenever i feel like it. SO does it cost to be able to customize it.

    Also Happy SITS Day! Love your blog!
    .-= Chaotic Kristy´s last blog ..Too quiet from the kid’s room =-.

  19. Wanted to stop by to say hello and thanks for the great tips! You always offer such good information.
    .-= Dee@CWM´s last blog ..Gifts For The New Year: Eat Smart Digital Scale Giveaway! =-.

  20. Be sure to read the fine print about what the WordPress.com version of WordPress allows. I believe that Blogger allows forms of monetization that may be prohibited if you create your blog on WordPress hosting.

    I started a couple blogs on their servers but couldn’t stand how slow they were. Do test first to make sure you are getting decent response time.

    The very best blog platform is WordPress installed on your own hosting company. If you don’t want to do that part yourself there are plenty of experienced WP experts who can assist you. I don’t do my own technical work – Derek Semmler does it.

    I highly recommend businesses go with self-hosted WordPress, use a Theme that is supported (we use Thesis on all our blogs) and install plugins that make your site highly interactive. You can read more about that on the page I linked from the regular Website field for this comment.

    I am new here so I also wanted to recommend the post featured in CommentLuv. That explains one of the most important things any blogger or business owner can do to increase their traffic and sales.
    .-= Gail – GrowMap´s last blog ..Are You Playing Hide and Seek With Your Market? =-.

  21. I agree, moving from Blogger to WordPress was the best thing I did.

    Not sure if you are using WordPress.com or a self hosted WordPress, but I moved a couple of blogs to a self-hosted WordPress with no problems (everything to include comments came over no problem.)

    I have setup several WP sites.

    I setup a WP for a friend and installed plugins (they’re not techie types) and they post with no issues. They even managed to change out their theme without my help. Once setup it’s pretty easy to update.

    There are some restrictions with WordPress.com that your won’t find with self-hosted WP. For the most part you cannot run ads (especially Ad-Sense) on your site. If you’re thinking about using WordPress.com I highly recommend that you check out their advertising policy: http://en.support.wordpress.com/advertising/

    This was the main reason I choose to go the self-hosting route.

  22. I’m scared to transfer my html to wordpress .. but seems u already try it, for sure i will move maybe this year

    thanks

  23. Thank you for taking the time to write out this article Cindi. I am still on Blogger and this is something to think about.
    .-= Karen of Sillymonkeez´s hope’s you’ll read: …Review: Ed Hardy Lingerie =-.

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