Switching From Blogger to WordPress
Switching from Blogger to WordPress
*Note: This is a FULL review of my thoughts on the migration from Blogger to WordPress, before, during, and after. I am writing this review in hopes that it helps ease your fears about moving from Blogger to WordPress. I give credit and thanks to Joy at FiveJsDesign for helping me with the migration. Be sure to check out Joy’s homeschooling website. Read more about Joy and her services and homeschooling website at the end of this review.
Are you considering switching from Blogger to WordPress?
I switched from Blogger to WordPress and would like to share my experience here with you!
Before the migration:
I started The Frugal Free Gal blog in June of 2010. I chose to use the Blogger platform because it was free, and I already knew how to use the program. Since 2008, I have been updating my personal blog about my daughter on Blogger and I had a great idea of how it worked and knew it was easy to use. I kept hearing about WordPress from others, but paid no attention to it. I was set on Blogger. I was never going to make the move to WordPress, thinking, “Why would I need to switch from Blogger to WordPress?” I also liked that Blogger was “free.”
The Frugal Free Gal blog started growing fairly rapidly. I started the blog as a hobby, but learned that I wanted to take it further. I enjoyed writing posts and helping others save money, and knew that I would probably be blogging in the next five years or more. I was spending hours on blogging during the “building” process and didn’t want it to be just another blog. I do take blogging seriously. Five months into blogging, I decided to purchase my own domain at GoDaddy.com and my own design from Jumping Jax Designs. I felt this was a good investment. I loved my design and new domain.
I still heard about WordPress but paid no attention to it. I wasn’t going to be switching from Blogger to WordPress. I even talked with another blogging friend of mine about our goals for our blogs in 2011. We both agreed that we wanted to “think” about switching from Blogger to WordPress, but I just didn’t think it was going to happen with my blog. I didn’t even know where to start in the whole process and if it were to happen, it would have happened in the middle or end of 2011. What was the hurry?
I recently met three other great blogging buddies, Family Friendly Frugality and Couponing to Disney. They were all on WordPress. I wasn’t. We started discussing it more and more and they kept telling me it was a very important move, that it needed to happen, and soon. My blogging buddies persuaded me to look more into making the move, and I started researching more about what was involved.
One of my blogging buddies told me that she hired help from someone to help in my decision on switching from Blogger to WordPress (called “migration from Blogger to WordPress”). I guess I had never thought of that before and knew that if I started making the move on my own, I would mess everything up, and possibly lose my blog. I also heard that I would lose all of my Google Friend Connect Followers when moving over. That was enough to scare me out of the whole process. I had worked so hard to get over 1000 followers! Again, I had no idea what was involved with making the move and really didn’t know of anyone that I could trust to make the move.
This blog buddy told me that she used Joy over at FiveJsDesign to help her with the migration, and strongly recommended her. Immediately, this name stuck out in my mind. I knew that Joy had designed the very popular Money Saving Mom website. I already felt I could trust her, based on my friend’s review and the fact that Joy was the designer for Money Saving Mom and Couponing to Disney. I took my friend’s advice and headed over to check out Five Js Design services. One of her services was “Migration from Blogger to WordPress.” I filled out the “Project Questionnaire” and within 24 hours, Joy contacted me. I asked her a few questions. One was, “Why do YOU think I should be switching from Blogger to WordPress?” She referred me to read this article at My 3 Boybarians on why I should make the move. I saw the section in the post called “So Should You Move” which asks a series of questions. The majority of my answers were yes, and this led me to believe that moving to WordPress was going to be the right thing to do.
During the migration:
Joy stayed in touch with me and was prompt when answering my questions and emails. Right away, I was impressed. I didn’t feel that I had to wait days for a response. She told me what would be involved and I agreed to begin the migration process, and it was going to happen soon. I was excited and nervous about the whole situation, but I still felt this was the right thing to do, and Joy seemed to know exactly what to do. She reassured me that nothing would be lost and everything would transfer over. Joy helped ease my fears and took control over the whole process. All I had to do was sit back, complete a few things here and there with my new hosting platform, and wait for her to give me direction on what needed to be completed next. This was too easy. I started to laugh at myself when thinking about how scared I was to move. Joy made it simple.
We started the migration on Monday, January 24. We worked together Monday through Friday behind the scenes. You wouldn’t have even noticed a difference on my blog if you stopped by that week! I liked that I was able to continue my normal blogging while the move was taking place. Behind the scenes, I was working on making the move, moving widgets over to my “dummy .net domain” and figuring out how to make pages and menus for my header, installing plugins, and learning how to use other WordPress features. Joy spent a lot of time working with me over Skype, showing me screen shots as examples and helping me to learn about WordPress. She did a lot of the work herself but also went by her philosophy of, “Give a Man a Fish and You Feed Him for a Day, Teach a Man to Fish and You Feed Him for a Lifetime.” I “fished” for what she wanted me to fish for so that when I was finally “on my own,” I would know what to do. Joy also offered several great suggestions at improving my website and how and where to place certain features.
Our plan was to work behind the scenes all week and make the final switch on Friday night, when traffic was low. I loved having an entire week to spend on getting my new website ready at WordPress, and in all honesty, it didn’t take long–a few hours here, a few hours there. By the time Friday came around, we made the final touches, and by the evening, we were ready to make the full move. I was a bit nervous but I knew Joy had it under control and she wouldn’t let me down. The final full move took about an hour that evening. I was taking a nice bubble bath during that time “dreaming” of my new website.
After the migration:
I came back to my computer and saw that it was indeed a successful migration and switching from Blogger to WordPress was a great idea. I was finally on WordPress. I never dreamed that I would be on WordPress at the beginning of the year. I still have my rankings, GFC followers, posts, and images–we didn’t lose anything in the move. Learning how to use WordPress has also been fairly simple. I am in love with WordPress already and have a lot to learn. I was in love with Blogger, too, and don’t get me wrong–Blogger has been good to me for several years, and still serves as my platform for my personal blogs. However, The Frugal Free Gal needed WordPress. It was in my heart to transfer over. I followed my heart and I am very pleased with the results. The migration was well worth my time and financial resources. I do not regret making the move one bit.
If you are interested in switching from Blogger to WordPress, I recommend contacting Joy by filling out the questionnaire at FiveJsDesign. I give Joy five gold stars for everything she did for my move. I no longer feel that anything is holding me back from becoming a successful website owner and operator. I see a great future for The Frugal Free Gal! Consider this a good investment if you are serious about your blogging and see a great future for your website.
More about Joy:
Joy has 3 kids, ages 8, 11, and 13. She has been homeschooling since 2005. The name “Five J’s” comes from their names: Jeff, Joy, Jaden, Jerah, and Joely. Read about why Joy chose to Homeschool. If you are new to homeschooling, this post lists articles for new and experienced homeschoolers as well as top book recommendations. Get a free ebook about learning states & postal abbreviations with an online practice page. See lessons on life skills for kids and watch a video tutorial on multiplying using a method that is much better than how it is taught normally. Interested in receiving updates from Joy? Subscribe to FiveJs and like FiveJs on Facebook.
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