Back at the beginning of January, I finally made the switch from Blogger to WordPress. This was something I had been looking to do for quite some time, but I never felt like I could justify spending the money. After all, I wasn’t the best at keeping up with my blog. But after I successfully got through #Blogmas, I decided it would be a worthwhile investment. So I thought I would share with you why and how I made the switch.
Why did I switch?
After three years on blogger I was starting to get bored of how restrictive it was. Don’t get me wrong, blogger is a great platform for beginners. I’m so glad I chose it over wordpress to start my blog. But I decided that a switch was needed in order to give me the freedom to put more of me into my blog. WordPress allows for a lot more customisation of themes. This has meant I am finally happy with how my blog looks. I also loved the idea of being able to use plugins to help with my blog, especially Yoast, which helps with my SEO.
How did I switch?
The first thing I had to do, was search for a hosting package that would suit my needs. After a lot (and I mean a lot) of searching around, I finally settled on the ‘WordPress Personal’ package from Kualo. The reason I chose Kualo was because it is a UK based company, and it has great reviews. I’ve only ran into one major issue with my blog since I switched, and Kualo had the problem solved within the hour. Also, compared to most other hosts, the packages they offer are very well-priced!
After I bought the hosting, my next step was migration. Since I knew I was going to be buying a theme from Pipdig, I was originally going to take advantage of their migration services. However as my decision to switch was kind of spur of the moment, I didn’t exactly have the money for it. So I instead did it myself. I’m not going to lie… IT WAS HARD. I literally stayed up all night to do the migration. And google was definitely my best friend that night. But in a way, I’m actually glad I did it myself as it give me such a sense of achievement.
After migrating, I then had to buy myself a pretty new theme. I had spent a lot of time on Pipdig on the weeks leading up to my switch, so I already knew I wanted the Aruba Nights theme. Once I bought it, installation was extremely easy, and before I knew it, I had a fully running blog.
Have I had any issues?
When I first switched, my blog kept going down for short periods of time. However this is totally normal when switching to WordPress, and can happen for the first 24-48 hours. The only major issue I had, was when my blog somehow managed to ban my IP address from accessing my blog. I’m not sure exactly what happened. It must have been something to do with logging into my WordPress account, because it did it again when I tried logging in through 3g. When it first happened I was in a huge state of panic as I couldn’t access anything. However after my initial panic calmed down, I emailed Kualo. They were able to solve the problem within the hour, and have now whitelisted my IP address so that it can’t happen again.
Was the switch worth it?
100% yes. Ever since I made the switch I feel like I’ve been so much more invested in my blog. I love how it looks, and every time I go on I smile. I also much prefer working from the WordPress dashboard, something about it seems so much cleaner to me. The plugins have also definitely been a massive bonus! Yoast has helped me with my SEO so much, and Askimet has been wonderful for blocking spam comments.
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