Switching From Blogger to WordPress

Switching from Blogger to WordPress

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. ItΒ 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.

What’s your opinion on blogger vs wordpress?

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  • Nadia

    I have literally been in a slump because of this issue, hon. I need to make a switch ASAP. But then again, I put so much pressure on myself to do it, spent hours looking for a perfect theme & then thinking how to tweak it and million other things, that it all pretty much put me off blogging for a few weeks. Awful, I know (I actually wrote about it all in my recent post).
    I am, however, planning a switch ASAP. Your post was that final “sign” I needed <3
    Thank you for describing everything in detail. I couldn't agree more about it all. I grew out of Blogger and it's time to switch πŸ™‚
    xox Nadia
    http://www.mielandmint.com

    • Oh good luck with the switch Nadia! I’ll have to go read your post about it, nothing worse than putting yourself off blogging. And if you decide to switch and have any questions then feel free to ask πŸ™‚
      x Lauren

  • I use blogger and have been looking to change but I am so nervous ahah! I meant have to look into changing!! Thanks for sharing! xox

    • If you ever have any questions about it feel free to ask Emma! It definitely is a nerve-wracking move to make, took me months of research and deliberating before I made the decision
      x Lauren

  • Aisha

    I use Blogger and for now I’m really happy with it but maybe one day I’ll change but it looks very difficult and I have to spend some money so this is not the right time πŸ™‚ maybe in the future! xx

    aishettina.blogspot.it

    • Blogger is definitely a brilliant platform to use. It took me a long time to decide that it was time for me to invest some money, glad I’ve done it now though!
      x Lauren

  • Lucy

    Totally get why you switched I used blogger a long time ago and deleted my site, hated it for some reason. Really like WordPress though xxxxx

    lucylovesbeautyxo.com

    • I did like blogger, but I just thought it was time for the next step! It’s a decent site for beginners πŸ™‚ Thanks for reading Lucy!
      x Lauren

  • WordPress definitely has better premade designs, but I prefer blogger as I think it’s got an easier user interface. But either one is a good platform to use

    • I actually prefer the wordpress interface to the blogger interface! I think it looks a lot cleaner ha. Thanks for reading
      x Lauren

  • I have to bow to your patience and ‘balls’ for doing to migration yourself!
    I literally had no idea and didn’t want to risk loosing everything.lol
    As you say, that is some accomplishment and you should be proud!
    I transferred late December after a couple of years debate and am so glad I did! I took advantage of an offer/discount Pipdig did for Black Friday I think it was. πŸ™‚
    I love everything about wordpress, especially the SEO help.

    Caroline.x
    http://www.carolineelgeywhite.com

    • Ha it definitely took me a long time, and there was times I wanted to give up, but glad I got it done. The SEO help is one of the main reasons I switched, love the yoast plugin!
      x Lauren

  • Omg, I can’t believe you did the whole migration yourself!! I am so overwhelmed when it comes to everything coding or hosting related that I definitely wouldn’t have the confidence to attempt it myself, so good on your for achieving it! Your blog is looking fab! I personally still use blogger but I may well migrate in future!

    Abbey 😘 http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

    • Not gonna lie, it was definitely a tricky switch! If it wasn’t for google I would have give up in no time ha. Thanks Abbey, definitely loving it atm! And the switch is definitely worth it πŸ™‚
      x Lauren

  • MissBeautyEmily

    I’ve noticed a lot of bloggers changing from Blogger to WordPress and I wasn’t too sure why but your blog post has really explained it well. I’m currently using Blogger and get on with it well but maybe I too will migrate over!

    http://www.missbeautyemily.com

  • Sian…

    I’m looking at moving too and buying my own domain. I can’t believe you did the migration yourself! I wouldn’t even know where to start! I’m definitely going to use your top tips to help me switch!

    Sian x
    http://theenglisheverygirl.blogspot.co.uk/