I’d used the Blogger platform for many years but had started to see a lot of its limitations. I knew that I wanted to switch from Blogger to WordPress but I just needed the courage to do it. I’d heard some horror stories about switching so was reluctant initially. I also didn’t want to spend a fortune as blogging is not a full-time occupation. I was scared of things going wrong or not being able to do the technical side. However, I eventually went for it and I am so pleased with the results. Making the switch from Blogger to WordPress has already been worthwhile! In this post, I thought I’d include how I made the switch, any complications and my experience.
This was something I’d spent a lot of time deliberating on. Like I’ve said before, blogging is a hobby for me so I didn’t want to spend a fortune. Lots of people recommended Lyrical Host (and for good reason). However, I am right now with blogging £9.99 a month was still a fair amount to pay. I spent lots of time researching and asking other people who they recommend but I found that lots of places want you to pay for several years upfront which I didn’t want to do. Eventually, I settled on IONOS after talking to Caroline. They are £1.20 a month for a year which then increases to £5 after the first year. I thought they’d be a good place to start and wouldn’t break the bank.
The hosting plan included WordPress Hosting, a free SSL certificate for one year and a domain for one year. I already had a domain name that I had purchased so I needed to transfer it across instead.
This was the exciting part as I absolutely adore looking at blog themes. My go-to for blog themes are normally Etsy as they tend to be more affordable than other places – my theme cost about £20. I spent a lot of time browsing and testing out theme demos before eventually deciding on the one on my blog today. I still love it and picking a theme was hands-down the most exciting part of switching from Blogger to WordPress! I’d recommend checking your theme is SEO optimised too as that will really help!
The theme I bought came with free installation but I had a few issues with the switch (mentioned later on). I felt bad asking for installation again and again so I decided to do it myself. Thankfully my theme came with step by step instructions. Plus, I often installed my Blogger themes too so it was relatively straight-forward to install once I knew what I was doing.
This was the part that I was nervous about as although I’m not terrible at technical things I didn’t want to lose my content. Before switching I deleted posts that weren’t worth moving over. I’ve been blogging on and off for nearly 9 years now under various different blogs and names so most of those posts were horrendous! I followed WP Beginner video tutorial for switching content and it was so useful. The process itself was fairly straightforward and hassle-free so I can’t complain about that.
However, the switch from Blogger to WordPress will only transfer your posts. Anything else you have that you want to be moved across, like pages, needs to be done manually. Thankfully, I only had a few pages that needed transferring so that wasn’t too bad.
It’s important to say not to delete your old blog in case you need to edit or retrieve something. My Blogger blog is on private so it doesn’t disrupt Google rankings for posts appearing twice. Also if you have any broken links on old Blogger comments sometimes it’s easier to sort them through Blogger than WordPress so that’s something to keep in mind.
PROBLEMS WITH SWITCHING
On the whole, my switch went relatively smoothly. However, I struggled when it came to domain switching. There were several times that I got to the last stage of the switch and I would lose everything and have to start again.
I’m still not 100% sure what actually kept happening. I was making it over-complicated when I just needed to update my DNS settings on my domain account. Every time I went to switch my domain to my new site it would get added to the wrong website or it would cause the website to crash. This happened three or four times and was so frustrating. I’d get so close and then have to start again. Eventually, I started a live-chat with my host who walked me through the whole process and ensured that it worked. I don’t know why I didn’t just do this the first time but I got there eventually!
There’s no doubt that WordPress comes with a whole host of snazzy features that Blogger just can’t compete with. I have found so many useful plugins (let me know if you’d like a post on that) that make managing my blog so much easier. The block editor took a few days to get used to but I am a fan now. WordPress is so different from Blogger so practising how to use it is something worth doing before fully switching!
One of the more frustrating things with WordPress is having to reformat all the posts that switched over. Reformatting the posts is something I’m still working through but you get the hang of it and thankfully I don’t have too many posts.
HAS IT AFFECTED TRAFFIC OR DA?
In short, yes. I have seen a decrease in both my traffic levels and DA. However, I’m not sure whether Blogger ever recorded my traffic accurately anyway. My DA has also dropped quite significantly over time (it went from 10 to 8 and now 4) but again I can’t be sure this is purely a result of the switch. I’ve seen lots of bloggers saying their domain authority has dropped so it might not be entirely related to switching from Blogger to WordPress.
PAYING FOR MIGRATION
This is something I contemplated briefly but when you start to look at how much it costs I quickly decided it was a no from me. Like I’ve said before, I’m not bad at technical things so I thought I could manage to switch on my own. Overall the process of switching was relatively straightforward (minus a few issues mentioned above) so in my opinion, I often don’t think it’s worth paying someone. If you want the switch to be as hassle-free as possible and would like someone else to do it then by all means go for it however switching from Blogger to WordPress is just as manageable to do by yourself too.
Overall, I am so happy I made the switch from Blogger to WordPress. As a platform, WordPress offers so much more flexibility and versatility that Blogger could never compete with. I’m now trying to update and go through all my posts for SEO and make them better which is something that Blogger couldn’t help with. I’m hoping that in the long-term this will really help my blog overall and help it to grow.
Although Blogger is often a great choice for starting out with blogging I found that I outgrew it quite quickly as I started to take blogging more seriously. I am so much happier using WordPress and I love my theme too! I think seeing serious growth will take some time, as it always does with blogging. However, I’m confident that making the switch now was a good long-term decision that will hopefully help my blog flourish in the future!
Have you made the switch from Blogger to WordPress? How do you find the two different platforms?
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