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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

38 Blogger or Wordpress?

Hey, Bloggers! I’d love to get your opinion on a hot button topic we’ve been discussing, here in the Grey household…

Migrating from Blogger to Wordpress.

This is something I’ve been contemplating for the last 6 months. And every time I get up the courage and say “alright, let’s do this thing!” I find myself going into total panic mode and nearly start hyperventilating. I’ve heard everything from bloggers losing old blog posts and comments disappearing, to links not working and traffic loss. The thought of possibly losing my loyal followers scares the bejeebers out of me. The good does outweigh the bad, however, as I’ve heard nothing but glowing reviews about Wordpress from a blogging standpoint, particularly increased SEO, once all the kinks are worked out.


Why fix it if it’s not broken?

When I started blogging, way back in 2006, Blogger was really the only platform I knew of at the time. It was user friendly enough, and I quickly jumped on board. But it hasn’t always been rainbows and flying unicorns. In fact, I’ve had a rocky relationship with Blogger since day one. For example, commenting on my blog is a pain in the rear for many of my readers. You wouldn’t believe how many emails I get from folks that have to email me their comments because they can’t navigate the comment link in my posts…

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Fortunately, going forward into Wordpress, the design is promising to be the least of my worries. 

I have an amazing web designer, Cathy, who has been with me since way back when I used to sell on eBay under the username “shabby*girl”. Anyone remember me from way back then? Holla!

Cathy used to design my eBay templates, then she designed my website, followed by my blog. She and I have a terrific history together. I am grateful to learn she can install my current design onto my new blogging platform with Wordpress, and hopefully make the change as seamless as possible for everyone. 

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This is where YOU come in!

Throughout my research, I found some people say the switch was easy-peasy, and they did it all themselves with little knowledge, and for others the experience was one huge nightmare.  

I would like to know… 

Did you abandon your Blogger blog altogether after switching over to Wordpress? Were you able transfer all your old posts, photos, links and comments? Would you do it differently if you were to do it all over again? Are there any resourceful articles I should read, like Migrating for Dummies 101.

If you migrated from Blogger to Wordpress, and lived to tell about it, please share your experience with us in the comments section. Thank you in advance!


 
 

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38 comments:

  1. I've been considering moving myself, but I'm with Typepad. I've read real horror stories about the move and it seems I'd have to take out a loan to pay someone to do it for me. There are a few nice folks who have written detailed instructions, but when you aren't a programmer, it's like reading a foreign language. I really want to make the move, but I have to weigh the cost and headaches against the possible benefits. I look forward to reading what other readers have to say about their experience. I hope some typepad users will chime in as well.
    Good luck with your move. You won't lose this follower.

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  3. Thanks for commenting, Autum. I'm not very familiar with Typepad, and I certainly didn't mean to exclude anyone..I've just heard that Blogger --> Wordpress is a really touchy thing.

    oxox
    Jennifer

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  4. I migrated from Blogger to Wordpress about a year ago. I hired someone to do it for me so it was very easy. :) Most -- if not all -- of my links, photos, links and comments followed. I may have lost a few, but nothing significant. I did abandon my Blogger blog, although it still exists out there. I had been using my own domain name while on Blogger, so that may have helped with the transition some. Can't think of anything I'd do differently. Good luck to you!

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  5. Thanks for your comment, Julie. It's helped settle my nerves a little : )

    oxox
    Jennifer

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  6. I usually don't post comments, especially somewhat critical ones but I don't like wordpress. I like to just scroll down without having to click on anything. And usually if the picture doesn't interest me, I won't even bother clicking on the post. And then I find myself not even reading the blogs I once enjoyed. I know I'm only one person and not that impressive of a person either. I do miss all the simple blogs out there that I spent hours and hours scrolling down and staring at beautiful pictures of. Don't worry, I'll still read yours even if you switch. :)

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    1. I tend to agree....from a reader's perspective, I like the blogger platform so much better!

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  7. I'm good with Blogger. Haven't had problems commenting. I think those who've had problems commenting on mine - maybe 4 or 5 - had not kept up with the updates to blogger. I'm sure if I'd had all the problems you've encountered, I might look for alternatives, but I'm happy here. Best wishes for your switch.

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  8. I like Wordpress, especially when you are commenting or entering a contest. You just put your name and email in one step. With Blogger, you have to be signed in and make sure if you have a different account signed in with the right email.

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  9. I switched over from Blogger to WP by myself, it was super easy. I was tired of the commenting issues, Blogger being down, etc. Good luck!!!

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  10. Grandy's - If I'm not mistaken, that's a specific type of blog layout, known as a "Magazine Theme", where you have to click on each post to expand it and read. I'm planning on keeping the design of my blog very much the same, where all my posts will stay on one single page. Wish me luck!

    oxox
    Jennifer

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    1. Hi Jennifer! Long time reader and lover of your blog, first time commenting. I know you are looking for feedback from other bloggers, but as a reader who has been disappointed with the changes that have been made to some of my favorite blogs recently, I felt compelled to comment. I am relieved to hear you say that you plan to keep the design of your blog the same should you make the change to Wordpress. From a reader's standpoint, I have to agree with Grandy and Leigh Anne (I thought it was just me) and say that I do not care for the Wordpress platform that some of my favorite blogs have switched over to. There are a few of what used to be "must read" blogs for me that I don't visit nearly as often anymore because the new format just does not lure me in the way the old one did. They just don't have the visual impact that they used to have (I guess I'm shallow that way). Maybe I sound like an old fuddy duddy, but if there is a way to keep a format similar to what you currently have, that would be great! Having said that, it would take a lot more than that to make me stop reading your lovely blog!

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  11. Jennifer, What a delightful surprise to see the title of your blog today. I'm a new blogger (only a year) with very little knowledge of all things "techy" and I just last night moved my blog over to wordpress ~ DIY style. I couldn't have done it without the e-book resource "How to Move from Blogger to Wordpress" by Sharon Hujik. You can find it here: http://www.howtomovefrombloggertowordpress.com/
    However, I do wish I had a designer to help me. Since you already have that detail taken care of, it should be a great experience for you. Have fun!
    (My transfer isn't complete yet. My new site is www.harbourbreezehome.com. I'm not sure where my profile is pointing people at this point!)

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  12. I switched from blogger to Wordpress back in '07 (I've been on blogger since '04). I switched back over in '09. The thing I didn't like about Wordpress back then was that I couldn't change the HTML in my template (using the wordpress blog). I've never had any issues with blogger, and I don't plan on leaving any time soon.

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  13. I'm a first-time commenter here, but long-time admirer/follower of your blog! I moved my blog from Blogger to Wordpress last spring. My blog was quite small at the time in terms of traffic and followers, so the 'risks' were pretty low for me. I made the move myself without outside technical help by using a popular e-book called 'How to Move from Blogger to WordPress' by Sharon Hujik. It was unbelievably helpful. I even used Sharon's consulting expertise to help me through a few small issues that I had. She was a fantasic resource. (No, I am not being paid in any way to say that!) The process was definitely nerve-wracking and I'll be honest, I had a few small hiccups, but in the end, ALL of my posts, permalinks and comments were transferred over successfully. I am happy I made the move, especially for the creative flexibility, the SEO benefits, and the endless functionality options you have through plug-ins. But it hasn't been life-altering (yet!).

    The part that has been a bit more intimidating (but still do-able!) vs the transfer itself is the whole 'self-hosted' aspect. I don't find that much is written out there on that! But once you are on Wordpress, if something goes wonky with your blog, you can't just e-mail Blogger Help or wait for Blogger to fix things. Instead, you might have to go to your web host or your Wordpress theme developer to get to the bottom of things. On the positive side though, you'll learn a lot more about the technical aspects of your blog than you ever knew, and that makes me feel a little more 'in control' of my blog and all that content we bloggers work so hard on.

    I wrote a couple of posts about my experience if you are interested. The first one was written right after I made the move, and the second was written 6 months later.

    Here are the links:
    "Thinking of Moving from Blogger to Self-Hosted Wordpress? Here's One Blogger's Experience"
    http://apopofpretty.com/thinking-of-moving-from-blogger-to-self-hosted-wordpress-heres-one-bloggers-experience/

    "My Totally Non-Life-Altering Move from Blogger to Wordpress"
    http://apopofpretty.com/move-from-blogger-to-wordpress/

    Hope this helps! And, best of luck with the move.

    Kerri, A Pop of Pretty, apopofpretty.com

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  14. Just re-reading my comment, and first of all, it looks like a novel up there, so I am sorry it was so lengthy. But secondly, I think it sounds more negative than I meant for it to! My overall experience has been a positive one, but I just wanted to be honest that you may encounter some hiccups along the way. But they are all things that you can work through. If I can do it, anybody can! :-)
    ~Kerri, A Pop of Pretty

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  15. Jennifer, I have a hard enough time with trying to do what I do, Blogger has always been good, and God knows it took me forever to figure out that. So I think like you said if it's not broke leave it.... And what ever you do I will still be following you (your my favorite).

    Pattie

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  16. Kerri - Your comment was VERY helpful, and not one bit negative. I love pure honesty, so thanks for putting it out there for me to absorb like a sponge. I am feeling more confident now!

    Pattie - You're my girl! I think you're my longest follower to date - thanks for sticking with me through the good, the bad, and the wordy!

    oxox
    Jennifer

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  17. Hi Jennifer,
    I cannot advise, since I'm not into social networking???lol I will say this, when I visit blogs with wordpress. I've found it to be very user friendly!!

    Love your new fabric advertiser!
    Love always,
    Laurie

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  18. I migrated about eight months ago. It was really easy. All my archived stuff in there.

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  19. Yes wordpress provides a very good platform compare to the Blogger. In wordpress you can create a custom wordpress design so it will be very helpful for the blog creation.

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  20. Hi Jennifer!
    I am staying with blogger for now, but the thought of moving would be terrifying!
    I am so non-techy and it is all I can do to figure out a lot of the blogging
    issues, links, HTML codes, etc. I will stay put for now but will have to contact
    the gal who designed my header to see if she can switch me over if it is at all
    necessary. I think for you, having a professional to assist you in your move
    will make all the difference in the world!
    Good luck!
    xox
    Alison

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  21. I, too have considered this move. My main concern with Blogger is that Blogger owns my content, not me. I do not currently have the funds to pay someone to make this move for me so I would have to do it myself and I appreciate how-to links that were provided by some of the girls.
    Another option is to leave the Blog at Blogger open and start a new blog at Wordpress. You can leave a post at Blogger stating that you have moved to Wordpress and provide the link. This is an option for anyone who doesn't want to spend all the time moving the blog.
    I've heard that Typepad is a little easier to use than Wordpress but haven't tested it myself :)
    Thanks for the post!

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  22. I've been seriously considering a move to Wordpress and have read the same things you have about various problems. One thing I'm pretty sure of: you have to keep your Blogger blog account because the photos are on Picasa/Google and you will lose them if you delete your blogger blog. I don't like Blogger owning my content - there's a really good book out there - ebook - about moving your blog to Wordpress and I think I could probably do it with a slight assist from someone.

    xo
    Claudia

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  23. Good luck with whatever you decide. I haven't had any problems with blogger...other than when the site is sometimes down, I've been here since 2008. Am curious to read all the comments to this post just for any future info I may need. Very interesting topic and love reading everyones opinions and experiences.
    Good luck.
    *hugs*deb

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  24. Just do it, you won't be sorry - I haven't had any of the problems others have mentioned, curious...

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  25. I have been a blogger for several years now and I started up not knowing ANYTHING bout it, I am very technically challenged. I am on blogger as well and have a heck of a time with the comments section! My followers leave comments on my Facebook page!! I am really no help to you what so ever by this comment, just wanted you to know that I will follow you where ever you go:)

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  26. I just had this same discussion at work so I had to comment... I think your blog looks perfect as is. In my experience I've had a much more difficult time commenting on Wordpress Blogs than Blogger, but I just set up a Disqus account which I hope has solved that issue. I also think Blogger is awesome for self designers, but I think Wordpress blogs do look more like websites. Good Luck, whatever you decide! :o)

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  27. I agree with some of the above commenters. I like to scroll down and see it all. I don't want to click to get to the full post. If there's a way for Wordpress bloggers to do that, I can't figure out why I haven't ever seen one? There must be some reason they don't tend to do it if it is possible and from what I can tell, the number 1 reason people don't like to read those blogs.
    Brenda

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  28. Hi,

    I read your blog, I love it, but I have not commented before. If you are interested in more info on moving from Blogger to Wordpress you should visit my namesake's blog, Songbird. She made the move recently and has made several blogposts about it. She also used the book mentioned in one of the other comments.
    The link is http://www.songbirdblog.com/2012/01/moving-from-blogger-to-wordpress/

    BTW I think you will like the blog as well.

    I have no intentions to move to Wordpress. I have a small blog and it is a hobby for me. I won't say I never will, that depends a lot on Google. If they change too much I might move after all.

    Bye,
    Marianne.

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  29. I am in a panic. The new blogger is restricting me to Chrome and the type of blog I have is a celebrity gossip blog. I cut and paste from articles from around the world. So now, with Chrome, the cut out piece includes the white background which is hideous looking (before with IE I only retrieved the words and it looked nice)

    So I have two questions. If I switch will have have the same problem with Google cut and paste and will I lose the links from all those old posts. I have over three thousand posts out there linked to blogger.

    I am in a pickle.

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  30. Karen - I don't have any knowledge about Chrome. I'm not really sure what that is? Sorry I can't be of any help here.

    oxox
    Jennifer

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  31. Yippee!!! I'm so excited to win this giveaway! Thank you SO much for hosting it. Let me know if I can just email you back with my info or how you want me to work this.

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  32. I don't know about migration at all. I am wondering what will happen when google friend connect goes away. So I have added linky followers. I would be a candidate for migration for dummies if that existed for sure. That being said, I love your blog and am adding to my blogroll. Have a great day.

    MC

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  33. Hey Jennifer! Good luck with the switch. I remember you from ebay... I bought several things from shabby*girl! I have been following your blog from the beginning.

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  35. Sorry, just catching up on posts so I'm a little late on this one. Just wanted to say I am going to be moving to WP as well. A bit nervous about it and can't really afford to pay for someone to do the move for me. I'm a bit techy - enough to probably get myself in trouble! We'll see how this goes!

    Stephanie

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  36. Hi Jennifer,
    I did much research prior to starting a blog just recently and decided the best way to go would be WordPress. Blogger did look very user friendly and there are beautiful designs for templates. I chose WordPress as I wanted to own my own content and did not want to have to relearn everything if I wanted to switch. I know WordPress was the best choice especially after seeing all the problems that people using Blogger have been having. I think WordPress might be a little tricky to set-up on your own as far as design, so I also hired someone to do the initial set-up. It looks easy enough to navigate now I just need to get posting. My next challenge is to purchase a DSLR camera and learn that.

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