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I did it!

I finally got my bum in gear and migrated my little site over from Blogger to WordPress. And I’m so glad I’m here!

Why did I move, I hear you ask?

Well, Blogger was great for me for quite a while. I wanted a no-commitment, easy to use, type and publish type of platform. There’s no denying it works, and it works very well for a lot of people. You can build beautiful, responsive designs on Blogger if you know how (or can pay someone who does).

So my reasons to move were threefold.

1. I want to own my content

I hate to sound like a conspiracy theorist here, but have you read Google’s terms of service lately?

When you upload, submit, store, send or receive content to or through our Services, you give Google (and those we work with) a worldwide license to use, host, store, reproduce, modify, create derivative works, communicate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute such content.

Not only do you not own what you write on Blogger, but they can take it and use it on any of their other services however they like. Now, I don’t know why Google would want to use any of my ramlings anywhere,  but it makes you think.

Also, Google can delete your account without notice if it deems you have violated their terms of service. Their definition of what constitutes a violation is vague at best, but ultimately your blog and all your content can be deleted and you have no recourse against that, or way of getting your data back. Which leads me onto…

2. I want to choose my own adventure

I also don’t like statements like this:

We are constantly changing and improving our Services. We may add or remove functionalities or features, and we may suspend or stop a Service altogether. Google may also stop providing Services to you, or add or create new limits to our Services at any time.

Google is driven by revenue, just like all companies. If Blogger ever stops paying its way, you can bet it’ll be on the chopping block. When was the last time Blogger had a significant update? I want to be in control of my platform, come what may.

Lastly, and not to rant, but I don’t like the automatic things Blogger did to my account, like that stupid cookie acceptance bar I had to click out of (or put up with invading my visual space) every time I, or anyone else, visited my site (within the EU). It’s a small example, and I’ll put my tin hat away now. Makes you think, though.

3. I want some of those handy plugins and widgets

It got to the point when I kept thinking, oh I want to have a thing that looks like this, that or the other on my site and I just couldn’t do it. I spent ages googling (oh the irony) tutorials and trying my best to hash something together despite the fact I can’t code. Lo and behold, all the people who had managed it were using WordPress. Pre-designed themes aren’t actually that expensive and they can do so much more than the Blogger ones can.

On the flipside, my Blogger template had started to get really buggy with how much I’d modified it. Most annoying were that images wouldn’t centre no matter what I did to them, and that I had no valid feed. I also had no idea how to rectify the problem. Sounds simple, but for a tech novice like me it was either spend hours trying to fix the problem, buy another theme, or put that time and money towards moving to WordPress.

But what about migration? Yikes.

Yeah, that’s why I’ve been putting it off for ages. But I got it mostly done over the bank holiday weekend, and honestly I worked about one full day on it, spread over the three days. It really wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be, and I’m a total tech novice. As I may have previously mentioned.

I basically signed up with SiteGround (who so far have been nothing but amazing) who installed WordPress for me. I then followed the instructions from this post (seriously, spot on) step by step until I was done. And that was it.

The worst parts have been reformatting my posts so they display properly – for whatever reason my Blogger template inserted heaps of spurious tags in everything so it’s been a bit annoying having to go through and delete everything. If you notice any bugs or things that don’t work, please tell me!

Disqus migrated over fine, too, except for one post which I’d had to import twice (long story) so it got confused. Even that was fairly easy to clean up. Sidenote: do you think Disqus or native WordPress comments are better? I only used Disqus because I didn’t like the native Blogger comments, but maybe native WordPress is better?

So what do I make of it?

Now I’m here, I’m really impressed. I’m finding the whole thing so much more user friendly – if I want to make a change it’s as easy as just clicking on a few options. No faffing about with code. Things just… work. There’s nothing I can’t do here that I could on Blogger, but there’s plenty on the vice versa side.

In summary: I migrated to WordPress for half tin foil hat, half shallow Reasons. It was easier than I thought, and now I’m here I absolutely love it.

So all that remains is to formally welcome you to my new space – no, it’s ok you can keep your shoes on if you like.

Please tell me which plugins I simply must have, and whether I should stick with Disqus or go to WordPress comments. Oh and bugs. Any bugs, please tell me!

-Rachel

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39 Comments

    • 4th May 2016 / 21:01

      It’s really, honestly, not as bad as I thought it would be. Happy to pass on my knowledge if you decide to switch, which I’m sure is tempting after hearing my tech credentials…

  1. 4th May 2016 / 21:56

    I am no great fan of Google and I have thought often about migrating my site across but I am not sure you are being entirely fair in some of your criticisms.

    – ‘Google has the right to use your content if you upload, submit etc’ – That is true but you probably upload/submit your content if you share through Google owned services like Google+ or submit a sitemap to Google’s search engine, so chances are you can’t avoid this by crossing over to WordPress.

    – That annoying little cookie which pops up in the EU is required by EU law as I understand it. I for one was grateful to Google for complying with that law for me. It meant I didn’t have to worry about it.

    – Google is driven by revenue – I hate to break bad news but so is WordPress. Neither of them are charities.

    I agree with you about Google shutting down services – that is really annoying. I still use Picassa but one day it will stop working now that it is no longer up-dated.

    I am glad you are so happy with having made the switch. One day I may join you.

    • 5th May 2016 / 18:27

      Yes, quite possibly I need to put the tin hat away and realistically, I don’t think any of the scenarios I’ve outlined would have happened to me. It’s not like I’m running some mega blog and it’s not like my blog is my income, but regardless, it doesn’t sit right with me. That plus the additional functionality of WordPress and I’m confident I made the right choice, however I know it’s not for everyone.

  2. 5th May 2016 / 00:59

    I made the switch a few years ago and am so glad I did! If you don’t have Akismet or Jetpack, you might want to add those 🙂

    • 5th May 2016 / 18:28

      I’m so glad too! And I’m glad you’re enjoying it too! I definitely have Jetpack and I think I have Askimet too but haven’t activated it. Should get on that…

  3. 5th May 2016 / 04:04

    Welcome to WordPress and I’m using Siteground too! The support team is absolutely fab! Only thing is that they are quite pricey and I’ve been contemplating on moving to Inmotion. But I know I will miss the guys at Siteground who has always solve whatever problems I had within like 15 min.

    I would stick to Disqus if I were you. I started with WP native comments and people kept telling me that they were having problems commenting on my blog, so I wanted to switch to Disqus. But because I already had thousands of comments on WP, it seemed to take forever for the old comments to be moved over to Disqus so I gave up and went back to WP native comments again.

    My favourite plug-in is “broken links checker”. Works like magic and alerts me when there’s a broken link.

    • 5th May 2016 / 18:30

      Thank you! I think SiteGround’s support is amazing, I get through to someone straight away and they always go above and beyond. Even with my noddy questions, ha. I think I got mine at a 40% off deal or something and it doesn’t seem too outrageous, but then again I haven’t shopped around a huge deal. As a newbie I just wanted the service, but maybe when I get a bit more comfortable with the whole thing I might start looking for a better deal.

      Ok good glad there’s no big downside to Disqus. It does seem to be working fine for me so best not change everything at once!

      And I’m heading over to get that plugin right now!

  4. 5th May 2016 / 07:19

    Clearly, I need to read the “fine print” of google. You bring up some good points (scary statements by google) for reasons to switch.

    • 5th May 2016 / 18:31

      But nobody reads the fine print! I’ve just got my tin hat on today and pointing it out to everyone. We all accept some downright dodgy stuff without thinking because it’s convenient. I bet neither of us has read the Apple small print either, goodness knows what could be hidden in there. Anyway, moving along before the conspiracy theorists find me!

    • 5th May 2016 / 18:31

      Thank you and thank you! I’m glad I found yours! 🙂

  5. Kerri Taylor
    5th May 2016 / 12:57

    yay for the transition! i am self hosted wordpress for 3 years now and love 🙂 i agree with that google fine print – something i just can’t get behind. and the comments policy if you’re commenting as a non blogger person on a blogger blog – just don’t mix well together. i have reg WP comments but disqus seems to work well for you!

    xoxo cheshire kat

    • 5th May 2016 / 18:32

      Ooh I don’t know about the commenting policy as a non blogger person on blogger blogs? Is this something I’m going to discover for myself?? And now I’ve typed the word blog so many times it doesn’t make sense anymore…

      Good glad you think I should stick with Disqus, not sure I could manage another transition!

  6. 5th May 2016 / 13:46

    I’m impressed with how easy you found the transition! Your blog looks great! 🙂 And I had no idea Google’s terms were worded like that. 🙁

    • 5th May 2016 / 20:27

      Thank you! I love it 🙂 I suppose I didn’t have a huge deal of content to migrate, and I’m still working back through all my old posts. But so far, really not as bad as I thought. I had no idea about Google’s terms either, I’m just as bad at reading the small print as most people. But I read a couple of scaremongering articles and well, here we are!

  7. 5th May 2016 / 14:08

    oh man.. i am like 99% sure i never want to switch to wordpress. i just don’t think it is for me. but the fine print on google really does scare me. i like blogger, i don’t want to change or learn new things. but yeah that owning this or that, or removing me if they want.. not cool.

    • 5th May 2016 / 20:29

      Fair enough, plenty of people do great on Blogger and there really was no pressing need to move. I mean, if Google did decide to discontinue Blogger it wouldn’t happen overnight… I have to say though, I really don’t find WordPress *that* different to Blogger. In fact I find it easier to use. Just in case that helps!

  8. Jessica DeGore RD
    5th May 2016 / 14:10

    I’m still working on moving my blog over to WordPress from weebly- it’s a little stress but I’m glad your transition went smoothly!

    • 5th May 2016 / 20:30

      Thank you! It was honestly so much easier than I thought. Thanks to that article – if I hadn’t used that as my bible, I’d still be struggling on trying to set stuff up. I hope your migration gets finished asap and with minimal stress…!

  9. 5th May 2016 / 14:13

    I always hear of people making the change. I’m too chicken to do the move.
    But yipee that you got it done!

    • 5th May 2016 / 20:31

      Haha, I was in that camp too. I’ve been debating this since Christmas. But honestly it was so not that bad! I was very surprised. And very happy I got it done. No more worrying about it!

  10. 5th May 2016 / 14:36

    I used blogger for my FIRST blog years ago and now I’m on wordpress. SO much better. You have so much more control. Also… your blog looks fantastic! 🙂

    Sarah
    The Midwest Darling

    • 5th May 2016 / 20:32

      Thank you that’s very kind of you! I am loving the user friendly-ness and all the fabulous plugins. I feel I can do anything I want and I’m very excited about it! I’m glad I had the intro via Blogger though. I might have been a bit overwhelmed if I’d started here.

    • 5th May 2016 / 20:33

      Ooh I don’t really know anything about typepad. If it works, stick with it! Customer service really makes or breaks a product for me.

  11. 5th May 2016 / 17:52

    Hooray for making the move over to WordPress! I started out over here, but I really love how easy it is to use! And that’s great that you didn’t have too hard of a time making the switch! I ended up switching from the wordpress comments to Disqus, and so far I really like Disqus a lot.

    • 5th May 2016 / 20:34

      I sort of wish I’d started here too, much less hassle, but then I think Blogger was a great starting point for me. Ah, I don’t know, we are where we are and you’re right, the switch really wasn’t that bad which I’m so happy about. I’m happy to hear Disqus works for you, looks like I’ll stick with it then 🙂

  12. A Mindful Migration
    5th May 2016 / 18:16

    Yay for migrating to WordPress. Not a fan of blogger but I understand why people start there and why people also leave. 🙂 Some people really like disquis, but I prefer the native wordpress comments, just because people don’t need a disquis account etc, to comment. You can add plugins to help with SPAM too. The flip side is that you’ve been using disquis so if it’s been working fine for you, then there is no rush to change it either.

    • 5th May 2016 / 20:36

      Yeah I think it served a purpose for me, and it was a nice no-commitment way to start out blogging. Good point re native WordPress, however when I was a blogger blogger (ha) I had to create a WordPress account to comment on WordPress blogs, whereas I already had a Disqus account. So I suppose it’s swings and roundabouts really. And yes you’re right about not switching too much at once! I don’t want to exhaust my switching luck!

  13. 6th May 2016 / 02:11

    Welcome to team wordpress! I’m a big fan and have never questioned moving anywhere else! I think you’ll also love it 🙂

    • 6th May 2016 / 20:59

      Wohoo I’m loving team wordpress so far! Glad you like it too.

  14. 6th May 2016 / 06:54

    Whoop – nice one! The site looks great 🙂 I love Disqus personally – makes replies so easy.

    • 6th May 2016 / 21:02

      Thanks! I’m pleased you like it. Ok I’m glad the general consensus is that Disqus works and is good. One less thing to switch!

  15. Jen
    6th May 2016 / 12:38

    Ohhh I really love it!!! 🙂 Definitely turned out great.

    • 6th May 2016 / 21:02

      Yay that makes me happy! Glad my work was not in vain 🙂

  16. 31st May 2016 / 21:11

    I have been wanting to move my blog over to WordPress from Blogger before I start blogging again… I might email you about the process! Been nervous to do it!

    • 31st May 2016 / 21:19

      Hey Christine! Well firstly I’m happy to hear you’re coming back to blogging, I’ve missed you! Secondly, yes do email away. It really wasn’t that bad, I can give you some tips that helped me. Having said it was super easy, I’m now discovering some lost Disqus threads and it’s not as easy as you’d think to rescue them… However I think I know where I went wrong so I’m happy to impart all my very limited wisdom!

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