As promised, I am going to summarize my move from Blogger to WordPress.org. To make it more interesting and to capture my feelings along with the technical aspects, I wrote it as if I kept a diary throughout the process. Clever, huh?
Here it goes.
I am so excited to move to WordPress.org. I am finally taking Pete, Tim, and Kaitlyn’s advice and making the move. The best part is that I will be able to make more changes to my site, use categories and a navigation bar rather than just tags, and have more flexibility with photos. Now that I found the Premium Template that I love from Woo Themes for only $70, I will get to have a unique site with just some minor changes in the template code. No biggie.
And I am lucky that Tim is offering to help me do the switch. My biggest worry: that the posts, pictures, and comments from the Blogger site might not be easy to get onto the WordPress.org blog. But either way, I need to make the move.
Day 1: Launch
Today I met with Tim and he helped me with the tricky parts; redirecting my makeundermylife.com address from Blogger to the new WordPress.org. He also set up my blog on his server (so nice of him). And he figured out how to move the content, pictures, and comments from Blogger to WordPress.org without a problem. The only glitch is that he told me I need to reload the images from the old blog onto the new one because eventually Blogger will shut down my old photos and the links/images will disappear on WordPress.org. He might be right, but I am too lazy to go reload hundreds of pictures.
Other than moving content, I also downloaded the Woo Theme Template. I started to mess around with the code but it was much trickier than I expected (so many sheets, style sheets, and phps (what is a php??)). I managed to change two fonts out of the entire template CSS style sheet by myself. There is a terrible black hover color on my navigation page that drives me nuts. I thought the support forum would be really helpful at making my changes but even the questions asked on the forum are over my head, let alone the answers.
I am going to take the night off and work on this in the morning. I will stay in tomorrow night too, and learn my way around the template code. The template I picked was good, but it’s far from finished.
So I have now spent half a dozen hours combing the forums and support areas on Woo Themes to learn how to make the changes. I finally realized that some of the major, important changes I want to make on the site have to be edited locally, on my computer and reloaded with FTP. I am fine with editing php files and css files on my Word Press dashboard, but using FTP to find the files on the server and changing them… officially over my head. It is time to call in a professional and stop worrying about this myself. Definitely not a happy camper today.
The past few days I have been avoiding the new blog and posting as usual on the Blogger site. I have been asking around for advice on good and affordable web designers that can help me with me troubles. But so far, none have seemed like the right fit. Deep down I know this is the right move to make, but this transition has not been pleasant.
Today I came across a great new blog, Oh Brooke. When reading about Brooke, I noticed she is also a web designer. So I emailed her and asked her to help me with my edits. She was super nice and agreed to help out. I think I might get my vision realized after all.
It feels as though a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. Brooke has been great and has been able to make almost every single glitch with the blog disappear and the look is just how I envisioned it. It is still clean, and in keeping with the makeunder theme but it also has personality. I am ready to debut the blog to the world!
Looking back on the whole process, I am glad I didn’t know what I was getting into when I set out to make the switch. If I knew how frustrating it would be, I think it would have discouraged me from making the move at this point in time. But considering I didn’t know what to expect, I got through it and came out of the whole ordeal with an amazing site that makes me excited to post every day.