Before Christmas I made the switch from Blogger back to WordPress and I know that’s something that some people find daunting but it’s not actually that scary.
I used Nose Graze’s full walkthrough guide and I would have been lost without it. It was really detailed, there was nothing missed out and it was really simple and easy to follow. All the information I needed was in one place and I didn’t have to go off hunting for things.
If you have your own domain (for example mine is www.eatreadglam.com not www.eatreadglam.wordpress.com) there are some extra steps involved but they’re all covered in the Nose Graze walkthrough.
The most important thing about using your own domain is that you will need to find your own hosting solution as WordPress will not host it if you have your own domain. They will happily host .wordpress domains, but not your shiny, special, custom domain.
I’m currently using GoDaddy’s WordPress hosting and I’m really happy with the support I received through their live chat and their whole WordPress package makes it really easy and means you don’t need to fiddle around with ftp.
All in all, it probably took me about 6 – 7 hours to set up my new hosting package, import my Blogger blog to WordPress (all my posts and comments), search for a new theme and buy one, install my theme and fiddle with it until I was happy and finally, change my DNS settings.
I can’t speak for all other hosting companies but with GoDaddy it took around half an hour for my DNS to propagate and for me to be able to see my new shiny site on my domain. I know some people who use Hostiserver Dedicated Servers and love them, so find the perfect host for you.
Hosting companies will always tell you it can take up to 48 hours, but it’s often much, much faster than that. Do try to make sure you change your DNS settings when your blog is likely to be getting fewer visits than normal – for example at night.
If you’re thinking of moving from Blogger to WordPress, don’t be put off because if you follow the NoseGraze guide, you’ll be fine.
If you’ve switched from Blogger to WordPress and found a resource particularly helpful, please share it in the comments.