Sunday, July 26, 2015

From Blogger to Worpress...Why and How I made the switch!

Hey there!!


Welcome to my little corner of the world wide web! My name is Meg and I am here today to answer your questions of why and how I made the switch from Blogger to Wordpress. 

First...you may be wondering what the difference is between Blogger and Wordpress. The short answer is blogger is owned by google and is a great place for beginning bloggers ,while Wordpress is an intense blogging platform that allows bloggers to own their content and has a better SEO (the way people find your content).  

Image from MJ Favre. Click image for direct link to this blog post. 

Check out this post from Megan (pronounced ME-gan) on the difference between Blogger and Wordpress...it has some great information! 


I decided to explore Wordpress because I wanted to explore my opportunities as a blogger.  After meeting so many amazing bloggy friends on Periscope and talking with so many amazing people I really wanted to take ownership of what I was putting out in the world.  I have always been curious about Wordpress, but have never been brave enough to take the leap....until now. So, here begins a new adventure...and I am excited, nervous and scared all at the same time...and I find it exhilarating! 

Now, I moved transferred my blog all on my own (and I am not a coding guru...like, AT ALL!). I did a lot of research and found this great tutorial CLICK HERE...that lead me step-by-step to moving my blog.  The greatest thing about this tutorial is that Julie (the owner and creator of this marvelous tool) will answer any questions you have by email OR she will move it for you..and for a super reasonable price! 

I am not going to lie...transferring my blog on my own was a bit stressful. It took at least 6 hours (mainly because I over thought the clicking of buttons..or my ADD kicked in) to get it transferred. The last step of moving my domain took me the longest because I didn't realize that my domain wasn't able to be transferred because it was new and I had bought it through google. Whoops! I crashed my blog trying to move my domain...which created quite the panic, but not to worry...everything worked out. 

Fun fact: If you are thinking about buying your domain and possibly exploring Wordpress...make sure you use a godaddy.com or blue host..it will make our life much easier! 


There are a lot of great articles out there talking about how to transfer your blog and the opportunities it can give.  My words of advice are as follows: 

If you are new to blogging stick to blogger! Make sure blogging is something you enjoy doing...you don't have to be uber consistent or be a "large fish" by any means. Just make sure it is something you love doing.  If you get to a point where you want to expand your opportunities...THEN...you can make the move. I do not suggest jumping into Wordpress...there is a "learning curve"


IF you decide to move your blog from blogger to wordpress you need to make sure that you BACKUP YOUR CURRENT BLOG DESIGN!!!

Go to your blogger Dashboard >> Template and look up in the right hand corner! CLICK IT and SAVE!



From there you can follow the tutorial I have linked in this post and all will be good! Just remember to take deep breaths!


So, there ya have it. I have jumped into the Wordpress world to explore. I am nervous, scared and have made myself vulnerable in more ways than one. I hope you will join me on this journey and all of my wild and crazy ideas! 

Please feel free to contact me with any questions at megsboxofcrayons@gmail.com , in the "Ask Megan" tab at the top of this blog or any of my social media outlets!

Thanks for stoppin' by! 


3 comments:

  1. Hey! Not sure if my first comment was posted...so I'm trying again! :)
    Thanks for your great scope tonight! I do have another question...where did you get your cute clip art person made to look like you at the top right corner of your blog?

    Thanks so much! :)

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  2. Meg!! Thanks for being so inspirational and "real!" You're one that has really helped me take a leap toward my hopes of blogging one day! Still have a ways to go but love watching your periscopes and knowing it's okay to just get your toes wet and start somewhere! :))

    Thanks so much!
    Ericka :)

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