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Moving From Blogger to WordPress. Is it Worth It?

Moving from Blogger to Wordpress. Does It Pay?

Yes! And let me tell you why.

For me the biggest benefit is the easier blog posting tool. Blogger was always dropping my posts or part of posts. Blogger users – you know what I mean! I just couldn’t stand it anymore.

Wordpress has way more functionality. For instance you have more advertising flexibility. You can place adsense and other ads inside your posts more easily. A great plugin for this is Adsense Deluxe. There are a gazillion free plugins to choose from for adding cool things to your blog.

Is it easy?

No. I’ve just spent the last 5 days putting together the whole thing. Courtney Tuttle has an excellent article that walks you through setting up a Wordpress blog. I recommend printing it out and reading it. If you are serious about setting up a professional blog that will serve you and your readers well for the long term, then this is the way to go. The only changeI made was I used ANHosting instead of Prouddomains.com. ANHosting is recommended by Wordpress along with a few others. I like that ANHosting are very responsive to email and I can do an instant chat to get help 24/7. Of course their phone service is 24/7 also. And their install of Wordpress took all of about 5 minutes. The whole time for setting up hosting can take a little longer than that as you will need to update your DNS if your domain is registered elsewhere like mine was.
Where to find Wordpress Themes.

Once your Wordpress is installed on your host, you’ll probably want to customize your template or theme as Wordpress calls them. When you do this you will need to download the theme, then upload it to your server according to the author’s installation instructions. You can either use any FTP program like WS_FTP which you can try for free for 30 days. Or Wordpress recommends Filezilla which is completely free. If you use ANHosting they also have a Control Panel (CPanel) which has FTP capability under the “File Management� link.

Here are some links for places to find Wordpress Themes: (all of these are free)

Free WordPress Themes

Wordpress’s Theme List

Alex King’s WordPress Theme Competition Winners

Emily Robbin’s Review of 980 WP Themes

The theme I use is called Tiga.

One Really Important Thing You Need to Know.

For uploading to your hosted server, you may need to turn off your internet security and firewall. I had to learn this the hard way. I spent way too much time trying to figure out why I couldn’t upload files. If you turn it off, turn it back on right after uploading the files.

Plugins and Widgets I am Using

AdsenseDeluxe – helps put adsinside your posts.

FAlbum – can put photos from Flickr on your site.
On this site I use an older version than the latest version because
for some reason it works better on this theme I have. I use version
0.5.6

Wordpress Widgets – this is a must have if you want something that makes arranging your blog layout easy.

Paypal Donate – Allows easy addition of Paypal donate buttons in pages and posts.

WP-Amazon – adds the ability to search and include items from Amazon.com to your WordPress post entries.

Subscribe to Comments 2.1 – allows commenters to check a box requesting email updates to those comments.

Show Top Commenters – shows top commenters on your site. This is one of 7 helpful tips for increasing comments on your site.

Others that I plan to check out and use are listed here by the author of this template I use which is called Tiga.

Is it worth the effort?

Yes. After many hours of updating my widgets and links and searching for the right template, I am finally able to start writing again. At the end of the day we all know that content is king when it comes to developing a quality blog. Hopefully this article was helpful to you. Please subscribe to my blog to receive more articles like this one via email!

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24 Responses to Moving From Blogger to WordPress. Is it Worth It?

  1. agentsully March 14, 2007 at 11:21 am #

    someone had a comment: I don’t like the idea of turning off my norton security. I have too much to lose. Don’t know who you can trust out there..

    My response is:
    regarding turning off your internet security: 1) if you can upload without it, then don’t worry about this recommendation. 2) if you do need to turn off your internet security, just go turn it off for only the time that it take s you to upload, usually only a few minutes. Then turn the security back on.

  2. Ray Dotson March 15, 2007 at 9:25 am #

    Hey Agentsully, I totally agree about the move from Blogger to a hosted WordPress blog. I went through the same thing myself back in August of last year and I’ve never regretted it for a moment. I’ve also heard a lot of similar stories. Good luck with the new domain!

  3. John F March 31, 2007 at 11:09 am #

    Great post above… and inspires a question…

    I’ve just started with anhosting.com and wordpress. I’m at the stage I want to load on some themes, but don’t know how (using the FTP management option in anhosting).

    Anywhere I could find an idiot’s guide? (I’m non-tech, at least in this area). Thanks!

  4. agentsully March 31, 2007 at 12:13 pm #

    John F
    Thanks. Let’s see to answer your question briefly. For FTP’ing you can use ANHosting’s control panel. Go to http://your URL/cpanel. You put in your admin password they gave you. Under “Site Management” click on “File Manager” This will open up their FTP client. You can only upload one file at a time that way. For easier way try either Filezilla which is a free download from sourceforge. Just type into google to find it. The program will kinda walk you through setting up FTP access to your site. Another one you can try that I like is Ipswitch WS_FTP. They have a 30 day free trial.

    When you get your FTP set up then for uploading themes you’ll want to to go to this directory on your site. Click into Public_html> wp-content> themes. “Themes” is where you will upload the files too.

    Uploading is kind of like when you copy a file from one folder to another. It’s just that with FTP the copy is to another folder on another server (ANHosting). Does that make sense?

    For more detailed instrux, if the wizards in Filezilla or WS_FTP don’t help, then I would check on the support boards at wordpress.org. You can search to see if you find something or post your question and someone will respond within a day.

    I hope this helped! Let me know when your site it up!

  5. Adim Ofunne April 16, 2007 at 9:51 am #

    This couldnt be of more help. I just got to the stage where I started getting angry at blogger.com I wrote a post about it and then I found this to confirm my suspicions.

    I just have one question. Does the import also import the pictures on your blog?

  6. agentsully April 16, 2007 at 12:48 pm #

    Adim – Glad this is helpful! I intend to write some more on this general topic soon. Yes, it will import the pictures as well. See my post on Clean Import From Blogger to WordPress.

    Also, once you have everything up and running with WordPress, which takes a little up-front work, you might also want to check out my post about desktop blogging client called ECTO. It makes posting a lot easier. (Nothing is perfect, but this is the best solution I’ve found so far for posting)

  7. Philomena Ojikutu May 3, 2007 at 4:00 pm #

    Thanks,

    this is truly a great and worthy post. I am just moving too from Blogger to WordPress, after a successful stint of 9 months, averaging $500 monthly Blog income.

  8. agentsully May 4, 2007 at 11:02 am #

    Hey Philomena, Thanks for the comment! Glad this was helpful! I checked out your blogspot blog. You’ve got a good thing going there. Will you let me know when your new site is up and running? I’d love to check it out. Best regards.

  9. Mike May 9, 2007 at 8:14 am #

    I would add Akismet to the list of plugins.

  10. agentsully May 9, 2007 at 10:03 am #

    Mike -True! Askimet is crucial starting on the first day. My post on plugins lists it: http://lifelearningtoday.com/2007/04/20/18-really-useful-wordpress-plugins/

  11. adsense lady May 29, 2007 at 12:07 pm #

    I could not have said it better! Very interesting reading… All your posts are so insightful.mary

  12. Blogging Mix September 1, 2007 at 2:26 am #

    My blog is relatively new. I’m with blogger by the way. I’ve heard a lot of good things about WordPress but I think I’ll stick to Blogger. I find it easiest to manage although I can’t discount the fact that there are a lot of problems with it.

  13. agentsully September 4, 2007 at 4:49 pm #

    Thanks Blogging Mix. It looks like your blog is wordpress. Did you switch over?

    Adsense lady – thanks!

  14. Ashish Jha September 24, 2007 at 7:17 am #

    yeah,i can understand how tough it would have been to move from blogger to wordpress.
    Even upgrading wordpress versions are very tough so i guess i moving the blog is just like nightmare.
    upgrading is tough that’s why i donot upgrade my blog also, until and unless it’s very urgent.

  15. Adthello December 16, 2007 at 1:18 pm #

    Its nice to see more and more people switching over to Worldpress. Its the best blogging option around!

  16. Aseem Kishore March 26, 2008 at 11:31 am #

    This is very good, but if you need more details on the technical details on how to do it, you have to try something else. I moved from Blogger to WordPress and had to do it differently, so read my post on it also if you’re looking to switch but want to ensure you don’t get penalized by Google for duplicate content.

  17. Monavie May 1, 2008 at 6:00 pm #

    Honestly, been thinking about this for awhile now. Probably going to make the switch soon. Hope it all goes to plan. Thanks for the tips!

  18. Radu May 21, 2008 at 4:17 pm #

    Nice post… I am debating is I should move to wordpress or not…

  19. Anvay January 19, 2009 at 3:28 pm #

    Nice argument but I have always been a fan of Google and I believe in its services. So whatever may be the case I will be supporting blogger.

  20. Wordpress Hosting March 12, 2009 at 3:42 pm #

    WordPress has become the most popular used platform in its category. A recent search i conducted on Alexa found wordpress.com to be number 22 in the top most visited websites “globally”.

    WordPress not only makes it easy to create a blog but it has also been used to develop websites, simply because it makes it so easy to update.

    Regards,
    Richard

  21. Pat Maberry August 11, 2009 at 5:45 pm #

    Hello, i guess this is as good of a place as any to post and let you know. I went to subscribe to your RSS feed, and when i clicked it i got an error that said “Parse error: syntax error, unexpected T_CONSTANT_ENCAPSED_STRING” followed by other gibberish that scrolled off the screen. I had to force the page to stop loading because it locked up my browser. Cheers.

    • agentsully August 22, 2009 at 12:04 pm #

      @Pat – Thanks. I think it is fixed now. Let me know if you were able to subscribe. :)

  22. Ray@ Lemon Detox Diet August 16, 2009 at 2:09 pm #

    it is an interesting process to make the move. Ultimately it can be alot of trouble. My own feel is that unless it is really important to you, to just start again. Use a word press template that you like and start afresh. Good luck to all in the process.

    Ray

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