So you might have noticed that my blog (and perhaps its URL) has changed dramatically…and for the better.
I think it’s fair to say most bloggers start their blogs on Blogger (tongue twister much?) It’s simple, clean and easy to use – not to mention one of the biggest blogging platforms out there.
I decided to take the plunge and move to WP, buy a new theme and my own domain. It’s a lot of money and very stressful creating all these new accounts and spending money when you’re not guaranteed a finished product you’ll love, but thankfully I love it – thank you Pipdig.
I’ve been blogging for three years and I think it’s safe to say I have taken it seriously. I see it as a passion rather than a hobby. I’m not willing to admit how much I’ve spent on themes for them never to work the way they should do because 1) Blogger is so restrictive and 2) despite me contacting them on numerous occasions, I very rarely got any replies. I was happy with blogger. It was free, it allowed me to update my themes without it costing me extra money but it was the service, customisation and appearance among many other things that made me one day wake up and think ‘Yup, I’m moving’. My bank account will appreciate it in the long run…
I saw Pipdig offered migration services from Blogger to WordPress but for me, it was too expensive so I decided to migrate myself from Blogger to WP.com and then ask Pipdig for their help for the next stage.
I then bought the basic plan with SiteGround, a WP theme and my own domain. You don’t have to buy a domain but I just think it looked more professional plus, I couldn’t have the URL I wanted.
I’ll admit I was sceptical at first as I’m sure most people are when they’re investing in their blogs. But so many people on my Twitter feed spoke about how much they regret not moving sooner and how glad they were when they moved. I think the longest theme I had on Blogger was 5 months…and I’ve bought a lot of themes. So common sense kicked in and I figured I might as well make the switch and buy a theme that was different and I actually liked instead of buying a hundred other ones and it costing me more down the line.
Phil migrated my blog within 3 days of the request being put in and linked it with my new domain. It was completely pain-free and hassle-free.
It felt strange as I was always told, don’t give out your passwords to people you don’t know yet here I am handing out all of the passwords to my accounts.
There was issues with my site at first with my site saying the server was down so I couldn’t see my blog. I spoke to a few people at SiteGround and they were very helpful. Nikol S was so helpful so I could relax for the day not worrying. I would really recommend SiteGround purely from the advice, help and customer service they gave me this past week…not to mention they’re open 24/7.
Advantages of moving from Blogger to WP
Being self-hosted on WP means you have full control over your content and complete ownership of your blog. As Blogger is owned by Google, they have the power to delete your blog if and when they want (according to their guidelines). The hosting company also has this power but their rules are so much more flexible.
Another reason I moved was because Blogger’s UI (User Interface) on on-desktop devices are awful (I have an iPhone so if you have an Android it might work better). I could never edit on my phone so last night I noticed a mistake and I don’t have to log on to my laptop I just used the WP app…it felt so good! It’s also really useful if you notice a mistake when you’re out and about.
Yea or Nay?
The experience of moving myself from Blogger to WP was easier than I thought. My experience with Pipig was amazing!
I can honestly say that so far, every penny is worth it. The whole SiteGround thing is a bummer as if you want to upload themes (that don’t belong to WP) you need to upgrade but given the good service I am feeling better about it all. By doing this whole new ‘blog make-over’, it has definitely inspired and motivated me to create better content and improve my photography. I’m now not embarased to share my link either.
Pipdig has prodived me with such an amazing service and they respond to emails so quickly. I put a lot of trust in them and it helped that a lot of well-known Bloggers use them.
So finally…yea or nay? I would definitely recommend doing this is you are becoming a bit more serious. If you want to blog and don’t think you’ll take it seriosuly, stick with Blogger. Despite my difficulties, it’s stil very mcuh a fantastic platform to start on.
If you’d like to know more about my experience with Pipdig or have any questions, feel free to contact me!
*All opinions expressed are my own and I am not being paid to write this or provide links.