WordPress Transfers

Here is some information on the process of WordPress Migration. If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Do I need a WordPress.com account or WordPress.org? 

WordPress.com is like WordPress’s Blogger. It’s free and not overly complicated. However, custom blog designs cannot be created on WordPress.com. WordPress.com does not allow the use of plugins or ads, whereas WordPress.org is a self hosted blog that allows for unlimited customizations and uses. When making the switch to “WordPress”, you want to go with WordPress.org. When I talk about “WordPress”, I am always referring to WordPress.org. Keep reading…

Here is a chart from WPBeginner.com that shows the comparison of WordPress.com and WordPress.org.

Blogger vs. WordPress.org

Why would you want to migrate from Blogger or WordPress.com to WordPress.org in the first place? Lots of successful blogs are on Blogger.com or WordPress.com. After all, they’re free and user-friendly. However, you do not truly own the content on your free blog. Just ask one of my voiceBoks friends, whose entire blog was shut down after her son entered HIS birthday on YouTube while logged in to her account. Google decided she was too young to have a blog…and POOF! Her entire blog was gone. She was able to get it back after faxing all sorts of information to Google, but the point is with your own domain and WordPress.org, that would never happen.

Google owns Blogger. Google therefore owns your blog and it’s content, including the photos, design, and words. They can, at any time, shut down your blog. Is it likely? No. Are you willing to take the chance? Only you can answer that. If you are using Blogger for a business, you might want to carefully consider the risk. If you are a writer or photographer, using WordPress.org allows your work to be protected. However, Blogger is free. So for the casual blogger, Blogger is absolutely fine. Using Blogger for your blog makes you no less of a “real” blogger.

WordPress has other advantages beyond owning your own content. The design will be more professional. Search engine optimization is built in. The themes and options are better. There is a WordPress plugin for nearly anything you could imagine. There’s no limit on pages. And the organization options on WordPress are far superior.

Costs of WordPress

The costs associated with using WordPress are the purchase of the domain name and  ”hosting”. You will purchase the domain name from a registrar with a yearly recurring fee. Hosting is paying someone for the space on the web where your blog will be located. There are multiple options for hosting available, and will cost you anywhere from $4 – $10/month. I highly recommend using HostGator for both hosting and domain name purchase (for simplicity, I recommend purchasing your domain name from your hosting company though there are other options). WordPress itself is free and will be installed on your hosting account without any cost to you. In the process of migrating your blog to WordPress, I will happily provide assistance with domain name purchase and the purchase of hosting.

What gets moved in a migration to WordPress?

Posts, content, photos (see below), comments, feeds, subscribers, permalinks, and of course the domain transfer directing people to your newly hosted site.

What about all my photos?

When a blog is migrated to WordPress, the photos themselves are not moved. All photos stay linked to the original upload – which is your free blog, Blogger or WordPress.com. Because of this, you will need to keep your old blog. If you delete it, you will delete all the pictures on your new WP.org blog. Each photo needs to be reuploaded to your new blog and attached to the proper post. As you can imagine, with well established blogs with hundreds or thousands of images, to do this would be extremely time consuming.

I will move photos from your latest 10 posts with your WP Transfer upon request. This is generally necessary only to make your new Theme function properly. If you’d like more images moved, please contact me to discuss pricing.

What happens to my RSS and email subscribers?

Most bloggers have been using Feedburner to manage their RSS and Email feeds. Feedburner is owned by Google, and as of October 2012, going by the wayside and no longer being supported. When you transfer to WP.org, WordPress automatically publishes your RSS feed. You’ll find it at http://www.yournewdomain.com/feed. If you plan to continue using Feedburner, you’ll log in to your Feedburner account and update your feed with the new address. If you’ve been using Blogger for your RSS feed, you’ll log in to your settings and update the feed address there. That assures that your previous subscribers will continue to receive your RSS updates. I will gladly assist you with making any of these updates.

WordPress is so complicated; I’m not WordPress savvy.

I understand, I really do. I actually felt the same way when I first started trying to figure out Blogger. You see, I’ve only ever used WordPress. I started with it and immediately fell in love. I’m self-taught and still learning. When migrating your blog to WordPress, I will set the basics up and answer any questions you have on how to use it. I encourage you to explore the WordPress dashboard to learn all the features. There is very little you can do in the dashboard to break your site (except leave the Theme Editor alone)! I also recommend reading WPBeginner.com for additional information on your WordPress blog.

What do I need to know to maintain my WordPress blog?

If there is something in particular related to your theme, I will let you know. Otherwise, the primary maintenance will be in keeping things updated. Updates fix anything from a minor bug to a major security issue. Your WordPress dashboard will let you know when an update is available and I highly recommend you update right away.

What are plugins?

Plugins are pieces of code that a developer created to perform a certain function. A plugin might be a slideshow, a tool to easily display recent posts, social media buttons at the end of a post, contact forms, etc. There are many amazing plugins. Most are free. In fact, I’ve yet to find a paid plugin I had to have. Occasionally, plugins will not agree with each other, so use caution in installing plugins. When I migrate your blog from Blogger to WordPress, I will install the basic plugins I’ve found necessary for a great blog. You are free to delete them and/or add additional plugins at any time.

I’m happy to help you with questions. I’ll give you all of the information you’ll need to maintain your blog on your own. However, if you are stuck & need help, don’t be afraid to ask.