So I switched to WordPress a few months ago, after years hosting my blog through Google’s Blogger… I finally took the leap and jumped onto the WordPress bus. It’s taken a little while to get used to the changes, importing all the content I wanted on my site and getting it all settled and stable but I think I’m ready! My blog is up, I’ve finally now got a proper blog email (my last provider made it impossible to set up a domain email).
There are a few reasons why I made the switch, and I just wanted to share my experience with you guys… just in case anyone is considering moving their blog!
My blog is now hosted through Siteground, I also moved my domain and that is now through 1+1. Just to be completely transparent, the move has so far cost me £58. This covers all of my costs for the year, my hosting and domain are billed annually and so I will be charged £40 a year to keep my blog up and running (the other £18 was for my theme which is by Sky and Stars) For the service I’m getting and how my blog looks now… I’m happy with this service! But totally appreciate we’re all working on different budgets and have different commitments and priorities!
(University student me would have been dying over the idea of spending money on my blog!)
I was really anxious to change my blog, I’ve been on Blogger for years (I can’t remember exactly when I opened my first blogger blog… but this is my 3rd long-term blogging adventure and I was definitely on Blogger in 2009/10, so it’s been a while!) I’ve become a little stuck in my ways when it comes to blogging and so I was really nervous to make the switch.
But I reached a point with my blog where Blogger was no longer serving me, my page views were struggling and I was finding I couldn’t do a lot of things I wanted to – I used to work on my theme myself, and there were just widgets and features unavailable for Blogger users, I wanted to use Click to Tweet for example… but it never showed up on my blog correctly when I was on Blogger. Now I can pop it in easily whenever I like:I recently made the switch from Blogger to WordPress. FINALLY! But am I happy with the switch? Was it worth the effort? Click To Tweet
See! Just like that! That just took two clicks and it’s on the post.
Why I Made The Switch
I have two main reasons why I switched, and both revolved around the growth of my blog. Over the past year, my blog has grown a lot. It’s not big by any means, most bloggers probably look at my blog like it’s a real hobby mission… but to me, it’s my baby and I’ve been taking the time to work on real organic growth. My mission was and still is to create a community where I can spread my message… and so I’ve never been particularly fussed about the numbers, whilst I want to reach people, I’ve always focused on reaching those who actually want to hear my message! Blogger was really not helping. So it was time to move on!
1. Trying To Become A More Professional Blogger
This really was the biggest reason for the switch. On Blogger I felt like hobby blogger, not that all bloggers using Blogger are hobby bloggers (gosh that was a lot of bloggers) but my blog was very DIY. And I’m not the world’s best coder… I was never satisfied with my theme, with my header… but I wasn’t happy to invest in my blog whilst on Blogger. I just had a different mindset using it. I paid for a domain, but everything else I used was free. And you can definitely create a beautiful looking blog for free (Shameless plug for my Blogging Resources Pinterest Board, I spend ages gathering blogging resources for you guys so you create your blog graphics and DIY your blog and social media pages!)
Don’t get me wrong. Blogger is wonderful. If you’re on a budget or you just don’t want to pay for hosting, then go for it! There are some beautiful themes out there – both free and paid – and you can really jazz it up to make it look super professional.
But you reach a ceiling with Blogger. The sky really is the limit with WordPress, you can keep growing forever. I do have more plans in the pipeline for this blog and where I want to take it in the future (Another shameless plug for my ebook that is currently in progress! Pretty Minimalism will be coming soon, the release is delayed after my recent health break!)
2. Being Frustrated With The Design of Blogger
This kind of links into my previous point. As I said above about the Click to Tweet… that really was scratching the surface. SEO was impossible, everything more advanced was made difficult. Blogger is great for the blogger that wants to focus on writing and just publishing posts and getting them out there.
But I’ve always focused more on the overall package, I’ve always spent more time on the design and extra pages rather than just posting every day of the week. I spent so much time on Blogger trying to basic things… every time I wanted to change something on my blog I had to face my HTML page. I had to edit the coding every time I wanted to change a colour, a font, a placement of an item. Which was fine… but time-consuming! Now I can have everything sorted with a click of a button.
In short, I’m really happy with my blog now. I can get the colour scheme I want going… I can get all the features I want. I’m no longer a student, and so I’m happy to invest in my blog. Is it for everyone? No of course not. There’s still a market for Blogger and it still has a special place in my heart. I spent nearly 10 years blogging through Blogger and it served my previous blogs well. It just wasn’t serving my blog any more!