Ever since I started blogging, the Blogger vs WordPress debate has always been alive and kicking. Both platforms are great for different reasons, but after 4 years on Blogger, it was time for me to make the switch to WordPress. Here’s how and why, I decided to make the switch from Blogger to WordPress. I’d been thinking about making the switch from Blogger to WordPress self-hosted for a while now. In fact, I almost went through with it last year. I had an idea of who I wanted to go self-hosted with and I contacted someone to migrate my blog. I was going to go through with it, but I got made redundant and my plans were put on hold.
Another year had passed before I thought about it again and my life had changed dramatically. With this, I really wanted my blog to change also. I’d wanted to change my blog domain for a while now, for various of reasons, but number 1 was that I just didn’t like the name. No one calls me Samantha (only when my gran is mad at me) so, my blog really didn’t feel like me with my full name there! I also inwardly cringed when emails started with ‘Hi Samantha’.
I know, it’s my name. I’m being dramatic.
But, using Sammy seemed a lot more me.
Anyway. After using WordPress constantly at work, I knew it was time for me make the move and with the help from SelfHosted.co, I finally did it!
Here are some more reasons I decided to make the move from Blogger to WordPress…
Help with SEO
One of the things I love about WordPress is the plug-ins that are available. The one I use is Yoast SEO. It allows you to easily input your focus keyword and all your meta, and finally, it gives you a rating on how strong your SEO is and how to improve it.
I love this feature. I don’t have a bad knowledge of SEO, but I’m nowhere near an expert either. There’s always lots of improvements that I need to make to make sure my SEO is the best it can be and that’s why this feature is so handy!
The number of add-ons or plugins available makes it easy to enhance your SEO.
I own my site
My blog is no longer owned by Google. After signing up with a hosting provider, I’m now a self-hosted blog owner with more control over my blog and the data. It’s a dream to know my blog belongs to me. It will also help my blog eventually become a business.
I can add third-party plug-ins
Like I’ve already mentioned, WordPress has so many plugins available. It makes it easy to edit my theme and my blog as there are plugins for everything I need. You can switch things around, add new elements without having to do anything complicated. For someone like me, this is perfect.
It has plugins such as Disqus, Google Analytics for WordPress and MailChimp.
All the plugins can take your blog to the next level.
It’s more flexible
I thought Blogger was pretty flexible, but since moving from Blogger to WordPress, I’ve realised that WordPress offers a lot more in opportunities for my blog. Aside from the plugins, there are hundreds of themes available, allowing you to swap and change your theme easily.
How do I move my blog from Blogger to WordPress Self-Hosted?
After I looked at the pros and cons and I’d finally made my mind up, it was finally time to do it. I was really worried about the process initially, but thankfully I didn’t have to worry.
I contacted SelfHosted.co and they did everything for me; they even migrated my blog from Blogger to WordPress for free. The guys were very helpful throughout the whole process. They were quick to answer any questions I had and they made me feel very relaxed about everything.
The first thing I had to do was pick a hosting service. A few were recommended to me and I decided to go with iPage. Once I paid a small fee for the year, the migration from Blogger to WordPress was ready to go. This is where I left SelfHosted.co to it. After migrating my blog they also helped with the theme! I gave them an idea of what I was looking for in a theme and they installed this one for my blog. I love it!
I’m so happy I decided to make the move to WordPress. Like I’ve said I wanted to change for a while, but I was worried. However, I honestly had nothing to worry about and WordPress is a dream to use!
I’m looking forward to the future with WordPress!