With blogging questions, it seems there are many solutions for the same problem. I will be focusing on my choices, solutions that worked for me. Note though, other options are always available and may suit you better. If your interested in starting a blog or transitioning your Blogger blog to WordPress.org, below are my recommendations.
I’m assuming you have ideas about what to blog about and what to name your blog, so I wont discuss that here. Below is more of the technical side to getting started.
When I first started blogging in 2013, I knew almost nothing about it and wasn’t sure I would continue with it. I made mistakes including, starting with Blogger and without a custom domain name. I did not invest any money getting started. Going that route would be a mistake for new bloggers. Here’s what I suggest and eventually wound up with:
- A Custom Domain Name
- Hosting for a WordPress.org Blog (not the free WordPress.com)
It costs a little money to have both of those, about $50/year, but I think it is worth it. I feel it gives me greater control, flexibility and choices with my blog. As a hobby, I don’t think the cost is really too great. (Some of my blog costs have been offset by money I received from ads and affiliate links, thanks to visitors of my site.)
There are a number of hosting companies. I chose GoDaddy because of name recognition. They also offer ‘managed wordpress’ where they handle some security issues and backups and provide customer support.
WordPress offers many beautiful free themes (designs) to get started with. If you are willing to spend more, you might consider hiring someone to partially or fully customize your site. I’ve enjoyed trying out multiple blog designs and purchased themes from StudioPress Themes and Pretty Darn Cute Design.
How did I transition my blog from Blogger to WordPress?
I have a software development background, so I was not daunted by the task of turning my blog around. However, I still found it difficult and would not recommend doing it on your own, unless you feel you have the necessary technical skills. If you need assistance with migrating your blog from Blogger to WordPress, I recommend contacting Julie, the founder of my go-to site for help, FabulousBlogging.com. Her base price for Blogger to self-hosted WordPress is $169.
Here’s what I did:
- To move my blog from Blogger to WordPress, I followed free instructions on FabulousBlogging.com (with some adjustments), starting with the first step:
Step 1: purchase a domain name and hosting services (I had already purchased a custom domain name from GoDaddy before starting this process and contacted them by phone to setup hosting services.)
Note: I still have my Blogger site. I’ve read cautions about deleting it. I will probably delete it sometime in the future after I investigate the ramifications further.
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