Here we go!

August 21, 2010 | Uncategorized | 18 comments

The main point of this post is just to mention that I’m starting the epic Blogger to WordPress migration this evening. A couple notes on that:

  • Things might look a little weird over here for the next few days. (For those who care about the technical details — both of you — I have to upgrade my Blogger template in order to import everything to WordPress, which means I’ll lose my current custom design. I’ll have to choose one of the basic Blogger templates.)
  • For those of you who receive posts on a feed reader or via email, swing by the main site here at conversiondiary.com if you stop receiving updates. In theory the feeds should be fine and you shouldn’t notice that anything’s different, but I wanted to cover that base just in case. (Please mentally insert the sound of ominous music a la the Jaws soundtrack when you read the words “just in case.”)

If any other unforeseen craziness arises as part of all of this, know that I’m aware of it and have locked myself in the closet and am banging my head into the wall while screaming at the top of my lungs am working to resolve the issue. If you’d like to hear about my previous experience dealing with a major blogging technical endeavor, and how I handled it with the spiritual maturity of an amoeba when everything went horribly awry, you can read all about that here.

Other than that, I’m all set. I have all my essential web development tools prepared and ready. I have the support pages up in my browser:


My Dreamweaver screen that separates code elements by color in case I need to hand-code anything:

My spiffy new WordPress console:


The email address of my WordPress guru on hand:


And a vodka cranberry:


And that should be everything I need. Here we go!

18 Comments

  1. Jaimie

    Good luck! I went to WordPress.org myself a while back. Took a while to work out all the kinks, but well worth it. CSS is fun. 🙂

  2. Leah

    Good luck!

    Perhaps at some point you could do a post outlining why you swapped? I'm still quite happy with Blogger.

  3. Dawn Farias

    Wow – color coded code?!?! Fabulous.

    Vodka cranberry?!?! Fabulous.

  4. Leah

    Hope it goes smoothly for you! Can't wait to see the finished product!

  5. Angie @ Many Little Blessings

    Can't wait to see how it looks! In the past nine months, I have moved all three of my sites to WordPress. It is anxiety-filled, isn't it?

    Best of luck for a smooth transition!

  6. Eva

    Good luck! sounds terrifying to me, but I'll just sit back and wait for the glory. I finally printed put pages of archives last week, ( unless that's not legal, in which case I really DID NOT print out anything ) so I can just read all of them if things go belly up.
    Which they won't, of course!

  7. Paul

    I'd be curious to know why you switched also. If you're using wordpress.com you're fairly limited unless you pay for upgrades and even then, no javascript at all.

    If you're using wordpress.org, you better be sure to install security updates as needed.

  8. Barb

    Can't wait to see the new blog!

    I'm curious too as to why you decided to move. I don't have a strong following, but I am worried about losing my page ranking in Google since I have been building my site's visibility.

    I love Dreamweaver. I used to use it way back when in my time at the University of Penn library.

  9. Claire

    I switched *from* WordPress, because I just don't have enough computer know how to figure it out. For now, Blogger is a good home for me. I'll say a prayer for you that all goes well.

  10. George @ Convert Journal

    You are so brave!

    I am curious too. Perhaps when you are done you could post a technical follow-up. Why the switch? What were the obstacles? Tips…

  11. Debbie

    Oh good luck! I break out into a sweat when I change any little thing on my little blog.

  12. scmom (Barbara)

    Good for you! I hope all goes well and you have few, if any, frustrations.

  13. Flexo

    Well, congratulations I suppose.

    If that doesn't sound very convincing, as they say, "if it ain't broke . . ."

  14. Rae

    Good luck! I hope that things are going well. I think that you're going to be really happy with WP. And I look forward to seeing your new look.

  15. Kelly the Kitchen Kop

    Jaimie, did you just say "CSS is fun"? What kind of crazy woman are you? LOL!

    I can answer one reason for Jen as to why she switched (while she's off fighting the technical fight)…

    When I switched, my readership stats took a HUGE jump. SEO (search engine optimization) is much better on WP.org than on Blogger. Not only that, there are a ZILLION things you can do on your self-hosted site vs. Blogger. Blogger was very limiting, but in the end it all depends on your goals. If your goal isn't growing and getting more traffic, then Blogger is great. But if you want things to take off, you really need to make the switch.

    Kelly

  16. Jen G

    LOL! As someone who spent practically the WHOLE day yesterday ridding my laptop of a virus and installing new antivirus software, I have to say that the vodka cranberry is probably a very good idea!

    Best of luck!!!

  17. Cory Tucholski

    I use wordpress.com and I LOVE it. You can build an extensive website, not just a blog with a few static pages a la Blogger. For those of you in the comments who said you're happy with Blogger: TRY WordPress. It's the best platform out there!

    Good luck with the switch!

  18. Jeff Miller

    I converted to WP after using Movable Type for 7 years last year.

    What made it easier was installing Apache, MySQL, PHP on my computer and running a local server and rebuilt my site right on my local drive. When I got everything like I wanted I just copied the FTP’ed the WP folders from my local machine to my new host (cybercatholic). On the Mac I did it using MAMP, but there is a win version that installs all the server components and you don’t have to be a major geek to use it.
    http://www.wampserver.com/en/

    One thing to be concerned is importing your old posts and how much content you have. WP native importer can have problems if you have a good amount of posts. I know I had major problems trying to import in my posts and comments. So if you can export your blogger content into date ranges such as a years worth and then import them in you might save yourself some trouble.

    Once you have your posts in I found the Advanced Export for WordPress & WordPress MU plugin quite good for backing up segments of content because the WP exporter could not export all of my posts without truncating.

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