JUL
18
2011

Migrating from Blogger to WordPress

I finally did it! I migrated off of Blogger and onto WordPress! I fell all grown up or something. Like I just did an overhaul on my closet for spring. Cleaned house. You get the idea. Don’t get me wrong, Blogger served me well for over 2 years, but it was really time to bite the bullet and grow up! The process was not as difficult as I thought it would be, but really most of the thanks goes to my Super-Star Husband (seriously, this guy ROCKS!) And now I’m finally the owner of my own stuff! Whoohoo!

 

So right off the bat you’ll notice that I have a super easy to use “search” box right at the top right of my blog. You can put anything you like in here and hopefully, if all went well, it’ll find it for you! How nice right? Just trying to make it easier for you all to find things that tend to get lost in “blog abyss”.

I also installed a nifty new slideshow for my most recent and featured posts! You should be able to click on the [read more...] link to read the entire story. (It’s working in I.E. but not Firefox right now, we’re working on it, but you can also scroll down just  a tad and see all my posts as well.)

Next, and I think most important, is the super-sweet “Subscribe Via Email” form. You can just enter your email address here then click “subscribe”. (You’ll get another screen to confirm this choice) then, voila! You’ll get all my posts in your in-box so you won’t miss anything! Good, no? (Okay…I know…that was there before, just wanted to point it out.)


And finally, I worked hard (seriously, this took the longest I think!) to keep my lovely horizontal navigation bar for you! (And me, I know it’s sad, but I actually use that to find things on my own blog.)  It’s my only complaint with WordPress thus far. They have a snazzy little interface that allows you to drag and drop things around to make a navigation bar…cool if you don’t know HTML…bad if you already spent HOURS creating one in HTML. The problem is mine was H. U. G. E. I say again, HUGE! So I would have seriously preferred that I could copy and paste my existing HTML into their file, but ya…it’s one of the “features” of WordPress, so apparently it doesn’t have that option.  Anyhoo, thanks to my lovely daughter who made lunch for the family today so I could work, you all now have a fairly substantial navigation bar to get you around my blog! You can click on any of the items, or hover over them to get a secondary drop down bar with tons of more topics, posts, and information!

So how did I do all this? Well, I already mentioned my Rock-Star Husband, without whom I NEVER IN A MILLION YEARS would have been able to do this without! He was seriously the backbone to this whole operation! He was dedicated to “making it work” and I was dedicated to “making it pretty”. What can I say, I’m a girl, I like fluff.

But technically speaking, we went with the Genesis Framework, and downloaded a Child Theme which I then modified to look all nice and pink like what you’re seeing. It really wasn’t that hard to do {ahem, thanks to the Rock-Star Stud living in my house}, and if you’ve changed up your blogger you can probably handle it too.  So minus a few minor glitches and some tweaking I’ll be doing over the course of the next few days, I think it all went fairly smooth.

Frankly, I was scared to death to move, but it was long past due! I have to say i’m really liking most of what I can do over here. I don’t like that there’s no HTML for me to mess with…I like tinkering around…but that’s okay. I can mess with my CSS file I suppose.

I also had some hand-holding by a super nice lady named Sharon from Good, True, and Beautiful blog. She was super awesome and answered all my newbie migration questions. She even wrote an eBook on Migrating from Blogger to WordPress which I highly recommend! It is a step by step tutorial for newbies so it’s easy to understand and thorough! If you don’t feel comfortable migrating yourself, Sharon also offers her services as a WordPress designer and will do the migration for you as well! If you stop by let her know Erica @ Confessions sent you!

Here is a list of some of my favorite WordPress resources, and as usual there are tons of sites to help you if you just Google.

So that’s it! If you’re reading this in your RSS feed, then I’ll be breathing a sigh of relief because that mean’s all went well. If you didn’t get your feed and are coming here to see what the heck is happening, please email me at erica {at} confessionsofahomeschooler {dot} com and let me know! P.S. We’re still working on the Google Friends Feed, so bear with us ;o) My husband’s a Rock Star. He can figure out anything. Right babe? Babe?

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Comments

  1. Erica,
    Your new site looks just WONDERFUL!!! I used Sharon to migrate a few months ago too and was so blessed to have her help through the whole process.
    ;)

  2. Love the new look! I will be moving to WP soon and I am very excited about it! :)

  3. First of all, I’m new to your site within the last few weeks and let me just say it was ordained by God that I find your blog! Answers to questions and prayers that I’ve had were right here & easily found! Second, I love wordpress so much more than blogger and am so happy you made the switch. Now when I find myself on here to find something specific that I read before and one of my kids closed the lid to the laptop before I could bookmark it, it will be much easier to navigate. My husband also switched my personal blog (blogger) to a wordpress with our own domain a year ago and I was terrified… until I found out how much nicer the change would make things. I’d link it, but we’re migrating again to a new domain and I’ve been lazy about it. Too messy to let anyone see! ;) Congratulations and God bless!

  4. Your new site looks great! And yes, sometimes fighting HTML with WordPress is a hassle, but I love the clean look and easy posting of WordPress. Congratulations on getting it all set-up again. I know that took a lot of your time.

  5. OH! I just got to wondering. Will your old links work? For instance, I just emailed your Letter of the Week and K4 links to a friend. Will they work for her now that you’ve moved? And what about the links that I have in my own blog posts leading back to you. Are all of those still working?

    • Yes, they should! I have some re-directs set up and all. The best way to tell is to click on them yourself and see what happens LOL! let me know ;o)

  6. I don’t know if this is still an issue for you, but I’m in Firefox and I’m having no problems with the read more clicking and expanding. :) Love the new look! I was just thinking of getting a Blogger for Dummies book…..maybe I should get a WordPress for Dummies book since this looks so much nicer than Blogger!

  7. I just tried to open the examples of your sample weekly plans for letter of the week and received a virus. i am hoping the notice that it was stopped is true. Thought you might want to know.
    Teresa

    • Hi Teresa,
      I’ve had issues with 4shared and they are not being too helpful. That is part of the reason for migrating today. I’m SLOWLY, but surely moving all my free printables off of 4shared and onto my new host. It’s just taking some time! I’m sorry for any inconvenience!

  8. Wow, everything looks great! The only thing I can’t find is where the “Blogs I love” part went to. I loved visiting those blogs from your site, but I didn’t bookmark all of them because I could link it from your site. Is that something that will be coming back? Thanks! Carla

  9. Again, I marvel at your skills! (And your husbands) also, I will now know who to ask about it, if and when I make the move. ;)
    I just now got on Blogger with Your Help! :) Thanks for all you DO! :) I pray it all comes back to you multiplied of course! This looks great!

  10. Way to go, Erica. Looks great!!

    P.S. Thanks for the shout-out. :)

  11. How did you get those navigation bars to dropdown!! I have been searching and searching for a Plugin to do this on my blog without having to mess with code. I would super dooper appreciate any information you could give about how you did this. I’m hoping it is something I can do and it isn’t written in as part of your theme.

  12. I love the new site and I love all of your creative ideas. Your old site had a list of other websites and I was wondering if that was around somewhere? I also enjoyed looking at them for new and fresh ideas.

  13. Love the new look!! It is much easier to navigate, and it loads MUCH, MUCH faster!! Great switch!

  14. a fresh change! congratulations on your new look :)

  15. It looks great!

  16. LOVE it! Great job to you and your hubby, and super nice lady Sharon :o)

  17. Nice job! The site looks great. Your blog is my go to site for all things homeschool. I hope you know how much you have blessed my life! Thank you so much.

  18. I have a question you probably won’t answer just because you are nice and don’t want to “diss” anyone…but, why move from blogger to wordpress? I am a casual blogger, just for friends and family…but I’ve heard of lots of people switching. I don’t know why. My biggest issue is uploading pictures….seems to take forever and they don’t easily go where I want them. I know nothing about HTML though…so maybe blogger is a better fit for me. I’m just wondering what the big deal abou wordpress is…

    • Hi Michele,
      Like I said Blogger served me well for 2+ years, but once you get to a certain point, you really need to switch over. If you’re just a casual blogger mostly for friends, you’re probably fine to switch. The size of my blog was my first reason, I was starting to have troubles running the “Export Blog” command to keep a backup which was freaking me out. The 2nd reason is that I run my store off of my blog, so it’s not really that professional to have a .blogspot on a website but also I was worried about load, and traffic too.

      Blogger is free, easy to use, and doesn’t have much downtime, however they also are in charge of your blog. They can remove it if they want to, and since it’s a free service if they lose all your data they aren’t under any responsibility to help you out. Now, I never had any of that happen to me, but I prefer to have all my files and such backed up on my own host and my own servers. Since I own my own domain and host now, I own my site, not Blogger. Here’s a great link on the pros-cons of Blogger and WordPress. http://bloggingwithamy.com/how-to-move-from-blogger-to-wordpress-2/ . Really unless you plan on growing a business you’re probably fine on blogger. I originally didn’t have plans for that it kind of just got big on its own, so it was time to move. Plus, WordPress has a lot more functionality with it, so you can do way more fun things as well!

      • Thanks for the reply. I’ll check that link out sometime soon. I’m also worried about “loosing” my blog, because it’s really become a family book. I print the blog every six months (ok, I lied…I want to print it every 6 months…I’ve only done it once…I have 2 more years to catch up on:) Either way…I love your blog, it’s very helpful in my own homeschooling.

        On a different note, I know that your daily life is not as organized and perfect as it often appears on here (because, I know I only post the “good stuff” on my blog….I suspect you do too:) I am just getting ready to official homeschool this year with a kindergartner and I am freaking out this summer because I’m sure I can handle all the responsibility of homeschool, two more little ones, a home, cooking, etc. I feel such a burden to teach my children from a Biblical persepctive that I know this is best for them…but whew…sometimes (most of the time) I feel completely inadequate. Your blog often encourages me to keep going…so….thank you!

  19. Love the new site! Not only is your blog the one I am using the most this upcoming year, but it is also the most appealing blog I read. It obviously was a good choice for you to make the transition. Here is to this website only growing larger…

  20. Love it! I really am green over that slideshow! Is it part of the template or a plugin?

  21. I love it! What theme did you use?

  22. Erica your site looks great! I had no idea you switched until I saw a tweet about it. Someday I’ll migrate over…

    • Ya, it was a little scary, and I’m still waiting to see what happens with my feed tonight, but mostly it went well! ;o) If you’re thinking about it though, I’d do it sooner rather than later, I had a couple people tell me they weren’t comfortable moving my blog due to the size! Made me wish I moved a long time ago!

  23. The new site looks great!! I also moved from Blogger to WordPress about a year ago, and I love it! I have never looked back!
    I will be happier when I can actually afford StudoPress and Genesis framework for it, but till then, I’m just happy to be at WP.
    Congrats on the move!

  24. That’s great! Love wordpress. We just have a free site, but we still love it!

  25. Looks great Erica! Love how it is still totally YOU!

  26. Erica.. your new website rocks..! Great work. Wishing you all the best and may God bless you and your family abundantly. Your family is a great model for true christian families.
    I came looking for the 10 days of homeschooling series you wrote. I can’t find the link. Please share.
    I really liked the way you planned the days and want to follow like that. If possible, please send it to sunumariamphilip@gmail.com

  27. Erica.. No need. I found it..Just my poor eye sight.

  28. Wooohooo!!! I LOVE your new look!!! Way to go – I can’t believe your husband did this – that’s awesome! He gets a gold star!

    Happy Blogging! Looks great!
    Courtney

  29. Yea!!!!! No more 4Shared! :)

    Looks great Erica!

  30. Hi Erica! I was just browsing for Kindergarten worksheet for my daughter and I came across your website… pretty cool site, btw! I love the pictures and the worksheets. Subscribe to this! My daughter will be so happy!

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