I was unhappy with Blogger for many reasons. I suppose it started last winter when my blog was hacked and my comments area became a dumping ground for spammers. The help forum was less than its name would imply, and it was virtually impossible to speak with anyone. I contemplated moving for several months. Last week I took the plunge.
The process is twofold, depending on what you want to do. And first of all you need to know that there are two versions of WordPress:
WordPress.ORG — which requires a web host, like Bluehost —which I am using, OR
Wordpress.COM —where you can either get a free blog, or they will host a domain name you already own for $17 a year. Pretty cheap.
I opted for the hosted variety. All was going well. I found it relatively easy to export my old blog at Blogger to WordPress, but then I noticed none of my old links to the Blogger posts (there are over one hundred) forwarded to the current blog at WordPress. These things are called permalinks. The things you learn about these days. My mother asked recently, when I was visiting and tweaking her Mac for her, How did you learn all this stuff? One thing about living at the end of the road: the chances of finding anyone who knows what they are talking about is nil, so you quickly learn to be your own techie. I have picked most of it up either by hard-knock Google searches or David Pogue. I have WordPress for Dummies, but most of the information in that book is online.
So, what to do about my permalinks? I combed the Internet and found all manner of advice, some good, some really bad. Then I had another issue that sidelined me. The RSS feed quit working. All the advice I found on that issue seemed to go in circles. I finally decided to trash the current installation of WordPress and reload it. Yup. That fixed the feed problem.
And, after reloading the new Web site template I decided to go after the ultimate solution for the imported posts. Searching the Internet for a solution is a bit like searching the library stacks for reference books; it’s all in the question asked. Once I understood the concept of permalinks, I googled and got The Ultimate Guide to Migrating from Blogger to WordPress. Yes, people, it is there.
A big thank you to Zain at Tipso Tricks. I was done in a matter of minutes and googled several old posts of mine from the Blogger days, and they now (hopefully still) forward to the new blog perfectly.
Those migrating to the WordPress.com site are on your own. I’m being kept busy with the dot org side of things.
I’m sure there will be other issues cropping up in my new home away from Blogger, but I’m pretty happy here… for now.