I don’t usually write about blogging in terms of the technical, or what you should and shouldn’t do. I figure I’m not an expert. In fact, by definition I am a Blogging Gumby. I know nothing until I learn it. And then I might still need some help.
However, obviously, the walls have changed for Daisy, Roo and Two. I figured, seeing as I am not the only gumby (right?) that my fellow gumbies might like to know a bit about the process of migrating, design and self-hosting from the blogger’s perspective.
So here we go…
1. I didn’t know the difference between self-hosted and WordPress.com blogs. I honestly thought the name and a DOTcom were the only differences. Turns out, as a self-hosted site, all images uploaded to the backend of Daisy, Roo and Two are also backed up on a server. In fact, my whole blog is backed up on the server. Which is a little bit safer than my hard drive. And comes with a hosting service (Hi Michelle!) that answers all my questions and fixes all of my gumby bloggy problems. Oh yeah, and I own the content.
2. I didn’t know it mattered which comment system I was using on Blogger. I just assumed it would be easy to transfer my commenting system account from Blogger to WordPress, seeing as on signing up, the comment system website spouted that it could do both and be exported. And it can. Except the Blogger import/export tool is broken and being recoded. With no ETA.
Research your comment system THOROUGHLY before signing up and putting your faith in them. Instead, I have been manually entering comments from the old system in the wee hours of the morning so I don’t look like a total lonely lionel. I also now know that I needed a plugin such as ReplyMe to make sure that people are notified by email when I (or someone else) replies to their comment.
3. I didn’t know the WordPress backend wasn’t frightening or confusing. I have seen the backend of a wordpress blog before. For about five seconds. And I thought it was just a little bit too confusing, uncustomisable and bare for my liking. Blogger is user-friendly, no doubt about it. But spend a bit of time in a WordPress backend and you’ll find that although there are more options, everything is laid out just right. Kind of ergonomically. For your brain.
4. I didn’t know that ALL of your internal hyperlinks needed to be changed. Now that I know, I realise how naive it was not to think about this. What I do know is that it’s not cool to click a link to another post on the same blog, be taken AWAY from the blog, and then redirected BACK to the blog you were at originally. Bit messy, don’t you think? I also know that Michelle changed upwards of 530 internal hyperlinks from 197 posts when she did this little blog. Imagine a larger one!
5. I didn’t know that it’s possible to find a free customisable theme. My immediate assumption, from what I had heard and read, was that I would need to purchase a theme to be customised. That’s right, Daisy, Roo and Two is sitting on a free theme. That looks unique and fabulous. And yes, I know I had a designer do it for me. I thoroughly recommend the experience.
6. I didn’t know how important it is to shop around for a designer and host with a registered ABN. Well, actually, I did. And I’m incredibly grateful that I found one in Little Hero Designs and Hosting. If you are like me, and your blog is your baby, then you want to keep your baby safe. By going with a registered ABN holder, you will be invoiced and have a record of your purchase.
7. I didn’t know it would be so smooth. Now, don’t get me wrong. I know I had help. A lot of it. But I honestly thought it would take us weeks to be ready for launch. It was also less scary than I thought it would be. The scariest part was the redirection. If redirection isn’t done properly, you will lose your Google Page Ranking. Eeek! But Michelle was clever and let me have two glasses of wine before she hit the button(s).
If you are interested in reading about migration from the designer and host’s perspective head on over to Little Hero Hosting Blog and read what Michelle has to say about it all!
So, are you a Blogging Gumby? Or are you super tech savvy? Are you afraid of migrating? Am I the only one who thinks of the birds when she sees the word “migration”? Do you think I’ve been drinking too much?
With Diary of A SAHM. The vlogging queen.