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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Blogger to Wordpress - Word to the Wise

When I began this process of changing over to Wordpress, I didn't understand the self hosting concept. I had no idea that there is a difference between Wordpress.com and Wordpress.org. I have found some great tutorials on switching over yourself but those tutes were useless to me without understanding the self hosting part of it. Like a kindergartner trying to do sixth grade math. I was missing a few things. I signed up with Wordpress.com and got my own .com domain there. 

BIG MISTAKE! 

I now have a domain registered with Wordpress and a self hosting account with GoDaddy. This doesn't work well. I have had to transfer my domain to GoDaddy and there is a bit of a learning curve with this too. I think that both of these sites expect me to use my ESP to know exactly where to navigate. Again, kindergartner here. I have spent all of yesterday afternoon and night and this morning trying to figure this crap out. Lots of time on Google.com and the support pages of both sites to get this worked out. Now I need to wait. For, like, 5 days, until the transfer is complete. While still paying for hosting services that I cannot use yet.

I sure wish that I could help with an actual tutorial but I am still in the middle of it. I kind of wish that I hadn't started this project but there are good reasons for going through with it and I am committed to it now.

If you are considering self hosting and haven't yet made the mistakes that I have, do yourself a favor and just go to your chosen hosting site (mine is GoDaddy) and register your domain there. When done correctly it is actually super easy.




2 comments:

Terri @ A Creative Princess said...

Oh Christine, thank you for this post! I so want to switch from Blogger to Wordpress, but just too scared to take the leap. Besides the fact that I have no idea what to do. Thank you for the advice!

twicecreations said...

Thanks for sharing your experience. I tried myself both and there are pros and cons, as always, with either one.

Good luck with the transition, can't wait to see your new blog!

Stefania