Moving From Blogger to WordPress | Laurajreeves.com

Earlier this year, on April 29th I announced the revamp of laurajreeves.com (click here to see the post). Although I was thrilled with the look and design of the site, I soon fell out out of love with it. It just didn’t seem ‘grown-up’ enough, I wasn’t 100% proud to show it off. I knew I needed to make a substantial change.

I made the decision to move from Blogger to WordPress, and I couldn’t be more thrilled with the result. Now laurajreeves.com looks clean, fresh and adjusts to the device you’re viewing from.

Of course there were many daunting and fun tasks on this journey to WordPress, from selecting the layout I wanted, to the more scary necessities such a exporting my Blogger posts, mapping my domain name and changing my name servers.

I used several references to guide me through the process, which I’d like to share with you if you’re thinking of undertaking a similar journey.

My Blogger to WordPress Journey

  1. Signed up with WordPress and selected a layout template
  2. Purchased webspace from BlueHost
  3. Exported my Blogger posts and imported them into WordPress
  4. Removed the URL redirect from Blogger, so laurajreeves.com would point to the new WordPress site
  5. Mapped laurajreeves.com in WordPress
  6. Changed my domain name servers from Blogger to WordPress
  7. Enjoyed customising the new site!

Here are the resources that proved essential to helping me achieve a quick transition, I hope they help you too!

http://www.labnol.org/internet/blogger-custom-domain-to-wordpress/28120/

http://www.wpbeginner.com/wp-tutorials/how-to-switch-from-blogger-to-wordpress-without-losing-google-rankings/

https://en.support.wordpress.com/map-existing-domain/

Please feel free to leave comments below if you have any questions or advice, or tweet me @laurajreeves.

I’ll leave you with my before and after shots, let me know what you think!

Before

 

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After

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