Having only ever owned blogs on Blogger, it never really occurred to me that I would switch to WordPress (WP) but here we are, I’ve done the deed – no more procrastinating! 🙂
What had changed my mind? Talking to other PF/FI bloggers!
I liked Blogger as it was free and I’d worked with it for many years. I know you can get free WP blogs but well, I was switching so thought I may as well go all the way and get it hosted properly!
I was actually going to wait until the new year but the timeline had to be sped up as someone spotted the new blog (yes, looking at you, TFS haha!) and I wanted to minimise confusion.
How was it?
With someone like M on hand to help out, it was pretty painless. She sent me some useful links, videos to watch, websites to check out. I unfortunately didn’t heed her advice to test out WP before I transferred my entire blog (got a bit impatient!) but it wasn’t so bad in the end.
My posts transferred ok (apart from one) but some of the formatting went to pot and I lost my Pages. Nothing too drastic.
As I didn’t know how confident I would be in WP, I’ve just used a basic theme template, which I may just stick with – no need to go all fancy-pants.
My blog is being hosted by Siteground*, which M recommended. It’s the first host I’ve ever used and I must say that I’m impressed so far.
Within minutes of me purchasing my plan, I received a welcome phone call from a member of their customer services team, asking me if I needed any help – as a matter of fact, I did as I’d managed to lock myself out and needed a password reset, haha!
On another occasion, I had some questions to ask regarding my website domain and their online chat was very helpful and answered my questions quickly, so as a newbie to all this website hosting stuff, I would highly recommend Siteground.
Anyway, I’ve gone for the basic StartUp package, which costs £3.30 (inc VAT) a month – I’ve paid for a two year package.
A few months back, I had secured the domain name ‘quietlysaving.co.uk‘ – this was transferred to the host, et voilà, the blog you see today! If I’d not secured the domain name already, I could have gotten it for free when I purchased the StartUp package – oh well, live and learn!
Blogger was very easy to use but somewhat limited. WP, on the other hand is very versatile, the many plugins mean there are loads of things that I wouldn’t have even thought of adding to my blog. After just a few days (a fair number of hours!) of tinkering about with it, I’m already quite at ease with things.
I’m not saying that I’m going to be some kind of whizz with WP but I’d hope to be a little competent at some point. Seems to be loads to learn and read up on but I think I know the basic stuff now. I have had to call upon some of my limited html knowledge (dusted off after 20 years!) for some basic formatting and tweaking of posts; probably not absolutely necessary to know but useful in any case.
There are still some things I’m likely to experiment with, eg menus and suchlike but nothing too radical.
I didn’t want to change my blog appearance too much – for what it’s worth, it’s like my brand!
Am I glad to see the back of Blogger? Yes and no. Yes, because there’s so much more I can do with my blog on WP. No, because my FI journey started with Blogger, so there are some good memories there. Onwards and upwards, as we say though!
Anyway, here’s hoping for trouble-free blogging so I can continue to document my journey to FI! 🙂