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The Blogger To WordPress Chronicles – The First Three Days

If you will notice, my hyperlinks are not working and my blog is not functioning 100%. That’s because I’m choosing to be stubborn about accomplishing my migration from Blogger to WordPress all on my own. Well, not entirely on my own since I keep asking for help from my techie mom friends. I have to make special mention of The Techie Mom who has been really helpful in answering all my questions day and night. Like I said on my very first post here, please bear with me if things look out of place and if there are some stuff that aren’t working right. I’m fixing things, slowly but surely!One thing though, I’m glad I chose to do this now. My blog is only a year old and not really established yet. I can afford to have bugs and lose traffic for a few days. I made P63.00 on Blogger over a year. LOL. Yes, it’s small. But I really wasn’t in it to make money, and I’m still not, actually. I blog because I want to blog, I write because I want to write, and I share my stories because I want to share. If I make new friends in the process, then great. If I make money in the process, even better. I do hope I start earning money though, even just a little. Haha. I don’t think I can survive the life of a struggling writer. That’s basically why I decided to move from Blogger to WordPress.

So, here I am at day 3 and my hyperlinks are not working.

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Click on a link, and you get this.

I got all my links working for about an hour yesterday using Justinsonmnia’s WP Maintain Blogger Permalinks plugin. Then all of a sudden it stopped working. Jennyfer (Techie Mom) thinks it might be because of incompatibility issues with WordPress 3.5. Argh. I’m still trying to find a solution, but honetsly I’m THISCLOSE to manually replacing the links, at least for my 25 most recent posts. Again, this is why I’m glad I did this whole Blogger to WordPress migration now while my traffic is still relatively low.

If you’re looking to make the switch from Blogger to WordPress but are scared about what you might lose in the process, take it from me, hire someone to do it! Blogelina’s Blogger-to-Wordpress Transfer Package seems reasonable enough to me. In fact, if I find I can’t make it on my own after all, I just might turn to her for help. But mark my word, hiring someone to finish the job will be my last resort. I really want to accomplish this on my own. I can just imagine how rewarding it will feel afterwards. Yes, I do like to think of myself as a trying-hard techie. This will sort of up my techie ratings.

Oh, and I thought I’d share some of the online tutorials I used as reference when I migrated. First is Techie Mom Jennyfer’s recommendation, RT Camp’s Migrate from Blogger To WordPress – Best DIY Tutorial. This second one I found through my friend Google, Nanny Goats In Panties’ Blogger to WordPress: How To Make the Switch. I have a few more links bookmarked and ready to read. I’ve just been trying to manage my online time well, as this whole blog setup thing can be a real time eater!

I’d like to know, how many of you out there have made the switch from Blogger to WordPress? Did you hire someone to do it, or did you manage on your own? I’d love it if you could share your stories with me, as well as some helpful links to help me on my migration journey!

UPDATE! As of 4:18pm Manila time, my hyperlink problem has been solved! It was this plugin that did the trick, plus adding .html to my custom permalink structure. Oh, I feel like a dorky rock star right now! *Happy dance*

Much love and happiness,

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I am a happy mom and housewife. Outside of this, I'm also a writer, a crocheter, and a self-taught home cook. I'm part of a book club, and I enjoy binge-watching my favorite TV shows. I'm super entertaining on Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat! Follow me: MrsPCuyugan.

10 thoughts on “The Blogger To WordPress Chronicles – The First Three Days

    1. Hi, Sally! As my friend puts it, when you’re on Blogger/Blogspot and WordPress.com, it’s like you’re just renting your house/space. Anytime the owner decides to evict you or shut down you lose your site, coz it technically belongs to them. On WordPress.org, you actually buy your lot/address, which is your hosting and web domain, and the site and all its contents belong to you. 🙂 Hope this helps.

      If you wanna learn more, my friends at VA Support Pro have this great Getting to Know WordPress Workshop. You can check it out here: http://vasupportpro.com/workshops/wp-rerun-jan25/

  1. Congrats on the move, Pat! I’m contemplating also if I should move to WP, but I don’t want to lose everything I’ve worked for! If I can find someone who will make sure that I don’t lose anything (stats, etc.) I might consider. But for now, I think I’ll stay with Blogger for a while. Maybe you should make your own post and DIY on how you migrated? 😀

    1. Honestly, the fact that I was able to do it myself was a real miracle haha! I don’t even know how to explain the steps I took because everything sort of just fell into place. I was lucky that I switched while my blog was still new. Not too many posts to worry about, and no big loss if things get lost. In your case, yes it’s probably best to hire someone tho migrate for you. 🙂

  2. I’ve been thinking of migrating my blog from Blogger to WordPress also but I’m just too scared for all the technicalities.haha. Congrats for moving! 🙂

  3. Hi Mrs P Cuyugan ,

    Glad to know that, you have migrated your blog into WordPress. And thank you very much for mentioning our DIY article here 🙂
    We have written a nice article for When Should you Do It Yourself (DIY)? that was explain by one of our client (Erica) who hired us for her blog migration.

    By the way, I would like to inform you, I found number of broken links of your old blogger.com blog. And the very important one is home URL ( mrspcuyugan.blogspot.com). There are few more links which are not working, like; Archives, labels, feeds and posts.
    I can still suggest you to go with our DIY article and follow the steps from “Fixing permalinks for imported post” section. And do not forget to use this plugin.

    Hope everything will work fine.
    Thanks,

    1. Hi Nitun! Yes, this whole broken links issue is driving me nuts! Thanks so much for sharing more helpful links. It’s good to know I’ve got one more person to turn to if and when I raise the white flag (which I hope I won’t haha!) You guys are great!

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