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Migrating from Blogger to WordPress (.com or .org?)

  1. I've got an established blog on Blogger that is just over a year old. I'm contemplating switching from blogger to wordpress, but have no idea how to go about doing so. Also, I'd like to know how to go about switching to wordpress.org - I currently have my .com URL hosted by GoDaddy, but I'm not sure if the whole site is hosted by GoDaddy or Blogger - I only pay $10/yr to GoDaddy. When I looked at registering for wordpress.org it asked me for my website - do they just want to know my current website, or are they looking for a wordpress.com website? In order to transfer my blog to wordpress.org do I need a wordpress.com website first? I'm totally stuck, and have no idea how to go about switching over. Can anyone recommend a website or tutorial that explains how to switch over, what exactly I have to do in order to transfer my blogger blog to wordpress while keeping my .com url, all of my content, followers, comments, etc?

  2. You did not specify a blog address or reason for posting when you created this topic.

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  3. sorry - my url is http://www.madewithpink.com

  4. $10 per year at godaddy sounds like you are just paying for the registration on the domain name and do not actually have web hosting. Web hosting would cost you between $5 and $15 per month at godaddy.

    Your existing domain name can be used here. All you have to do is point your domain name at the wordpress.COM nameservers and then get the domain mapping upgrade ($12 per year).

    http://support.wordpress.com/domain-mapping/map-existing-domain/

    WordPress.COM is a great service with many great features, but you have to consider the restrictions here at this service when deciding whether to move your site here or to self-host it. First off, you cannot do advertising here, it is against the Terms of Service. Secondly there are restrictions on the types of code you can use here. Javascript, iframes and forms are not allowed, and direct embed of flash is also not allowed. With flash though you can use the gigya shortcode for most flash, so we do have that workaround. WordPress supports many of the popular video services through shortcodes so you can use videos and such. We also cannot use plugins here.

    http://en.support.wordpress.com/advertising/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/code/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/plugins/

    Wordrpress offers a CSS upgrade which will allow you to customize the look of the themes here, but we cannot add additional themes or edit the existing theme files.

    What is great about blogging here is that you do not have to worry about any upgrades or backups. All you have to do is concentrate on your blogging.

    With a self-hosted wordpress blog, you are virtually wide open and can do advertising and change pretty much anything you want (which of course can have its downside). Self-hosting comes with additional responsibilities though (not to mention being more expensive overall). You are responsible for all installations, all upgrades all backups and all troubleshooting. If something goes wrong (and it always can) you have to figure it out and fix it. Doing regular scheduled full backups (including the MySQL database) is an absolute must. Having a current, clean back up can allow you to recover from a disaster fairly quickly and painlessly without a big loss of data.

  5. It might help you to work out whether .com or .org is more appropriate for you if you thought about your reasons for switching in the first place. What do you want that Blogger isn't currently giving you?

  6. I'd like to change my layout to something a bit nicer, have some additional well placed ads, etc. Just basically be able to build & further develop my blog. I'd also like to start a completely different blog that's run more like an informative website & will use affiliate program advertising & paid advertising as well as google adsense.

  7. You'll need to self-host, then. There's more info over on wordpress.org, including a sample list of wordpress-friendly hosts at http://wordpress.org/hosting/. Good luck!

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