Last week, I shared the reasons why I decided to switch from Blogger to WordPress.org. Today, I am sharing the first steps I used to get the process started. I plan to walk you through everything I did from getting a host company to importing posts from Blogger to plugins (something that was totally new to me).
I have broken this process into four parts and I will be sharing one part each week for the next four weeks.
Side note: I don’t recommend trying to tackle this all in one evening like I did. I worked almost 12 hours the day I took the plunge. By about 2 am, everything started running together and I was losing all train of thought. But, I got it all done! Did I finish it during those 12 hours? Negative. I got a huge chunk taken care of, but I had to do even more tweaking throughout the next week. I am still in the process of reformatting my imported posts. When you have over 400 posts to date, it takes a little time to go back and edit each one. But, it will all be worth it in the end.
Now, let’s get down to business.
Step #1: Make sure you are 100% sure.
Once you start this process, there is almost no going back. Especially since you are spending some change in the very beginning. If you are happy with your current blog, then don’t change it. If you are still on the fence, give it some time before you make the change. Whatever you do just make sure you are ready.
Step #2: Find a hosting company.
What is a hosting company?
A company that provides storage and access for your Website. In a nutshell, this company stores your blog for you.
So, how do you choose a company?
WordPress.org has a page dedicated to hosting. They give you some information about hosting companies, like the minimum WordPress requirements, and they give some recommendations for companies to use. I went with their top choice, Bluehost.
I chose this company because WordPress recommended it. Since there are certain requirements, I felt I needed to go with a recommendation and not try to search myself. Plus, Web hosting is something I am just learning about. I am definitely not an expert on good vs. bad companies.
You can choose many different companies. So, don’t feel like you have to go with the one I chose.
Step #3: Purchase your domain name.
Bluehost provides you with a domain name when you pay for your hosting. I chose theocdlifestyle.net. I still have theocdlifestyle.com that I purchased through Go Daddy and my blogspot name, theocdlifestyle.blogspot.com. I had my account redirected to my .net account. I will show you how to do that in a future post.
There are many companies that sell domain names, so just choose the one that is right for you.
Step #4: Download & Install WordPress.
There is a blue button at the top right of the WordPress.org homepage. Click it to download WordPress. Make sure you have a copy of everything you do in a folder on your CPU, jump drive, external, or all three just in case you need it.
WordPress is a free and open source blogging tool and a content-management system based on PHP and MySQL, which runs on a web hosting service. Features include a plug-in architecture and a template system.
If you have any questions about any of these steps, please email me or comment below and I will definitely help you in any way possible. Stay tuned next week for Part!