A professional web design and layout is the wish of many bloggers. While the free platform Blogger can be useful at the beginning of your blogger journey, many bloggers can grow dissatisfied with their blog after a relatively short amount of time and start looking for alternatives to achieve the professional blogger profile they want. For many, this is an obvious choice: a move from Blogger to WordPress.
We are going to look at why a change could be worthwhile for you and your blog, as well as provide some useful tips on the best ways to make your transfer from Blogger to WordPress successful.
DISCLAIMER: We do not want to make Blogger blogs seem bad or claim them as unprofessional. We only speak from our own experience with the two platforms. The article is only an overview – it can be very different depending on the situation and the blog.
Please note that in this article we are talking about a self-hosted blog on www.wordpress.org and not the free alternative – similar to the one of Blogger – www.wordpress.com. A detailed comparison between the two versions can be found at Start Blogging Online.
Why you should consider a move from Blogger to WordPress
A move from Blogger to WordPress has many advantages that are different for every blogger. In general, users who have moved their blog from Blogger to WordPress report a number of benefits:
A big aspect for many bloggers is the independence. Blogger is a Google platform; thanks to the close connection to Google, it is especially easy to integrate other Google services. However, this also means that Google can set the guidelines and even delete blogs that do not adhere to certain rules. As opposed to this, a self-hosted blog at WordPress is completely yours – you can decide on rules, updates and more.
More importantly, most bloggers feel that WordPress offers far more creative possibilities than the Blogger platform. In addition to countless commercial themes and plugins, there are plenty of free design templates that can be adapted to your needs and give your blog an individual and professional touch.
Blogger users know the problem – the user-friendliness of the editor leaves much to be desired. The formatting of an article becomes a nuisance and in the end nothing looks as it should be. Because WordPress is not just a blog platform, but primarily a content management system, there are not only fewer problems, but it also a better user interface in general.
For problems of any kind, you also have a huge WordPress community at your side. This is especially the case if there are problems with the design or plugins, for which your own know-how is no longer sufficient. Often suppliers of themes also offer integrated support, which concerns questions around your blog design.
Prerequisites, cost and security
Before you can install your own blog at WordPress, there are a few things you should keep in mind:
With a self-hosted blog you need a domain, web hosting and a theme. While you can choose a free theme, the costs for the domain and the web hosting cannot be avoided. The costs vary and depend on your requirements for the number of domains, storage space and other tools. Cheap web hosting packages are available starting at approximately c.2.50 per month.
Another aspect is the security of your blog. While Google is dealing with updates and security for the platform Blogger, you have to protect your WordPress blog from hackers and spam by yourself. But do not worry, there are a number of plugins that will help you keep your blog safe.
If you decide to move all your blog’s content from Blogger to WordPress, you can also use a plugin for that. The Plugin Blogger Importer Extended allows you to transfer all links, comments and posts to your new WordPress blog – but depending on your new theme, you might have to edit each post individually after the import as the formatting of images and writing is not transferred.
Looking for help?
Have we convinced you to make the move from Blogger to WordPress? Fortunately, you are not the first person who has taken this step. A lot of bloggers have already written helpful tutorials and guides on how to move your blog from one platform to another. Just have a look at twelveskip, Start Blogging Online and wpbeginner for detailed step-by-step tutorials.
Have you already moved from Blogger to WordPress or are you thinking about it? Tell us about your experiences in the comment section below!