To help High Note Designs, LLC run more efficiently, I’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions I answer via e-mail. Please note that there are affiliate links below that, while they do not increase the price of those services, they do help keep the lights on around here :)
Blogger to WordPress Migrations
1. Do I need to purchase web-hosting?
Yes. Think of web-hosting like office space you’re leasing to display your blog. Without the leased space, there’s no where to display or house your blog posts, images, etc.
On Blogger, your web-hosting is with whomever Google has as a web-host (we’ll never know). Since the web-hosting on Blogger is free, you’re at the mercy of the person who’s paying your hosting bills: Google. It’s kind of like living at home with your parents; you eat and sleep there…for free. Google (your parents) can kick you out at any time—and without warning! Google can also flag your content as spam and take your site down (let’s compare this to your parents grounding you and taking away your privileges).
All in all, it’s just best to live on your own…um, self-host.
P.S. I love how easy it is to start with Bluehost!
2. What is a DNS registrar?
A DNS registrar is different than web-hosting. Remember that “office space” you’re renting with your web-host company? Think of the DNS registrar like a telephone company you pay for telephone services for that office space…. a telephone company that also publishes ‘yellow pages’ and helps direct traffic to your office. Have I lost you yet?
When you ‘buy’ a domain, you’re paying a company to register your domain with domain registrars. You pay yearly fees for that domain, and those are separate from web-hosting fees.
Some hosting companies, like BlueHost, can handle both the web-hosting and DNS registering for you. I chose to have my domain DNS records with a different company (Name Cheap) than my web-hosting company (Bluehost), just so that I’m not at the mercy of one company.
3. How long does a Blogger to WordPress transfer take?
This varies with the package you select. The more services included in the package(s), the more time is required to finish the service.
The basic Blogger to WordPress migration can take around two hours, start to finish. Because you are handling the design on your own (I highly recommend choosing among the many themes StudioPress, the makers of Genesis, have to offer), our collaboration reduces the transfer completion time.
The LUXE Blogger to WordPress Migration package is a little more time-consuming. If necessary, I set up a staging area (on my server) and I code your existing Blogger design onto a Genesis child theme. Afterwards, I share the link with you for your review and approval. After any necessary changes are completed per our communication, we proceed with scheduling the migration.
4. Will my blog experience down-time?
The simple answer to this question would be ‘no.’ The real answer can be much more complicated…one that DNS registrars also avoid answering because of the many unknowns. However, I’ve come up with a system that helps minimize downtime.
DNS registrars ask for you to allow 24-48 hours for the DNS changes (pointing your domain away from Blogger to your new server), but I’ve never seen the process last over 20-30 minutes.
5. I want to hire you to migrate me, but I’m afraid of losing posts or comments.
Rest assured, you will not lose posts or comments in the migration process.
6. Will I lose valuable traffic from Pinterest?
No. It is a personal goal of mine that you do not lose any traffic from Pinterest. This is the main source of traffic for my personal blog, Northern Belle Diaries, and I understand wholeheartedly how important referral traffic is for your blog.
7. Do you recommend getting Disqus before my transfer?
Disqus changes the permalink of your posts and this lengthens the migration process if we want to strip the year and month of your links to improve SEO. In the past, I refrained from recommending Disqus as a commenting platform, but their team has made several improvements that have inspired a change of heart in me. If you’d like to retain Disqus as your commenting system, we can totally work with that. If you want “beautiful” permalinks (stripping the year + month and the .html from the end), it will take up to 24 hours to properly sync comments with the new permalink structure, but new visitors can leave comments immediately upon migration.