We transfer your existing design, or, if you prefer, we can kick off your move to WordPress with a brand-new design (see Design Packages for pricing and details).
- Installation of WordPress
- Pointing your domain to your new web-host account
- Transfer of your posts, pages, images and comments
- Transfer of your sidebar content (GFC not included)
- Redirection of your old links to your new WordPress site
- Redirection of your RSS feed so you don’t lose your readers
- Redirection of broken links
- SEO plugin to help you optimize your posts
- security plugin to protect your new WordPress site
- Google Analytics code installation
- Installation of existing Adsense or third-party ads
** SiteGround is our web-host of choice!
Frequently Asked Questions
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. we love how easy it is to start with SiteGround!
What is a DNS or domain 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 we 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 SiteGround, can handle both the web-hosting and DNS registering for you. We choose to have our domain DNS records with a different company (Name Cheap) than our web-hosting company (Siteground), just so that we're not at the mercy of one company.
How long does a Blogger to WordPress transfer take?
This varies with every site. The more images (and blog posts) you have, the longer it will take. The quality of your web-hosting package will also be a determining factor in how fast content can be imported.
If necessary, we set up a staging area (on our server) and we code your existing Blogger design in WordPress. Afterwards, we share the link for your review and approval. After any necessary changes are completed per our communication, we proceed with scheduling the migration.
Will my site 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.
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 we’ve never seen the process last over 20-30 minutes.
Will I lose valuable traffic from Pinterest?
No. It is a personal goal of ours that you do not lose any traffic from Pinterest. This is the main source of traffic for many sites, and we understand wholeheartedly how important referral traffic is for your blog.
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.
For this reason, we do not recommend Disqus. Also, the native WordPress commenting system is efficient and lightweight.
What do you need from me to get started?
For a list of information we will need for your transfer, please see our information checklist.