Howdy y’all! I’ve missed you.
I’m typing my first ever proper post (please ignore Friday’s post, I was in a lot of pain) on my brand spanking new blogging platform and theme. Have you checked out my theme?! It’s gorgeous, I’m so in love!
As much as I love WordPress, I miss Blogger too but we all knew our days together were numbered. Enough is enough. I took the plunge and I’m so happy I did! I wish I had done it sooner, though.
It all started when I wanted that Blogger Holly & Weave template by Pipdig.co. Do you remember that template and how much I talked about it? It feels like forever ago.
Anyway, I wanted to buy that template for my blog during the Black Friday sale. Pipdig had 15% discount code and with that discount code, the theme is still expensive as heck at USD53.1 (approx. MYR 232)
There’s no way I’m going to spend that much money for a Blogger template when I can use that money to migrate to self-hosted WordPress blog. And then on Friday morning..
I got an email from KotrynaBassDesign about their 50% off Blogger + WordPress themes sale (which ends this Monday 28/11)
I went bananas!
I immediately clicked the banner to her website and I saw that it’s legit guys. Fifty, freaking, percent, off. Even better than Pipdig sale and I felt like everyone is using Pipdig templates these days. Do you know how many blogs I visited that use the Holly & Weave template? A heck of a lot.
So I checked out Kotryna’s Blogger templates all happy and excited because they were fifty percent off at only MYR 90 from MYR 180.
I have had my eyes on Marseille template ever since she released it. I thought that it would be the perfect time to purchase it for my new year blog design (I was gonna keep that template for a month before installing it, impossible, I know)
But. I didn’t like the post layout with sidebar on the right. I mean, I like that type of layout but right now I wanted something grid-style and I didn’t wanna spend more money to custom design it.
At that time, I was just pissed at Blogger for not having that features. I wanted to do something more with my blog. I wanted features that I don’t have to waste more money on or spend five hours just to Google to find the solution. The new Blogger dashboard was not helping, too. I have to click three times to see my stats, approve new comments, and see latest posts. I felt constricted and claustrophobic.
I thought that enough is enough. I’m migrating.
I probably spent a few hours before making my final decision. At 4 pm, 25/11, I purchased the cheapest hosting from Netkl.com for MYR 60 that comes with 500MB disk space, 10GB bandwidth per month enough for 10,000 pageviews and a free domain which I didn’t utilise as I already have a domain from Netkl so they just transferred my domain to the hosting package. If the bandwidth or disk space is not enough, I can always upgrade my hosting.
I went to Kotryna’s Etsy shop to purchase a template. I thought long and hard about which template I wanted to buy and of course I decided to go with Marseille for WordPress. It comes with multiple layout posts and I love the design. So clean and chic.
Netkl activated my hosting at around 5-ish and I had to unhook my domain on Blogger blog and go back to using blogspot.com. I had to install WordPress and wait around an hour or so before I can use the website as my domain had to be configured first.
I was able to access my blog at 7pm and I was so excited to start editing! I followed Kotryna’s manual and my posts were migrated in less than an hour! The theme customisation, however, took me some time to do as I had to customise everything from scratch. It was easy, nonetheless.
I was kind of freaking out in my post on Friday because I had to edit all posts one-by-one to set the featured image so that it shows up on homepage. And then Kotryna emailed saying that we have a plugin for that..
I totally forgot that we have plugins. I installed and activated it and my featured images for every post was up and running except for a few posts that were missing images and needed me to reupload them but that’s okay!
I also installed Disqus comment system on my blog now so you can comment on my posts easily. I updated my Blogger feedburner and I hope that my pals on Blogger are getting my new updates. I also emailed Bloglovin’ about my migration and I hope they can sort it out by tomorrow. I hate not having my latest posts up on Bloglovin’.
My blog is still not done as I have a few problems with it. I can’t view anything beyond page 10 and the monthly archive links are not functioning. Kotryna’s developer team is fixing it for me so I guess I should just wait and hope it get fixed soon. My pages and sidebar are still under construction. I need a few more days to sort it all out. For now, I’ll be looking at my new blog all the time because I love it so! I’m even more excited to blog now hehe.
My advice is if you ever thought about migrating to WordPress, I’d say do it now. Do not wait. I waited a few months because I was scared to take the plunge and now that everything is kind of sort out, I was like, “damn gal, should have migrated months ago!“
And I also moved my email firstname.lastname@example.org from Zoho Mail to my hosting/server. Yeay! If you have any problems emailing me, just tweet me or comment on any posts.
I hope you reach to the end of this post and let me know what you think of my new blog. Do you wish to migrate to WordPress one day?