Blogger to WordPress: My Experience

Blogger to WordPress: My Experience

You may have noticed a thing or two has changed about anikamay.co.uk. I’m the type of person who is constantly looking to improve, and my blog is no exception. I’ve been unhappy with the look of my blog for a while, and no matter how many times I moved things around, it just didn’t give off the professional feel that I always wanted. That’s when I decided it’s time to take the plunge… it’s time to move to WordPress.

I tweeted my frustration a little while back, and got a couple of DMs from fellow bloggers mentioning some services who will migrate your blog for you. Some of these services were charging up to £400, and quoting a time period of two weeks – I’ll pass. Then I thought to myself, why not go to the company, you have always depended on? Pipdig!

I had been looking on Pipdig’s blogger themes page for months, trying to pick between themes and even emailing bloggers to ask if they loved their themes. All replied with a giant yes, but I knew deep down, I didn’t want to remain on Blogger. Not only is the post-editing process difficult, but the whole website just irritated me. I could never find a theme that was exactly what I wanted, and Blogger doesn’t give me a huge amount of options when it comes to customising. With my old theme (created by the amazing Eve at Fearne Creative Design), the layout was simple, and I wanted something new and exciting! I knew if I wanted my blog to grow, I needed a professional-looking, eye-catching theme, and Blogger just couldn’t provide that for me.

So I scanned Pipdig’s website for their migration service (which is currently at a discount), and realised they do most of the heavy lifting – exactly what a girl like me needs. I sat on the webpage for a little while, and decided to sleep on the idea, as I’m super indecisive and usually need a good five days to come to a decision. Overnight, Pipdig sent me an email with the “Top 5 Reasons to Move to WordPress”. It was this article that convinced me WordPress is the way forward.anika may pipdig blossom theme blogger to wordpress template fashion and lifestyle blog

After purchasing Pipdig’s service and the StartUp package from SiteGroup, I basically just sat back and watched the magic begin. Phil from Pipdig is a perfect example of five-start customer service: he is ever-present on Pipdig’s website, social media accounts and via email. I have this annoying habit where I always feel like I’m the most irritating customer in the world, and asked Phil about 300 million questions, because I’m crazy fussy, and he answered every single one.

Plus, it took around five business days for my blog to move over, and everything is the same. My posts, my comments, my social media links and even the arrangement of my sidebar is exactly the way it was before. And here’s another bonus: when you purchase the migration service from Pipdig, you also get to choose one of their amazing templates for free. And it’s no secret – I LOVE FREE STUFF. Once the move was complete, WordPress was set up and ready for me to go, I didn’t even have to make an account!

I truly could not be happier using WordPress, and if you’re thinking about making the move – just do it! You will not regret it! Change is good for the soul, and I thought I would really struggle as I associate WordPress with the savviest of computer users, but I picked it up in less than a day, and there are plenty of tutorials to take a look at in case I get stuck.
I would like to say an enormous thank you to Phil at Pipdig for helping my blog look perfect in my eyes, and for the smoothest transition ever! There’s no way I could have done it on my own.
Anika xo

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  • Pipdig is amazing, I think so many love using them because of the amazing service

    Beauty Candy Loves

    • They’re just the best! 🙂
      Thanks for reading xo

  • Wow, I never heard of Pipdig, but your blog looks amazing right now! I was thinking about switching from Blogger to WordPress as well, but only hesitated because I thought it was going to be a lot of work! Thanks for sharing

    Enclothed Cognition

    • No worries! Pipdig are awesome, you’ll love WP! xo

  • Pili G

    I’ve been considering moving to wordpress for a while since everyone tells me is better for themes! I have to check out Pipdig, if I ever to do the change! Thanks for the tip!
    Love
    Pili
    To Read with Tea

    • It’s so much better! I was terrified but the move was easy 🙂 xo

  • I moved from Blogger to WordPress as well. I actually did everything myself. My only issue was with Google not giving me permission to move it to Blue Host. Eventually I had gotten everything figured out. I’ve never heard of Pipdig. I’ll need to look them up.

    Jennifer
    Effortlessly Sophisticated

    • That’s amazing! Well done to you, that’s so brave! xo

  • Glad you found a service that helped! I made the move too with help.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  • Katie

    I’ve been happy with Blogger but I do find it hard to customize my blog without spending lots of money! This is such an interesting and informative read x

    http://www.beautyfromkatie.blogspot.com

    • I had the same problem! Glad you enjoyed x

  • I’ve been wanting to make the move from blogger to wordpress, but have been putting it off since I’m so computer illiterate! I’ve heard good things about pipdig and will have to check them out.
    Rachael
    http://www.threadsforthomasblog.com

    • I’m literally the same haha, HTML is just letters and numbers to me! xo

  • I had been thinking about moving from Blogger to WordPress a while back but decided I preferred Blogger as I am familiar with the platform. But I have heard a lot of people being super happy with changing over! Your blog is absolutely gorgeous!

    -Sophie xx
    Cherries & Perfume

    • Thank you! Honestly, WP isn’t that different, things are just in a different place haha xo

  • Anni

    Amazing post, dear! Very useful post.
    Hugs ♥
    LIANA LAURIE

  • Yiotou_La

    Glad to see that everything it working perfectly for you, I would be so scared to move too (I am using blogger at the moment) but their service sounds incredible. I will keep this in mind when I decide to move too.

    Yiota
    pinkdaisyloves.blogspot.com

    • Definitely do, I barely did a thing 😉 xo

  • So happy for you! I’m not sure if I’m quite ready for the transition, but I’ll keep this post archived for when I am x

    A Little Treat | Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

    • It took me a good few months to finally decide! Thanks for reading xo

  • I moved from Blogger to Wordpess and I don’t regret it at all. I had the same problems with Blogger, it just wasn’t for me…

    Heidi 🍓 | Heidi’s Planner | Instagram

    • Totally agree, WP for the win! xo

  • Courtney Hardy

    I’m all about blogger because it’s so easy to use, and I tried making a wordpress blog one time but it was so complicated. I’m just familiar with blogger’s format. But wordpress is very customizable.
    http://sugarcoatedbears.blogspot.com/

    • Totally, but I think WordPress.org is much easier to use than WordPress.com for sure 🙂 xo

  • i would be a nervous wreak about changing from blogger to wordpress but I am glad it went smoothly for you!

  • I love blogger so much and I found wordpress so confusing haha!

    Fix Me In Forty Five – A Beauty & Lifestyle Blog
    Blog Lovin’ // Instagram
    xx

    • I tried to start a blog on WordPress.com and I was horrendous! Then I stuck with Blogger, and finally Pipdig helped me to move to WordPress.org and it’s super easy! xo

  • Megan Hillery

    I’ve been thinking about doing this but I have so many reservations because I absolutely LOVE the way my blog looks now but I want to become self hosted and, from what I have heard, WordPress is the best platform to do this. I really want to keep my template purchased from Etsy; I love the look. I just don’t know what to do!

    Meg x | the-writeblog.blogspot.co.uk

    • WordPress is definitely the best, I just checked Pipdig’s templates (as you get one free with the migration) and their Firefly template https://www.pipdig.co/shop/wordpress-theme-firefly/) is quite similar to yours! Or, if you really want to keep a template like the one you have, you could talk to Pipdig about getting something custom made 🙂
      I didn’t want to say goodbye to my Etsy template either haha, but the upgrade was worth it for me! xo

  • Jennifer

    I personally found blogger to be easier to use, but I’m glad to have read that you’ve found a system that works for you. 🙂 Great and honest post! I really enjoyed it.

    • Thank you so much for reading! 🙂 xo

  • Rach

    Thank you for sharing this! I’ve been considering moving over and starting my research!

    http://www.rdsobsessions.com

  • I used to be on blogger and I changed to wordpress.
    While I initially found it challenging to switch – I have since found wordpress so much easier and you can do so much more!
    xx

    Lizzie | Takeoffs & Landings

    • Totally true! Plus I found Blogger was a little bit glitchy and limiting! xo

  • Wow okay I really want to migrate my blog over to WordPress but do you have any idea how I could do it myself?! I have tried googling it but it all looks SO complicated, which is probably why you used a migration service ahaha. Not being able to use Disqus with my template on blogger is what annoys me the most… maybe it’s just time to get a new template! x

    http://www.diaryofanexpatgirl.com

    • Yeah I Googled it at first and was completely lost! And Disqus is amazing, definitely one of the benefits of blogging – best wishes with the new template! xo

  • sophia tranter

    I blog with WordPress and I can’t stress enough how good they are. I also know a lot of bloggers in your situation that have moved from Blogger to WordPress and they love it! I have been eyeing up Pipdig for a while now too!

    Sophia xo // https://sophiaaaxo.com

    • So good right?! Pipdig is definitely my go-to for everything with blogging now xo

  • sophia tranter

    I also followed your bloglovin!!

    • Thanks, Sophia – followed back! xo

  • I moved to WP about two years ago and it was the best thing I ever did, welcome to WP 😀 xx

    • Thank you! I’m loving it so far! xo

  • Risum with Ameze

    I completely agree and was happy when I took the step to use WordPress too! Additionally Pipdig are really great and the variety they have is great too.

    Ameze xxx
    http://www.risumwithameze.co.uk/

    • Some really pretty themes too! Thanks for reading xo