Well we’re finally in the clear and completely migrated over from Blogger to WordPress. Am I glad we made the switch? Absolutely. Would I ever want to do it again? No way. Just about every singe thing that could go wrong, did. Seriously it was the the perfect storm of lets-screw-up-everything. Except, unlike in the movie, Mark Walhberg didn’t show up to make things better.
Before I go through exactly what happened, I want to re-emphasize that everything has been fixed and addressed thanks to Super Jeni (her newly appointed title) aka The Blog Maven. Jeni swooped in, worked her magic, and a measly eleven hours later, she had whipped everything into shape. Honestly, I don’t know what we would have done without her (more about Super Jeni later).
So, back to what happened. At the end of April, Blogger decided to break on us and completely disable the scheduling feature for thousands of blogs including ours. It was not fun. To make matters worse, it took them about 2 weeks to get around to fixing it. 2 weeks! We post at least once a day, but we couldn’t be around to manually post everyday. Our schedule got messed up, our traffic went down, and an all around sucky time was had by all.
Julia and I had been talking semi seriously about switching to WordPress for over a year, and when this mess happened, we decided to go for it. We quickly realized our name had been taken already (I know, I know, I should have done that a long time ago), fortunately, the name we went with is shorter and we are very happy with Allthingsuf.com but in hindsight, I should have bought the domain before. So that’s tip #1
She. Did. Everything. And I mean everything. She dealt with my host, fixed my import with some wicked cool coding skills, took care of 301 redirects (we still have one last thing to do this weekend dealing with our old site to hopefully keep our Google rank etc). I wish I’d known about Jeni before all this started as she could have saved all of us a lot of grief. She offers a ton of services that are extremely competitive in terms of pricing., and I can guarantee you won’t find a more helpful, knowledgeable person than Jeni.
Bottom line, do make the switch, but unless you’re an expert, don’t, don’t, don’t try to do it yourself. There are so many things that can go wrong and by then it’ll end up costing you more to fix everything than it would have just to hire a professional in the first place.
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