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February 14th, 2007

WOW… I’m beyond thrilled and touched by all the comments you guys left for me on my New Digs/100th Postaversay post! Have I said WOW yet? Thank you is not a heartfelt enough word, but for lack of a better word… THANK YOU!

Anyhoo… Angelina and Michelle prompted me to post about the switch from Blogger to WordPress. I’m far from an expert on blogging matters and programs, but this is what works for me.

When I first started blogging (pre Happy Zombie) I wanted something free. The best free choices for me were Blogger, WordPress.com and Vox. WordPress and Vox gave me no option to hack my template. I like to “decorate”, so those two were out. Plus Vox was too myspace-ish for my taste (not that there’s anything wrong with that). So I went with Blogger. I could do what I wanted with my template and that was a HUGE factor in my decision to go with Blogger.

I like TypePad and like visiting blogs on TypePad… but I didn’t want to pay the minimum fee and still not be able to have full control over my template. Like paying rent and not being able to paint my walls or hang pictures. Blogger had recently updated some of their functions (categories, faster updates, blah, blah)… but not enough for me.

I really liked what WordPress.com had to offer. Being able to edit comments, responding to comments via email, and easy commenting for my visitors. I’d been having a lot of problems with posting comments on blogger… either people emailed me saying they couldn’t comment on my blog or me not being able to comment on other blogger blogs. And of course the biggie… I’m a Mac user and Blogger is NOT Mac/Safari friendly. Every time I wanted to link a word I had to code it by hand. Any html in a post I had to code by hand. It gets old. I was not willing to open Firefox or Camino just so I could write a post.

I kept thinking about moving my blog to my website. I figured I might as well use it for something other then storage. And then… it was like the clouds parted revealing sunshine when Wende left me a comment about WordPress.org. I thought to myself… wow… Wende’s blog is from WordPress? Hmmm… I’ve loved the ease of posting comments and reading her blog every day (ok, maybe even TWICE a day!). Hmmm… I must look into this WordPress.org further.

So come to find out, there are two WordPress programs. The WordPress.com is where they host it for you. The WordPress.org is where you host it on your site and you have full control of it. Hmmm… the latter sounded really good! I was really hesitant at first. UGH… changing my url, loosing all my posts and comments… thinking I had to start over! OH BUT NOT THE CASE. Wether you go with WordPress.com or WordPress.org, there’s a nifty little easy cheezy button that lets you import your Blogger posts and comments! WOW… sign me up!

So I took the plunge and set up a WordPress.org program (free BTW) on my site. I did find a glitch, and the easy cheezy import button wouldn’t allow an import from “new blogger”. Putting my thinking cap on, I opened a WordPress.com account and imported my Blogger posts and comments to that. I then imported my new WordPress.com account’s posts and comments into my WordPress.org (this blog here) account. It worked! Did you follow that? I couldn’t got from point A to point B… but a little pit stop and I’m there! Or HERE I should say! Some of my transfered posts are a little tweaky and the commentors names lost their hyperlinks, but I can fix that with editing (some day when I have time, hahaha). Tweaky or not… I have them and that’s all that matters to me. And not only is WordPress.org easy cheezy… there are HUNDREDS (I’m guessing over a thousand) templates to choose from should you want a pre made template.

Blah, blah, blah… I ramble on sometimes and say nothing. I hope I made sense of that all! If you have questions… post a comment! Thanks to WordPress I can answer you right in your comment (like Wende does!). I’m givin’ up the Bloggy Love to Wende who showed me the light! Applause, applause, applause!

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10 Responses

  1. The fabulous Tracey allegedly said:

    Hi Monica!

    I, too, am a Mac user. Have you ever used iWeb for blogging?

    Hi Tracey! I have iWeb and I think it’s really, really nifty. But… I’m not able to hack/edit the template so it’s not for me. iWeb has some beautiful templates though! - Monica

  2. The fabulous Wende allegedly said:

    You are just too sweet. I opened up my dashboard a few minutes ago–I love how it shows all the new incoming links. And there you are: Happy Zombie, Happy Zombie… Linking me like mad.

    I’m glad Wordpress is working out for you. I especially like being able to respond to comments (and fix typos for people who ask!). There are some really handy dandy plug-ins for commenting, but I’ve not bothered. Oh.. and I’ll repeat this because it’s worth knowing: GET AKISMET. You won’t be able to survive long on Wordpress without it! I get apx 200 spam comments a day and Akismet keeps them all off my blog. :D

    I’ve been meaning to ask you about Akismet! I have it and it’s ready to go… but I’m still looking for my API key. I can’t even find my car keys and I should have left the house 5 minutes ago! - M

  3. The fabulous kirsty allegedly said:

    Having just made the same move myself, I’m appreciating the tips! Thanks :)

  4. The fabulous Paula allegedly said:

    You know me, a techno idiot, but I do LOVE how you can respond to comments this way. Very cool! Happy Valentines day to you…

  5. The fabulous Wende allegedly said:

    Happy Valentine’s Day! :D

  6. The fabulous Lindiepindie allegedly said:

    Well congratulations on your move and welcome! You are so funny in your story of how you moved. :o)

    When I moved to Wordpress.com and moved everything, my pictures will still linked through blogger and sometimes they didn’t show up. I eneded up reloading them all, picture by picture, post by post over several months time. Not the funnest way to spend my time. Hopefully they’ve fixed whatever the problem was. I’m glad you got to keep your cute template!

  7. The fabulous Cindy allegedly said:

    Hey I agree with you about reading Wende’s blog a couple of times a day. :) I hope to get to meet her this summer. I’m glad you’re happy over here…maybe someday I’ll do the same. Until then, I’ll just keep enjoying your blog like usual. :)

  8. The fabulous blop allegedly said:

    girl…you feed my soul! xoxo

  9. The fabulous Lauri Smith allegedly said:

    OK-I’m going through the same thing. I want to move my blog to my web site. Problem I’ve been having is the guy who is doing it for me, since, oh, say, last AUGUST, still hasn’t moved it.

    Are you saying I can have a wordpress blog on my website? Like, I could just do it myself, and not have to do any technical stuff? I’m definitely checking that out!!

    And now I’m gonna go check out that Wende genius!

    Yes Lauri… you can have a WordPress blog on your website! That’s what I’ve done here. You have to go to WordPress.org for the program. You still have to do some techie stuff to install it, give permissions, blah, blah, blah. I personally thought it was a snap, but that’s just me. WordPress does give EXCELLENT instructions and I think is very user friendly. But it’s all relative, ya know. I know people who do scrapbooking and think it’s easy/fun and I think it hurts my brain just thinking about it and could never do it. Just like installing Wordpress… I can do it, I just can’t explain how I did it!

  10. The fabulous Lauri Smith allegedly said:

    Oh yeah…

    BLOP! I think you could do this! lol! And I am in love with you…but that’s another post! ;)

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