When it comes to blogging I’m a bit of an expert & a bit of a novice. I think every blogger probably has their strengths & weakness when it comes to the aspects of blogging you readers don’t see. My weakness is the techy side; I can use basic coding & I can pretty much sort out a good layout but when it comes to domains & hosting my brain just doesn’t quite get it. Blogging can be a bit of a headache at times so when I decide to take the plunge & go self hosted I invested in Pipdig’s migration service.
I used blogger for years; it was a great place to start a blog & offered everything I needed. I would still recommend it to anyone thinking of starting a blog because it’s simple. That’s all you need when you start out; a easy to navigate site, a simple blog layout & inspiration. I didn’t find blogger held me back to much, I could do everything I wanted to & once I bought my own domain I felt really happy with my blog.
I decided I wanted to move over to WordPress because I wanted to go self hosted. After a little research I decided that WordPress would be a better option & it comes with a bunch of bonuses. I have much more control over my site, layout & I’ve got a bunch of plugins which help me run my site run better. The biggest draw was the the yoast plugin for SEO optimising & the built in google analytics stats.
Turns out it is a better option for me & I love my new site. It just works for me & I would recommend it for bloggers who want to take their site to a new level. Migrating was the difficult bit for me, I didn’t want to spend too much but I also knew I wouldn’t be able to do it by myself. Even sorting out my own domain was hard so when I saw Pipdig had a Black Friday sale I jumped at the chance. I think every blogger took advantage by the looks of twitter feed.
My site was left in Phil’s hands & he did the best job. My site was moved over in a couple of days, it never went down so my readers were able to access it during the move & I got a new layout alongside it. It may not be the most affordable option for everyone but I would recommend it. They even fixed my domain issues which was a blessing!
The only drawback was the hosting which you are required to go with Siteground. Pipdig have a affiliate scheme with them so obviously they request you purchase hosting with them & even though I haven’t had issues so far I don’t think I’ll stick with them. The cost was really affordable for the first purchase but in the long run I think it will get a bit too expensive for me.
I recently moved my domain over to lyrical host which is run by Jenni. They are uber helpful & moved my domain over with ease. I just love their customer service; it’s perfect for someone like me. I’ll be moving over my hosting when my siteground renewal is up. They offer a great service & well with my not so techy brain they’re always on hand to help.
So that’s my blogger to WordPress migration story & I’m not going to lie, it was super simple & I love my new site. I probably wouldn’t be saying that if it wasn’t for Pipdig or Lyrical host so I do owe them all the credit. I hope you all like my new site too because I’ve been putting in a lot of effort this year to get my blog to a higher standard!