Wednesday, June 15, 2011

how to move from blogger to wordpress - a comprehensive guide review and giveaway

a few months ago, bill and i talked about the direction that this blogging thing has been taking for me, and he recommended that i think about getting my own domain to give myself more credibility and flexibility. i know that at every blogging seminar i have ever gone to (okay, so not that many, but still), the advice has been the same. you need to have your own domain name.

unfortunately, my knowledge of how to transfer all my posts and followers and everything else is severely limited. you might even say, non-existent. as a result, like everything else in my life, i have procrastinated.

then i heard about this great e-book, how to move from blogger to wordpress: a comprehensive guide so you don't miss a step ($35). "aha!" i thought, "this is exactly what i need to figure out how to make this move without 'miss[ing] a step!'" if i signed up to do the review, then i would have the accountability i needed not to procrastinate and to have enough courage to actually make the move.

you may have noticed that you are still reading this post in blogger. i have read the book, but there are still a few things i'm trying to figure out. like, i need to buy a domain name first, but then i also have to find a server. are those two separate costs? once i have bought my domain name and then i switch to the other server, then do i have to keep paying for the domain name?

what i appreciate about the book is that sharon hujik really does talk you through everything, step-by-step-by-step. at every step of the way, she gives you the time commitment that you can expect to dedicate to the process. this is where my problem lies (not with the book but within myself): i just don't have the time to dedicate to this whole long process. i hope to do it some day, and i will definitely follow this book's every word as i do so. at this point, i can barely find the time to blog, let alone go through a process to change over to a new server and domain name.

overall, i think this book is extremely well organized. she offers a definition for every word that might be foreign to those of us who are not computer gurus (although sometimes the definitions themselves were a little overwhelming--here's a tip: do not start with the glossary! you will want to quit before you've started!). i also appreciated that once i had the book, sharon was quick to contact me letting me know that i could ask her any questions if i needed help. when i can finally sit down to work this out, i'm sure i will have plenty of questions for her. i'm glad to know i have a real, live person as a resource should the going get tough. (you can also follow sharon on twitter and get in touch with her that way.)

aaaannnnnd, it just so happens that i have two copies of the book to give away for those of you who are interested in doing what everyone says you really should do, that is switch from blogger to wordpress. simply leave me a comment below detailing what scares you about change. i will choose a winner using on june 30. the good news is that since this is an e-book, anyone in the world can enter to win! you can have a second entry if you subscribe to my blog.

this is a mamabuzz review.  i received a free copy of this e-book for the purpose of this review.  regardless, the thoughts and opinions expressed here are purely my own.

1 comment:

  1. I haven't made the switch yet even though i want to so badly. I've heard the switch does wonders for your blog, for traffic and customization. I haven't done it yet because i've heard it can be tricky and easy to mess up. I would love to win this so i can go into the switch knowing exactly what to do!
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