I’m a pretty calm, meek, reasonable, understanding person. I never, EVER send food back. Never yell at strangers. Heck, I hardly ever yell at my husband. But recently, I snapped and sent not one, but multiple vile, wicked, profanity-laced emails to my former blog host: blog.com. Months of problems, poor customer service, and broken domains set me off. I made the frustrating and annoying decision to move my entire blog to WordPress… and I haven’t looked back.
To all of my followers, I’m so sorry for the changes that may have blocked you from my previous site, but I think you (and I) will be much happier here. I’m also sorry for deviating from my normal blog topics, but after seeing the onslaught of dissatisfied blog.com customers on Facebook, I felt compelled to help them make the move to WordPress too!
This post will help you make that transition. I’ll try to give you a step-by-step tutorial. Disclaimer: I am not an expert, just a frustrated, novice blogger. These steps worked for me, but they may not work for everyone. If you have advice you’d like to add… please leave a comment.
1. I reported blog.com to the BBB (my first time ever reporting a service to the BBB!) I also had paid $35 dollars to update my Ads feature when the site first started going down and redirecting my site to a Portuguese site for days at a time. I called my credit card company, disputed the charge, and got my money back. I highly suggest you do this also!
2. Ok, now for transferring your blog. Blog.com and WordPress have almost the exact same dashboards, so you’ll feel right at home. It costs a little bit more to have a custom, cool layout, but at least your site will be operational, right?!
-The first thing you’ll want to do is go to your blog.com dashboard. Click Tools, Click Export. Click All Content. Then click Download Export File (this saves all your content onto your computer).
-In WordPress, you’ll need to create an account. The downside, that I know of, is that you can not transfer your old custom domaine name (ex. http://www.bulldogsandbrownsugar.com)- that you paid for – to this new site. You’ll have to create/pay for a new one. If anyone knows how to move their old name… please leave the directions in a comment! A generic .wordpress.com domaine is free!
-Once you’ve set up your WordPress account, go to your WordPress dashboard, Click Tools, Click Import, Click “WordPress” from the list of options, Click “Choose File,” from your computer downloads – choose the file that you downloaded from the “Export” step above. And Click “Upload File”
It may take a few minutes for your files to transfer, but once they have… all of your content, pictures, categories, posts and comments should have successfully landed on your brand new WordPress page!
-Pinterest users: yes, this sucks, because now all the pins are still directing all of your pinners to your old, worthless account. Unfortunately, I don’t think there’s anything you can do about it. I went through and edited all my pins to include the new URL from my WordPress pages so that if any new users repin my stuff, they’ll be directed to the new page, instead of the old one.
-Don’t forget to update your new URL in your Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, ect.. accounts.
I hope this has helped any other frustrated users. If any of these steps are incorrect, please let me know, but hopefully it will get other frustrated blog.com users started on the road to moving their blogs… and keeping their sanity!