A lot of new bloggers make the mistake of thinking that WordPress.com is the same thing as WordPress.org. In their defense, it is a little confusing. They want to be great bloggers, so they read article after article talking about why WordPress is the best blogging platform. They search for "WordPress" and see WordPress.com, set up their account and start blogging! It's an easy mistake. I really wish WordPress.com would change their name and make things less complicated for all bloggers. Even though they have the same name, there is a big difference in the 2 platforms. I thought it would be helpful for us to discuss differences (and similarities) of the two WordPress' today. Both are … [Read more...]
If you build it, they will come. (Okay, you'll also have to share it, like it, pin it, tweet it… and then they’ll come, but you gotta BUILD it first).
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Have you found the perfect WordPress theme, but it doesn’t come in the right color for your blog brand? Do you like everything about a theme, except for the font? Or maybe you just want a chevron background for your blog instead of plain white. This tutorial is going to show you how to make these customizations for your blog. It takes a little coding, but is very easy and can be done in minutes. I will be using the same example blog that I used for our Blogger to WordPress tutorial. The blog uses the Metro theme, a child theme of the Genesis Framework. (aff links) Add a custom background to your blog Customize the colors of you WordPress Theme Change the fonts for your blog How to … [Read more...]
I thought it would be fun to wrap up our Blogger to WordPress series by interviewing a few bloggers who recently moved their blogs from Blogger to WordPress. You've read why I think you should switch from Blogger to WordPress, now you can read why these 3 bloggers decided to switch from Blogger to WordPress and how it has improved their blog. From loving their new mobile responsive layouts to the improved SEO, these 3 bloggers are happy with their decision to move from Blogger to WordPress. If you want to join them and move your blog from blogger to WordPress, I have a whole series on how to do it yourself. Move your blog from Blogger to WordPress Why Heart of Deborah moved from … [Read more...]
UPDATE: The Blogger Importer plugin is not working as of April 21st, 2015. I am working on finding the best alternative, and will post here when the best solution is found! Hi! This tutorial is going to show you how to move your blog from Blogspot to a self-hosted WordPress account. If you’re still debating whether you should move, check out my 3 reasons why I think WordPress is better than Blogger. The actual move is really easy, but the prep and after work takes a little more time. Moving your blog is very similar to moving house (sticking with my renting vs. owning analogy). You pack boxes, clean, and sometimes you paint before you move in (sometimes after). Once that’s done you drive … [Read more...]
Congratulations on your new WordPress blog! Using a new interface can seem a little daunting sometimes, so I thought it would be helpful to give you a little tour of the WordPress dashboard. Log in to your WordPress dashboard First, go to: yourblog.com/wp-login and log in to your blog. This will bring you to the Wordpress Dashboard. On the top bar, you have your administrative links and then a few short cuts to important items that you will most likely check often: updates, comments, and add a new post. The left colored column is the main menu, with the content being in the 2 columns to the right of that menu.. If you click screen options on the top right corner (under your … [Read more...]
Ah, the settings tab. There is so much to discuss here. There are 7 subsections to adjust: general, writing, reading, discussion, media, permalinks, and sharing. Let's get started. General. Pretty easy. Fill out any blank information and chose your time zone. Writing. Formatting: do you want to see :) on your blog or : ) on your blog? Yes, some decisions in life can be silly and fun. Here you can also choose a default post category and default format. I don’t recommend posting via email. Reading. The first option is to set your front page for your website. Do you want yourblog.com to show your current posts, or do you want it to be a static landing page? Our front page is a … [Read more...]
Now that you've decided what to blog about, a name for your blog and which company to host your blog with, it is time to install WordPress on your server (host). WordPress is a blog publishing application. It helps you upload content with little or no coding necessary. There are other platforms to help you blog, but WordPress is the most commonly used blogging service on the web. Read why we recommend WordPress over Blogger. WordPress is very simple to set up. You can go to WordPress.org and download the files and then install it yourself. Or, most host companies make it really easy to download WordPress from your cPanel. No coding, no learning curve, just a “one click” install. I … [Read more...]
Which blog platform should I use: Blogger or WordPress? This is where panic mode hit me the first time I started blogging. There are so many options (and terminologies) for starting a blog: Blogger. Blogspot. WordPress.com. WordPress.org. Weebly. Free hosted blog. Self-hosted blog. What does any of it mean?! Let’s talk in terms of houses and apartments. An analogy. Go me! We (my husband a nd I) are currently renting our apartment. We’re paying month to month and we have no contract. Which means our landlord could say, “See ya later” at any time. But, we can also leave at any time. We don’t get to knock out a wall or change the carpet. We can’t even fix a major problem without going … [Read more...]