Migrating from Blogger to WordPress and Other Good Reads

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It’s been a hectic month for me here at Saving to Invest. I recently moving blogging platforms from Google’s Blogger to WordPress. For non-bloggers this is akin to moving from an old style cell phone to an i-Phone like smart phone. Both do the basic stuff, but you get a lot more features and control with WordPress. Off course there is also a steep learning curve as I move from a fully hosted platform, courtesy of Google who own blogger, to a self hosted platform. I definitely had some challenges making the move, but so far have no regrets. I will at some stage write a more detailed post on why and how I moved platforms,  but in a nutshell if you are blogging just for fun (and want to make some extra bucks on the side) with zero technical inclination go with Blogger. But if you want to enter the professional blogger/”webpreneur” space where your blog is a business, then a self hosted WordPress platform is the way to go. Also special kudos to the support desk at Media temple, whose servers now host this site, for their help in the migration (especially with the php.ini size issue!). I definitely recommend them if you are looking for a top notch affordable hosting service.

This last week also brought about the House approved version of a new 2010 stimulus package that I alluded to last year. It is being passed through congress under the American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act of 2010, and if it gets passed (very likely) it will contain a number of stimulus like credits and tax breaks for consumers and business. While it is not as generous as the $787 billion stimulus package of 2009 and has no (much hoped for) extensions to the home buyer credit or new car tax deduction, it does have provisions that are likely to help many struggling in today’s economy. I will be writing more posts on this stimulus/tax breaks package as it progresses through Congress.

One thing I have been remiss on over the last few months as one thing after the other came up is to point out some of the good reads I come across from other personal finance writers. Here are just a few that are worth a read on this sunny Memorial day:

Also, participated in the carnival for personal finance over the last few weeks. Many thanks to all the publishers who included my articles.

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Gail June 2, 2010 at 6:52 pm

I still prefer Blogger because it is easy to use and you can get ads up straight away. Wordpress provides no ad capability. self hosting is too complicated for me – I can barely use my cell phone for texting….but maybe I will hire someone if my website grows bigger.

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Peter June 2, 2010 at 5:06 pm

Welcome to the Wordpress and Thesis Theme dark side! It’s much better over here! I started out blogging on the blogger site, and it can’t hold a candle to Wordpress. Fine for getting started, but not where you want to be if you want to take it to the next level. Congrats on the move -and good choice on media temple!

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Jake June 2, 2010 at 10:07 am

The new site looks great. It is nice and clean, with no off putting colors.

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Pinyo June 1, 2010 at 10:01 am

About time. I recall that I suggested this to you over a year ago. :-)

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andys2i June 1, 2010 at 4:08 pm

Should have listened to you then! Still, blogger was pretty good for me so can’t complain too much.

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J. Money May 31, 2010 at 8:21 pm

Welcome to the dark side ;) I made the move 3 months ago and it’s been awesome ever since! The hard part is over…

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andys2i June 1, 2010 at 4:10 pm

Thanks. Yeah, I noticed your site looks similar to your blogger theme, but with the WP changes. Wish I knew about Mr Micah’s migration services, would have saved me a lot of time on the technical issues. Still, I did get to learn a lot (but never want to use vi to modift php.ini files!). Have you noticed big changes in your traffic/revuenue since the move?

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Monevator May 31, 2010 at 7:28 pm

I have to admit I didn’t like your old Blogger comment form (or the comment forms on any Blogger blog — really annoying!) But otherwise I don’t think I would have noticed you were on Blogger, because you had a pretty sophisticated template. :)

Thanks for the link, good luck with the ongoing ramp-up around these parts.

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andys2i June 1, 2010 at 4:11 pm

Yup, that was a big complaint. See you site is also doing well with a lot more readers. Keep it up!

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