For the fourth and final post in this series, I’d like to thank Emily from Family and Life in Las Vegas for sharing her story!
To see my entire series of guest posts about moving from Blogger to WordPress click here.
My Journey to WordPress had a lot more bumps in the road then needed to be. Honestly, I am one of those transfer stories that make other bloggers scared of making the switch.
But that doesn’t have to be the case. Learn from my mistakes, and you will have an easy painless move, and you will enjoy the many benefits of WordPress (ie, enhanced SEO, and multitudes of plugins to make your blogging life effortless.) FYI my stats have nearly tripled since moving to WordPress, well at least once I got the crazy mess cleaned up.
If you ask my hubs he will tell you I tend to give people the benefit of the doubt, and assume the best in them. Much to my own fault. In fact, even after all of this, I am not going to point fingers and call names. I am just going to say, I spent WAY too much, and not only didn’t get what I wanted out of my site, but I didn’t get what any normal WordPress transfer should have had. (Yes, the bare bottom basics – not there.)
So this is my advice to you in jumping over to WordPress:
1. DO IT!! – it will seriously change the way you blog.
2. Do your research! Ask your friends who they use, request quotes, request references (even if it is just a tweet or FB post – you can learn a lot from others who used a service.)
3. Know how much you are willing to spend. Do this before you start. Be realistic. If you want a whole new design, you will be paying more than just a simple move.
4. Listen to your gut. (Honestly, we all should apply this one to a lot more in life.) From the very 1st time working with my original WordPress designer, I could tell something just wasn’t right. We didn’t seem to have the same frame of mind… enter my desire to keep believing the best in people. There were several other red flags along the way, and by the time I did cut my losses, I had lost. (Time and Money something every mother is short on…)
5. Don’t be afraid to say no. Don’t be afraid to change your mind. Don’t be afraid to ask for exactly what you are wanting. The worst that can happen is they say they can’t do it – or it costs extra.
If you do all of this, the chances are you are going to get exactly what you are looking for. And if you are wondering who I would suggest?
Both of these recommendations I stand behind 100%. The customer service I have received from them is unparalleled and unfortunately not very common anymore. Not to mention they both have worked with my OCD and haven’t fired me as a customer yet. And both of these people are very reasonably priced.
Thank you Tara for having me guest post on your blog. It has been a pleasure!