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Lessons I Learned While Switching to WordPress { Part 2}

February 13, 2012

I may, in fact, be the most computer illiterate person to switch to WordPress in DIY fashion.  I say this because:

A.  I just learned what a blog was about a year ago.

…and…

B.  Up until a few days ago, I hadn’t signed up with Photobucket, Feedburner, or E-Junkie…  nor had I ever heard of the terms RSS or FTP,  played around with CSS codes, or designed my own blog buttons or social media icons.

If you aren’t a computer person, you may be impressed with all the jargon I just threw around up there.

Don’t be.

I really still don’t have a hot clue about much of it!

Many of you seasoned bloggers are far ahead of me technologically.  So, I feel I must be completely honest here.

Switching to WordPress the DIY way was really difficult for me…

But, I was also determined.

Very.

Veeeery.

Determined.

It reached almost OCD/manic status.  I woke up to that fact the day  I was sitting at the computer  at 2:30 in the afternoon, still in my pyjamas, and realized I had neither moved nor ate since 7:30 that morning.  I wish I could report that it was a good weight loss plan… Nope.  It wasn’t.

My husband was away for 4 days on business.  My goal was to get it all finished before he arrived home.  I did… But, I also lost a lot of sleep and may have gone through moments that made me feel like this:

 

crazy-computer-woman{Image by Google}

Now that it’s all over, I must say , I’m glad I did it.  Perhaps the saying, “If I can do it, anyone can” applies  here! {If you have an abundance of determination, and you realize that you may go through “crazy computer lady” phases, that is!}

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I gave my first few rambling thoughts on The Things I wish I Had Known Before Switching to WordPress here

I’ll carry on with that same subject today. We’re on item #

3.  If you think you can make the switch by following online tutorials…please think again!  The problem isn’t that there aren’t tutorials.  The problem is the plethora of them!    It takes copious amounts of time to separate the thousands of duds from the goodies ~ not to mention, I had such a little clue of the process, I didn’t even know which tutorials to look for!

As I intimated previously, my sanity saving solution appeared in the form of this e-book, written by Sharon Hujik:

don't miss a step

I seriously could not have done the move without it.  Sharon has broken the steps down with pictures and specifics…  “She” held my hand ~ in a virtual sense ~ through the whole thing.  And, on top of that, she so kindly answered my e-mails when I had specific questions.  (If you are interested in her book, click on the link in my sidebar.}

(As a bit of an aside…  I also chose BlueHost as my web host.  I recommend them highly based on their customer service alone.  I called them …um…about 7 times in 4 days.  They were consistently kind and helpful and patient.  And, no, I was not compensated in any way for saying that!)

#4.  The default template, or “theme” as it is called in WordPress, is incredibly complicated to customize.  I ended up purchasing the “Thesis” theme to make it easier to DIY design.  (The Genesis Theme with Child themes also look really neat.)  Sharon describes all these options very well in her book, too.

#5.  The process cost more than I expected.  As you can see, what I thought would be a “one purchase” (the hosting service) thing, turned into 3 purchases… And believe me, I had to hold myself back from purchasing any more.  If money hadn’t been a factor, I would have quickly hired a graphic designer mid-process, too. (Perhaps you may want to set that up prior to your switch and budget accordingly.)

#6.  There aren’t as many DIY design tutorials (written by women)for WordPress as there are for Blogger.  I’m happy to report, though, that I’ve finally found some.  Here’s a few that I’ll be referring to as I work on my new blog design in the near future:

My Reflection of Something

 

  • Blogging with Amy looks like an incredible resource with tutorials on a lot of WordPress design topics.

 

flowerflowerMany thanks to you for your your kind comments and patience as I work away ~little by little ~ DIY designing my blog.  It may, in fact, look slightly different each time you open it for a while…

 

Overall, I’m enjoying my new blog address and home.  There is one little thing that I desperately miss from my Blogger days~

~My Blogroll!! ~ You know, the one that is updated every time the blogger posts a new post?

Does anyone know if I can do that with WordPress?  And if so,I’ll need a tutorial…

…cause you know, I’m one of those crazy DIYers!

{*Disclaimer:  All the opinions stated on products and services listed above are my own.  I have signed up to join Sharon’s affiliate program for her e-book, though, so if you click on the sidebar link and end up purchasing the book, I will receive part of the proceeds.  It will go into my “Switching to WordPress” fund…}