Ready to make the switch? Here are some things that are important for you to be aware of BEFORE switching from Blogger to WordPress.
1. It’s not like going from a Toyota to a Lexus-more money but nicer.
2. It is definitely going to cost you more. The design is more, the themes are more, the hosting is no longer free, and all of the plugins are not free.
3. You will need to willing to put considerable time into managing your site once the design in installed. Chances are beyond backing up your blog periodically, you are spending almost no time managing your site.
What does that mean?
-Wordpress updates fairly often. These updates can cause your current plugins and in some cases your theme to no longer work. In addition, plugins update often. If a plugin in is not updated, your entire site could stop working. I was recently not able to type a single thing on my site-not a page, post, or sidebar widget. It was because of a single plugin that needed to be updated. Occasionally, the creator stops supporting a widget, and it just no longer works. This happened recently with a great Instagram widget. It takes time to mange this things. Please be honest with yourself about whether you have the time and/or patience to do this.
-You will have security decisions to make as well as spam plugins to choose. You will need to select a host company that is good for you. What works for a friend’s site may not meet your same needs. Also know that these companies change over time. A company that was highly recommend six months ago is experiencing growing pains and people are now very unhappy with it. This will all need to be managed by you.
-The only reason that people switch from Blogger to WordPress is because you can get more out of WordPress. The trade off is that to get more, you have to be willing to do the more. Simply switching alone will do nothing. A great example of this is a plugin called Social Warfare. With this plugin, when people share or pin from your site, the plugin automatically selects the correct size image for that media platform. The trick? You have to make and upload all of those images first and pay to use the plugin service.
4. Why are you telling me all of this?
You’re about to spend a lot of money to switch to WordPress. I know what that means as a teacher. I have recently seen some fellow education bloggers make the switch. In the end, they were very unhappy with what the final result. A large amount of money was spent, and they were faced with a lot of work and a learning curve they were not prepared for and had no time to address.
If you are interested in researching options for your WordPress site and you have a support system of WordPress friends that you can lean on, than this is going to work for you. If you need your blog to just run itself, than Blogger is honestly where you need to stay.