After 3 years of blogging on Blogger’s platform, now it’s time for me to move on and say goodbye, not to you but to Blogger/BlogSpot. Finally, Eli Shares had moved to a self-hosted WordPress and is officially registered under a .com domain.
I chose 8th of July to mark the date of rebirth and transition of Eli Shares on a new platform because it is a special day for me. It’s my birthday!! This significant date would be a great anniversary for both my birthday and blog.
Actually I have been considering to migrate earlier but I thought I should wait and set a date, so, in the mean time I could do some research and build some sort of knowledge on the migrating process and also the reason WHY I should consider to migrate.
Believe me, migration is not a simple task especially when you want to maintain the traffic, permalinks, comments etc. Unless you’re planning to start fresh. Therefore, sufficient amount of reading and research is essential.
For those BlogSpot users whom were considering on migrating to a self-hosted Wordpress platform, I would recommend you to read these:
One major obstacle I faced in the process of the transition was to transfer the Intense Debate comments from BlogSpot to Wordpress. There are no plugins available for me to import the comments (it has been disabled), so I have to do it manually.
When you’re still young you rely on your “parents” to support you, doesn’t matter which family you’re from – Blogger, Wordpress.com, LiveJournal or Xanga. But as we grew and progress, we might have this in mind…
“I’m grown up now, my “parents” only offers me limited supports, I wanna go out and explore the blogging world, I wanna expand, I wanna stand on my on, maybe I need to find a partner for myself (Joint Ventures), I think it’s time for me to get out of this nest.”
This is where things starts to become more exciting and more challenging. Seriously, moving over to WordPress was really a big decision and certainly the best choice I have ever made. With abundance of great features, premium themes, plugins and of course FREEDOM, I have no regret.
Although, to be honest, BlogSpot is free and it’s easier to use but you have not much control over your blog. Meanwhile, WordPress might be slightly complicated at first but eventually you’ll learn along the process and you have more control over your blog.
By the way, we humans are control freaks so there’s a good reason why Google wanted to control your blog. Your content and blog are too valuable to be on BlogSpot so why not consider a move? Another bad news of having your blog on BlogSpot is that you’ll also risk having your blog deleted and I’m sure you don’t want that to happen to your blog.
Hosting your own blog is relatively affordable nowadays and Eli Shares is proudly hosted with iPage – a leader in web hosting. With unlimited disk space, bandwidth and email, 99.9% uptime and 24x7 support, and also with addition of other great features, iPage offers you a web hosting plan as low as RM 0.40 per day!
Currently, Eli Shares is still under the process of transitioning phase so please bear with me. I still have a lot of things to do – transferring Intense Debate comments, fixing links, posts, RSS feeds and other tweaks, and also theme selection.
Note: This will be the last post in elishares.blogspot.com. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all my readers, bloggers, commenters whom have spent the valuable time reading, linking and commenting in this blog. You guys are awesome!!
See you on the other side @ Eli Shares dot com