When I penned the first post on this topic a month ago, I did not think or suspect that it might turn into an ongoing series. I guess when you’re in survival mode, it’s hard to see that one day, all these new processes that seem difficult or unusual or unintuitive will one day become easier and more natural.
My first post was about the initial set-up. This post reflects the consolidation period.
Now that I’ve been using WordPress for two months I have a few more points and tips for anyone who is considering a move between blogging platforms.
- More comments and longer threaded conversations – it’s lovely chatting to more WP bloggers, although I seem to have lost many of the Blogger regulars.
- Easier to respond and reply to WP blogs thanks to the app on my phone. I moderate all my comments, so the app makes it easy to approve them wherever I am. I still prefer typing my longer comments on the laptop, but quick replies are very do-able on the app.
- Block Editor – yes, really! For instance, when I started this post I had the glitches first and the good second. A simple click of the up/down arrow in each block moved them exactly where I wanted them.
- Reblogging – a great way to share posts between my blogs & to share posts of fellow readalongers on my blog.
- Formatting issues on old posts and pages. This will obviously be an ongoing issue that I will resolve one post at a time as I need to.
- For instance, any time I wish to link an old post to a new one, I check the old one for problems first. This makes writing each post a much longer process, as I edit and reformat and curse a few times.
- ALL the issues are to do with the CLASSIC editor. All the old posts from Blogger have been imported into the old CLASSIC platform on WP.
- The main issue has been loss of all line spacing in these posts. They read as one long paragraph, but not all of them!
- To fix – click on paragraph drop down box and highlight text to be fixed, then select PREFORMATTED.
- Fix issues, then select fixed areas and go back to PARAGRAPH mode.
- It’s clunky but it will usually tidy things up enough.
- The second way is to go to WP admin, find post/page you want to work on and select CLASSIC EDITOR option underneath the heading.
- However, my various pages have been a bigger headache as these include long lists. Blogger allows lots of latitude with line spacing, WP does not. See my CC TBR page as an example.
- I have tried to copy & paste the entire page into a new page. But the line spacing issue still exists.
- I will think about this another day.
- Every single photo, from every single post, for the last 11 years has been added to the WP media gallery, twice!
- I deleted a few early on only to realise that if I deleted the wrong one of the two, then the image disappeared from the post.
- When I have the time I will need to work out which one is the double and can be deleted without consequence. It will then just take time to tidy up.
- But for recurring posts, like Stories & Shout Outs, I’d rather not have 37 copies of the badge, cluttering up the storage space. Do I just live with this? Or do I pick one, label it properly (title, alt text etc) and sit down one day and edit all the older posts?
- How important is it to have a tidy media gallery?
- Major loss of page views and other statistical mishaps.
- I accept that it took 11 years to build up the traffic that I had at Brona’s Books & that it will just take time for everyone to find me here.
- But it is a little dispiriting to see that, over the past two months, the older posts on Brona’s Books have still had more views than the posts on my new blog.
- One solution I am playing with is to repost the reviews and posts that continue to get lots of traffic on the old blog.
- Any other SEO tips most welcome.
- Thanks to Kim’s comments below, I looked into how to do a URL redirect from Blogger to WP.
- If you would like to continue to access your stats and edit old posts, bookmark the URL for this admin area or if you have more than one Blogger blog, you can still get into this area via one of the other blogs.
- Go to your Blogger – Theme – and find the CUSTOMISE drop down box.
- Select EDIT HTML
- This should let you see the template code.
- Type CTRL f to bring up the search box
- Type in <head>
- Directly underneath <head> copy in this code using the URL of your new WP blog and SAVE..
- All the reviews I have posted on Goodreads, include a link that takes interested parties to my old blog. Couldn’t be bothered to fix this, but it’s something I hadn’t thought about before the move – just how many places I have left links to my posts – The Australian Women Writers Challenge, The Classics Club, other bloggers posts and readalongs.
None of these glitches are deal breakers, but they are time consuming to fix (if I can be bothered). And, of course, I will be bothered, at some point. The look of my blog is important to me. It bugs me that there are formatting glitches. It will be about prioritising which ones to fix.
- All the pages will need to be fixed as I add to them regularly. Some more regularly than others. Ongoing, not urgent, but necessary.
- When I read a new book by a favourite author I like to link my old reviews to the new. When this happens I will take the opportunity to tidy up the old posts. Sporadic, not urgent, maybe not even necessary, but I will feel happier knowing that the new link to the old post on this blog will take visitors to a properly formatted page.
- I have observed that when I fix an older post, if I have a link to another blogger’s WP blog, they will get a pingback notification when I post the update. Not sure if this is good or a glitch?