11 July 2011

Wwwwhhheeeeeeelp, I need somebody!

To guide me through the jungle that is Wordpress. I know I'm making this decission to walk away from Blogger and directing my attention to the Wordpress platform. I asked this myself, nobody is forcing me to leave but *damn it* I want my wordpress blog *pumps fist* I have many of my daily to-go-to peeps blog on this platform and for quite some time now falling bit by bit for the stylized look and use. So as a bit of busy-bee therapy I decided to take the plunge. I bought a domain and hosting package...and this is where I crash and burn. The sight isn't pretty, I tell ya!! *eek*

Can I see I'm freaked out without everyone laughin in my face?? My ego today is as fragile as a thousand year old chines vase! Anyhoo, there are a couple of questions I seek answer to, or perhaps information if you have that. You see, I've been blogging for a few years now so what I was wondering is the following:

1: Is it better to first redirect my blogger blog to my domain and then eventually transfer from blogger to Wordpress or doesn't that matter in regards to google ranking and stuff?

2: I have the option at my hosting that I can directly upload the wordpress software via admin panel but can I play with that while my blogger blog is hosted on my domain?

3: What are the best themes to go with. When, at some point in the future, I'm used to Wordpress I'd like to dabble with my template. Which ones are the user friendly ones??

4: The freakin' google friend connect plugin. I can't seem to find it. I think I'm in need of a Wordpress GPS!! ;)

5: What are your most favorite plugins by which creators??

When I finally have my blog hosted on the Wordpress platform and everything is top notch I will look back, count the ten new grey hairs on my head and think it was worth it. I will call it an adventure and join the masses who loves Wordpress.

In the mean time, I look something like this:


I also want to mention Fiction Vixen has got an information post today about playing with Wordpress, the do's and don't. 

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9 comments:

  1. Welcome to WordPress! I love it and it's quite easy to use. Trust me. As for your questions:

    1: Is it better to first redirect my blogger blog to my domain and then eventually transfer from blogger to Wordpress or doesn't that matter in regards to google ranking and stuff?

    This depends on what you want to do with your site. My domain name is simply for my blog so my blog is my main page. However, if you want to develop other content you might want to make /blog a subdirectory on your domain. Either way is quite easy.

    2: I have the option at my hosting that I can directly upload the wordpress software via admin panel but can I play with that while my blogger blog is hosted on my domain? Yes, yes, yes! For right now you'll have two different blogs so you can set up your WordPress blog and have a blast making it exactly what you want and it won't impact your Blogger blog.

    3: What are the best themes to go with. When, at some point in the future, I'm used to Wordpress I'd like to dabble with my template. Which ones are the user friendly ones?? I love themes by Sadish Bala. They are easy to modify and I tweak them all the time.

    4: The freakin' google friend connect plugin. I can't seem to find it. I think I'm in need of a Wordpress GPS!! ;) Once you install WP you'll be able to search and install plug-ins right from your WP - no GPS needed!

    5: What are your most favorite plugins by which creators?? I LOVE my Akisment plug in and my Twitter for Wordpress plug in. They are easy to install and uninstall from your dashboard within WP so you'll have fun playing.

    Good luck and enjoy!

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  2. Hi Scraps - thanks so much for replying!! As it turns out I already made my first mistake but thank jeebus I can reset that!!

    As for the creating; /blog subdirectory - is that at the DNS section; file management & editor. You see the grasshopper that I am? :)

    Thanks for all the other info!!

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  3. Good luck with everything Leontine! I am looking forward to visiting your new home.

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  4. I am assuming you have Fantastico right? When you install your WP software using that it asks you the following: Install in directory

    That is where you would add a subdirectory - say "blog" or "diary". Leaving it blank will make the blog install directly to your main URL director and your blog will be your 'home page'.

    Hope that helps :)

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  5. I've been contemplating the jump to wordpress but just don't feel the need yet. I like the look and feel of my Blogger account. Can I call on you when I make the leap? By then you will be the expert! Good luck!

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  6. First off: cool stuff! Wordpress is a great blogging/CMS platform. Secondly, always apply the most important IT protocol: CS! That's *Common Sense*

    Thirdly, and this is from experience, I suggest that you set up two wordpress blogs. At least to begin with. One is your sandbox where you experiment and tweak and play to your heart's content. And the other one is your actual site, where you implement the changes from your sandbox when you have them the way you like.

    Your questions:
    1. If traffic is your primary concern, then it is important to get your current visitors used to your new address. i.e. first inform them on blogger. Then place that information more prominently on blogger. Then redirect blogger to your new address. Then switch over. If traffic is only a secondary concern, then you can obviously set up the new blog in parallel (and hint at it from time to time on blogger ;)

    2. Yes, you can. Easiest way to achieve this is by not setting up your wordpress software in your root folder (http://yoursite.com) but rather in a subfolder (http://yoursite.com/wordpress). When you're ready to make the move final, you can always set your domain to show the content of that subfolder (i.e. when someone goes to http://yoursite.com your server actually serves content from http://yoursite.com/wordpress)

    3. I'm not a specialist here, but my wife is rather fond of the Thesis Theme (http://diythemes.com). Personally, I think this is where that protocol I mentioned earlier (CS) is particularly important. "Content is king." "Form follows function." "Content before design." and all those things.

    4. When Wordpress is set up, you can add plugins from the admin page. A quick search turned up "Google Friends Connect Widget" and "Google Friends Connect Integration" (among many others ;)

    5. I'm going to mention that whole "Form follows function" and "Content is King" business again... The plugins you use will very much depend on where you want to take your site. One, which I personally like is WPtouch, which "automatically transforms your WordPress blog into an iPhone application-style theme, complete with ajax loading articles and effects, when viewed from iPhone, iPod touch, Android, Palm Pre, Samsung touch and BlackBerry Storm/Torch mobile devices." Cool stuff if you get lots of visitors from mobile devices. AddToAny is also interesting for letting your visitors share content from your site on their Facebooks, Twitters, and suches. However, my absolute favorite is Zemanta, which will provide you with photos, related articles, links *while you are typing*. (You can als get zemanta as a browser plugin, which makes the WordPress plugin obsolete, and also works in blogger.com, gmail, and so on...)

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  7. Leontine, I can't help you with wordpress but I can give you a big hug and a glass of wine. Hope you resolve the problem soon!

    Chemical Fusion

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  8. You're a brave woman! I can't help you with your technical questions but I can give you a cyberhug and wish you the best. :) Hang in there baby!

    {{hug}}

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  9. @Scraps - I use yourhosting but today I, hopefully, got a few steps further. I've created a subfolder for wordpress and now have the software installed and dabbling already a bit with the template. Tomorrow I will get my blogger blog redirected to my domain. Keeping fingers crossed here all goes well ;)

    @Twimom227 - If I have the knowledge, I'll share with you, for sure!!

    @enid Wilson - Pppfff, I could use the wine and the hug right about now :)

    @Tracy - Thanks!! Just to let me vent and you guys willing to hear it eases the frustration a bit. The pleasure of creating something - when you finally figured things out is a great reward too :))

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