Note : This is third article in the series “Shifting to wordpress”
You can read the previous articles below:
After all the research and shaking your mind you decided to go for WordPress ..Aren’t you feeling excited yes you will and you will feel a little nervous also as you are shifting your hard work to completely new platform think of it as shifting your lovely home to a new place and you don’t even have a single idea what your new home have it for you…you will get new neighbors and you will get to
meet new people in that area.
Analogy with shifting home?
When you shift your home sweet home, the place where you live .Probably you might have spent uncalculated time to make it look like home ,you have beautified the bedroom,drawing room,your also made your study room look like a geek masterplace now for some reasons you want to shift home ..headache…so what, sometimes a man’s got to do what a man’s got to do .. you have to face responsibilities..am i getting serious:)
So you will need money to buy your new home..here you have to pay for Domain and hosting ,and you also want your home to look better than your neighbors house isn’t you,so you have to hunt for the best designer or look out for the best theme that matches your blog taste.
Make a PLAN ?You have to buy Domain,Hosting,install wordpress,Give time, face difficulties, sometimes the things will not be that easy as you might think.
Here is the checklist:
You will need money for domain and hosting ,although you can use free hosts and free domains but the complete idea of setting up a professional blog will have no meaning then, so better make your first investment towards your future.Don’t worry your blog will soon cover your hosting cost just decide now that you will write original articles. Domains and hosting are dirt cheap now it can’t get more cheaper than this.There are no free lunches in this world and you better remember “No pain no Gain”.you can easily get good hosting and domain all under $20/year..
WordPress package is freely available for download at WordPress.org ,also check if you hosting provider supports one click WordPress installation ..as all major Hosts supports this feature and will save your valuable time which you feels like evaporating now..
You should be ready to devote time to your blog , the better you manage your time the more you will feel less stressed and get ready for some hardwork in your homework.
If you don’t know these things then Google them you will get loads of tutorials, stick to one tutorial and you are done, learning to use FTP is just a matter of minutes…(i use smartFTP and aceFTP) almost all the FTP are similar just learn one.
i have sweet and sour experience of Xoops a complete CMS which is becoming popular day by day …
Why sweet ?
It gives you requisite experience to manage large sites ..installing and operating wordpress is too easy for me now
Its sour because i started with CMS a year ago if i had started with WordPress …i would be a Pro blogger by now 😀 i wanted to make a complete site and i did realize lately its blogging where i really belong …and do you know there are still thousands of people getting hooked to CMS’s(Xoops,Mambo,Drupal,Phpnuke etc) because they are interesting i wasted 50 hours in a week to learn the configuration and editing of Xoops and reached nowhere because that much knowledge is not needed but it had given me hands on experience on CMS ,its sounds strange but most of the people surfing the net doesn’t even know what CMS’s are ..and how much powerful they are …now Xoops also has wordpress module to install ..at my time its wasn’t there huh..
You have to delete or atleast you have to leave blogging at your previous blog and if thats your first blog ..then chances are that you might have emotions attached with that blog….
If you stuck somewhere just Google your problem. I have done more than 20 “How to “searches in Google since after i ve moved to WordPress…and do learn by your mistakes.
Thats it for this post..hope i didn’t missed anything..
The next post in this series will be How to shift from Blogger to WordPress( Shifting to WP part 4) which will cover up the things that this post hasn’t covered -obviously.
Thanks for reading
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