WordPress plugins for blogging

Over the past few weeks, I have been blogging about my experiences moving my blog from Blogger to WordPress when I already had a custom domain. 

If you would like to catch up on my move to WordPress, please check out my previous posts.

I am really enjoying WordPress so far. The switch was not as painful as I had expected, especially considering how difficult getting set up was, and how different the interface is.

One of the features of WordPress is that the features can be extended through plugins.  Plugins are developed and distributed by users to do almost anything you can imagine.  For example, I found the interface for writing blog posts to be a little difficult to use. No problem – there is a plugin to modify it.

 

Here are some of the plugins that I use.

 

What plugins do you use on your WordPress blog? I would love to hear your recommendations!

xoxo, K

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Moving from a custom domain on Blogger to WordPress – Importing my blog

Over the past few weeks, I have been blogging about my experiences moving my blog from Blogger to WordPress when I already had a custom domain.

If you would like to catch up on the steps I took so far, please read Step 1: Purchasing a new Web Host, and Step 2: Installing WordPress and Redirecting

As I mentioned in the previous post, I relied on a blog post I found to guide me thorough moving from Blogger to WordPress (by Nosegraze).
Now that I had installed WordPress, it was time to import my blog!

 

Step 3: Importing my blog

1. I first logged into my WordPress Dashboard. It looks totally different from the one on Blogger!
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2. Before I imported my blog, Nosegraze suggested I edit permalinks first. Blog posts on WordPress have a default URL of domain/?p=123 with sequential numbers. On the other hand, Blogger blog posts have a default URL of domain/%year%/%monthnum%/%postname%.html  In order to keep the same structure, I needed to edit the permalinks.  No problem – with WordPress, this was easy!

On my Dashboard, I went to Settings, then Permalinks.

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I selected Custom, and inputted /%year%/%monthnum%/%postname%.html

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2. Next, it was time to import my blog! I went to Tools, then Import, then Blogger.

3. WordPress plugins need to be installed and activated, so I installed the Blogger Importer and pressed Activate Now.  Then I just followed the directions.   This plugin imported my blog posts, my pictures, and the comments from Blogger. I changed commenting systems a few times, so some of the comments were unfortunately lost, but this does not seem to be the norm.

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Success!  In the next post, I will share some of the plugins I use on my blog.

 

xoxo, K

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Moving from a custom domain on Blogger to WordPress – Installing WordPress and redirecting

In a previous post, I blogged about the struggles I experienced in purchasing web hosting.  Next, I installed WordPress.

As I mentioned in the previous post, I relied on a blog post I found to guide me thorough moving from Blogger to WordPress (by Nosegraze).

Step 2: Installing WordPress

1. After logging into Hostgator’s control panel, I clicked on “Get started with WordPress”DPP_0001

2.  Then I was asked to input the following.Screen Shot 2014-07-26 at 144507

3. Success! I installed a WordPress blog!  After a few minutes, I got an email with a link to my admin area, username and password.Screen Shot 2014-07-27 at 14.53.14

One of the big differences for me between Blogger and WordPress is that with Blogger, even with a custom domain, I needed to log into the Blogger admin page to edit my blog. With WordPress, my admin login has the same root URL as my custom domain… which caused my problems due to my lack of technical knowledge. More on that later!

4. Next, because I had a custom domain, I needed to edit the name servers on the DNS records. What this does is to tell my domain name to point at my WordPress blog instead of my Blogger blog.

First, because I bought my domain through Blogger, I needed to access eNom.
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Now, what to input? I followed these directions (and for once, the Google Support page was useful!)

Once I was logged in, I needed to edit the DNS information.
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This information was sent to me in an email from Hostgator.Screen Shot 2014-07-27 at 14.10.59

Press save, and I was done!

Next step: Importing my Blogger blog, and perfecting my WordPress blog!

xoxo, K

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Moving from a custom domain on Blogger to WordPress – Purchasing a new web host

I started blogging in March 2009 on a total whim. At that point, many of the beauty bloggers who I read were on Blogger, so I made my blog on Blogger as well.  As time went by, I started noticing that some blogs had features that I didn’t have.  When I googled the feature, I kept finding that it was something supported on WordPress but not on Blogger.
To make things more complicated,  this blog has been on a custom domain since 2010. I googled “Moving from blogger to wordpress with a custom domain” and came to this walkthrough: Moving from Blogger to WordPress by Nosegraze

This blog post is my experience of moving from Blogger to WordPress with a custom domain.  I am NOT an expert – in fact, I am really not very knowledgable on this topic, and so there may be technical mistakes in this blog post.  This is just to share the struggles and mistakes that I experienced.   The walkthrough I linked to above is VERY good, so please take a look there first!

 

Step 1: Buy web hosting

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