A few weeks ago I moved my blog from Wix over to WordPress. For those of you considering moving to self hosted wordpress, I thought I would document my experience with the whole transfer and let you know what it was like.
When I decided to return to blogging after a good year away, I decided to give Wix a try. I’d used them for all of two seconds before, back when they’d just really started becoming a popular. Back then I wasn’t too impressed, so when I took a look around more recently, things had improved. The drag and drop wasn’t so clunky, there were more options AND it was somewhat cheaper….
What I wish I foresaw was the problem with engagement. Now this could be totally on my part, but adding a comment seemed a bit mis-jointed. I couldn’t “reply” to a comment! I’d have to publish it as a whole new comment. Not being able to directly respond as a blogger was an issue.
I will say, if you’re looking for a stand alone site, (or possibly a shop,) it’s fit for purpose and easy to use.
I mentioned in my “tips for new bloggers” that I’ve been blogging for over 10 years and used all the platforms imaginable, and I wasn’t lying I really have.
I started with blogger, then WordPress, moved to Hubpages, back to WordPress, tried Squarespace. I’ve tried everywhere I can think of. You’d think I would have learned what I like about each site and which one works best for me. But no, I don’t pay any attention to my own advice and just jump in head first anyway.
A big problem I faced moving from Wix is that you can’t transfer your site or your posts; (and before 60 days your domain). So I had to start from scratch. I set up my WordPress site, I copied and pasted all (25) of my posts, re-uploaded images, edited to meet good SEO standing (advised by Yoast SEO – built in with my theme) and slowly began to re-launch myself as .co.uk instead of .com.
Now I’m over here, the only thing I somewhat regret is that I didn’t start back over here to begin with. However it taught me about Wix so I’m not completely upset about it.
Since the move, my engagement has shot through the roof! I’ve attained more followers and comments, I’m getting more views e.t.c. It all just feels easier.
Blogger is great for that feel too. Blogger is probably the most simple platform you can use and I did consider moving back over there until I worked out what I wanted to do. So if you’ve got a blogger site, keep it unless you know you need WordPress.
Do I think Wix is a bad site?
Absolutely not. It does what it says on the tin, it’s easy enough to use, customisable enough e.t.c.
Do I prefer self hosted WordPress?
Definitely. In a weird way it was like returning home. Which sounds really strange. It was similar to slipping on a favourite jumper or old pair of shoes. It felt comfortable to be back. For instance, I knew my way round well enough that it took me a total of 12 hours to get my site up and running, and managed not to miss a posting day. So all in all, I found it pretty simple.
Oh and if you’re wondering, I used siteground to set my site up with, really quick and simple. They allow monthly payments rather than yearly ones, so if you’re on a stringent budget and don’t have a lot of money (like me) it’s another option.
I definitely prefer self hosted WordPress! The move was definitely worth it, I’ve seen my blog grow so much more in one month it just makes it all worth while.
If you’re considering the move, and have the budget for it. I can’t recommend it enough!
I hope you’re all keeping well. ,
Take care, stay safe.
James. aka Anothermaleblogger.