I switched hosts, domains and platforms. And it wasn’t easy. It’s supposed to be just a little harder than signing up with Blogger or Squarespace, but that wasn’t my experience.

Let me start at the beginning.

So just a couple days before Christmas, Squarespace warned me that I created too many pages and that I had to update my plan (a.k.a pay more money) so I deleted my site and moved back to blogger.

Luckily, I still had my domain and it was rather easy to transfer. I did the little editing things (I still had my old template so all I had to do was back it up) so basically my site with Blogger was essentially set up.

Was I happy? I guess. Did I have second thoughts? Maybe. Was I thinking about self-hosted WordPress? Okay fine yes.

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So I went on to wordpress.org and started to read. Bluehost is the reccomended hosting service, but I got my domain from GoDaddy. At this point I didn’t even think about transferring and I thought I had to delete everything (EVERYTHING) to move over to Bluehost. So I deleted everything-including my domain.

Even typing it out now makes me cringe. To add onto that, I misspelled the other domain I had made (HEY TYPOS HAPPEN). I tried to make it work, I really did. I installed WordPress, edited my template, even started writing a couple posts, all to no avail.

So I checked my site to make sure all the links are working (that’s a HUGE pet peeve of mine) and SURPRISE! None of them were working.

Cue cursing under my breath and another bout of panic attacks. So i contacted Bluehost, and after what feels like hours of waiting-I got through.

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I figured my problem was tangential and easily fixed. Wrong. Even the tech guy had some difficulty diagnosing the problem. His advice to me? Start all over.

While this isn’t ideal, it was the best option (the other was completely deleting my blog and giving up on the whole thing). So with a HUGE sigh I canceled wordpress, deleted the files I needed to in Bluehost and reinstalled wordpress. This time I invested in MOJO Marketplace and for someone to install it for me (SO WORTH IT GUYS!).

Remember how I misspelled my new domain name? Well I contacted Bluehost, again, to make apintsizedlifeblog.comΒ my primary domain. I spent forever waiting again (you saw how I felt about that on Instagram and Snapchat) and I successfuly changed my primary domain name. After that, everything was a breeze!

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So I installed wordpress under my chosen domain, edited the template, changed some analytics, social media site info, and checked all my sites over and over again (can you blame me?).

I will be forever editing my site, adding some stuff and removing some stuff. But all in all I’m glad to be back blogging!

Have you ever dealt with blogging technical issues?

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Author: Alix Maza

Alix is a college student, Step Up Magazine contributor, wannabe author, blogger and a super girly-girl who loves dogs and is entirely too dependent on coffee.

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  • Alexis Schroeder

    I’ve dealt with so many blogging years over the year. I started paying a monthly fee to my tech guy, so now all of my problems are usually resolved in a couple hours.

  • Woah, I had a panic attack just reading this! So glad you were able to get it under control. Now you need a massage lol

  • Katie Kinsley

    I’ve never had to do that before. I’ve always used WordPress and have 1and1.com for my domain service. I hope I never have to go through that!

  • Kayla Marie

    Sounds awful. I would die. Lol glad you’re back.

  • Dang. That does not sound like a fun experience. Right now I am still using blogger, and for right now it works, but later this year I’m planning to move over to wordpress.org and Bluehost. Your experience sounds stressful but I’m glad you were able to get it all worked out!

    • I bet you’ll be just fine! My only problem was switching from Squarespace back to blogger then to wordpress haha.

  • Congrats on coming back! I know the feeling when you’re trying to make sure things are perfect. That’s the beauty of blogging, you find your own perfection.

  • Leslie Soto

    Welcome back! I love this space of yours. It’s so bright and happy. I can’t wait to see what happens here in 2017!

  • I switched my Blogger blog to WordPress last year and it was a nightmare. I still have some issues with it and I kind of wish I had just started from scratch! Glad you are back and hopefully everything is smooth sailing from here!

  • Ah, what a mess! I had the company who I bought my theme from handle the transition for me. I was so worried I’d mess things up! I’m glad everything’s running smoothly for you now!

  • I made the switch from Blogger to WordPress a year ago. I found a few different videos tutorials on how to migrate everything, so it just took LOTS of steps and LOTS of time! I did delete some old content to make it easier, but I am so glad I did not wait long to switch. [I could not imagine that nightmare!] Since I have switched, I have enjoyed it much more! I have only had to contact Bluehost once since I made the switch, and they were not very helpful… Luckily, I was able to finally figure it out on my own.

  • Wow just reading this post made me stressed out for you! Gabby and I switched from free to paid WordPress and we initially had a ton of issues with site links not working (grrr). Your new site looks beautiful though, I’m so glad everything worked out for you!

    Hannah | the swirl

  • I have yet to make the jump to wordpress.. one of these days I plan to, but I am definitely going to pay someone to do it as I have many years of posts.

  • Marie Barber

    Welcome back! Sounds like you had a stressful time but glad your able to be back blogging again! πŸ™‚

  • I am so glad you’re back. That is crazy with squarespace. I was thinking about switching over to them when I was ready to rebrand. I’m glad everything got sorted out. Keep up the good work! πŸ™‚

    • Squarespace is good for setting up an online store or something, but for what I’ve seen so far, WordPress is better for bloggers!

  • Yikes, that’s terrible. Bluehost can be a total pain but I’m glad you got it fixed.

  • WordPress is the way to go if you want to be legit!

  • Paighton Anna Millington

    Wow! Sounds like you had a heck of time. But welcome back to blogging, glad that it’s sorted for you now! ☺️

  • mckenna bleu

    I have SO many times! So frustrating but most of the time they get fixed!

  • Natasha Smith

    Oh wow, I know that was a pain. Any thing related to I.T. makes me cringe but I’ve learned a lot from issues that have occurred over the years. I’ve always been with WordPress but started out on their .com then moved to self hosted, using Blue Host as well. I had thought to go to Blogger but stayed with WordPress…I’m happy here. It was a painful process to move over but yeah glad that part is over. I love playing with the designs and templates though. You’ve done a great job with your site.

  • CourtneyLynne Storms

    Ahhhhh congrats on the new blog and being back in the blogging world again!!!

  • Neely

    That LC gif is my fav ever!

  • oh my gosh girl this sounds like a blogger’s worst nightmare! It took me a solid week of research and nail biting back in Feb 2015 to switch from Blogger to a self hosted WB blog with Bluehost! I still don’t know how I managed it without losing 6 years worth of content from Blogger!

  • Patricia Conte

    Whoa! That sounds like some serious stress-inducing craziness! So glad you were able to get it all together!

  • Well welcome back! Sorry you had a stressful time πŸ™ I’ve been through that. Looks like you’ve gotten everything squared away though! Yay! πŸ™‚

  • I am currently in the middle of doing exactly this. I haven’t actually switched yet, but thank god my techie of a partner is able to do most of what I need! I’m glad you got it all fixed.

  • Is it possible to keep all of your posts when switching between platforms? I’m using blogger right now, but I’m considering switching to self-hosted in the future. I’m so sorry you had such a difficult time, but I’m also so happy you’re back!

  • Katie Runyan

    Ugh, technology can be so incredibly stressful. I recently moved from my little personal Blogger blog to self-hosted WordPress and decided just to start from scratch!

  • Cynthia @craftoflaughter

    Welcome back to the world of blogging. I’m glad my blog partner deals with all the technical stuff!

  • Amy

    Welcome back!! That sucks to hear that you had so many difficulties! That’s what’s holding me back from switching to WordPress.. I may look into getting someone to switch for me if I ever do take the plung!


    Amy | Pastel N Pink

    • I think making the jump to WP from Blogger is pretty easy, but if you’re not good at all that stuff (like me) then def pay for someone else to do it!

  • Omg I am hyperventilating just reading this! No joke, I literally cringed, just before you wrote the word cringe haha. This was painful to even read! I am so happy everything is up and running for you! If you ever had questions don’t hesitate to reach out girl!

    Rachel | The Confused Millennial

  • Elly Leavitt

    omfg this was my NIGHTMARE over the summer, no joke I did almost everything you did (except I wanted to transfer TO bluehost) and couldn’t make it work so I just gave up. so happy everything worked out!

  • mQs

    Ugh I’m putting off switching for this reason. Best of luck to you!

  • Oh my gosh, you had the worst time. I haven’t had to switch anything before and I’m keeping my fingers crossed I don’t. Your site is lovely by the way!

  • Sondra Barker

    Congratulations on being able to blog again honey! Can’t wait to see what you’ve got in store for us this year!

  • Spencer Williams

    So glad to hear that you’re back up and running! I panicked a little when I couldn’t get to your site the other day! Looking forward to your posts this year πŸ™‚

    • I’m so sorry! I’m still working on the resource library, hopefully it will be back soon!

      • Spencer Williams

        Oh my gosh, don’t be! This stuff can be overwhelming, good for you for sticking with it and not giving up! You have such a beautiful site, you can tell that you worked hard on it!

  • Michelle mink

    I had a big issue one time that came from loading a GIF on my blog. It caused my blog to crash and it took hours for me to figure out what had happened. I’m so sorry you had to go through a lot to get this new one up and running but at least now it is done.

  • Gosh this sounds like a lot of headache I’m sorry! I’m so glad you’re at where your ant to be now, you probably learned a lot! I can’t wait for more content!

  • So glad you were able to get everything figured out! I totally feel you on all of the major headaches it caused, but YAY for getting it all done!

  • Oh man, I do not miss the nightmare of transferring my blog! I’m glad you got it all worked out.

    Kayla | kaylablogs.com

  • Bryn Doubledee

    Glad you’re back! That sounds like such a frustrating process, and I was even thinking about switching over to wordpress sometime in the future. Hopefully all these technical issues are behind you and you can keep putting out great blogs without a hassle!

    Bryn | The Wine Chronicles

  • I’m glad you got everything figured out! Running a blog definitely has its technical stressful moments!

  • Hannah Madison

    Welcome to wordpress!! It is awesome πŸ™‚


    Hannah from HMS Jewels