The concept took birth about a month ago when I seriously explored the idea of taking my blogger experince to a different level. Being a novice I downloaded the WP 1.5 release onto my present hosting only to realize I needed to upgrade my basic service to include PHP & MySQL. Exploring various hosting services I finally resorted to Nexus.net.pk my orginal hosting company as I felt confident with them.
For the month I frequeted the forum at wordpress.org and their codex and wiki sections to better understand the coding. Its not simple HTML (like in Bloggler) but based on a PHP database, for a novice it takes a bit getting used to. I ended up running a test site until I had finalized my hosting service (A word of thanks must go out to the kind people at Negimaki.com fo roffering me 1GB of free wordpress hosting).
The test site allowed me to install wordpress to my hearts desire, I had almost 35 differnet themes in the installation and more then 20 plugins (I liked about 12). I played with the code and will continue to do so until its no longer fun 😉
The migration from Blogger.com to my WordPress was a piece of cake and credit goes out to Catsutorial where a picture based tutorial exists which literally takes you by the finger through to the successful migration when used in conjunction with Andy Skelton’s Blogger Importing tool. (Thank You – would have been lost without them)
Before the transfer I designed a prominent banner on the Blogger site where visitors can easliy click through and also a simple post announcing the move only then did I proceeeded with the transfer. It was uneventful and a simple 30 min job.
Today I sit here making adjustments on the posts and assigning them to various relevant categories simultaneously making some essential formating changes which somehow appear awkwad in this new theme. A few hotlinking pictures are not fully funtional and comment email alert is not upto the mark will have that also sorted out. I would recommend all users to register their avatar at Gravatar.com since my blogger is Gravatar enabled and your avatar will automatically show up on your comments.
Would I do it again? – YOU BET YOUR ASS I WOULD ;). Now I return to some serious blogging. Talk to you later