Switching to a Dot Com

Happy New Year and Happy New Site!
For those of you who haven’t noticed, somewhat simple is officially a dot com!
For months I have seen so many of my favorite blogs switch over from blogspot to wordpress and it got me debating and weighing the pros and cons of doing the same. Without boring you with all the details, let me just say I decided I had to find out what all the hype was about for myself and so about a week before Christmas, I pulled the trigger. I went to godaddy.com, bought the url, paid for 1 year of hosting and $60 later I was ready to start designing my new site!
Let me just say I had never heard a single negative thing about WordPress- ever! But can I just tell you how much I hated it!?!?! Seriously. Hated it with a passion!!! I am not exxagerating one bit when I say I literally spent hours every day for nearly 2 weeks trying to make my site look good! I know I wasn’t 100% acquainted with blogger the first month I used it, so I kept telling myself WordPress would get easier, but the reality behind it all was that Blogger and I just get along so much better! I was on line with godaddys tech support almost daily and twice had to reset everything on my site because of some error that happens “occassionally”. WordPress and me are not friends, infact our relationship ended pretty badly and we aren’t even speaking.
So my point in this (long) rant is for all of you debating on going to a dot com. I FIGURED OUT THE EASIEST WAY TO DO SO! Blogger. So easy, quick and painless. Here is how:
1. First, you have to have a blog through blogger. (duh.)
2. Go to your dashboard and click the Settings tab.
3. Click the Publishing tab on the link bar.
On the top of this page it will say:

You’re publishing on blogspot.com

4. Click on the Custom Domain link.

5. If you already own your own domain you can click the link that says Switch to Advanced Settings.This will walk you through the steps of what to do next. My domain was through godaddy and there were a few more steps I had to do that weren’t hard, they just took a few extra minutes.
If you don’t have a domain already, you are in luck- this is the easiest thing ever. After searching for a domain that is not already taken, purchase the domain from blogger for $10 (which is a pretty standard cost, by the way).
6. Once paid for, just follow the rest of the setup steps, which takes only a minute, and in no time at all, your blogspot address will be transfered to a dot com or a dot net or whatever you end up buying!!!
And here is a huge bonus!!!- Blogger will host it for FREE! With other hosting companies you will pay about $5 a month, but with blogger there is NO MONTHLY FEE! You pay the $10 annually for the domain and that is it! (And don’t worry, I was totally refunded from godaddy!)
Blogger says it could take up to 3 days for the transition to go through completey and mine did take 2 days, but its not like the site doesn’t work during that time. My blog still looked normal and I only had a problem with my followers link not loading. Everything else was fine. (And speaking of followers, because this is pretty much the same site, my follower numbers are the same and my rankings for blog sites don’t have to reset either- which was the biggest con to switching to WordPress, in my opinion.)
So now when my readers type in somewhatsimple.blogspot.com they will automatically be redirected to somewhatsimple.com. Most of you probably didn’t even notice, but go ahead, look at your address bar.
And do you like my new buttons on the side? All those pretty colors make me smile every time I come here. I love this place! (Though I do change up my blog almost as often as I change my underwear, so don’t be surprised if one day it is all different again!)

I am dang excited to be here, on blogger, for good. I love this blog and I hope the rest of you love it too.
So hello again and welcome to somewhatsimple.com ! Kick your feet up and get comfy! 2010 has just begun and I am ready for some good, creative fun.

Have a great New Years Day and I will see you all back here tomorrow for my favorite features from yesterdays link party. (Its not too late to add your link, go ahead and do that now!)


Happy New Year!

About Stephanie

Wife, mom of 5, preschool teacher, and creator of Somewhat Simple, Stephanie has a passion to create and inspire. She is an Orange County transplant who is now enjoying life in Phoenix, AZ. She enjoys traveling, shopping, organizing, cooking and creating simple projects for her home and family.

Comments

  1. i love your new look!
    thanks for all of the insight on wordpress and staying with blogger. this post is definitely a keeper (one that i will save to my bookmarks).

    thanks for sharing and happy new year!!!

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  2. Kim @ NewlyWoodwards says:

    I love it. It looks so nice, and I'm happy to hear that you are happy with blogger. I've been mostly happy with blogger and find it easy to do everything that I want. =)

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  3. I have seen a lot of blogs go to wordpress and wonder about it, but I have always loved my blogger blog! It is good to hear that wordpress is not the end all when it comes to blogging! : )

    I love the new look and congrats on the .com!!

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  4. It looks great! Congrats on making the switch, hope it makes life just that little bit easier :)

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  5. Scrappy Gifts says:

    way cool. Thanks so much for that information….one day I will do the switch =D

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  6. inadvertent farmer says:

    Well it…rocks! Your sidebar is one to be envious of.

    Interesting about the whole dot.com thing. I've owned mine for a long time but when you search it redirects to my typepad address.

    Happy New Year and great new look.

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  7. Carol Sue Designs says:

    I was given the link to your blog by a fellow Scrapbook Challenges member and I love your blog! Just the answer I was looking for! Thank you so much for sharing! :)

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  8. michelle@somedaycrafts says:

    Love your new looks! The layout and colors are beautiful!!! I having some blog jealousy!

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  9. Thank you so much for this info. I am love your blog, and will be following closely!

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  10. Mique (as in Mickey) says:

    Thanks for this post!! I've been wanting to make the switch but hadn't done it yet. After reading this I followed your lead and did it. Thanks so much. And happy new year!!

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  11. Its So Very Cheri says:

    Well-I hope i don't have problems as I am in the middle of a switch to WordPress due to the never ending problems I have had with Google in the 7 months I have been blogging. I hope the switch to WordPress is smooth and easy because everything about my Blogger relationship has been a total nightmare. Sorry things didn't go smooth for you and hope you stay problem free with this account. Great blog.
    New follower. I would love for you to come over and follow me too.
    Cheri

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  12. Your buttons look great!! I do have a question, though. What's the benefit of having a dot com versus having a blog through blogspot? A lot of people are switching over but I have never figured out why.

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  13. patinamarie says:

    Great Site! Didn't see it before, but nicely done, girl!

    I bought a .com name a few months back and am still sitting on Blogger.

    Now I just might get my hiney in gear and just-do-it!

    (might email you questions though!)

    Happy New Year!

    Tina

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  14. How did you fix the followers link? I just switched to .com through blogger and mine is broken now too. Did you just have to change the address or did it fix itself once the site changed over?

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  15. Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking says:

    Awesome! I purchased from GoDaddy on Black Friday… I've been wanting to make the switch. Thanks for the great info.

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  16. I'm with Cathy; what's the advantage in a dot com, other than the fact that it sounds more professional than having 'blogspot' in your url?

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  17. THANK YOU SO MUCH!
    You've saved me what could have been such a hassle!

    I've been pondering these very things (dot com AND the exploring wordpress)

    I'd love to hear more on how you've achieved such a nice individualized look and 'feel' to your blog design-wise through blogger!

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  18. Katherine @ Grass Stains says:

    I've been wondering how complicated it would be to buy a dotcom address and make the switch, and I'm also sort of a Blogger devotee. Thanks for all the tips!

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  19. Stephanie Lynn says:

    Thanks for the input. It always helps to hear stories like this before jumping on the bandwagon. I appreciate it! Great post!

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  20. Steph @ somewhatsimple says:

    For me, having a dot com was just something I always wanted to do- even long before i started blogging. It just sounds more legit for a business. Maybe because everyone can have a blogspot address for free and a dot com sounds like a certain company is putting more into a dot com… does that make sense?
    But I have also heard that search engines will find your site faster and more frequently with a dot com over blogspot- not sure how true that is, but we shall see!

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  21. IsrelFamily says:

    Thanks for the tip! I really wanted to change the URL of my blog but did not want to have to change everything! I will try this :)

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  22. Sew Much Ado says:

    Oh my goodness, thank you! I had no idea it was so easy to switch over!

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  23. I went through the same thing about this time last year. Glad it is all worked out for you now ((hugs)).

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  24. I just did the same thing on the 1st! I bought my domain on go daddy and redirected my blogger addy to my new domain! TidyMom.net (couldn't get .com, though it's not being used, it's owned grrrr)

    My only problem has been, the search on my blog is not finding older posts – but maybe that's just a matter of time, but it is frustrating.

    And for those of you asking WHY? – for me, it was MUCH easier to tell people – I blog at TidyMom.net – than to say tidymomof2.blogspot.com
    THAT was a mouthfull!!

    ~TidyMom

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  25. Looks fantastic! I switched to a dot com earlier this year also and remained on Blogger as well.

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  26. Mama Bird says:

    I was so excited to read this post 2 weeks ago and so I did it I did the dot com through blogger and I need help!! MY COMMENTS link is gone, all the older post still have comments and the new ones don't even have a place to link. Can you help? thanks!

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  27. Melissa Stover says:

    your blog is beautiful. i'm on blogger too with my own domain but am probably moving to wordpress soon. i'm scared though. and you're not making it less scary.

    think about using disqus comments on blogger. i just installed it about a month ago and i love how it encourages interaction in my comments now.

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  28. Thank you! This tip is just what I was hoping to find today. I'm not sure I'm ready to switch over, but good to know how now!

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  29. Teaching Money to Kids says:

    Why did I not read this post like twenty minutes ago.
    I just bit the bullet and bought a dot com from Godaddy with the intention of switching to wordpress, and I am totally lost. I have no idea what I am doing. Signing up with blogger was so easy. I mean I have a wordpress blog, but how on earth do I get my fancy new name to link up with it?
    maybe I should jsut stay with blogger. Ugh.

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  30. Superchikk says:

    I too am a fan of Blogger. My husband (the geek in the family) keeps telling me about how much BETTER WordPress is and how I can host my own stuff and yadda yadda yadda. So I checked out WordPress and hated it.

    But – I did my domain name a little differently than you did. I went through GoDaddy and had my .com forward to my blogger address and mask the main page as http://www.superchikk.com without changing any settings in Blogger. It works pretty much the same as it does in Blogger. The only downside is that I have to have a separate sitemeter for my domain name and my blogspot address to see who is actually coming in through my domain name. But that's really not that big a deal to me.

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  31. Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking says:

    I FINALLY got around to doing my switch over to my .com & your directions were perfect! Thanks!

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  32. Carmie - the Single Nester says:

    Oh my gosh! I recently came to the same conclusion about TypePad. Great customer service but the templates were soooo boring and I couldn't figure out how to make my own banner or anything for that matter. So, I switched to Blogger and LOVE IT! Also, I secured my own domain name. Always good to get one and well worth the $20 or so/year.

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  33. OMGosh! you just saved me some money and possibly a lot of headaches. I was just this morning trying to decide if I want to move to WordPress from Blogger. Also the subscription with the server I've had a website through for several years has to be renewed today. All I need a server for these days is my blog, which after reading this article, is going to remain with Blogger. Lord Love a Duck, I love these older post buttons at the bottom of your page that I'm looking at right this minute. How can I do that? I love, love, love your blog and I don't even know how I got here!! ♥

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  34. Nancy Jacobs Basketmaster says:

    Hi Steph,
    Question, I have a blogspot blog and a wordpress site. I would just love to have it all in one hosted by blogger for free with my domain name. Do I need to shut down my wordpress site that is currently being hosted by hostgator first?
    Thanks!
    Nancy

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  35. Whatever Dee-Dee wants says:

    I have been thinking about going to dot com. You sold me!

    Thanks for all the info!

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  36. Natalie Jane says:

    SO…..I want to switch to a .com, but don't want to lose my followers and google readers. Will the feeds still update automatically? Or will my readers have to re-subscribe. Will I be able to run my blog just the same, the only difference being the name?

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  37. Question. . .when you switched to dot.com did you loose links. . like links other blogs did to you. . and the links you linked to in your own blog. . thanks for your time

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    • Nope! You won’t lose anything! The only time my links broke was when I hired a guy to transfer my blogger blog to WP this past spring and I thought he knew what he was doing and he clearly did not! But even then, if you hire the right person, you won’t lose anything!

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  38. I was thinking of making the WP switch. I am so nervous after reading this. :) I was wondering, since this was written a long time ago……do you still hate WP? Are you on WP or blogger? I am trying to make the difficult decision. I have no idea how to transfer things. Also, where do you look up blog rankings? ahhh. My head might explode.

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    • You are right, this post was written a long time ago, and since then, I have actually made the switch to WP. {gasp!} I have been on WP for about a year now and I still can’t figure it out. I broke down and paid someone to make the switch for me and now I have to pay someone to make any changes and fix things that go wrong. It is so annoying because I still feel like I know blogger way better and WP is still so foreign to me. I will say that WP is great for all thing professional- there are great features and I could list 20 plugins that i absolutely LOVE on WP that Blogger didn’t have. My advice would be this: If you plan to be blogging a year from now, switch to WP but PAY someone to do it. It will be worth every penny. If you are blogging just for the fun of it, blogger is completely fine. I run several blogs just for the fun of it and they are all hosted on blogger.
      As far as rankings go, the site to check out is alexa.com. It lists every site on the internet as opposed to those that can only rank the sites that register on their site. To see how your site measures up, click
      so mine is
      http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/somewhatsimple.com#
      Hope that helps!

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  39. Thank you so much for the info!! You are the best. I was also wondering about purchasing my domain from blogger. Where do I go to do that? And if I plan on switching to WP at some point, will that be a problem?

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    • If you plan to switch from blogger to WP you can keep your dot com without a problem- it doesnt matter where or when you purchased it from. To purchase your domain from blogger, follow these steps:
      1. Go to your dashboard and click the Settings tab.
      2. Click the Publishing tab on the link bar.
      On the top of this page it will say:
      You’re publishing on blogspot.com
      3. Click on the Custom Domain link.
      5. Search for an available domain by typing what you want in the space provided- they will tell you what is available. After searching for a domain that is not already taken, click “purchase” and you will be good to go.
      Once paid for, just follow the rest of the setup steps, which takes only a minute, and in no time at all, your blogspot address will be transfered to a dot com or a dot net or whatever you end up buying!!!

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  40. Thanks again. SOOOOO MUCH! Seriously. I just did it and it was so easy. It only took a few hours for them to do it too. And now I don’t have blogspot in my name. I should have done it a long time ago. I was curious about the Google Friend Connect problem though. If someone puts in the old address with blogspot, my blog still comes up, but GFC is broken. What did you do about that?

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  41. I know you posted this post some time ago but I am looking to change my blog address. I am contemplating two options. First being switching to another blogspot or, second, switch to a .com address. I am concerned about keeping my followers. I have about 300+ followers and although that’s not a huge amount, it has taken some time to get my numbers up. So basically, I am wondering since I don’t want to lose my followers and google readers, will the feeds still update automatically? Or will my readers have to re-subscribe. Will I be able to run my blog just the same, the only difference being the name? Thanks for your time!

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    • If you are just changing to a dot com, you should be able to keep your followers. But if you are switching from Blogger to WP, you would be on a new platform and wouldn’t be able to carry over your follower numbers. Good luck!

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  42. i first opened an account on go daddy before i read this post, what can i do now to be refunded by go daddy????
    please

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    • No need to be refunded from GoDaddy if you just bought the domain from them. Just follow the directions on Blogger to redirect your website to the domain you bought on GoDaddy. If you bought hosting from GoDaddy- call customer support and cancel- they have great customer service.

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  43. ok ill do it.. thanks

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  44. ok but am in south africa, what is the region code i must use to call them??? e.g. here we (+27)

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  45. okay please help!!! I just read your post….I know it was written awhile ago, so are you still with blogger or now with WP? I currently have a WP and own my own name but I CAN NOT FIGURE about WP and I also don’t know if spending all that money is the right thing to do. Could you please e-mail me and let me know if I can still add all the extras to blogger and use the .com ? I appreciate your time in writing me back. I’ve very new at this and really want to start off on the right foot and try and learn from others mistakes. Thanks ! Jennifer
    [email protected]

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  46. Thank, Thank you for the post! All the hype about wordpress is super annoying(in my opinion). I think there are good and bad about both, but blogger is actually way easier to use.
    I am currently thinking of moving my blog over to a .com. I’m glad I found this post!

    Rachel @ R & R Workshop
    http://www.randrworkshop.blogspot.com

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  47. YOU ARE READING MY MIND!!! THREE YEARS EARLY!! Get outta my head, sistah! No wait. Stay there. I may have more questions…

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  48. My blog is also in blogspot too, and i reecently add dot com for it, but i don’t knows if i keep dot blogspot domain or use dot com domain, my traffic when the first time i change my domain was very low

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