Here is another very short YouTube video on how to move a blog, i.e., migrating your blog to WordPress from other blogging software such as TypePad or Blogger. Please note that you can find many tutorials like this on the Internet, and you will find many more articles posted by professional bloggers. The most important thing is that many of them may not give you the complete idea, and it is for you to understand each step before you move your well-established blog. If you mess around things that you do not understand you may neither have your established old blog nor the new blog on WordPress. So, backup every thing before you prepare yourself to move.
Here is a short but very lucid video clip by Amit Agarwal, one of the most successful blogger and the founder of Digital Inspiration. It explains how you can migrate your blog from Blogger (blogspot.com) to WordPress, without losing your Google juice, RSS readers, etc. For more clarity and step by step instructions go to the post entitled Migrate your Blog from Blogger to WordPress
When I decided to setup this WordPress blog, my first effort was to find out a hosting company that gives me a comfortable data storage facility at an affordable price. Such a company must also meet the standard technical specifications of WordPress too.
As one of my sites with my own domain and shared hosting is running from 2006 onwards, I know the limitations and the problems a hosting company can create for the website owner. Though I do not face any serious problems from my hosting company so far, there were too many limitations that I am not comfortable with them. So, I wanted to avoid such problems and did not want to use my existing webhosting companyâ€™s services. Moreover, it is a website hosted on Windows server.
Whenever you need a hosting service like WP blog hosting, the best way to find out which company suits what kind of hosting is to find out how other WP blogs are comfortable with which hosting service provider. So, I visited many WP blogs, read the opinions of other bloggers, and read the recommendations of WordPress.
Frankly, all these put me into more confusion, and the whole exercise took more than a week, and it did not make me any wiser than before. Then, I mostly depended on my own ideas, and bought a domain and hosting from GoDaddy.com, though many others may be much better than them.
I also have plans to migrate some of my blogs hosted on Blogger (free hosting, though with my custom domains) to WordPress and I want to use different hosts for each of my blogs for my own reasons. That means, though this blog is already hosted, I am still on the lookout of other hosting companies. And I am back on the recommendations of WordPress for hosting.
In the opinion of WordPress, Bluehost, DreamHost, MediaTemple (mt) and Laughing Squid meet the best hosting environment recommended by WP, though the vast majority of hundreds of thousands of web hosts out there. Also, if you go to the WP page where the hosting details are published and click on the link or banners there, â€˜some will donate a portion of your fee backâ€”so you can have a great host and support WordPress.org at the same timeâ€™.
At Bluehost you can have â€˜WordPress Auto-Installâ€™, get unlimited storage and unlimited monthly data transfer, host unlimited domains on one hosting account and they promise one free domain as long as you host with them. They also offer many more facilities, including free Fantastico, free SimpleScripts, and mirrored storage backups.
DreamHost offers unlimited domains on one hosting account, unlimited databases, storage and bandwidth, plus a free domain registration forever, topped with a 2-week free trial. I prefer them for the FREE-TRIAL offer!
MediaTemple offers a 1-Click WordPress installer and updater, 100GB storage, 1TB data transfer and allows multiple sites at a monthly price of $20 for their lowest priced plan, which is slightly higher than the above two companies. But, I think they may be more supportive and user-friendly, though I have no experience about their services.
The fourth hosting company on the WP recommended list is Laughing Squid that offers cloud hosting services that are available in multiple plans. Micro Squid Plan at $6/ month(1 GB disk space, 25 GB bandwidth), Mega Squid at $8/ month (2 GB disk space, 75 GB bandwidth), Ultra Squid at $12/ month (3 GB disk space, 150 GB bandwidth), and Super Squid at $16/ month (4 GB disk space, 200 GB bandwidth).
Go to the WordPress page at http://wordpress.org/hosting/ and make your choice, click on your choicest the hosting company there and enjoy the special discounts offered for WordPress users.