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Making the Transition to New Blogger

Ok, now I can start breathing again. So far so good with no glitches to report. Basically everything seems to be working as it should (knock on wood).

I was hesitant to make the switch mostly because my new template wasn’t quite ready, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that Blogger had left my “Classic” template in tact with no perceivable changes (except for some vanishing images that were hosted on the old Blogger).

I’m also very pleased that I can now use my Custom Domain name (http://www.blogbloke.com) with my Classic template. So there’s no rush for me to complete the new template. I can take as much time as I want to fiddle with it until it’s good and ready. Sweet.

This episode reminds me of the euphoria one feels after a trip to the Dentist and realizing that it wasn’t as bad as I had imagined it. If you are in the same position then all I can say there’s no need to be concerned. It won’t hurt a bit.

Here’s a tip or two. Be sure to save a copy of your template to your hard drive before attempting this. After you have switched from your old blogspot address to a new Custom Domain name, don’t forget to add it to <a href=”Google for indexing. And don’t forget to update all references to your old blogspot address in your template as well. Gosh it feels good to get away from blogspot and be master of my own destiny.

Written February 4th, 2007 by | 10 Comments | Filed under: Blog Tips, Blog Tips for Beginners, Blogging Tips , ,

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  1. Hi there did you know your picture is on a site called 2000 bloggers-no lie. You are on the right hand side nearish the top! Check yourself out. The reason I went to this site was that my daughter’s picture is there too. Cool.


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  2. Hi Allyson. Yes I do know that I’m there but the last time I checked I was in the 7th row. So that might mean I’m being phased out for new blood.

    Alas, fame can be fleeting! ;-) Thanks so much for dropping by.

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  3. It looks exactly the same, which I’m guessing is a good thing.

    Will the blogger subdomain continue to work or will we need to update feed reader settings.

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  4. Hi Al. I’m assuming that you are referring to my RSS feed, and the answer is it seems to be working as it always has… and that is also a good thing.

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  5. Hi Bloke,
    Glad to hear everything went fine for the migration to the New Blogger.

    I wrote about my findings also, letting others know that the Classic Template was still in place if you were originally using Classic Blogger.

    Now when you decide to use the new blogger features, you will go to the template and choose Customize Design and then you will loose any add ons and links in the sidebar. For some they also their photos.

    Never fear because if you Revert to Classic Template they all magically reappear.

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  6. Hi Sherry.

    That’s precisely why I’m in no hurry to upgrade to a Custom Design. My design is unfortunately a little more fussy than most and so I’ll wait until I’m sure it’s ready to go.

    Thanks so much for dropping by.

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  7. Hi Bloke:
    I am average lost as for having a custom domain. If I change to www, does it keep on being blogspot.com? Would you might to indicate me one step by step of this change? And for last, can this custom domain be done by a freehost? Thanks a lot. Hugs

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  8. Hi Claudia. You can click on the search tag “custom domain” for more posts that will show you step-by-step instructions for setting it up on google apps for free.

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  9. Glad to see your migration is going smoothly. I imagine a man of your stature would advise anyone who wanted to step into the blogging arena to do so under their own domain and hosting account? Doing it this way would allow all of the referral and backlinks to build up to your one and only site, not having to migrate to a new system with a changed domain name only to have a bunch of links be broken?

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  10. Hi Jeffro. Yes I have and thanks mentioning it. You can read more about custom domains and my experiences with new blogger here:

    http://blogsearch.google.com/blogsearch?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&x=40&y=10&ui=blg&q=custom+domain+blogurl%3ABlog Bloke.com

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