OddBlogger.com is now Self-Hosted WordPress Blog

OddBlogger Switched from Blogger to WordPress

Welcome to my self-hosted WordPress blog, my readers. Finally, I have done it. This blog was on Blogger from last 7-8 months. I think, I did well with Blogger. Maybe, that’s why I started receiving suggestions to switch my blogger blog to WordPress.Ā I didn’t care about suggestions so much. Because I was doing better on Blogger from some WordPress blogs. But when I got suggestions from some experienced popular bloggers to switch the platform. Then I had to give it a thought.

One of the suggestion was from Ms Ileane Smith. Now, after switching my platform, I’m actually feeling very good. So, thanks to Ms Ileane!

What was the most difficult part?

Actually, choosing a hosting provider was the most difficult part. I’m completely new to hosting stuff and WordPress so it was really confusing which way should I choose? But thanks to Francisco PerezĀ (DiTesco) who helped me a lot. We had a lloonnngggg discussion for around 3 days about which hosting plan, why, from where etc. BIG THANKS to him! I couldn’t select a hosting plan suggested by him due to some conditions. But I’m not going to share which I did choose, for now.

Migrating Process

Migrating process from Blogger to WordPress was really smooth. Actually, I did this from DiTesco’s tutorial only and got everything thing set up properly in a while. I’m glad he shared his tutorial – “How To Migrate From Blogger To WordPress” which is divide in 3 different parts. I followed all the steps carefully and now I’m all done now (almost).

Holly Jahangiri is helping me, too, in fixing little bugs and letting me know about WordPress and plugins stuff.

I’m glad I found great helpful friends online who help without worry for their precious time. You know, that’s why I love Blogging more.

I have taken this step to make my blog a little more flexible and better. To make it easy and effective for my guests to write on oddblogger.com. I’ll try to give best to my readers. In fact, one post is ready to publish for tomorrow. Don’t miss it, subscribe anyways you like (See sidebar, Ā I have many options for you :)).

OddBlogger Nature Wide Screen

OddBlogger Nature Wide Screen

Can you help?

A request to my readers, followers, please let me know if you find any bug, and error in surfing oddblogger.com. I haven’t set a contact form yet. I’ll do it soon. Till then you can write me on xxxxxxxx@gmail.com (not in comments). I’ll try to fix them as soon as possible.

Any Suggestions?

Would you like to suggest? Plugin, theme or anything which is important but missing. I’d love to hear. Just, it should make sense. šŸ™‚ Try the comment box to send your thoughts to me.

Abhishek Balani

A full stack developer, sometimes designer, passionate coder, tireless knowledge seeker, curious learner. I have a strong passion for new technologies, very autodidact and love to build new things from the ground up. Having 5+ years of dynamic experience accumulated from working in early stage startups to mid-sized organizations in Agile environment. Skilled in Python and related frameworks, React.js, Databases, Hadoop, Elastic Search and various AWS Services like Boto3, API Gateway, Lamda, EC2, EMR, CloudWatch.


    • Hey Jafar,

      Thank you for your wishes. I shared a link above which have this process beautifully explained. Try that, if you can’t make it with it. Then let me know, I’ll help you with that.. Or I’ll write in simple language. šŸ˜€

  1. Abhi,

    Welcome to WP! You will like it. So many new options and helpful gadgets open up for you.

    Ms Ileane is awesome! I have been listening to her podcast for the last few weeks, she gives amazing tips! And as always Francisco and Holly are gems to keep around for help blogging. Both know their stuff.


    • Absolutely right, Allie! All of them are awesome. And it’s good to see you on my blog. Didn’t you read my email? I was waiting for you on my contest entry over Blog Engage.

    • Blogger is not BAD at all. But if someone wants to be more flexible with his or her blog then WordPress is definitely the way to go. Thanks for the comments, Bishwajeet!

  2. Hey Abhi congratulations on your switch over, the best of luck with your WP powered blog for the future šŸ™‚

    • Hey Fabrizio,
      Thanks man! I think, I participated in your giveaway the right time. šŸ˜€

  3. Congrats bro, I bet u’ll enjoy blogging with WP. Just make sure u set up a caching system.

  4. I will not give u any suggestion but i will ask a question to you šŸ™‚ How you added that pin button on floating social media share ? Which plugin you are using ? .
    Oh i seen you bottom . please add some thing in bottom so that it don’t look empty . Like top commentator , recent comment to encourage commentators . waiting for answer šŸ™‚

    • Hello Aatif,

      The plugin is “Twitter Facebook Social Share” by Kunal Chichkar.

      And I’ll add something in the footer. I’m still trying to be familiar with WordPress. šŸ˜€

      Thanks for your comments.

  5. Congrats Abhi, Having a self hosted blog is having a full freedom and you will enjoy the flexibility and SEO functionality on WordPress. You have to deal with lot of choices too…So Many Themes, Plugins..:)

    • Hello Sanjeev,

      Thank you for your wishes! Yes, here I can see lots of plugin for social share, for SEO … I”m glad I switched.

  6. Your sharebar is covering up the articles a bit. If you could – shove it over to the left a bit? Also I noticed there is a space between the Tweet and Pin it buttons – but that could be my flaky network here at work. šŸ™‚

    Oh yea.. I’m using Chrome – full screen resolution is 1900 x 1300

    Looks great – and this is definitely a smart move for you! You now have a ton of flexibility not only in the way your site looks – but all of the different things you can do – especially with WordPress! Good luck and I look forward to your posts!

    • Thanks for you suggestions. But it looks fine here. Don’t know why it appears to you.

      And that space between Tweet and Pin it button is for +1 button. I don’t know why it disappears sometimes. Do you have any idea about that? And you must read my article linked below. Hope you’ll enjoy it.

      • Aha, Ok the +1 showed up for me now.. yea I dunno. What plugin is it? Digg Digg, or Sharebar?

        Hmm.. Ok – this appears to only be an issue with Chrome. I tested with IE and it fades away when I “squish” the page (windowed mode instead of full screen) which I imagine is what it is supposed to do.

        Not a huge deal – but alot of geeks such as myself have been turning to Chrome šŸ˜‰

        Either way though – only a minor annoyance! Otherwise your site looks great – Congratulations again for switching to “pro” status šŸ™‚

  7. congrats … new design is simple but attractive. would you like to share your previous blogger templates with your readers

    • Hello Danial,

      Sorry brother, I don’t remember the name. But it was not so good. I had so many problems in that. But I’ll let you know if I’ll get it.

      Did you read my post linked below? I’d love to see your shares and comments.

  8. Congrats Abhi. I must advice all Blogspot users to migrate to WordPress. It really rocks Easy to use best SEO options, themes. By The way Abhi nice theme. Can I know theme name which you are using?

  9. Hey Abhi,

    You are right I am late in reading this email update as just now checking my emails after 3-4 days.Good to see your blog has improved a lot remember when I subscribed it had an alexa of 1000k something but now you have taken it to 100k which will improve more for sure.I think I need to start guest blogging including blog engage`s contest.I dint get the domain of my choice as its not available


    • Hello Neeraj,

      It’s good to know that you are connected with my blog so long. I hope I can improve it more. And yes, promote me a little in Blog ENgage contest. šŸ˜€

  10. Looks awesome Abhi! The logo in the header is definitely unique and I also like the cool shaded areas around the elements plus everything is just bigger šŸ˜Ž

    As for bug, I am seeing some text overlapping in the About section underneath the post and I would suggest you add ways for ppl to subscribe to your email list which is different of course from your Feedburner as both Aweber and a neat little free plugin called Qoate Newletter Signup puts a check box under the comment box allowing anyone who comments to subscribe to your email list without them having to fill out a form šŸ˜‰

    • Hely Caleb,

      Thanks a lot, my friend! It’s really good to see you here appreciating. I just wanted to make it easier for readers to read. So increased the size. Yep, I designed that logo (from a tutorial). Thanks for the appreciation.

      I’m trying to figure out that error which you mentioned. Please let me know if you have any idea about that. It’d be great help.

      Very much thank you for your suggestions about those plugins… I’ll definitely have a look to all of them.

      I’d be grateful if you can see the article linked below.

    • Hello Jane,

      Thank you, it’s really good to see you here and appreciating me. šŸ˜€


  11. Hi Abhi,

    Congratulations! Its time to celebrate where is party ?

    One suggestion for you! Don’t use bold text in “Post body” its really looking odd. Overall work is awesome.

    Good luck.

    • Hey Ajnabii,

      Thanks for your wishes brother. šŸ™‚

      Thanks for your suggestions too. But I just want to make my text easily readable for my readers.

      Did you see, I have participated in another contest? Have a look to the article linked below. I’d love to see your comments there. Do some shares. šŸ˜€

      • Hey Abhi

        I tested your site every part it’s really perfect one and sorry Bashir Ahmed I disagree with your suggestion the text is very well and readable so I didn’t suggest you to any change specially in text it’s perfect readable for visitor like me.

        • Thank you for your kind words, Rizwan! Yes, I just want to make it easy. I hope to see you here on my blog more often.

          • Oh It’s ok Abhi and Rizwan!

            I know “Post Text” is most important thing for readers. Well no problem if you made it bold. Let me check your 380+ comments post.


  12. It’s really readable text for all abhi.
    but it’s also effecting the beauty of blog.
    well nice content I would like to share at least one article on my forum with link back šŸ™‚

  13. Hi Abhi,
    Congrats to move your blog to self hosted wordpress blog. I also purchased two self hosted wordpress blogs. It’s theme and plugins functionality are awesome than any other blogging platforms.

    Best Regards!

    • Congrats to you too, Shadab!

      I hope you will enjoy WordPress like I’m doing. šŸ˜€

  14. I am new to wordpress so their is a huge difference between Blogger and WordPress and Jafar asked

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