It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. In fact, it was quite easy. Here’s a quick overview:
- Book domain (lucidconfusions.com) and hosting space.
- Install blogging software on your hosting. I used WordPress. GoDaddy has a easy admin interface where I was able to easily install it at a click of a button.
(I installed WordPress in the root folder so that users can access my blog by just going to lucidconfusions.com. No subdomains.)
- Setup (Customize) WordPress. This is where most time was spent.
- Choose a theme. I used K2. I was using it in my previous blog and I liked its simplicity and framework features. (Themes have to be downloaded (, unzipped), transferred via FTP to your remote server and then activated from inside WordPress Control Center. Again, quite easy.)
- Import content from my previous blog. I thought this would be the hardest part. But this was the easiest. Easy as Export and Import. All posts, comments and author information was perfect. (The only issue (not exactly) I noticed here is that all images are still pointing to my old blog. I may have to manually change all the links to my current blog.)
- Setup the side bar. This will be quite time consuming. Choosing what you want on your side bar and then setting them up. Some plugins will have to be downloaded, transferred via FTP to the required folder and activated from inside the WordPress Control Center.
- Setup RSS via FeedBurner. WordPress does have an inbuilt RSS feed. But I prefer FeedBurner because it has some cool related tools and stats.
- Update links in third party sites where you were first registered, like Technorati, MyBlogLog, Twitter etc. (This is the part where you can start feeling bad cause you have to literally start from the scratch but I guess it will be worth it!)
- Inform people who follow your blog
- Leave a post on the old blog redirecting them to the new one.
- Inform some close followers by email of your change. (I am yet to get this done.)
- Start Blogging.