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Weird, But: Has Anyone Gone From Wordpress Back To Blogger?


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To make a very long story short, I have had my domain since December of 2007, and have had my hosting here, where I've been using self-hosted wordpress as my blog/website's publishing platform.

 

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Unlike most people, who LOVE wordpress, it seems like I have had nothing but trouble with it since day 1. Now with this latest upgrade from 2.7 to 2.7.1, I lost the ability to do a lot of things via my dashboard. (No toggling, backup option gone from tools, no way to switch from HTML to visual editor) No amount of deleting and reinstalling has made a difference. I finally have attempted to delete ALL traces of wordpress from my account here, and just try to install it with fantastico. As of right now, my wp-content folder refuses to delete, and fantastico is telling me I can not install more than one script in the root directory of a domain.

 

At this point, I'd really like to just be able to go transfer my entries back to blogger, but keep my domain name and the post urls as close as possible to what they are now (if I haven't lost everything - I do back up, but my computer will not open the database backup files). Can this be done here? My domain name is registered through TCH as well. I'd like to be able to use blogger's 'layouts' instead of Classic templates, but their site says something about creating a CNAME and having dns servers point to google, and several other things I don't understand.

 

I did a search for this, but it came up empty.

 

In the meantime, my blog is GONE because WP will not install either manually or with Fantastico de luxe. I really need to get it back up somehow, if possible. And if I can't get WP running right, I will obviously need to get my blog to some kind of platform that I can actually use.

 

Can anyone help? Thanks so much for listening :)

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Welcome to the forum, dsb. :)

 

Since all these problems also seems to happen when you are trying to install WP through Fantastico I would submit a ticket with the help desk and ask them to look into this (link on top of page and in my signature).

 

fantastico is telling me I can not install more than one script in the root directory of a domain.

This is not a fantastico issue, since you can not have more than one index file in the root.

 

As for CNAME, this can be fixed through a ticket with the help desk.

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Thanks for the welcome, and thanks so much for your reply!

 

I guess I should clarify: I am not sure it's a fantastico issue, but a WP one. I have tried manually installing as well, BEFORE trying to delete and get it done through Fantastico. I can go back and manually re-install, but I'll likely still get the wonky dashboard, which I have gotten every time I made the upgrade from 2.7 to 2.7.1. That, I know, would need to be taken to WP's support forums.

 

I mainly wondered if there was a simple way I could continue to use my hosting and domain name here and just use a newer blogger layout. I will open a support ticket later today and see if I can get all traces of WP wiped, then re-installed. If that doesn't work, maybe they can help me with the CNAME stuff so I can at least use Blogger from here on out. I just wondered if it had been done before.

 

Welcome to the forum, dsb. :)

 

Since all these problems also seems to happen when you are trying to install WP through Fantastico I would submit a ticket with the help desk and ask them to look into this (link on top of page and in my signature).

 

 

This is not a fantastico issue, since you can not have more than one index file in the root.

 

As for CNAME, this can be fixed through a ticket with the help desk.

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Welcome to the forums dsb :)

 

Sorry to hear you don't like the new dashboard in the latest version of WP. I too didn't like it once they released it but I've learned to like it since. I still think it's slower than previous versions but that's another story.

 

I do not know if you can migrate your posts back to blogger or not. I started with Blogger and migrated the other way. But I do remember I didn't have to mess with the CNAME record to publish my content in my own domain space hosted here. They have (had) the capability of publishing my content to my domain hosted here instead of their servers.

 

Have you checked for any dashboard plugins that would give you what you are wanting? I remember there were some plugins for previous versions but I haven't looked for the latest version.

 

The help desk will be able to wipe your hosting space clean so you can install another copy of Wordpress.

 

Here are some other suggestions that may make your WP experience a little more pleasant. I don't care for the editor in WP either. I have been using two other options to compose my posts. One is Blogdesk and the other is a Firefox extension called ScribeFire. Maybe something like that would ease your frustrations.

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The new dashboard takes a bit to get used to, but the visual editor option is still there. To enable the Visual editor just click on your name in the upper right hand corner(where it says Howdy) then uncheck the option "Disable the visual editor when writing". Click Update Profile and you are in business.

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Thanks for your suggestions!

 

I, too, migrated from blogger to WP. I was doing fine up until the upgrade from 2.7 to 2.7.1. My dashboard doesn't toggle anything at all, especially tags. Something got messed up somehow, but I am not sure what. Everything was fine till that upgrade. In fact, I didn't know anything was wrong at all till I tried to upgrade using WP's self-upgrade feature, which should have gone smoothly, but didn't work. Then everything else got messed up once I tried upgrading manually. I don't think I will need to create a CNAME unless I start using blogger. I just did not want to buy hosting and a domain name through Blogger/Google when I already have that here. I might be okay if I could get one of my WP folders deleted so I could just start all over with WP, but I go through something similar about every or every other upgrade. It's just not worth the trouble.

 

I probably can't migrate back to blogger, but I can copy/past entries if need be.

 

Thanks so much, everyone, for your help!

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I used the automatic upgrade for this last update and found it incredibly slow. I manage 6 WordPress blogs and can update them all manually in the time it took to upgrade one automatically. So I don't think I will be going that route again since it's so simple to do the manual updating.

 

One thing I did do was set up a special FTP user for upgrade purposes and did not use my cPanel credentials to do the upgrade.

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