How I Migrated My Blog to my Own Domain


I wanted to have my own domain for the longest time – around 5 years already. It’s in my bucket list. Whey it took me this long? I don’t know. Oh, wait…budget hahaha. Before, I found all service providers to be expensive. Even the yearly payments for your domain are expensive. And for someone with loans left and right years ago, I can’t justify those expenses. Besides, it was all just for personal use. My blog isn’t earning.

Five years after, there are more web hosting providers now so the prices are more competitive. Even the domains are almost always on sale at GoDaddy since January this year when I started monitoring. And last July, I saw a super discounted rate. I bought my domain at GoDaddy for a discounted price of Php 53.64 good for a year. Crossing my fingers that there will be promos too by the time I renew hehe.

For the web hosting part, I inquired from around 4 service providers based in PH before availing one from I found them through the blog of Maan. I had a good experience with them. I had a lot of questions even before purchasing that they patiently answered, which helped me finally decide to get their service. Case in point, I already have an idea about the whole migration process even before I placed my order! As per my experience, they usually reply in the afternoon and evenings, which is fine by me since it’s also during those times that I can spend some time for the blog.

The moment I sent my order to, I already received everything that’s related to my account setup–links, CPanel and WordPress admin login credentials, server information, instructions on what to update.

Here are the steps I made.

  1. Bought my own domain —!
  2. Got a hosting package from I only availed of their initial package which is $1/month.Pointed my domain to their servers. Here’s the reference provided by CoffeeMags.
  3. Website migration! I came from Blogger platform. When I got my domain, I got migrated to I just backed up my Blogspot site, downloaded the Blogger to WordPress plugin (available in the WordPress admin page), and followed the instructions which is basically to load the xml file that I generated from Blogspot. The plugin includes migration of comments too!
  4. Looked for a new theme which I can stick to for a long time because I don’t have plans of changing themes that often. It’s tedious hehe.

Next steps in the pipeline.

  1. Reformat some old posts. These automatic creation of HTML tags when you are saving web files can result to a messy layout so you really need to do some tweaking. In my case, the paragraphs are messed up so I need to rebuild those posts – meaning retype them so that the theme’s css can be applied. I tried modifying the HTML parts but it gets back after switching from Visual to Text so…I guess my next best option is just to redo my posts by: a) copy to Notepad; b) Save blank post; c) Copy from Notepad back to new post window; d) Correct the formatting; e) Save. I have not done this first so let’s see if it works.
  2. Switch categories to tags. The tags in Blogger were migrated as Categories in WordPress. I already saw a plugin for that.
  3. Migrate images? My old posts are still referencing the images in my Blogger blog. My Blogger blog is still up (one, for sentimental reasons) so at least most, if not all images are appearing.
  4. Tinker with CPanel and WordPress admin. It is one of the reasons why I wanted to have my own domain. I want to play around with these stuff.
  5. And let’s see what else I will uncover in this adventure.

Special thanks to:

  • Edel of for answering all my questions regarding hosting and domain names
  • Maan of for answering all my questions about her web host of choice. That really helped me decide on where to get my hosting services.

P.S. I want my lists to be formatted similar to how it is in Word — next lines are aligned to the text, not the bullets or numbers. I don’t know why TinyMCE, which I learned is the text editor in WordPress, is not doing that. Let’s see if I’ll be able to find a way to format it that way.

New Home in the World Wide Web!


Hello! Welcome to my new home in cyberspace. I finally got myself my own domain after procrastinating for years hehehe. I was itching to already get one since ealry this year so here it is. 🙂

There are still a lot of stuff to fix and I’ll be working on these on the coming days. I’ll clean up the mess in no time, that’s for sure hehe.

I’ll also have a comprehensive post about how I did the whole thing.

I’m excited to try all the stuff at WordPress. Hopefully, I’ll be able to put all these to good use in the coming days. Too much to learn but exciting nonetheless! 😀

2016 Week 9 Recap: Patience is a Virtue

February 29 – March 6, 2016


I had challenges working with a new colleague that it was a real test of my patience but I still tried to be patient given the circumstances. Lesson have been learned and I can pat my back for surpassing the test on patience. It was a test because I am not the most patient person there is hehehe. I am thankful for her presence because she’s really teaching me to be patient and we are still moving forward with tasks anyway so no sweat.

I got so drained last Wednesday that I requested for work from home. I just honestly told my boss that I need some peace and quiet after the crazy Wednesday. I am again thankful that she granted my request.

We completed our second session on strategic planning and the team has a good and doable plan. I’m excited to introduce change in one of our documentations. That should speed up our work while ensuring that it is still understandable to both our clients and our developers. I’ll pilot test it in my current project. Hopefully, the other boss wouldn’t be too surprised of the new format hehehe. I’ll convince him that change is good. Haha!

Living Quarters

Finally got a confirmation from SkyCable that my request for deactivation was filed. More details of how it finally happened here. Earliest disconnection will be March 12. I’m patiently waiting. I just want to say bye bye to one bill, regardless of the small amount hehehe.

I also got my dormant Metrobank account reactivated. I just need to request for reactiviation of my online account though. I’ll do that next week.

And finally, I was able to get my niece’s first Confirmation of Participation for her BDO EIP. More details here. So happy and excited for her and hope she stays focused on her savings.


I planned on staying at home to do the laundry and update my blog’s layout. So that’s what I did. I spent the whole Saturday afternoon onwards searching for templates with minimalist theme. Unfortunately, I was not successful. I’ve downloaded everything that I liked and tried it all but not even one perfectly suited my current layout without me having to tweak it. So, I just resorted to what’s available in Blogger for now. I’ll try again some other time. Anyone who knows where I can get free templates other than what’s on Blogger?

On Sunday, first on the agenda was to attend mass. Hay. Another test of faith and of being good while inside the church. I got annoyed because someone had the guts to take a selfie while the mass was ONGOING. While all of us already stood up, she was still sitting there for her selfie. It was so annoying but I just tried to focus on the mass itself (which was hard by the way, because she was in front of me hehe). And ironically, the gospel was the Prodigal Son, so that’s about forgiveness and all. But anyway, moving on…

I went to Shang for some peaceful mall and lunch time before going to Megamall for my weekly grocery. Went home right after and cooked my weekly lunch. I work mid shift so to save money, I must ensure that I eat lunch at home so that I’ll only spend for one meal outside.

Just finished watching The Intern. Good movie on girl power. I liked the ending.

That’s about it. Getting excited for the coming weekends because I have some things planned. And it’s my and the BF’s birthday month. I still can’t believe that we share the same month and his comes a day after mine. Ha!

I hope you all had a great week. Cheers to another great week ahead. Goodnight for now. Trying to sleep early so that I can start training myself to become an early riser.

New Name, New Look

Ok, I’ve finally settled with a new blog name/URL. From now on, this blog shall be called Sayote Kingdom.

I grew up in a place where the people’s main source of income, including my family, is growing and harvesting sayote. I even think that our place (and another barangay near us) are the main suppliers of sayote in the city market. I still vividly remember that in my younger years, almost all land parcels, from each one’s backyard to the mountains are planted with sayote so when someone steps into our place, he would feel that he’s in Sayote Kingdom.
Although people from our place already tried venturing into other vegetables, it’s still the sayote that’s closest to my heart so I want that reflected in my blog. Also, this still remains a personal blog of anything and everything under the sun :p.
Together with the name change is of course a new template. 🙂
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