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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

To Blogger or not to Blogger

that is the question...

I've been thinking about it a lot lately. I've noticed a lot of my friends who have switched to a self-hosted blog have also switched to Wordpress.

I don't know about that.

I've used the free version of Word Press once - I was going to try to do a photography class blog there and after twenty minutes I was about ready to pull my hair out!  Plus you have to pay for all kinds of unexpected things. Even though it's like the industry standard I pretty much hate it.

If you use Word Press - why? Do you love it? Hate it?

Why did you switch from Blogger?  Why should I?


15 comments:

Beth @ Snaps of Our Life said...

I'm self-hosted WP and I pay $6/mo for hosting. I bought my URL through them too, which will renew in August next year. I could never go back to blogger.

Zoe | A Quick Study said...

A couple quick thoughts: (1) If you tried WP awhile ago, a lot has changed, (2) the free version is not the way to go for the paid add-on reason you mentioned, but the self-hosted version is incredibly flexible and powerful and is FREE

I love WordPress because it is so much more flexible and customizable than Blogger.

Hope this is helpful and good luck with your decision :)

Manda said...

I have wanted to switch to word press many many times, but I don't want to lose the followers I have at this site. And I don't know how to add followers at wordpress, or if you even can.

satakieli said...

Self hosted wordpress isn't much like the free wordpress... I mean the layout is basically the same but the functionality just isn't there on the free one. I didn't really like the free one either. Also, with self hosted you don't have to pay for any of those silly things the other version makes you pay for. You just upload it to your server and then you can do whatever you like with it.

I will say, blogger is easier. There's a bit of a learning curve to self hosted WP, but now I have it I don't think I could go back.

http://www.bumblesandlight.com

Kimberly Gauthier said...

I love Wordpress. Love love love Wordpress.

I switched, because the designer I worked with at the time said I should and I said “okay.”

Since then, I’ve learned so much about Wordpress and just love it. The only unexpected costs that have come up for me are when I want to pay for a plugin, like Comment Luv Plus – but I do a lot of research before paying and a lot of these plugins have free versions (Wibiya, Pretty Link Lite), and the rest of my plug ins are free.

I did finally break down and pay for a theme, but I waited until Cyber Monday and got 5 themes for $50 from Woo Themes and they’re amazing. Completely easy to work with and they upload like a dream. My photography blog is GORGEOUS and it took no time to do the update. I’m going to update Adventures in Blogging this weekend.

I don’t dislike Blogger, but I don’t remember having the control that I have with Wordpress. Being a Wordpress blogger forced me to start understanding SEO, coding, marketing, and design. I’m sure I would have eventually reached this point on Blogger, but I think it would have taken longer for me.

My only complaint about Blogger is that I can’t comment on some Blogger blogs (not all, just some). I have no idea why. There are so many that I read, but I can’t leave a comment, because Google says I’m not authorized. I would hate to think that I’m losing out on comments and possibly readers who give up and move on, which I’ve done with several blogs.

Good luck with your choice!

Kimberly
http://www.kimberlygauthier.com
http://www.adventuresinblogging.com

satakieli said...

One thing I just remembered when I switched to wordpress is that I couldn't take my google friend connect followers with me. I had to get a new wordpress version of GFC and only about half of the people who followed me on there actually switched over (which was heartbreaking at the time!)

Google is also discontinuing GFC for non blogspot blogs next year so everyone would have to switch to RSS/Facebook/Email. I'm pretty annoyed about that as a good 1/4 of my subscribers are on GFC and haven't really decided yet what I'm going to do about getting them to move.

Also, I second everything Kimberly said. Although I've had no unexpected costs, I only pay my hosting and for my URL... everything else I've found for free, including my theme/template which was free from SLR Lounge and I customized it myself.

Caroline said...

I did wordpress...HATED it. I came back to blogger. If you are pretty techy...then it's good. I hated the backend stuff. Also, keep in mind that you may lose some of your blogger followers. I know it seems ridiculous...but folks (who use blogger) don't want to type in there name, email address, and html link. I don't want to generalize, but I did notice a big decline in my readers when I switched. And guess what? When I came back to blogger...there they were again!

Amanda @ It's Blogworthy said...

I love it. I switched in the spring and it's been amazing. There are lots of tutorials out there and once you get into it, it's not bad at all. There is so much you can do with it you can't do on blogger, and besides that, the SEO implications of being on Wordpress are AMAZING. It would be good for you....if you want some info, I am a consultant with Eli Rose social media....some good friends in the blogging world who help small biz and Etsy shops jump into social media. elirose.com if you're interested!! (promise I'm not spamming you -- even the website has lots of GREAT free resources)

Jodi said...

I am going to stick with blogger for now as i continue to learn this blogging thing. I am not ruling out a switch to wordpress either down the road but i tried the free version and didnt like it at all!

Kelly-Marie said...

Blogger is easy to use and means I can spend more time on actual blogging .. I probaly won't ever swap x

[I am] The One With the Camera said...

Currently, I have one Wordpress blog at my website (www.saravogtphotography.com) but I also have two blogs with blogger. In my experience, I have found that Blogger is much simpler to use and although it doesn't seem to have a ton of text options or customization options for posts (I may be missing something so if I am, someone tell me) I really like it a lot more than Wordpress. Wordpress is aggravating to me when I just want to write!!

Sara
http://iamtheonewiththecamera.blogspot.com/

Amanda said...

Okay. Everyone says wordpress is better but they don't say how! "There's so much more you can do with Wordpress" - like what? What are we missing out on in blogger? I have not found anything that I wanted to do and couldn't with blogger. I love blogger - it's easy to use, easy to navigate. I paid $10 for a year to host my own site.

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JennyRain said...

I moved from blogger to wp about 2 and a 1/2 yrs ago and am sooooo happy to make the change. I've been on both .com and .org and I LOVE the flexibilty of .org. It is just easier to use all around!

Sarah said...

It has been a year since I switched and I love it. Hubby hosts my site for me so it is cheap. I only have to pay the $10 a year for my address. I love it because of all the awesome plugins. Plus in the year that I have had it my site has only been down once and it was back up in 10 minutes. It really is awesome.

Jennifer said...

I'm right there with you. I have been researching and researching, and I WANT to switch, but am just too afraid to. I've been blogging on Blogger for the last couple years now, and I love how customizable and *free* it is! I tried the free WP and I don't like having to pay to edit HTML - I'd rather just pay for it! But according to everyone and their mom, self-hosted WP gives bloggers a little bit more of an edge and control (I keep hearing the horror stories of that one Blogger outage), and I'd like to have that! However, I'm still on good ole Blogger. We'll see.