Blogger and WordPress: Growing Pangs

Anyone that blogs knows that they have a couple different options when it comes to blogging platforms. Tumblr, Typepad, Live Journal and Weebly just to name a few. But by far, the two most popular are Blogger and WordPress.

Looking at my site, you can’t tell which one I’m using. I use Blogger. I have another site in WordPress. This time I started with Blogger because I was using Google+ as my social media platform  which was going to be my primary social media platform. It seamlessly integrates with Blogger since Google makes both. It’s relatively easy to use and you can do some things with it that is great for a beginning blogger to get used to what blogging is about. But as my writing endeavors have grown and my blogging has grown as well, I had to make a decision.

So, the time has come for me to depart. Goodbye Blogger. Farewell my friend. You have been berry, berry guud to me, but I must move on. I must grow up for there is more for me in the blogosphere.

Why am I moving from Blogger to WordPress? One word: flexibility. WordPress, dominates the blogosphere in terms of professional websites. Yes, in terms of simplicity, Blogger is a superior blogging platform. But in terms of features, WordPress wins hands down. I know this because the features that I currently want to add to my site are possible with Blogger but not in a way that is slick and professional. You have to do some blogging acrobatics and know some coding. I don’t mind that but I know that’s not the most productive use of my time which should be spent writing. I want a platform that gives me plenty of options to customize my site without having to take a night school class for CSS or HTML (both of which I know fairly well to get by).

WordPress may not be as simple out of the box but it is very powerful with features and customization which is the stage I’m at now. There are some things that I’d like to customize on the site and I have run into a snag. I knew I was going to have to make this move eventually but I wanted to see how long I could hold out. It’s been almost a year. The inevitable has arrived.

If you want a website that’s simple and you’re going to keep it that way for the life of the blog, then Blogger is the way to go. You can do a little customization as well though it requires you to learn a few things which isn’t a bad thing. But if you are forward thinking and are looking at your writing as a business and your blog as central to your business model, then choose WordPress.

All that being said, you might see the site go through a little bit of a hiccup in the next week or so as I make this transition. I’ll let you know what my experience was in switching over once it’s done. At the moment, it’s time to get to work with the switcheroo.

2 Responses to Blogger and WordPress: Growing Pangs

  1. +1 vote for WordPress.It is much more beneficial not only in terms of flexibility, but also functionality and content control. I consider it to be a universal platform which allows to do anything you want and even more. I have been running Blogger for several years, however it finds it difficult to compete with WordPress. By the way, I managed to convert to WordPress by myself – found an online converter (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Elf02SGc02E).

  2. Blogger is good for the occasional blogger (something odd about how I just worded that). But WordPress is for the serious blogger who is looking to gather a following and make an impact with their content.

    WordPress has a Blogger importer built into their interface to make it easier to transfer all the main elements of your former blog. There are still other things that need to be done but you’re looking at ten minutes to an hours worth of work at the most, depending on how involved the blog coding is.

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