Like I said a few weeks back, I’m making a switch from Blogger to WordPress. I’ve been busy packing things up and moving things around. You’ve may noticed a few of small things that is different here at the site already. Now, it won’t me a major, groundbreaking changes here. But the subtle changes can make a difference and those changes will reflect the new look and spirit of the new website.
Specifically, I’m finding that integration of plugins and the choices are vast. I was able to test out a few things that I simply can’t do in a productive and intuitive way. You have to jump some hurdles to get some hings done in Blogger. It’s not to say you don’t ever need to do that in WordPress. Depends on what you’re doing and what you’re using. However, the tools available in WordPress are more seamless in their implementation and integration. What that means is that it makes my job easier. Whatever makes my job easier is a good thing.
I feel I should mention that I’m not moving from one free platform to another. I’m moving from a free platform to one that’s self-hosted at WordPress.org. All those little quirks and perks come with a little bit of a price tag. Cost of doing business. That’s O.K. I don’t mind investing in this. Plus, it’s inexpensive.
Just to give you an idea of some actual numbers, self-hosting my site costs me $26.85 every quarter with Maiahost. That ends up being $8.95 a month. I know people who pay more for an online video game (me being one of them). Less than $10.00 a month is pretty good. There are cheaper options out there but in order to get the deep discount price, you have to sign up for one to three years and pay up front which ends up costing you over $80-$140 out the box. I wouldn’t go that route until you’re comfortable with your platform and you’re making a decent income from you’re writing. Don’t put the cart before the horse deal.
If you’re not savvy when it comes to website coding and maintenance, then you have two options really. You can start learning little by little so you can maintain your site or you can have someone do it for you. One is more expensive than the other. You can hazard a guess which is more expensive.
To be honest, maintaining your site is much simpler than you think if you know what you’re doing and doesn’t take a whole lot of time. Small, simple hings go a long way. Depends on your situation and what kind of time you have. It’s a great way to take a break from writing and do something productive. But if you don’t want to be bothered with all of that and it sounds to daunting, stay with Blogger. If you’re serious though, learn WordPress. It’s much easier than you think.
I’ll let you know when the move is complete. Now, time to get back to doing some more productive work.