For the Record — Thursday’s Workout:
40 minutes Upper Body/Abs
In lieu of my non-running this week, and the unbearable heat, I am opting for another topical post.
Let’s talk about Blogger and WordPress.
I’d like to highlight a few features I am liking about WordPress. While I’ve only been using WordPress now for a little more than two weeks, already I feel at home. I had previously used Blogger for about 15 months before switching over.
Perhaps you have also made the switch and can learn from what I have. Or maybe you are contemplating the switch, or in the midst of it yourself. In any case, I hope this can provide some insight — blogger to blogger.
Comment Reply Notification. This by far has become my favorite feature. In fact it’s almost addicting, and I have to watch myself. When I used Blogger there was no way to directly respond to a reader question or comment. With this “plugin” on WordPress I can not only reply directly on the blog to comment, so other readers can see the reply, but it will also email the reply to the commentor. I know we can all admit we don’t always return to a blog post a second time to see if our question was answered.
Cleaner Appearance. Design-wise I have simply found WordPress to be cleaner and more appealing. Polished, if you will. Despite by best efforts to tweak my Blogger design, I never could quite achieve what I wanted. While I’m still not 100% satisfied with the current design on my blog, it’s by far an improvement in my mind.
Flexibility. Again, along with the design, WordPress allows greater flexibility. You can use what widgets you want, what plugin features you want. You have more control over your blog, if you will. For example on Blogger there was a limit, of 10 I believe, pages or headings for your blog. Now on WordPress there is no limit. I can create as many as I like. Of course, this flexibility comes with a price. While WordPress software is free to use on your website, in order to use it in this “full control” capacity you need to self-host your website. In short, you pay a few bucks a month to “own” your web space.
If you are interested, I’ll continue to share bit by bit why I made the switch and what has been working for me on WordPress. I know a lot of other bloggers have been switching or thinking about it, so I would call it a “hot topic” right now. More so, I think the whole Blogger outage of 2011 helped fuel the itch to switch.
Do you have any WordPress questions?
Questions on moving from Blogger to WordPress?
(Please leave them in a comment and I’ll answer them in a follow-up post.)