It’s been 15 days (from the date I’m writing this post) ever since I made the switch from Blogger to WordPress (was it really that short time ago?) and I think it’s about time I make a post whether I prefer Blogger or WordPress.
I Can’t Customize My Blogger Template: Yes, it’s as horrible as it sounds. I can’t change the color of the post title color, the post divider color, font size, everything, unless I go directly into the HTML and edit this myself. Sure, I can change my Blogger template to a new one, but within a day, it becomes uncustomizable again. I’m not the only one having this problem, a simple Google search would reveal more people with this problem – and all of them unresolved.
Changing Widget Positions: I’m sure all of you have experienced this at least once: You want to move your widget over to the other side of your blog, but when you try to, the whole widget screen gets highlighted! Not to mention, there’s no way to unhighlight it unless you refresh the page.
GFC Problem: I couldn’t follow or unfollow anyone using GFC. Luckily, I found a solution to this problem (just delete all your cache, history, etc. up to the very beginning of your browser and everything should be fine.)
Fear: Did you know that if you use Blogger, Google can delete your blog at anytime without warning? Yeah, that’ll freak out most of us.
Losing GFC Followers: I was worried about losing all my GFC followers once I moved to WordPress, but I found an amazing guide that actually lets you keep all your GFC followers. You can check out the lovely guide here. It really works, my GFC gadget on a WordPress blog is enough proof.
Hosting Cost: Some people think that hosting is really expensive, around $200-$250 a year. For the hosting that I picked, it’s definitely not true. I decided on Bluehost because everyone else seem to be using it, and it’s only $6.95 per month plus $9.99 for keeping your domain identity safe, which totals up to about $82 for one year. Please note, you have to pay the full amount at once when you place your order. Oh, and I also didn’t find this out until it was too late, Bluehost gives you a free domain for the first year, but every year after that, you have to pay an addition $15. Yeah, they never put that in the small print either.
[Important Hint: I strongly suggest buying one year of hosting first. Yes, the hosting company may have three year deals that are even cheaper than the one year deals (I know Bluehost has these), but if you wound up having issues with your hosting company, you’ll have to wait three long years to change your host (and risk losing your money) or you can wait one year, then be able to change your host without losing any money.]
Messing Up: This is probably my number one worry, I will mess this up and lose all my content and my work would all be for nothing. I didn’t.
When I decided to make the switch from Blogger to WordPress, I was super nervous. Before I could question myself even more, I did it.
Here’s the thing, I was well-prepared. I had six tabs open, four word tutorials and two video tutorials that taught me how to do everything step by step. If I messed up, then really, shame on me.
It took me three days to do everything, not including formatting all my posts back (if you use tons of HTML in your Blogger posts, you’ll have to reformat some of it on WordPress).
[Important Hint: If you’re thinking of hiring someone to make the move for you, it’s not worth it. Well, unless they are charging you $20 for it. Otherwise, you should do it yourself; it’s pretty easy if you know where to look. There are tons of online resources to help you and I’ll be glad to give you advice.]
Now the real fun begins. Did I tell you that I love making lists? This is why this whole post is in a list format by the way.
Customization: Without a doubt, WordPress is the winner here. It’s so easy to change your appearance around, put whatever widget you want wherever, while in Blogger, when you try to move a widget, 90% of the time, the entire widget screen is highlighted and you can’t move the widgets around anymore. If you also want to delete a widget, unlike Blogger, WordPress has a section where you can keep that widget just in case you want it back.
Themes: WordPress also have a lot more professional looking themes than Blogger. Just look at my Blogger blog here and compare it to my current WordPress blog; there is absolutely no doubt which one will win. Of course, this all depends on what theme you want.
Time to Write + Publish A Post: Previewing your draft, saving your draft, and spell check take a lot longer to use on WordPress than on Blogger. However, publishing a post takes about the same time to do.
Scheduling Posts: I’ve heard that Blogger sometimes fails to publish a schedule or the scheduled post gets published ahead of time. However, in WordPress, schedules never get published ahead of time, but sometimes, your scheduled post won’t be published on the scheduled date. That happened to me already once, and boy, was I surprised.
Spam: WordPress gets A LOT more spam comments than Blogger. I get about ten spam comments a day. But have no fear, there’s a plugin, Akismet, that captures nearly all spam for you. Blogger, meanwhile, doesn’t have much spam protection.
CommentLuv: Even though Blogger doesn’t have CommentLuv, I just have to include CommentLuv here. It’s a WordPress plugin that lets the commenter pick one of their last ten posts to share with their comment. No more need to put up “My STS” links or “My TTT” links.
Have more questions? Feel free to email me or tweet me them! Or just do it the easy way, comment below. I’ll be glad to help you! :D<3