Forum Highlights: Blogger v. WordPress

This week, we kicked off a new series where we’ll be walking you through everything you need to know to start and build your blog. We covered the Blogger versus WordPress debate and everything you need to know about a self-hosted blog. Not only are we bringing you posts on these topics, but we have some fabulous leaders in our forums who are there to help continue the conversation. If you haven’t joined our new forums- we’d love to have you! Each week, we’ll highlight some of the discussion from the forums- and your blog, too!

Forum Discussions

Starting on Blogger

One of our forum leads, Alison of Mama Wants This, pointed out “Most new bloggers start out on Blogger as it’s free, easy to use and uncomplicated. I started out on Blogger and moved to self-hosted WordPress soon after because I like the idea of owning my content and being able to customize my blog the way I want it.”

Switching to WordPress

Adrienne, from The Mommy Mess, just switched from blogger to wordpress and says “I recently made the move to WP, and I’m loving it so far. I still have a lot to learn, but I love knowing I own my content, and I don’t have to deal with blogger glitches. I want to grow as blogger, and I figured it was time to make the move!”

Both Alison and Adrienne agree that if you don’t have a lot of tech knowledge, you might want to talk to someone about moving your blog for you. But, don’t worry: we’ll have that covered for you in an upcoming post!

Platform Concerns

When it comes to making the switch, Sam from My Life as Wife had this concern: “I’m on blogger and have considered the move to WordPress but don’t want to loose my amazing (and expensive) design. Silly huh? It’s a huge part of my brand and I love it!”

But, yes, you can take your design with you if you make the switch: again, something else we’ll be covering very soon! Though I do have to say that when I finally made the leap from blogger to wordpress, Cynthia from NW Designs totally rocked out a new look for me as well: there’s so much more that can be done on wp!

Share your opinions.

We didn’t hear from many on the forums who are sticking with blogger, but we know a lot of you like it! Join the discussion in our forums and weigh in!

Comments

  1. Kimberly says:

    I’ve been using blogger for years and have found cheats to get it to do most of what I want, but I look forward to reading more on this because I know a move to wp is in my future.
    Kimberly recently posted..Easter Fashion Flashback

  2. Sticking with Blogger too. I’ve seen some really cool Blogger blogs. I heard that you get better SEO with WP but if you have content people are going to read it. Or not.
    Elle @SeeMomWorkBlog recently posted..Celebrating Year One!

    • The benefits of WordPress do outweigh those of Blogger, particularly if you have long-term goals. That doesn’t mean that Blogger blogs don’t do well or have any readers, and again- it’s all about your perspective and what you want out of a blog.

  3. I am current on Blogger without being self-hosted and I tried WordPress but I didn’t like the functionality. I suppose there are good things about it, but I found lack of customization for the free version frustrating. Especially compared to what Blogger can offer.

    When I have my own domain then I will have to check it out again, but until then I love Blogger!
    Brianna Storch recently posted..Commercial? Effective.

    • Brianna, you hit the nail right on the head. If you prefer to stay free, Blogger is the way to go. The free version of WordPress is very limiting, which is why we try to stress the difference between wordpress.com and WordPress.org. Blogger is the way to go when staying free- self-hosted WordPress for when you’re ready to switch!

  4. I’ve been wanting to switch from Blogger to WordPress because I’ve had too many problems with Blogger. My blog is listed on a few online directories. Would I need to contact all of them letting them know I switched?
    Maggie recently posted..¿Dónde está la gringa?

    • AlisonSWLee says:

      Unless you change your domain URL, no you won’t have to :)

      • Well one of the reasons I wanted to switch is so I could change my domain URL. The one I wanted was not available on Blogger. I just don’t want to switch if it’s going to create more of a hassle.
        Maggie recently posted..Friday the 13th

        • AlisonSWLee says:

          To the best of my knowledge, even if you do change your domain name, people who type your old URL should be redirected to your new URL. Domain names are not affected by the platform you use. So if you can’t find the one you want on Blogger, the likelihood is it’s just taken by someone else, regardless of what platform you are on.

        • Hi Maggie!

          Even with a new url, you can redirect your existing blog. There are steps to take and plugins to use. Incoming links have to be addressed (as in asking people to update the links or changing it in directories) but if you’re changing the name for a long-term branding move, the benefits far outweigh the positives.

          • Thanks for all the input!

            I’d just really like my domain name to be the title of my blog. I actually already have it on WordPress, but I haven’t imported all my old posts over yet. It seems a little overwhelming! I’ll definitely look into it more!

  5. I just started my blog a couple months ago on WordPress. I chose it because it was the most recommended. I have no complains so far!
    krystle recently posted..Free Blogger Opportunity: Mia Bella Giveaway Sign Up

  6. I used bloggerback in the day but am a WP blogger now with a self hosted site. I love the functionality though I am so overwhelmed right now when it comes to creating my design.
    The thing that you need to know most is make sure you back up your blog!!! If you’re going to move have a backup copy (blogger should give you the option to download it) to your computer! This will save the hassle and you won’t lose things.

  7. I’m a Blogger-blogger, too. and happy with it. I am fine with not owning my content or whatever else. I have no great desires to be a big-name-blog, or ‘professional’, or anything.
    I know a teensy bit of HTML so I can mess with the format/layout a little- that’s good enough for me.

    My son drew my ‘button’ and I am waiting for him to draw something matching for my banner.
    Kimberly Terrill recently posted..KIA

  8. I am REALLY looking forward to that upcoming post you mentioned regarding finding someone to help you move your blog.

    Here’s the thing I MOST hope you’ll cover:

    IF YOU DECIDE TO MOVE YOUR OWN BLOG FROM BLOGGER TO WORDPRESS (in order to save money) what are the MOST HELPFUL SITES AND VIDEOS TO WALK YOU THROUGH THAT PROCESS. Sites that are tried and true, that really work.

    I have a friend who lost all her recipes and food content.
    And of course, there are links that one might lose, right?
    How do you avoid losing the content you’ve worked so hard on?
    Susan in the Boonies recently posted..Alberto VO5 Hair Care: A Review

    • We will definitely cover that. There will also be a class offered soon through howtorockyourblog.com

  9. I am on WordPress, though still only the free side, and enjoy it very much!
    mindy recently posted..Easter recap: 2012

  10. I’ve been wanting to take my blog, Irresistible Icing to WP for awhile now. Both of my other sites are on WP and it’s sooooo much better. I’m just scared because of my design, my comments, content, etc. Even though I’ve made the transfer before, it’s been so long and I don’t want to risk losing anything!
    Mimi @ Irresistible Icing recently posted..Creative Blocks

  11. you really need to stop changing your forum script… but i’m off to check it out anyway!
    Jenny recently posted..April #AtoZChallenge Let’s have a party at #UBP12

    • We wanted to make it easier and more functional for everyone – hence the change.
      Life As Wife recently posted..One Just Like Him

      • Ahh. But I thought the one you were using first (with the layout update) was just fine. vBoard or something, wasn’t it? Then I guess you kinda went to BuddyPress? Hopefully this new one sticks ’cause it’s discouraging to your readers/users to have all their convo’s and posts and whatnot just disappear time after time, especially if they’ve built friendships through them. Believe me I’ve seen them come & go and I’ve had my fair share of forums. People will stop using it after a while if it keeps changing.
        Jenny recently posted..April #AtoZChallenge Let’s have a party at #UBP12

        • Francesca says:

          We couldn’t agree with you more, Jenny. Absolutely loathe changing our forum, but it was unavoidable. Turned out that the cause for all the downtime SITS experienced over the last year was a virus that we couldn’t get rid of in the vBulletin forum. Ultimately, we had to scrap everything, rebuild both the site and the forum, and start over. It has been a tough road.

          Thankfully, with all of the changes we made, SITS is functioning again, but we were hesitant to make a return to vBulletin. Tried out BBPress, like you saw, but it didn’t allow us to organize conversations effectively.

          Which brings us to Mingle…our latest…and last forum.

          As a longtime reader, we really appreciate your candid feedback. It is so very important to us. Know that we have no intentions of changing our forum again!

          Any other thoughts? Be sure to let us know. We’re always looking for ways to improve.

          Thanks!

  12. I’m a Blogger blogger (ha!) and have also considered moving to Word Press, but fear that I’m not tech-savvy enough to make it work in the long-term. I also don’t want to lose my stats; although I do use Site Meter and there may be a way to keep them (???). IDK. Also, I had not previously considered what the move might do to my blog design either. That’s more food for thought….thoughts, anyone?
    Elena recently posted..Earth Day 2012: Let’s Make It More Than A One-Day Celebration!

    • I’m not all that tech-savvy, either.

      You can keep your blog design when you move if you want! And your stats shouldn’t be affected, either.

    • AlisonSWLee says:

      WP’s dashboard may seem intimidating at first, but you get the hang of it soon enough. There are many people out there who are WP experts, so if you can across a problem, it’s very easy to find help, especially on Twitter!

  13. This week was bananas! I wished I had time to participate how long will all this good stuff be up for review????
    Cindee recently posted..Dreams come true Snow

    • Cindee come join us in the forums at ANY time! That’s the great thing about the format – I’ve even logged in during a late night nursing session! Hope to see you over there!
      Life As Wife recently posted..One Just Like Him

  14. Shell — the “How to rock your blog” link above only has 2 w’s. So it’s going to a dead zone.

    And you’ll find it amusing that I kept missing the ‘e’ and typing ‘dad’ zone.

  15. I’ve used most of the blogging platforms, and I have to say that Blogger is my favorite. I think it fosters a greater sense of community than WordPress does, and even though I’ve had self-hosted WordPress blogs and enjoyed the freedom of being able to do whatever I wanted I still don’t think they’re necessarily great for up and coming blogs. I can see why someone with an established blog and audience would enjoy WordPress, but I don’t have that so Blogger is better for me.

  16. Does anyone use Tumblr?
    Penelope {Foster2Forever} recently posted..My Confession: The Rejection of My Mother

  17. Loving the forum! I’m so glad you posted this article as I seem to have missed the post where we heard about them… fantastic topic too.
    I am a huge Blogger fan… even when I’m famous (hehe) I’ll stick with Blogger, I’m sure.
    Come on Blogger blogs… we are awesome too :)
    xx
    Simone @Greatfun4kids recently posted..Dinnertime in 30AD

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