As you know, I made the switch from Blogger to WordPress about six weeks ago. I’ve had lots of questions about why, how, etc., so I thought I’d fill you in on my experience so far.
First, let’s talk why. One of the chief reasons is that WP is simply a richer environment–you get more freedom with design and more freedom with your pages, especially if you host your site independently via WordPress.org. You also get Plugins–an endless array of choices to customize your site. For instance, I installed “comment luv” on my site. When someone comments on one of my posts, their most recent post title is automatically linked. You could go crazy with plug-ins if you wanted.
In addition to a whole host of features that I like about WP, there were the infamous Blogger issues over the summer that many of us faced. Losing posts, not being able to comment, disappearing Google Friends Connect icons–it all got a bit old. I know that these issues have continued for many and I’m glad to not have to worry about that anymore.
Now–as to how I did the new design and migration, well, I didn’t! One of the reasons I chose Blogger in the first place was that it is much easier to set up and design a site than with WP, if you are a tech imbecile like me. So when it came to setting up WP, I reached out for both design and migration help.
Design help came from Nick Pang and Bill Katovsky from the Zero Drop blog. Additional guidance and advice came from both Jason of CTER and Kevin of IronmanbyThirty. These guys have been super helpful and supportive with this project and I’m pretty sure they still shudder when they see my address in their inbox!
So that’s it in a nutshell. I found a nice chart on Pulsed that you can use for some side-by-side comparison between Blogger and WordPress if you want to explore further. I’m also happy to answer any questions–that I can answer!–if you have any about the whole process.
Do you ever think about switching from one platform or another?