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Blogger vs. WordPress

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I’ve worked on Blogger for several years. For the last 8 months, I’ve been faithfully posting daily blogs and before that, I kept up a weekly scrapbooking blog. I thought I knew Blogger pretty well, but I learned a lot this weekend when I asked folks which they preferred.

I got feed back from all sorts, many of whom had used both. Only one
of them preferred Blogger over WordPress. I was so surprised! Here’s what I’ve learned:

Blogger is hard to comment on. I had no idea! But then I’ve had a Blogger blog for about 6 years. It’s easy for the Blogspot bloggers. From what I understand, though, it’s hard for everyone else. WordPress is fairly easy for a commentator using google profile, but I’ve been hearing that Blogger requires filling out an email with every comment. I’ve visited other sites like that – most annoying! Especially if I’m in a time constraint. Since I’m blogging to entertain others, that last thing I want to do is make it hard on them to chat back! NO BRAINER!

WordPress detailed designs come with a price tag. Blah. I’m not bringing anything in at the moment, so it’s pretty hard for me to justify spending money. Any money! But if I do, I want the cash to be well-spent. Paying to be able to choose a more detailed design or add CSS or change to fancy fonts is out of the question. I am a perfectionist, but I’ll deal with it. I might have been swayed if I had the option of changing font colors. I had to start from scratch more than once when the font colors and tab backgrounds didn’t match my header and background color. I ended up spending several hours making a full background image with the header embedded. I hope I’m done with that, but I’m not really satisfied yet, so I bet I’ll be adjusting more. STRIKE AGAINST SWITCHING!

Blogger offers more control over my site. I can adjust the margins – that’s huge to me. I can change font colors and styles on everything as well as the backgrounds for those fonts. I have the power to choose what data is included in my posts – name, date, links, etc. And I can work in the html side to make sure I get things just like I want them. It also offers a dynamic view of the content. I particularly like the mosaic for one of the pages I wanted to do. With Blogger, I can use the Mosaic instead of a drop-down menu. I’m leaning back the other way. LOVE THAT! Oh, wait. It won’t set that up under my header. Instead it eliminates my header completely along with my color scheme! Well that won’t work! And I have to recreate my header again. LEANING TOWARD WORDPRESS AGAIN.

Blogger has a following feature that shows me the faces of people who have followed my blog. I really like that because I will email those folks when they join with a personal thank-you. The only following I see on WordPress is the email following. Not nearly as personal from my side, but then it’s not about me. I do like the fact that I can track visits with WordPress along with page views. With Blogger, I could only view page views and couldn’t get a really strong vision for how many different people wandered over. And with that, I’d heard that WordPress blogs were easier to find by the tags in a search engine. Not sure that it’s true, but I had some new, and unexpected, visits from folks when I exported my Blogger articles over there. WAVERING.

WordPress allows for multiple pages that can link together in a website-type menu. Blogspot limited the pages to five when I first got on, but they seem to allow an unlimited number at this point. But there’s a difference. On Blogspot, while I can make as many pages as I want, only five will show up in the tabs. The others are hidden in a second row. I could probably change it in CSS, but I’m not really good with that, yet. In WordPress, I’m not only allowed unlimited pages, they’ll set up in multiple rows under my header. And a biggie for me is that I can nest the pages under parent pages to keep things together in one category. Add to that the ability to add a shopping link, when my books reach the publishing stage, and I’ll be set! PRICELESS!

This pushed me over the edge, proving my decision-maker to start moving over to WordPress. For now, a duplicate site is set up. Hope you come by and say Hi! https://marjilaine.wordpress.com

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Author: Marji Laine

Marji is a homeschooling mom with teenage twins left in the nest. She spends her days transporting to and from volleyball, teaching writing classes at a local coop, and directing the children’s music program at her church. Raised in suburban Dallas, she got her first taste of writing through the stories of brilliant authors of their day, Mignon Eberhart and Phyllis A. Whitney, and through stage experience. After directing and acting in productions for decades, Marji started writing her own scripts. From that early beginning, she delved into creating scintillating suspense with a side of Texas sassy. She invites readers to unravel their inspiration, seeking a deeper knowledge of the Lord’s Great Mystery that invites us all.

22 thoughts on “Blogger vs. WordPress

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  2. Oh good. I was just worried about messing up my year of blogger. I had originally thought to do the same thing. Post on both blogs and see what each one did. I'm going to have to go ahead and see if I can finish what I had started. Thanks M.

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  3. Oh good. I was just worried about messing up my year of blogger. I had originally thought to do the same thing. Post on both blogs and see what each one did. I'm going to have to go ahead and see if I can finish what I had started. Thanks M.

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  4. I'll keep you updated. I'm actually having a lot of fun setting it up!

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  5. I have to agree, Tracy! I love the faces of my followers. WP can do a blog roll, though I haven't yet. I can adjust EVERYTHING in Blogger where I can only hit the high points in WordPress. That's why this decision was such a toughie to make!

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  6. There is an import function at WordPress. I didn't have any trouble importing the posts and all of the comments. It doesn't import followers or widgets, of course. I'll be importing everyday at this point to create a duplicate site there for probably a month or so.

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  7. Marji, I’ve recently moved both my blogs from Blogger to WordPress, mostly because of the commenting issue and also being able to add multiple pages. So far, I like it.

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  8. Thanks for the summary of your experience — I've muddled through a lot of that myself. Will visit you at WP — let us know on FB how it goes. dc

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  9. Very interesting post. I have both and I do not like my WordPress blog at all. I find Blogger so much more user friendly and I love that I can see my followers and get a blog roll that I can read of people whom I fillow. I don't like getting blog sent to my email like what happens if i subscribe to a wordpress blog. People keep telling me how much better it is, but I just don't get it … I still like blogger best!

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  10. Marji, did you export all your post over to WordPress? I had started a wordpress blog for my Castle Library, but was afraid of moving everything and loosing what I had on blogger. I checked out the other site and I can see you are working on it. WordPress does look neater.

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  11. Congrats on the move! I’m in the process of doing the same. 🙂

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    • I made a WordPress site way back when I started, but didn’t keep it up because I didn’t like the limitations with the decor. I’m still not quite satisfied with the background, but it’s getting better. I think that now I’ve figured out my solution. I just need to recreate my image.

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  12. Good job! There are pros and cons to both sites. I find WordPress much more user friendly. 🙂

    I agree with Mrs. Bongle.. commenting on blogger posts is a pain in the booty! I have my music/motorcycle blog there and am considering moving it.. I just don’t know how..

    Congrats!

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    • Oh it was so easy! Once I set up the site on WordPress, there was a drop-down menu. The tools link offered an import option that moved all of my posts and comments to WordPress from Blogger. While I’m keeping up the duplicate site, I’ll be importing daily.

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      • what about all your blogger followers?

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      • I think I’ll be losing them. But at this point, that’s only a little over 100 people. If I’m going to make the move, better to make it now than to wait. For a while I’ll be duplicating the sites and posting big-time links to the WordPress site. Hopefully I won’t lose too many, but either way, I think at WP I’ll have a better opportunity to grow.

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  13. Congratulations on your successful move, Marji! I’ll add your new site to my Google Reader.

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  14. I’ve never used blogger for writing my blog but I must admit I rarely comment on blogger posts because it’s such a palaver!

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