Blogger vs WordPress

No pretty pictures here. Just a post about blogging. So, visit me tomorrow if this isn’t your thing. 🙂

As most of you should know, I’ve recently switched from a free account at Blogger to a paid account at WordPress (that’s the new look of the site!). There are a few reasons I did this.

  1. I like the ability to be able to comment directly on your comments instead of the comment showing up at the end of the string. 
  2. I like having “blogspot” out of my URL, however, it seems I could have done this over at Blogger too. I just didn’t see (or search hard enough for) the option.
  3. I was enticed by all the comments I’ve heard about more options in the way of templates and what you can have on a page, and how WP is just more dynamic.

 Lately, I’ve been wondering if the switch was worth it.

I blog because I enjoy it. I like sharing with you and making you laugh (or maybe you’re crying, but that’s an emotion…so I’ll take it!)  Plus, you guys are the only ones that will listen to me ramble on about running. (You hear that hubs, THEY listen!) Recently my frustrations with WordPress are making my blogging less enjoyable. So, I just wanted to air my frustrations in case anyone else was thinking of making the switch.

Note: These observations are just that, observations. They are not based on any research I’ve done on pros and cons. Although, I did see some good ones out there tonight.

Blogger Pros:

  • Without any blogging experience, I was able to intuitively set up my account and make my first post without a problem.
  • Blogger constantly auto saves a draft.
  • Inserting images is insanely easy.
  • I liked having a followers list. Call me crazy, but when I see my followers comment on someone else’s blog, I think it’s awesome because I almost feel like I know them because I talk to them every day. I guess my followers list gives me more of a sense of community.
  • I liked the dashboard. It was easier for me to read your blogs through it.

Blogger Cons:

  • I wasn’t a fan of most of the templates.
  • Blogger needs more options, like to be able to subscribe to posts through email.
  • I’ve had my Blogger “new post” page go down, while everything else still worked.

 

WordPress Pros:

  • I like my theme better and the options with page layout.
  • My site hits are way up. I can’t see that this has anything to do with switching, but it’s just an observation.
  • I can see how many hits have come from a particular site (and not just that traffic came from that site).
  • Tech support seems pretty fast.
  • I have blogging friends that use WordPress, love it, and have no problems.

WordPress Cons:

  • With experience at Blogger under my belt, I had so many set up problems that I had to have a friend log in and set up part of my site.
  • Inserting images is always a problem. Several times, I’ve lost entire posts by inserting a graphic – and the posts were saved drafts.
  • WP inserts every image at the top of the post, and I have to move it to the correct spot.
  • WP inserts junk code into my posts which creates tons of formatting issues.
  • My images aren’t as large. This may or may not be a theme issue.
  • I had to contact WP support because images wouldn’t upload. (To WP’s credit, they fixed it within a few hours with just an email from me.)

 

I did have a few friends tell me that WordPress wasn’t as intuitive as Blogger, but I didn’t think I’d have this many issues. It’s frustrating.

Have any of you had experience with both Blogger and WordPress? What do you think about one or both of them? Are you having the same problems I am?

Switching back now seems like a bad decision.  You can only expect your readers to flip flop so many times, but I can’t say that I’m not tempted.

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  1. These are good to know. I haven’t thought about switching because I’m just getting used to blogger, but the commenting to specific posts is definitely something I’d like to be able to do.

    How do you point the domain from blogger to a different site??

    How much does wordpress cost? And if you’d prefer…you can email me if you don’t want to public comment on that. 🙂

  2. 13point1miles

    I used to blog religiously on blogger. I absolutely loved it… until I switched to wordpress. I feel like they have a MUCH better interface for posting. It seems much more powerful too. I love how easy they make it to link to pictures online so you don’t have to always upload them. WordPress also makes it really easy to preview your post and even develop your post in preview mode. Blogger was a little more annoying. Also, one thing I LOVE is that WordPress has an iPhone app. It is a little buggy, but it definitely gets the job done. I say give it just a little more time and you will LOVE wordpress.

    I do agree about the followers though! I loved how blogger did that.

    I hope you are figuring things out! I am no expert, but if you need any help, let me know!

  3. KNed

    You know my recomendations, but I think you’re at a Whole. Other. Level. now. 🙂

    WordPress has a classier name and the removal of .blogspot make it seem like you’re very serious about this. Like you’re saying “I had to get my own server setup just to handle my site’s traffic” or something.

    I’m sure you’ll get used to it and be a whiz. But if you find you’re not posting as much because it’s a hassle, go back.

    • Oh, a little Coach Hines in there for me. I like it! And I think you’re right. I just really miss my little followers widget. It made me feel special. 🙂

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  5. I absolutely hate blogging from the wordpress site. The platform I love better than Blogger, but actually writing a post on the wordpress site makes me soooo frustrated. Until I discovered Windows Live Writer. If you don’t use it already, PLEASE download it. It’s free, and similar to microsoft word. You draft your post in that, and then publish – all without even being in WordPress. Godsend, I’m telling ya! It will definitely save your sanity

  6. LoriV. (For the Run of It)

    I have the most experience with Blogger. I started my blog there, but have looked around at WP a few times just to see what I was missing because I have read about great experiences with it. I, for one, though it would be over my head when Blogger was so easy to use–I’m not a techie. I did purchase my domain name and still use Blogger. Even that was super easy. I’m sorry you’re not glad you switched. Maybe it’ll just take time, or maybe you’re just a Blogger. Good luck with it all.

    I do like the comment format on WP. I keep thinking it’s only a matter of time before Blogger comes to the party on that.

    • It’s slowly getting better now that I’ve discovered Windows Live Writer. I’m gonna stick it out and see how it goes. 🙂 But if I could go back in time, I would have purchased my domain name with Blogger. I’m sure I could still do that somehow but I don’t want another headache trying to figure out everything it takes to switch.