Last month, I switched from Blogger to WordPress. At the time, I was just doing what my other, better, blogger friends had done. Lemming it up, you know. I can’t even begin to tell you how glad I am that I went off that cliff though, it’s been great. WordPress is far superior to Blogger, and here’s why:
Search Engine Optimization
I know nothing about SEO. I just know that Google seems to like WordPress better than Blogger. My search “hits” are way more targeted to the demographic I want. On blogger, most of the hits to my search string were about ninjas and cats. I kid you not. Now I’m getting hits targeted towards autism, Down syndrome, and the other things that make up the bulk of my blog. This is huge. A person coming here for a picture of a ninja cat comes once and then never returns. A person coming here to learn about special needs parents will likely stay longer, subscribe, and come back.
The plugins are amazing. I used to waste SO MUCH TIME fidgeting with the look of my blog, the widgets, etc, and if you know anything about html- one tiny mistake will wreck EVERYTHING. Unless you want to mess with HTML, you’re stuck with a lame handful of widgets on Blogger, some of which don’t work at all (like when I couldn’t get my “followers” tab back up). There are plugins for email subscriptions, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc. In fact, there are over 10,000 of them for WordPress, and they’re easy to install. We are setting up a WordPress blog for Lance and he wants to add a forum. You know what? There’s a plugin for that.
The themes are great. You simply load them up, add your widgets and your set. You can have a professional looking blog in no time. Jellyfish Web, the people I used to transfer over hooked me up with Headway Theme, that I absolutely love. It’s fully customizable, and makes my blog look JUST the way I it want to.
Issues With Blogger
Blogger became more and more glitchy for me over time. Feedburner lost ALL of my subscribers, and after I took down my “followers” tab, I could never put it back up. It was frustrating beyond belief. The other problem with blogger is that they own your site. At any time, they could take it down, lock you out, etc. and you have NO recourse. That never happened to me, but I had heard of people losing their ENTIRE blog content out of nowhere and never getting it back. When you go to self hosted, you own everything on your blog.
If you’re serious about blogging, you should consider making the switch. I’ve known people who moved themselves over. Some did it without problems, some had huge issues and almost burned down their blogs. I’d like to think I’m pretty good with this sort of thing, but losing any of my content scared me to death. So I went with Jellyfish Web Services and was totally happy with them. They transferred me over a weekend (I don’t usually post on weekends) and had everything ready to go bright and early Monday morning.
First off, you have to own your domain. Mine was purchased through blogger, who went through Godaddy.com. If you’re anti-nerds kissing hoes, you can get your domain through any other party. I would really super suggest doing it all through one company. I really like Bluehost, and it’s who we did ALL of Lance’s stuff through. Your domain, including as many sub-domains you want is $2.99 a month. Unless you have a server at your house to host your own blog, you’ll need them to host for you. This runs about $5 a month, depending on which package you get. This all will set you up with emails at your domain, make it so you own your own content, etc. If you go through Jellyfish Web, they’ll walk you through all of these steps.
Jellyfish Web’s service to transfer you and get you set up depends on what package you are looking for. They’re listed here: Jelly Fish Web Pricing PackagesI went with the intermediate package because I wanted it all set up for SEO and all of the other stuff I don’t understand. That package is $149. That one also comes with Headway, which saves you $89, and is TOTALLY worth it.
I was pretty sure I could transfer myself, but not having to worry about losing stuff, getting things put where I want them, plus the additional support was totally worth the money to me. I’ve spent too much time on my blog to lose it because I’m too adhd to fully go through all of the necessary steps to do things right. The support through Jellyfish Web was awesome, they even went back and fixed crap that I broke. Plus, they installed a super great spam filter. This far surpasses any spam filter on blogger. EVER. I couldn’t allow basic comments on my other blog because I’d get SO MUCH SPAM. I get NONE now.
So there you have it. The cost for me right now is about $8 a month (bluehost has you pay in advance) and the startup to get moved over. So it’s spendy to get started, but totally TOTALLY worth it if you plan on doing this for reals.
(I was not paid by WordPress or Jellyfish Web for the content of this article. I’ve just been asked a lot why I made the move)
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