A friend told me a couple days ago that she moved her blog to a different platform that she felt was easier for her to manage. And even though I understand why she made the move, I tried convincing her to use wordpress.
Because I freakin’ love wordpress.
It’s been almost two years since I made the big jump from Blogger to self-hosted WP. And even though I’ve had a few “break it ‘till you make it” moments, I wouldn’t go back for a million bucks.
Okay, that’s a slight exaggeration. But we’ll go with it since I highly doubt anyone’s interested in paying me to switch back. I mean . . . if you are . . . call me.
There are a lot of posts on the internet about the WP vs. Blogger debate, but in case you’ve been thinking about making the switch, here’s why – in the least technical terms ever – I think you should:
All the cool kids are using it. And by that I mean me.
Google won’t own your soul content Yes, I pay for the right to own my shit. Considering Blogger (one among many of the Google owned sites) blog owners are constantly dealing with blogs being shut down from TOS violations and Spam-preventing robots, I’m happy to keep my domain and hosting fees on auto-renewal.
Post urls accessible before going live While Blogger uses some sort of format with post urls, the only way to really guarantee an accurate url is to hit publish. For anyone who’s ever worked in social media marketing or tried to schedule tweets and other post promotions early, this can be a major pain. So if marketing your site is anywhere on your to-do list, you should consider WP.
Plugins are cool. Most of what (I think) makes WP as great as it is, comes from the wide-variety of plugins that are available. Plugins help your SEO, social media impact, reduce spam, and make your blog pretty.
Ability to make your blog public and private, at the same time. On WP, you can keep adjust privacy settings on individual posts – even requiring a password to access certain material.
It’s really not that different, in the long run, especially if you hire a designer to transfer your content and set you up with a gorgeous design. While this route is considerably more expensive, it does give you the option of just focusing on content.