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WordPress vs. Blogger

screaming womanOkay, so WordPress isn’t as easy as Blogger. Yeah…I figured that last year when I started my blog, that’s why I went with Blogger to begin with. It’s a template, so you just type in your posts, upload your videos or photos, add on widgets by clicking a couple of buttons in settings, make it pretty with a third party application by clicking one button and you are in business!  WordPress, not so.

If you notice the huge gap in dates here it’s because I was busy familiarizing myself with WordPress. I gave up and decided to hire Jerry Levenger. He took care of my 2 week frustration in 3 days!!

Now I’m back on my own. There are still things to learn and so little time to do so….aaarragh! Between homeschooling, clients, radio show and feeding kids (breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner! A huge job by itself!) I am now learning WordPress;  plugins, html, ftp, permalinks…I just wanted a neat blog connected to my website….sigh!

Everyone says WordPress is so much better than Blogger. Maybe in terms of is functionality but definitely not it’s user-ability.  So far I’m thinking; if it’s not user-friendly what do I care about it’s many functions!

Fortunately, I’m always open to learning new things.  I’ll say the jury is still out.


To Our Mutual Success, Lady T



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    • Lady T
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      I have a free report that I’m giving out to all moms, but it won’t be ready until 10/31. Thanks for asking. A lot of people are waiting so the pressure is on!

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  • Savannah
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  • Lady T
    October 4, 2009 at 11:30 pm

    You’re right Mike, I’m a writer not a geeky programmer. I’m discovering that I’m going to have to “get geeky with it.” ROFLOL! Sometimes I crack myself up!

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  • Mike Clough
    October 4, 2009 at 11:09 am

    I see you are using the self-hosted version of WordPress. Was Your experience with Blogger on self hosted (I am not sure if there is such a thing) or Google hosted?

    The reason I ask is because several years ago I had a Google hosted blog on Blogger and when I started a new blog (http://bestbizpractices.org) this year, I chose WordPress.com. It was much easier to use than blogger was (although they were years apart). Due to high traffic and the desire for feature not available with WordPress.com, I am now moving to a self-hosted version of WordPress.

    Not being a programmer, like you, I had real problems getting it set up. I had to hire someone to help. However, once set-up I do think I will like the self hosted version much better than WordPress.com.

    Since my experience with Blogger is several years ago, I will leave the comparison between Blogger and WordPress to those that have recent experience. However, I will point out out that there is a big difference in WordPress.com and the self hosted version of WordPress (WordPress.org).

    I can’t imagine anything in blogging software to be easier than WordPress.com. Anyone can be up and running with their first post online for the public to see in about 15-20 minutes. It has 15-20 free Widgets (plug-ins)to add certain functions. It also has dozens of free themes, many that are very attractive! For a fee of just $10/year, you can even use your own domain name rather than http://username.wordpress.com. Software updates are made for you automatically and new “widgets” are added from time to time that you may choose to add to your theme. It even allows for limited customization.

    On the other hand, WordPress.org (the free self hosted version of WordPress) has thousands of themes and plug-ins (widgets – I think about 6,000). SEO is much easier than with WP.com. It has email as well. You also enjoy unlimited customization. The trade-off is that because it is self hosted, you have to install the software & plug-ins and maintain & update it all yourself. If you are not a programmer or geek, this can be confusing and annoying. In fact, my advice is to plan on hiring help. After all, if you are like me, you are a writer and not a programmer.

    All in all, I do think WP.org is a better solution than WP.com for the serious blogger. But you need to be prepared to invest $100-$150 to get someone to install it for you and move your content. Hosting is usually less than $10/month depending on where you host it. However, if you are a hobby blogger, I would recommend going with WP.com and let them do all of the heavy lifting.

    Just one man’s opinion, but one I respect. 🙂

    Mike Clough
    http://bestbizpractices.org
    http://twitter.com/bestbizpractice

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