Part II: So You Want to Blog–WordPress or Blogger?

Okay guys I’m back. Last week I talked about flushing out why  you want to blog but this week I want to talk about the

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timeless debate between bloggers. Which platform is better–WordPress or Blogger ? Now before I go into what is my opinion answer some basic question about   your blog. Do you want to make money? Or is your intention to just express yourself? Are you interested in learning the workings of  your blog?

Now when I first started I got started on Blogger. I didn’t have a specific reason why except that I saw it was free and that’s all I needed. At first I got a free Blogger Account (www.bossygirl1980.blogger.com) but as I started reading other blogs I got “jelly” and wanted my name without the .blogspot so I paid $10 for the year to have a custom domain name, www.bossygirl1980.com. I felt so important having a website that was just for me– I was ready to go! To make sure no one else got my name on other Social Media, I went ahead and created a Facebook Page, Twitter Account,etc with my name so no one else could grab it (I’ll talk about that later).

Even though I’m not on Blogger  now, it is great for a newbie who has no clue about starting out a blog for the following reasons:

  • The platform is free (unless you buy your domain name).
  • The platform is easily integrated with programs that are part of Google: Feedburner, Google Apps,  Google Analytics, etc.
  • The email services (Gmail)  that naturally comes with it is “second to none”
  • It’s easy to navigate and has even easier templates to customize.
  • It’s newbie friendly. I was able to learn a lot of blogger design basics on this.

But just like I’m giving this to you with “no chaser” here are the cons:

  • When you blog on blogger you can own your domain but Google still owns the site.
  • Unless you use Google’s  ad network (Google Adsense) they disapprove of you selling ads on your own.
  • Quite frankly the blogs I see on blogger don’t look as good as the ones on WordPress.

I like Blogger but in January I started to get serious about running my blog like a business so I needed a platform that would allow me to do that. So I changed over from Blogger to WordPress. I was so nervous  beforehand but I knew it was time for me to “man up” and hang with the big boys. I started to google “Blogger to WordPress Migration” and was pretty confident I could do it as long as I blocked out a couple of hours of my day. So one rainy Sunday afternoon I started the process. If you opt to migrate your site over yourself then use a resource like this and several others all over YouTube and other blogs.

Since I already owned my domain name (www.bossygirl1980.com)  the first thing I did was get a hosting service since I was going to have a “self hosted” blog. I needed a hosting service that wasn’t constantly down and that was reasonable so after talking with other bloggers, I went with HostGator. Once I secured them they had a free service to transport my blog from Blogger to WordPress. It was quick (under 24 hours) and it was free.  I like my hosting company because 1.) they’re open 24 hours a day 2.) they help me with all sorts of technical problems I may have–all for free. There are other good self hosting companies  such as Blue Host but the main point is to talk to other bloggers.

Sidenote: I’ve used several designers for all of my blogs, If you need a personal recommendation from logo design to creating a website leave a comment below and I’ll forward it over to you!

Now after using WordPress for awhile here are my pros (and cons):

Pros:

  • Working in WordPress makes it easier to sell ads.
  • There are an unlimited amount of plug-ins (mini programs that add things to your blog) to make your come to life
  • Unlimited amount of templates (free and with a cost) you can choose from..
  • Darn it’s just better
  • As soon as I started working in WordPress I was able to make money easier than on Blogger

Cons:

  • Many designers charge more for servicing a WordPress site.. (who knows why)
  • It can be overwhelming to a newbie
  • I hate the constant Word Press updates
  • Most email on your Host sucks BUT many of the hosts give you tutorials on how to install Google Business Apps to have gmail customized to your site!

In the end I love that I switched over and truthfully I should of just started my blog on WordPress instead of switching over a year into blogging.  Now stay tuned to my post next week about mastering  Twitter, Facebook and Instagram!  Now all of my bloggers, which platform do you use and why?

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Written by BossyGirl1980

Here I am 32 and accidentally a mother of three, naturalista, wife, business woman, budding socialite and self proclaimed “runnergirl”. Follow me on my journey of living the fab life while trying to maintain my sanity. In 2010 I lost over 30 pounds by embracing exercise and running as a pastime. This is your place for everything it takes to be a BossyGirl .

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About BossyGirl1980

Here I am 32 and accidentally a mother of three, naturalista, wife, business woman, budding socialite and self proclaimed "runnergirl". Follow me on my journey of living the fab life while trying to maintain my sanity. In 2010 I lost over 30 pounds by embracing exercise and running as a pastime. This is your place for everything it takes to be a BossyGirl .
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5 Responses to Part II: So You Want to Blog–WordPress or Blogger?

  1. @Kreative10 says:

    I used wordpress from the beginning I didn't like that blogger you had to put your domain plus blogspot.com that was just too much for me. I like wordpress it was confusing at first but now being a blogger for almost 2 years I am use to it.

  2. Kellee says:

    Sounds like WordPress is the best! If you don't mind me asking, how much can you make blogging? Also, how do you promote your blog so people will read and comment?

  3. The SistahChick says:

    Hi BossyGirl, I was thinking about moving to wordpress, but got scared because I am not savy enough to do it myself. Are you saying that Hostgator will do it for me? yes I would like some recommendations for logo design. Great post! Thanks!

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