Why I quit Blogger and moved to WordPress

Back in the days, when I started blogging, Blogger was the only platform that I knew. Before I explain why I moved from Blogger to WordPress, I must say I do not regret choosing Blogger as my first platform. This process started when a few months ago I couldn’t blog anymore…

 

1. What I wrote wasn’t actually mine

Many may not know, but legally you do not own what you do in Blogger. This kinda freaked me out, it’s like all your effort isn’t even worth to credit. That one is probably the main reason why I left this Google service.

 

2. It slowed down as it grew

As my blog grew, Blogger kept slowing and slowing… At the end, it was almost impossible to delete a draft without it crashing. The things I used to do in a minute turned into an hour task.

 

3. It repelled partnerships

Having your own domain and hosting your website is a big deal and it certainly will attract partnership. The opposite happens when the blogspot extension appears.

 

How do I know if it is time to change?

This isn’t a light-headed decision. Changing to WordPress.org requires investment (you will need to pay a hosting service and buy a domain). You shouldn’t take this step if you don’t want to make this more than a hobby. If you do want to spend some time learning and developing your project, then this is something you should consider.

 

The advantages and disavantages

Both Blogger and WordPress.org are very simple to use, unlike what others may say. Blogger wins in customization: there you can mess around with your site’s HTML. Creating a full-responsive template from scratch in WordPress is far more difficult and implies some security risks.  That’s another disavantage of WordPress: you are the responsible for maintaining your website’s security, while Google takes care of it if you use Blogger. With WordPress you have a wider range of life changing plugins that you simply do not have in Blogger. In the end, WordPress is the best choice if you are looking to be the only responsable of your blog, but be prepared to spend.

 

Can I transfer my blog from Blogger to WordPress?

Yes, you can. Keep in mind that you will loose all your previous statistics. However, you don’t necessarily have to loose your rankings. This article will help you how to switch from Blogger to WordPress without losing Google Rankings.

 

What’s the difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org?

Through this article, you read a lot about WordPress. You may wonder if I was referring to WordPress.com or if I was referring to WordPress.org, so I will answer your doubt: I have been writing about WordPress.org. While WordPress.com works as Blogger, WordPress.org is a free platform that allows you to create your own website if you host it yourself (it ends up not being free at all). It’s not worth it if you change from Blogger to WordPress.com.

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Written by Inês Elias
Near Lisbon based brunette, aspiring to be a Law student and sharing all her life changing tips and tricks with the world.