Friday, 1 May 2015

Why I Moved my Blog from WordPress to Blogger

I've spent hours this week fretting and punching my screen because I decided to move my blog away from WordPress to Blogger.

I didn't take the decision lightly; I've lost a lot of hard work (past views, stats, analytics) and I've also lost my blog appearance/template which I had spent a lot of time getting right. However, when WordPress decided that they wanted to charge me to upgrade my plan for the second time (an extra £30 on top of what I had already paid for the domain, the hosting, the template etc) just so that I could LiveChat with a 'Happiness Engineer' to sort out some DNS issues I just lost the plot.

WordPress allow very little customisation for free. They don't support AdSense (https://en.support.wordpress.com/advertising/) despite all the Plug Ins that are available. They don't allow custom widgets and it's very hard to edit the HTML code of your site without the whole thing falling over. To have a fully functioning, attractive and profitable site with WordPress you have to spend a ridiculous amount of money.

Blogger, on the other hand, has been a dream. I imported my content very easily and with no cost associated. I decided that I would also switch my domain from Wild West to Go Daddy (their account management control is much better) and so my blog went down for a few days whilst the transition happened. There are still ongoing issues (waiting for browsers to cache so that I can view my own site at the moment!) but even despite these issues Blogger has been a dream. I can integrate my admin console with Google Analytics which provides invaluable insight into my readers. I can run polls and I can create slideshows in seconds; in general Blogger provides a richer and much more interactive relationship with my followers.

It's very easy to insert HTML into your page. It's also easy to upload photos and provide people with a way to comment and subscribe. I have lost a huge amount of followers (they don't transition across from WordPress) but I am happier with the freedom I've gained with Blogger and I'm confident that I've made the right decision.

I'm not happy with the way my site looks right now and I still have a lot of tweaking to do with regards to rendering, mobile compatibility and themes but I ask you to bear with me while I make these changes. It will be a much better site when I manage to get it configured the way I want it, thank you for the support!
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