That’s why I’m moving from Blogger to WordPress

First, I’d like to thank Blogger Team for their ongoing efforts in making blogging very easy for non-advanced users; I must admit that you are really doing a good job and wishing you all the best.” from an advanced blogger user.

Blogger was my first web application & word I used to mention to my friends while describing the new hype – at that time – which called Blog or Web log. I’ve really enjoyed playing with Blogger Templates, Widgets, & code tweaks. I have good memories while trying to create most of my blogs for myself & for companies I’ve worked for. That’s a big history & many years of my lifetime 🙂

So the question here is why I’m leaving blogger and moving to WordPress? Well, through the past years, I became more experienced in web design, knowing HTML, CSS, Usability, Widgets, designing multiple sites … etc all of this made me feel like I need more space & freedom in customizing my sites or blogs.

Blogger is really good for beginner & mid-experienced users who are looking for a good blogging tool to help them setting up their blogs quickly, easily & freely. However in order to be noticed among the crowed, looking for more advanced, customizable, & professional tool; then WordPress is the right answer for you.

I was using both WordPress & Blogger at the same time for a while; until things started to change recently in Blogger policies & plans.

Back in October 23, 2009 Blogger turned 10 years old and the guys was really happy of what they’ve achieved so far asking users about their feedbacks & their ideas for what to be next. Well, by looking at what WordPress has already; doesn’t make me feel the same way Blogger team felt. How come a big company with a big team can’t do what open source developers, programmers, & fans did?
Blogging tool is essential for everyone now either companies or individuals so how come? .. Wondering which features I’m talking about? .. let’s dig it together by dates & you judge it yourself.

October 30, 2009 – New Transparent Navbar Styles

Well, is this the wow improvements that we should dedicate a whole post for?! (notice that this update has come after 10 years of inventing Blogger!) .. navbartransparentdark[1] even though it’s not really full customized; I still can’t modify the links or add mine.   navbartransparentlight[1]Furthermore I can’t even choose its color or hide it – unless you add couple of javascript code of course. WordPress is all about “Making your own style”

November 10, 2009 – Coming up Next…

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Again another Navbar update which I found it’s really meaningless. The new update is a new link called “Next Blog” that will take you to a “random blog”, written by a “random blogger”!! Now everyone will go away from your blog to another or maybe a better one & you’ve lost all the attention! Does it make sense to you? .. “We’ve made the Next Blog link more useful, by taking you to a blog that you might like” blogger response. Is this the major update or feature that I’m looking for? not to mention the hell of missing integrations, bugs & buggy widgets people are suffering from all the time??? .. weird!

December 16, 2009 – Blogger integrates with Amazon Associates

Of course that’s a good integration for Amazon users and of course money is important indeed but this has nothing to do with Blogger engine itself although it’s a good addition but didn’t affect the blogging process itself in a way or another. I didn’t use it myself.

After this a big disaster has been announced .. Really a disaster for all FTP users
January 22, 2010 –  FTP publishing will no longer be supported in Blogger after March 26, 2010

I really can’t describe how it sounded when the users wakeup in the morning on this news to find out that most of their pages & old posts will no longer be available and that they can’t use their FTP anymore .. Check yourself users backfiring Blogger; very sad situation leaving all those non-advanced users lost without right answers or support. (note that we are talking about non-advanced users)

February 03, 2010 – Google Page Creator shutdown may affect your blog

Again as if stopping the FTP publishing is not enough, another announcement of shutting down the page creator service which makes me wonder should I use Google services right away or wait another year to make sure that they are still exist? .. think of it.

February 03, 2010 – Create Pages in Blogger

contactpage[1]Finally we have something we were waiting for long time.  Now we can create pages in blogger. Although it looks similar to a one post page, but better than nothing.
I’ve looked into the code trying to customize my pages but wow .. the code has been changed a lot and the result wasn’t what I’m looking for, which made me feel like “okay! I’ll accept what I have for now“ .. totally sad 🙁

Last Upgrade: March 11, 2010 – Express yourself with the Blogger Template Designer

Blogger released a full customizable templates and complete makeover for their template designer. With new sets of photos and layouts it’s really impressive and definitely considered as a good step in “becoming” customizable like what WordPress already is decades ago 🙂 *big smile*
Now after playing with the new revamped blogger designer and layouts I felt it’s time to start designing a new interface for my blogs according to this new upgrade .. but thinking for a while, I don’t want to build on unstable environment where things can/can’t exist for long without my permission .. I wanted to control what to keep and what to hide.

So I made my decision and now I believe it’s time to move to WordPress. It acts like a complete website, hosted on my servers, customized using any version of CSS, upgrading/not upgrading it’s up to you, everything is supported, collaborations, integration & social community is enabled, you don’t have to have a Gmail account in order to use it … plenty of features that make you think, I should start building my empire on a stable land – Open Source

Thanks Blogger for all the good memories; but I’ve rested my case.[blockquote]Currently working on my new WordPress blog 🙂 **bigger smile than the previous one**[/blockquote]

IMIDOS .. A New Startup!

You really can’t imagine how much I’m so happy – and tired 🙂 – while I’m writing this post to give you a small update of what I’ve been lately busy with.

As I mentioned in my previous post that one of my dreams was to open my small design studio in town and not like other traditional companies or design houses; I really wanted to make it different in many aspects; starting from the way we manage the work, how we deal with our clients, teams, etc… to the way we can be helpful and trustworthy to our clients and community, first of all.

So let me introduce our new startup very quickly and the idea behind it ..Untitled-1

IMIDOS .. (emy-doz) is a very fresh small creative studio that has just started officially operating by January 2010. We do Web, Graphics & Multimedia Design artworks for both companies and individuals; in addition to, developing our internal projects and applications. Also we provide Certified Translation services to our clients in multiple fields like financial, legal, commercial … etc. all under one roof.

The idea behind IMIDOS is not only doing design & translation work, that’s a first step, but we are looking forward to building a local & global community, by sharing ideas and joining forces to help other startups and individuals in achieving their goals. We want to know people and their skills & ideas, connect with them and give them a chance to engage & participate in new development projects and invest their time & skills into something that’s useful for them & their communities in different areas.

IMIDOS is still young but we believe that we must have a role in making our community and the world a better place; and will actively work to support this principal in everything that we do.

We are working hard to put everything into progress, and as I mentioned in my previous post that you can connect with us, share your ideas, and participate in person anytime and be sure that we will support you as we can.

Soon, we will have our blog online where you can get our updates and also you will find us on most of social community websites to make it easier for you to reach us anywhere & at anytime.

If you have any question, please refer to our contacts info on our website: www.imidos.com

It’s time to move on!

It took me so long to write down this post & to get to this point. I had to spend about 7 years from my lifetime before achieving one of my dreams 🙂 yeah .. long enough!

In fact, I’d like to tell you the whole story to let other people learn from this; hoping that one day someone out there can do what I couldn’t do through my life.

So again .. What’s it all about? .. *quickly!*

Well, since I was in college I was so passionate about opening my own business – Creative Design Studio – and taking a good place in the market in/outside my country Egypt. Not for the sake of opening a new business, but to be able to create a successful & a healthy live example of how I see the business should look like as an important part of a person’s life, while providing my clients with really good services and real solutions for their problems.

In the past 7 years I was analyzing the market, checking & participating in building websites, visiting exhibitions, reading books, … until I got the complete picture of what exactly I want to do & what kind of projects I want to make.

That made me think of a way to share the whole experience with as many people as I can to give the idea more creditability and to make a real live example of how a small opportunity or an idea can be improved and implemented to get bigger and gain success.

I’m going to post more details about it and you will have the opportunity to participate and interact by your comments, feedbacks, sharing ideas, taking notes & even participate in person if you want to.

You’ll be able to see the progress through all phases of the projects while highlighting faults, success key points, measures, statistics, plans, documents, etc so you’ll get into the whole experience as if you are already building it.

I know it’s not an ordinary idea of building a business but I completely believe that this experiment will get to many people and will achieve its goal which is helping other startups to find their way in their business fields.

Please feel free to spread the idea and share it with your friends, co-workers or whoever could possibly be interested in learning from a startup guy starting his own business 🙂

It’s never to late to follow your dreams; & it’s time to move on! 😉

My lifetime fault…

I’m not sure why I’m just confused. Maybe because my dream is too big? But who cares; dreams should be big anyway. Something keeps me away from things I love. I just hate the feeling of doing nothing because something else just came up with no real reason.

My only problem is that I’m helping everyone out there except myself; I totally forget myself and my dreams. I know that helping people is a good thing of course but I feel that overloading myself while totally forgetting my life and my dreams, is something wrong on the long run & not healthy.

It’s okay to say “NO” or “I can’t help!” sometimes. I keep delaying my stuff for the sake of helping other people. It’s just me; I can’t say no to anybody asking for my help.

Could you believe that I’ve been in my career for more than 6 years and I still don’t have even an online portfolio?! 🙂 I just don’t have the time to spend on what I really like or create something for myself.

I’m not saying that I’ll be selfish but what I need is more space & time for myself, my girlfriend, my family, my career & my future life.

Yes … I must admit it. It’s my lifetime fault. I should invest sometime using my skills in creating my future. I think nothing is wrong with that, what do you think? Do you have the same feeling?

PS. Don’t Forget Yourself … It’s time to say NO! … & People should respect that.

Back again :)

I know it’s been loooooong time since I wrote my last post; but as I was saying I was reinventing my old wheels to start a new phase of my life with new theme, concepts & ideas to continue my life with new spirits & challenges.

I just want to highlight that my blog here is not a technical or providing a la up2date news for readers, it’s just my personal blog where I’d share my personal thoughts & life progress with my friends and whoever are interested in keeping in touch with me that I may “It’d be pleasure” inspire my reader to something he probably was thinking about or looking for.

To find more Technology or Design useful links, you can follow me on my other stream here Geeee Online

For this blog I’ll start updating it & start writing on more topics to encourage myself to go further in my busy life ..

Sorry about this but as you may know … It’s me .. It’s the way I am 😉