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…

nextblog[1]
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]

23 thoughts on “That’s why I’m moving from Blogger to WordPress

  1. plz if u can guide me how to protect my blog from sapam
    coz i make all posts by myself how can they block my blog as spam
    plz if u have any information guide me
    and may i know your personal email
    i will be thankful to you.

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    1. I think I’ll need to know more info about your blog. My personal email & all my contacts at the bottom of this page under “connect with me”

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  2. well all u say is correct
    now also blogger start to through ur blog with spam but what can we do everything is in their hand
    but when we talk about wordpress its very difficult to controll
    especial their pluginns for everything
    i can’t understand wordpress

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    1. Talking about blogger and spam, I recommend you hide your emails & install plugins for the comment system instead of blogger one. You should give WordPress another try, with all these plugins there you have all the options that you need to make your blog look very similar to a real website. Also you can find many plugins to protect or reduce the amount of spam you keep getting.

      Let me know if there’s anything you don’t understand in WordPress & I’ll do my best to help you 🙂

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  3. Yeah, all the best customers, the serious people who have been with the service from the beginning, are leaving. They’re hurting their core to serve the casual users.

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    1. I totally agree with you Kirstin, I’m really sad that they have changed their policies and started to act like a devil to their loyal users. But really people should consider this move.

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  4. How hard is it to change over anyway? To move over the existing material, set up an account, etc?

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    1. it’s not hard at all .. It’s like importing & exporting .. but if you are talking about the hosted one, it has another steps but also easy 🙂 let me know if you need any help

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  5. This post is all about blogger being bad.
    Yet you turn towards wordpress.

    I made wordpress custom template with translated language in couple of years now.
    Afterwards that version had found out serious security issues and web sercvice provider made changes so that wp broke.
    So after trying to update the wp 5 times it failed to work 100% like before. Also the image manager went totally wrong direction and is not possible to use by user that is not computer geeg.
    Still wp is full of (new) security issues and you have to update it often. So it’s not possible to use personal template / löanguage because it will broke.
    So changing from bad to worse is not what i say progress.

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  6. I actually saw this linked from the Blogger Buzz post, but anyway I will get to the point.
    I understand where you are coming from. I have been with Blogger since 2000, but I decided to actually move my main blog and website from Blogger to WordPress last year. I have never been happier.

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    1. It’s the same here Jayel; since I moved to WordPress I didn’t miss Blogger at all. Thanks a lot Jayel for passing by my blog 😉

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  7. Frankly, as a newbie, I found WordPress much simpler and with much better management features already installed. Blogger has been a complete pain for me, but there is no income building opportunity at WordPress. So if you want to be more than just a casual user, you have to go someplace like this.

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  8. can understand your frustration with blogger, but almost all of the things you mentioned are completely avoidable.
    For instance you didn’t like the nav bar, many people including myself don’t either…so remove it. I haven’t had a nav bar on mine for years.
    As far as the amazon integration I don’t know what to tell you. It didn’t effect how your blog operates and there are plenty of people making money with that. If it doesn’t apply..let it fly!
    FTP and Page Creator users took up such a small percentage of the user I don’t blame them for shutting it down. It didn’t happen over night, and all user got notification months in advance, including emails and notifications in the dashboard.
    Lastly, you talked about the new pages and coding. I welcome the change but again no one is forcing anyone to change. I personally read a blog that has had the same layout going on 10 years. He hasn’t had to change or update or anything. As far as coding changes, learn them. It’s not hard and there is nothing you can do on wordpress than you can’t do on blogger.
    Sorry to see you leave blogger, but good luck “trying” to enjoy wordpress.

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    1. Thx Sozo for your comment 🙂 speaking about the navbar, actually you can’t remove it without adding couple of javascripts which is not good for non-advanced users. The FTP is essential if people want to upload videos, modify or backup they posts and it’s an option that must be exist today. Being limited in your choices is not the right way while everything else is going open source. I don’t like to wake up in the morning and find that a feature or a specific module is gone because Blogger wants this; instead with WordPress you are controlling what to keep & what to remove because YOU have the system hosted on your server & YOU have a complete access to your files where you can modify even the admin area if you want to. Regardless of all these plugins that you can install & modify too, you still can make a lot with your wordpress the same thing as if you have a complete website. What made me frustrated with blogger is they don’t actually support their product, they add minor feature every 3 years & they want us to cheer & be happy. It’s kind of a closed system & they are celebrating after 10 years that they became exactly like everybody else is and also with less features I am really frustrated!

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      1. I understand your frustration, there have been times when I’ve shared it. Something didn’t work right, etc. Google period, offers little support for their products, a few message boards etc that are only crowd sourced.
        Good luck with you new blog, and your new bill for hosting.
        Ps. Just to clarify the nav bar is removed with a simple line of code, not a couple of javascripts. A newbie can copy and paste it.

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        1. The hosting is very cheap & anyone can create a wordpress.com blog if he doesn’t have a hosting thx again!

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  9. Well, forceful reasoning here. what I don’t really understand is that why has blogspot put in a link for your blog in one of their posts. Maybe they want everyone to move to WordPress.
    Newsduniya.

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    1. I guess so 😀 loll no they blogspot or blogger used to show the mentions aka “Trackback” of their posts on any other blog or website so probably you find my link there because I mentioned too many posts from their blog to address my case here 🙂 so I think I’m lucky you payed me this visit welcome & thx for the comment

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  10. hi!
    I would love if you can reccomend how I can move my blogger site in full content over to wordpress!!!
    I wish I could figure it out!
    any tips…or I can call wordpress…
    huge thanks.
    thayer

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    1. Hi Thayer, my friend Amit wrote a great tutorial on how to move your Blogger content to WordPress without losing your data or comments; hope that helps 🙂 gd luck

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  11. Hi, I was digging around on Blogger, trying to decide on a hosting site for a new blog that a friend and I are starting and came across your post about moving to WordPress. As a long time blog writer, I was wondering if you might be able to make a suggestion for me.

    Our blog will be primarily used as a tv blog that responds to new episodes on a daily basis with banter between the two of us (and any people willing to join in and comment). We will need to be able to file discussions by the date of the show as well as by the title of the show. Also, we’d like to be able to see the comments/posts without clicking a link to them.

    After looking at the 3 biggest blog hosts I could find, I’ve ran into a few things:

    It looks like Tumblr usually has the comments hidden, as well as being less customizable and more for “tweet-like” posts, pictures, etc.

    It looks like Blogger has a lot of ads and spam issues. However, most everything is free there.

    WordPress looks great as far as tracking down who is reading your site, but the customization is minimal without paying for a premium contract (or whatever they call it). Right now, we’re not at the point where paying is an option.

    Got any opinions as to where the best home for us would be?
    Thanks for reading.

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    1. Hi Amata, thx for joining the conversation 🙂 well, according to your blog description I think you’ll need more features and options to be able to achieve what you are looking for in your blog. Tumblr is like Posterous where you can’t count on for heavy posts or for building a community or VBlog (Video blog); simply they are just for sharing small amount of text, images, .. etc just like tweeting; they are another micro-blogging engines.

      If you want to have many options & be able to manage most of the features, layouts, traffic .. etc then you should think of using either WordPress.com (free version) as a start; or the hosted version WordPress.org (small fees for hosting & domain name). The 2nd option is to use Blogger which is free but it’s not easy to modify the layout or create flexible pages into it; you’ll find some limitations and it’ll not act as a complete or professional website/blog.

      WordPress is a good option for startups because it’s flexible & there’re a lot of plugins that add even more options to it. Also you can edit & modify the pages template freely as if it’s a real website with proper brand.

      I hope that helps somehow and let me know if you need a help in the hosting thing keep me posted!

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  12. You are misunderstand something I guess WordPress has all of this, I’m talking about the hosted blog of course. If you are planning to take your blog seriously you should really consider moving on .. most of the sites you are checking daily are self hosted & powered by WordPress let me know if you need more info

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