It’s been just over two months since I made the decision to move my blog from Blogger to WordPress. This was something that I knew I wanted to do for a quite some time and did so back in July with thanks to Pipdig. I knew it was right time because I felt increasingly frustrated with the limitations of Blogger and wanted more creative freedom in order to make my blog feel more like my own. Don’t get me wrong, Blogger has served me well for the last three years and even helped me to discover a secret love for basic HTML coding – I’m talking real basic! Today I thought I would share with you the pros and cons I’ve found with both Blogger and WordPress and give an update on how I found the transition.
Blogger: Pros & Cons
When I first began my blog back in April 2014, the first thing I punched into Google was “free blogging website” and up popped Blogger (previously known as Blogspot), Google’s own free platform. Blogger is excellent for those starting out and keeps everything super easy and basic but if you don’t want the simple and generic themes that come free with Blogger, then you’re going to have to purchase a template or have one custom built for you. I’ve tried both and would advise you to consider saving your pennies on something super fancy and instead opt for a pre-made template. There are some amazing and beautifully made templates out there – Pipdig has always been my go-to but Etsy is also another place to find a real gem. My main pros and cons with Blogger are: it’s free to use, easy to use and super user-friendly, minimal customisable options unless you’re a whiz with HTML coding, probably have to purchase a template elsewhere, your URL will feature .blogspot.com unless your buy a custom domain, less functionality features and widgets.
WordPress: Pros & Cons
I’m currently using wordpress.org which is slightly different to wordpress.com but nevertheless very different to Blogger. When I first had the idea to change blogging platforms I explained the difference between the two to my Dad as like going from pre-primary to middle school. He was already pretty clued-up on WordPress and thought it was the perfect time to make the switch. Like I said before, I’ve only been using WordPress now for around two months, but those two months of blogging have seemed to be more enjoyable and I’ve learned so much already. I’m LOVING the amount of new found creative freedom when it comes to the appearance and back end of my blog. I’ve started utilising Google Analytics and my statistics have rapidly increased due to the better functionality and making use of the Yoast SEO plugin. But this freedom has come at a price: first I had to purchase the Blogger to WordPress Migration package from Pipdig – best thing I’ve ever done – and then a monthly subscription to a hosting platform for my blog. Trust me when I say it will all be worth your while in the end. Now I have a beautiful design which I have customised the hell out of to make it my own, complete with widgets and more! Another reason for the big move was I wanted to have my own Shop page where readers could purchase items I’m always writing and raving about. This was made easier with the help of ShopStyle Collective, an affiliate shopping system, where I can earn a small amount from a sale if you click through an affiliate link I’ve shared – more about this here. Overall, I’m loving the experience and think I’ve felt more motivated and excited to write a lot more since the changeover.