Most of us, blogger uses the Blogger to start a blog because it is easy and cheap. We can always start running a blog without using any penny and back then we have lots of template tutorial or blogskin to choose from.
Previously I don’t ever remember myself trying to learn anything in Blogger, everything is so easy as you just need to write and publish as we already have a domain when we first setup as Blogger. I was comfortable there, not going to lie. I was in Blogger since 2009, hell if I am not I won’t be staying there for straight seven years.
That is why, back then I never thought of changing my blogging platform.
So why I actually moved from Blogger to WordPress?
The Reasons I Moved from Blogger to WordPress
Blogger Login Mail is Not Mine
Firstly, the main reason I hated my blog in blogger because of the mailing address they used was not mine. And I was not happy at all. I didn’t know what happen actually. We will normally used google account to login to blogger.com, I used my yahoo account to login to google. Back then I don’t have a gmail account which was my mistake because did you know gmail and google account actually linked?
When my mom uses my laptop and she created a new gmail account which was for her office e-mailing address, and straight after that, her email address was already link with my google and blogger account. I still can login to my google account using my yahoo email, but soon I detected my primary email address in blogger was my mom email address and I could not change that.
You know I can still write but when I commented on someone post, it linked to the google account and automatically they used the primary email address for any follow up reply. And seriously I hate to see that.
Terrible Blogger Commenting System
Did any of you like the blogger commenting system? It sucks to me. When I am replying and publish my reply to the commenter, the page will refresh and I am taking extra time to wait for the page to load again just to reply comment.
When I saw lots of blogger started using Disqus, and I love how Disqus works so without further ado I created a Disqus commenting system for my blog. But it didn’t work. To be precise, Disqus didn’t properly sync my old comment to my Disqus. So again I was stuck in Blogger comment system.
Ugly Blogger Dashboard
When did Blogger changes it dashboard to a new one? God I don’t want to remember that. Seriously it looks horrible.
Missing Draft Post
Blogger new dashboard was literally already making me sick, then you know I was so angry when Blogger did not save my draft post. After all that hardwork of writing, the hour I spent to actually focus on my post, I remembered hitting that save button before closing the tab, the next day, the draft post was gone. Fuck that.
All of the reasons above may be due to my personal reasons, but after a deeper and more serious read I had, I have made the decision to moved to WordPress. So these are the real reasons I moved from Blogger to WordPress and why you should switch to WordPress.
Full Control Over Your Blog
After being tremendously frustrated over all the reasons above, then Erin posted about WordPress. I never actually learn and read what and how WordPress work. So I spend my time on reading and understanding about WordPress. Upon that I knew I wanted to change to WordPress so badly.
Primary because I know that I actually own my website. All content in Blogger is actually run by google. google has the right to take down your blog at any time. That scare me like shit. God knows if something happen, I won’t be able to save my precious blog.
In WordPress you will control and build everything which I think it gives personal satisfactory to myself. Seriously now I feel like I am working on my own workspace.
WordPress theme are so beautiful. They have lots of design option you can choose from. But of course the paid themes are more eye-catching to me. When I stumble upon a WordPress blog, I really love how it looked so professional and pretty!
Easy and More Functions
Since we have to handle everything on our own, WordPress provides more option in term of handling your blog. We can choose our own self-hosted platform depend on our own needs. There are also tons of plugins to choose from.
Plugins make it easier for us to handle our blog. When I was in Blogger, there a lots of thing I want to add in my blog, though there are tutorials, but it wasn’t as easy if you don’t have a good knowledge in the coding. Everything I need is there in WordPress. Easy and fast. Each of my problems was easily solved (read my previous post) thanks to the tutorial and plugins!
By having a SEO plugins, trust me it is a good way you can have a better search ranking. When your post have a higher grade in the SEO, the chances your post come up first in the search ranking (you know when people search for something on the net like ‘Favourite Movie to Watch’, it will be in the top of the search engine), so this is a great way to build up your traffic.
That is the reasons why I moved from Blogger to WordPress. Of course you can choose which platform to blog, that is your choice. But, personally I think you can grow your blog faster in WordPress (of course with lots of effort) and you won’t be regreting at all. I regretted not moving to WordPress earlier.
If you are serious about blogging (I mean if you don’t mind spending lots of money to be self-hosted and paid theme), I think WordPress is a best option over Blogger.
Share with me which platform have you used? And the reasons why you switched?