Switching to Wordpress

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Hello Warriors,
I wanted to get your opinion on this. I have about three blogs with google blogger, but I have been hearing from a few people that Wordpress is a much better option than blogger. What do you think? And if wordpress is a much better option, why do you think so? Would really appreciate all the help I can get, thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author themdd
    Once you get started with WordPress you won't go back.

    WordPress is pretty much limitless with what you want to do. Whether you want super simple onsite SEO with Yoast SEO or want to build awesome landing pages with OptimizePress - you can't go wrong.
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    • Profile picture of the author twranks
      Thanks for the information so far. Do you think it will be easy to design a WP blog?
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      • Profile picture of the author blackli0n
        Originally Posted by twranks View Post

        Thanks for the information so far. Do you think it will be easy to design a WP blog?
        It'll be easy because there are so many well-designed Wordpress themes available for free that are easily customizable.
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      • Profile picture of the author themubeen
        You can find a lot of free themes on the internet. Or hire someone to help you.
        But believe me wordpress is too good as compare to Google Blogger.
        Originally Posted by twranks View Post

        Thanks for the information so far. Do you think it will be easy to design a WP blog?
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      • Profile picture of the author preets
        Originally Posted by twranks View Post

        Thanks for the information so far. Do you think it will be easy to design a WP blog?
        Yes , it is very easy to build a wordpress blog . Lots of theme available and tutorials available online and if you already making bloggers blog then I think you can do it easily. PM me if you need any help .
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      • Profile picture of the author spearce000
        Originally Posted by twranks View Post

        Thanks for the information so far. Do you think it will be easy to design a WP blog?
        Yes, very. There are lots of themes (templates) out there some free, some paid for and some premium themes being given away in the War Room. You can also create your own theme for free using Lubith Wordpress Theme Generator, Editor, Template Creator - Lubith.com (not an affiliate link).

        As others have said, it's best to have the blog on your own domain and hosting account.
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    • Profile picture of the author kpmedia
      Originally Posted by themdd View Post

      WordPress is pretty much limitless
      Yeah, not really. Excellent platform, yes.
      But it has very obvious limits in certain areas -- ecommerce, social/forums, specialty sites.
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      • Profile picture of the author JudeBanks
        I made the switch to WordPress a few years and haven't looked back. I found it hard at first, but worth it in the end.

        I have a love-hate relationship with plugins. Some of them can seriously mess up your site when developers don't keep them updated, or they are not compatible with your favorite themes or hosting.

        To manage WordPress, it helps to have basic html/css knowledge.

        As for ranking in search engines, that has more to do with applying good SEO -search engine optimization - strategies, leveraging your keywords to get high rankings, and writing quality content.
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  • Profile picture of the author BreakTheSec
    I think Blogger is best if you know how to customize it in a proper way.
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    Why Wordpress over Blogger? Simple. Google can and does frequently suspend Blogger blogs. You can lose your entire website and all articles if you don't have a backup in a second. If you have your own domain and blog hosted on a hosting service, you are less likely to lose your web property, unless you spam your domain and get complaints to your host or registrar.
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    • Profile picture of the author twranks
      Originally Posted by sbucciarel View Post

      Why Wordpress over Blogger? Simple. Google can and does frequently suspend Blogger blogs. You can lose your entire website and all articles if you don't have a backup in a second. If you have your own domain and blog hosted on a hosting service, you are less likely to lose your web property, unless you spam your domain and get complaints to your host or registrar.
      What about the perks which blogger has such as PPC ads (google adsense) and opt-in lists? Does WP provide that as well?
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      • Profile picture of the author AnniePot
        I don't think you understand that Wordpress comes in two 'flavors'. Wordpress.com and Wordpress.org.

        Wordpress.com has very little difference to Google Blogger, just like Blogger, you can find your site taken down at any time.

        Professionals use Wordpress.org and this is the version you need if you wish to become totally self-reliant.
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        • Profile picture of the author twranks
          Originally Posted by AnniePot View Post

          I don't think you understand that Wordpress comes in two 'flavors'. Wordpress.com and Wordpress.org.

          Wordpress.com has very little difference to Google Blogger, just like Blogger, you can find your site taken down at any time.

          Professionals use Wordpress.org and this is the version you need if you wish to become totally self-reliant.

          I like your use of the word "flavours". And you are right about me not knowing that there is a HUGE difference between Wordpress.com and wordpress.org. Thanks for that heads up. I think I will switch to wordpress and say bye bye to blogger for now
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      • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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        Originally Posted by twranks View Post

        What about the perks which blogger has such as PPC ads (google adsense) and opt-in lists? Does WP provide that as well?
        I'm talking about a self hosted Wordpress blog on your domain and your host, not the free Wordpress hosted blogs. What good are web properties that you don't own and control. You can, and many people do, put Adsense on self hosted Wordpress blogs. They also have autoresponders that they use with them. Those "perks" don't mean jack when Google shuts your blog down on a whim.
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        • Profile picture of the author DoubleOhDave
          Originally Posted by sbucciarel View Post

          I'm talking about a self hosted Wordpress blog on your domain and your host, not the free Wordpress hosted blogs. What good are web properties that you don't own and control. You can, and many people do, put Adsense on self hosted Wordpress blogs. They also have autoresponders that they use with them. Those "perks" don't mean jack when Google shuts your blog down on a whim.
          Interesting, Suzanne - almost everyone offers this advice on the forum - and I have agreed. However, lately I have begun to think differently.

          With a self hosted domain, it will cost hosting etc. If it's a first foray into a niche, it may fail and end up costly. If Google don't like it, it may well end up at the bottom of the pile anyway. So, maybe there is a place for Blogger/Wordpress.com in the Blogosphere?

          I think sometimes we forget how non-IMers perceive Blogger blogs. They seem like a personal blog (with the inherent trust factor when the blog has been treated correctly) whereas .com's can seem a little impersonal sometimes.

          Having started on Blogger, I also found that traffic came easier from people who found my blog through Google. On my first blog, which was about my start in freelance writing, I had two subscribers to the blog after only one post! Something I have never been able to replicate on any self hosted blog.

          Granted, I see the validity in having self hosted sites, but I think we dismiss free sites too readily sometimes.

          What do you think?
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          • Profile picture of the author twranks
            Originally Posted by DoubleOhDave View Post

            On my first blog, which was about my start in freelance writing, I had two subscribers to the blog after only one post! Something I have never been able to replicate on any self hosted blog.
            You definitely had some really useful content on you blog. I think two followers after one post is very far fetched for most people... myself included
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            • Profile picture of the author figuringmoneyout
              Wordpress has a higher learning curve than Blogger. But if you have the time and patience to learn about it then it can do much more than Blogger. It's open source software so it's constantly being improved and new things are being created for it which is better than Blogger that is run by one company (although a crazy awesome tech company).

              I use Wordpress and love it and recommend it for bloggers even though it can be overwhelming at first. It gives you so many more possibilities for the future and a lot of major sites are run on Wordpress!
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            • Profile picture of the author DoubleOhDave
              Originally Posted by twranks View Post

              You definitely had some really useful content on you blog. I think two followers after one post is very far fetched for most people... myself included
              Not sure what you meant "far fetched" to mean, but I am not exaggerating. I didn't keep up with the blog - it was back before I knew any better and shortly afterwards I started with Wordpress.org.

              However as Alexa pointed out to me - it's much more likely that this was just a coincidence and not something that would have continued.

              I am by no means an expert in this area - probably my main talent would be writing. I have a nuts and bolts idea about other stuff, but anything to do with blogs and traffic that comes from my mouth should be treated as conversation rather than advice (unless it's to do with what's a good plugin to do X, or how to get a good theme free etc.)..
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  • Profile picture of the author karolk
    WP is generally better. But there's also the thing whether you want to self-host the blog on your own domain - like mine at newinternetorder.com (it's WordPress), or do you want to have it hosted on wordpress.com?

    The first option does require some minor investments (hosting and domain), and some skill when installing the thing.
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    • Profile picture of the author twranks
      Originally Posted by karolk View Post

      WP is generally better. But there's also the thing whether you want to self-host the blog on your own domain - like mine at newinternetorder.com (it's WordPress), or do you want to have it hosted on wordpress.com?

      The first option does require some minor investments (hosting and domain), and some skill when installing the thing.
      Does Wordpress insist that you buy hosting for your blog? Or is it just generally advisable that u get hosting when using WP?
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      • Profile picture of the author karolk
        Originally Posted by twranks View Post

        Does Wordpress insist that you buy hosting for your blog? Or is it just generally advisable that u get hosting when using WP?
        If you go for the WP version that's available on WordPress.org then you have to get a web host and a domain to get it running. There's no other way.

        For WordPress.com, like others have said, you can get your blog started for free, but it will run under the main wordpress.com domain.
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  • Profile picture of the author mdan287
    Originally Posted by twranks View Post

    Hello Warriors,
    I wanted to get your opinion on this. I have about three blogs with google blogger, but I have been hearing from a few people that Wordpress is a much better option than blogger. What do you think? And if wordpress is a much better option, why do you think so? Would really appreciate all the help I can get, thanks
    If you are not using self-hosted WordPress, I would recommend you to use Blogger service.
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  • Profile picture of the author Moneymaker2012
    Thanks for the information so far. Do you think it will be easy to design a WP blog?
    This is very simple to design a WP blog there many free and responsive themes available on wordpress.org
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  • Profile picture of the author blib
    Originally Posted by twranks View Post

    Hello Warriors,
    I wanted to get your opinion on this. I have about three blogs with google blogger, but I have been hearing from a few people that Wordpress is a much better option than blogger. What do you think? And if wordpress is a much better option, why do you think so? Would really appreciate all the help I can get, thanks
    After building html sites since 1997 (gulp!), I started using Wordpress a couple of years ago, and I have to say I love it!

    I've never really got on with Blogger. I've built 'blogs' on it, but not websites. But with Wordpress, you can knock out a site that really looks the part.

    I also find Wordpress sites rank well on Google (if you tick all of Google's ever changing boxes).

    So, yes, Wordpress would my recommendation.

    (Oh and I mean .org / self hosted).

    Good luck.
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    • Profile picture of the author planetlubs
      The main problem with blogger is that you do not have full control over your website. But with a self hosted WordPress blog, you have full control over the website. You can do changes in design and insert codes as you wish, something which could be difficult with blogger.

      Secondly, many designers and coders have embraced WordPress. So you will find many plugins and themes designed for word press which will help you do virtually anything you wnat with your site, something which is not the case with blogger.

      In terms of SEO, WordPress is very superior. So, even if you know very little about SEO, you can create a blog in minutes which will still rank well provided you feed it with good content. Plus, there are good WordPress plugins that will help in your SEO Optimization.

      Another good thing with using WordPress is that you have a very big and dedicated community of people that live and breath WordPress, so it is impossible to get any WordPress problem and fail to find someone to help you out.

      So, basically, you are making the right decision.
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  • Profile picture of the author RogueOne
    I think I will switch to wordpress and say bye bye to blogger for now
    That's great, as long as you mean you are going to buy your own domain and hosting. The platform you use is unimportant, if you don't own it.
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  • Profile picture of the author PirateBarnabus
    I think that this article explains it very well. I have used Moonfruit.com for years and have decided to "Bite the bullet" and move over and install Wordpress (.org) so i'm gonna try that with Fatcow.com as they have a 1 click install for wordpress. Looks like the plugins I need are available for free in the War Room too.

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    Fingas crossed guys

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  • Profile picture of the author PirateBarnabus
    Apparently, if you want to work on a full Wordpress website "Offline" then you can do it locally if you install a free Prog called Xamp . Try:
    apache friends - xampp for windows

    You can then build your site etc before you sign up for/to any web hosting firm.

    Regards,
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    WordPress has good SEO and community support .
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  • Profile picture of the author MoRaitman
    WP is the way to go hands down.
    Over the years, WordPress has become the most used blogging platform on the Web because of the many advantages it has over Google Blogger. In particular, WordPress offers greater flexibility and customization options than Blogger.
    Easier to mover content to different systems or to a different site.
    Tons more themes available in WP and easier to install own customized theme.
    Blogs powered by WordPress are optimized for Google, Yahoo! and Bing.
    Wp much easier to customize with plug-ins and extensions.
    Overall, you are safer with WP as the market has demonstrated.
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    • Profile picture of the author OnlineStoreHelp
      If you go with a hosted solution like blogger or wordpress.com, I actually think Blogger is the better platform. Wordpress.com is very touchy about you making money off of the hosted platform, and if you want your own domain, then I think they charge you, I believe Blogger does not.

      That being said, hosting your own website also has its issues. IMO I think the advantages you gain are considerable but it is important to be aware of them.

      You need hosting which will I would budget at $7 - $9 a month for high quality shared hosting. Stay away from the EIG owned companies which unfortunately includes hostgator and blue host, the most popular push by internet marketers. Stay away from GoDaddy hosting as well.

      You have to understand HTML and CSS to a certain extent but not any more then you would with blogger. For 35 bucks you can get access for a year to elegant themes so you can have a pretty and mobile ready website up pretty quickly. Or check out Woothemes and Themeforest to find a gorgeous theme for 50 bucks.

      Wordpress is not your only option. Some people use Drupal, Joomla and other Content Management Systems as well. They have a little higher learning curve but most internet marketers use Wordpress since it is easy and there are millions of developers creating things for it.

      All CMS's will allow you to add functionality, either natively with code, or with plugins and modules, some free, some paid. So adding adsense code, easy in widgets or with plugins. Collecting email address, you can use Feedburner or a third party tool.

      Now as you run your own site, you can pretty much do just about anything as long as your host doesn't shut you down (illicit materials, DMCA takedowns, spam) but I have a good feeling this is not your business.

      That being said, you now have to do your backups yourself (but can automate), you are also limited on server resources and bandwidth but most people never go over those anyway. You also have to worry about security but at the very least, don't use Admin and install limited login attempts and you will be ok. Softaculous gives you all of those options if your web host uses them.

      My advice, do one site first, the one with the least amount of traffic so you can learn the system, then when you are comfortable, move everything else over.
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  • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
    OK, it's time that someone spells it out clearly:

    On the "free" blogging platforms (like blogger and wordpress.com) the site IS NOT YOURS! Period.
    They own it, they can delete it... and you are allowed to do only what is in their terms (TOS).

    Everything else is irrelevant - especially, the urban myths about the big G and other SEs "loving" one platform or the other.

    Having your own domain on your own hosting account is about ownership. You don't have a business if you don't own it.

    Please, don't buy into the usual BS ideas of WP having thousands of themes and plugins... they just cause procastination ('which theme is perfect for my site selling dog poo...?') and get your site cramped (plugins).
    Keep it simple.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jill Carpenter
      Originally Posted by twranks View Post

      And if wordpress is a much better option, why do you think so? Would really appreciate all the help I can get, thanks
      Originally Posted by sbucciarel View Post

      Why Wordpress over Blogger? Simple. Google can and does frequently suspend Blogger blogs. You can lose your entire website and all articles if you don't have a backup in a second. If you have your own domain and blog hosted on a hosting service, you are less likely to lose your web property, unless you spam your domain and get complaints to your host or registrar.
      Originally Posted by Istvan Horvath View Post

      OK, it's time that someone spells it out clearly:

      On the "free" blogging platforms (like blogger and wordpress.com) the site IS NOT YOURS! Period.
      They own it, they can delete it... and you are allowed to do only what is in their terms (TOS).

      Everything else is irrelevant - especially, the urban myths about the big G and other SEs "loving" one platform or the other.

      Having your own domain on your own hosting account is about ownership. You don't have a business if you don't own it.

      Please, don't buy into the usual BS ideas of WP having thousands of themes and plugins... they just cause procastination ('which theme is perfect for my site selling dog poo...?') and get your site cramped (plugins).
      Keep it simple.
      Those cover it.

      Originally Posted by twranks View Post

      What about the perks which blogger has such as PPC ads (google adsense) and opt-in lists? Does WP provide that as well?
      You can customize the site how ever you want.

      It's going to be like assembling your own vehicle. Wordpress gives you the frame of the car and a simple engine. After that you paint it what ever color your want (theme) and add your electric windows and AC (plugins) and your own pin stripes (adsense) etc.

      List building you are going to want to explore professional services such as aweber or getresponse.
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  • Profile picture of the author tonydbaker
    You're much better off in the long run with your own wordpress self-hosted site. You can get one for a few bucks a month and you don't have to worry about getting suspended for anything other than non-payment.

    Plus with Wordpress, you can do so much. I've used wordpress with everything from simple blogs to multi-million dollar ecommerce sites.
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  • Profile picture of the author GJG
    Without hesitation, I would go with WordPress (.org).
    You do need your own domain name, but this is a plus as well.
    Once you have selected your host, it is really easy to install WordPress (I have a tutorial on my blog if needed).

    There are endless tutorials across the web that can help you get started.

    Blib makes a good point as well; WordPress sites appear to be well-liked by Google.
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  • Profile picture of the author i58biz
    I have used Blogger and Wordpress.

    Blogger is very simple to use and requires little learning, but you are limited in what you can do with your blog site.

    Wordpress on the other hand, the version that you install on your own hosting account is very flexible and you can find or get created some amazing site themes.

    It is said that about 20% of top websites use Wordpress to run their business on.

    I have changed years ago and have not looked back.
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  • Profile picture of the author MrShabir
    Originally Posted by twranks View Post

    Hello Warriors,
    I wanted to get your opinion on this. I have about three blogs with google blogger, but I have been hearing from a few people that Wordpress is a much better option than blogger. What do you think? And if wordpress is a much better option, why do you think so? Would really appreciate all the help I can get, thanks
    I know Wordpress is very easy for a common man, Very eassy for blogging,
    But as a professional i never prefer Wordpress, I prefer Custom CMS, Just because security resins, If you are using Blogger then that's best for security,

    But again i want to say Wordpress is very easy for use.
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  • I'm a web designer so I can't recommend Wordpress enough...it's the only platform I use for designing. The reason that I recommend it is that it is very user friendly and Google loves Wordpress because of their clean code. If you're serious about switching over, consider buying a premium theme such as Genesis. Genesis is by far the best framework on which to build a Wordpress site (in my opinion).
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  • Profile picture of the author azzedinejamal
    Blogger is not bad buddy .........
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  • Profile picture of the author jerytohn
    Matt Cutts uses WP. Go figure.
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  • Profile picture of the author Peak Curiosity
    Word press is easy to use once you get the hang of it. In my opinion it seems much more professional.
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