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Why Switch from Blogger to WordPress?

Great question! Teri Blaschke from Hidden Valley RV Park in San Antonio, TX asked me that very question over on Google+. My first instinct was to say – “Just because!” or “It was time for a new look.” Blogger has been part of my life since 2008. For the past 4 1/2 years, Blogger has been my choice of blogging tools.

For a more comprehensive answer to the question, I decided to google “Blogger vs WordPress.” As expected, google returned way too many results (over 60k).

The first link was from an article written by Preston Gall in March 2012 published on ComputerWord titled Blogging Service Shootout Blogger vs. WordPress. You can read the article by clicking here.

After a brief introduction, Preston compares/contrasts Blogger and WordPress in the six areas listed below.

  • Setup
  • Adding Content
  • Social Networking
  • Site Management
  • Traffic Management
  • Extra features/Power Tools
  • Support and community

Preston’s conclusion is pretty accurate – Blogger is free, much simpler to set up and easier to use. Blogger blog is hosted by Google.

WordPress is more complex, has stronger social networking integration and offers more powerful customization features, some with minimal annual fees. WordPress comes in two flavors – WordPress.com provides an on-line user interface meaning there is no requirement to download any software to you computer. Your blog is hosted by WordPress at no cost. WordPress.org provides full feature off-line application that is downloaded to your computer. Your blog is then uploaded to a web host of your choosing.

For a different perspective, I found an article written by Paul Santosh and published on Hell Bound Bloggers in December 2011. Click here for that article.

His article briefly discusses three points that he feels makes Blogger a stronger platform than WordPress.

SEO (Search Engine Optimization) – Google owns Blogger and is the premier search engine on the internet.  The conclusion is that Blogger blogs are at an advantage when using Google search engine.

  • FREE – This is true. There are no costs associated with managing a blog in Blogger. Using WordPress, I have to pay to map my domain to WordPress and I have to pay to customize a free third-party theme.
  • Monitizing – AdSense is Google’s pay-per-click monitizing program. It is a snap to add that on blogger. I’ve not yet added any pay-per-click monitizing program to our WordPress site. I signed up for AdSense in May 2010. Since then, our blog has generated 10,288 page views and 17 ad clicks. This resulted in a net income of $11.23. (Summary chart provided below.) The sites that make good money using Google AdSense have a lots of followers, which results in more ad clicks.


Paul’s article tends to defend Blogger not by saying why it is superior but by saying it is on par with WordPress. Blogger and WordPress both provide domain names such as waggintailsrv.blogspot.com or waggintailsrv.wordpress.com. Since I own the domain waggintailsrv.com, I can map that name to the blogger (free) or WordPress (Small Fee) name.

I write my blog entries using Apple Pages, then copy pasted them into the WordPress post editor. Apple Pages is equivalent to Microsoft Word. Many folks in the PC world use Microsoft LiveWriter. Before I bought my MacBook Pro, I also used LiveWriter. Mars Edit seems to be the blog editor of choice for Mac users. Microsoft is retiring LiveWriter ahead of Windows 8 launch

One final note. I was able to port my Blogger post to WordPress easily.  I do need to update the some blog links in previous posts. So far I am please with my decision.

So, back to the question Terri asked me. Why did I switch? I was ready for a new look and wanted a bit more control over the look and feel of our blog. I hope you like the new look.

Thanks for stopping by. Y’all come back now.

 

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Font Sizes

I did not like the look of the font size change implemented earlier so I switch the size back to its default. I am aware this presents a problem for some of my readers. Hopefully the following suggestions will be helpful to you.

PC USERS – Microsoft Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox

Keyboard  shortcut – Hold down the <CTRL> key  and tap the   “+” or “” key to increase or decrease font size as required.  <CTRL> + 0 should restore text to the default size.

Alternate Method – Click View on the browser Menu Bar , then select Text Size (NOTE: May be ZOOM in Firefox)

MAC OS X USERS –  Using Safari or Firefox

Keyboard shortcut :  Hold down  <command> or <Apple> key, tap the   “+” or “-” key to increase or decrease font size as required. <command> or <Apple>+ 0 restores text to the default size.

Alternate Method – Click View on the browser Menu Bar , then select Zoom In, Zoom Out or Zoom Text Only.

 I would be interested in hearing back from you regarding how this worked out for you.

New Blog Site

Welcome to our new blog location. We decided to move our blog from Blogger to WordPress for several reasons.  While it can be argued the both are just about the same, WordPress offers more of what I want in a blog site.

I may choose to copy our old blog posting to this location or I may just leave them where they are for now. There is a link on the right side of this page that takes you back to the blogger location. Those postings will forever be there until I decide to move them to this location.

On the right side, under MENU, the link “Who Are We” will take you to a section that tells the reader a little about us.

For those who have bookmarked http://www.waggintailsrv.com, you will notice no change in access our blog.

For those who wish to subscribe to our blog, scroll down below the META section and click on either the Entries RSS link or the Comments RSS link. These links will allow you to receive updates to our blog as new posts are published.

I am looking at a way to include our current blogger followers.

Finally I ask that you provide constructive feedback to the new look. I am open to any positive suggestions.

Ya’ll come back now.