One of the plans I had for my blog this year was migrating from Blogger to WordPress though I didn’t include it in my blog’s resolution for the year I just had it in mind and last month that was on the 6th of October I finally checked it off.
In blogosphere, one thing that always brings about an argument is which platform is the best among the three most popular ones which are Blogger, WordPress and Squarespace. It’s just recently I knew about Squarespace.
And every blogger has reasons on which platform to use for his or her blog. I know a lot of bloggers use a particular platform because other bloggers told them that is the best or their favourite bloggers are hosting their blogs there.
When I started my blog last year WordPress was looking a bit difficult to me and expensive as well and by then all my favourite blogs were hosted on Blogger so I just went for it cause it’s free and quite nice. As the novice that I was, it was easy to understand and manoeuvre through.
Now I have made up my mind to switch to WordPress though I’m still trying to organise things here for a month now.
For the sake of this post, I’ll be sharing with you the reasons I prefer WordPress to my former platform, from this you can decide which one you should go for.
Benefits of Migrating To WordPress
Owned by Me
You know Blogger is a free blogging service owned and run by Google so they have the right to do anything they so wish to do with it like shutting it down if they feel the blog is spam. But with WordPress, I use Namecheap as a hosting provider to host my own site. I am free to decide how long I want to run the site. When to shut it down, all the data and I control whatsoever information I share.
Better design options
WordPress allows users to design their sites from scratch and can add any feature they want without worrying too much. I couldn’t find a particular design I had in mind on Blogger and all the blogs that used that kind of designs were using WordPress.
It is easier to find a lot of professional themes ranging from Business to Lifestyle, Entertainment to Food blogs with even better features on WordPress.
WordPress is quite better for SEO, no doubt about that, Blogger is less SEO friendly even though it is Google that manages it. I can now optimize my posts better for search engines that is one of the reasons I moved from Blogger to WordPress.
Blogger allows its users to perform only specific tasks on their sites and the things they can do are limited too. Whereas with WordPress you can easily extend and add new features. There are thousands of WordPress plugins that allow a user to modify and extend the default feature such as creating a portfolio or adding a store to the website where clients or visitors can shop your products from through WooCommerce. You can’t even compare Blogger with WordPress for business websites, cause WordPress will beat it down.
I mentioned plugin earlier on. A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to your WordPress website.
They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites.
You can get as many plugins as possible to manage your blog.
You can’t find these on Blogger e.g Yoast SEO that helps to improve your WordPress SEO and write better content and have a fully optimized WordPress site and this Click to tweet plugin I just discovered, it’s so easy to tweet with it. See how it works by clicking this button.
Am I writing this to discourage you from using Blogger for your site?
Blogger has it’s own pros so you can decide for yourself if you want to experience these benefits or not. And one thing I didn’t tell you I experienced after the switch is that my traffic went way down which caused my blog’s rank to reduce as well but I am already working on that.
Whispering I might go back to Blogger if it doesn’t get better. Come on! Don’t look at me that way. I will write a guide to help you if you want to start a self-hosted WordPress blog just like the one I did for Blogger.
Is there any benefit that you know I forgot to add here? Which platform are you using for your blog? Blogger or WordPress or is it Squarespace? Feel free to let me know in the comment box and if you’ve switched from Blogger to WordPress, also let me in on how it’s been with you. And, don’t forget to share this too. Thank you!