Many of you know about a month ago I took a HUGE leap of faith and transitioned my blog to a self hosted WordPress site. The leap of faith part was because I made the transition all on my own (heaven help me). Just over four weeks later and I think I have mentally recovered from the transfer. But more than just recovering I am thriving and much less frustrated. Today I want to talk about why.
I promised to do this post shortly after I made the transfer. I think we all speculate that WordPress has more to offer us but it is kind of hard to know exactly what that would look like. I now feel like I have the inside scoop and want to put this post out before everything becomes second nature and I forget just how bad things used to be.
1) HTML Code is MUCH less intimidating
HTML code in Blogger looked like a train wreck. On WordPress, not so much…
I wouldn’t say that I “love” looking at coding in WordPress, but I definitely find the coding easier on the eyes.
2) Built in tweets
Anything I can do to make my content easy for readers to share is always a good thing. I am consistently and effortlessly tweeting my posts more. I struggle to engage on Twitter so this easy option has been good for me.Sharing reasons why I LOVE WordPress today, including built in tweets, take a peek! Click To Tweet
3) Editing made easy
Blogger used to torment me guys. I’m not sure if it was just me, but it was awful. Every time I tried to edit a post I would have to entirely reformat all of the spacing in the entire post 🙄 . It was terrible and I may or may not have chose to let a few noticed typos go just so I didn’t have to deal with it.
4) SEO optimization
Yoast SEO has made optimizing my posts so easy. I get to see this lovely little traffic light scoring me red, yellow, and green. It even gives me pointers on what needs changed to make things better. Getting that green light on all of my posts has become a fun little “game” that I like to play.
There are so many plugin options from recipe cards, fonts, SEO, built-in tweets, Google Adsense, SumoMe and more. I love the options they give me to make my blog work better for me AND my readers!
6) Owned by ME
I own my space, my content and have full control of it and its future. There is such a peace of mind that comes with that.
7) Set featured image
One of the things that drove me crazy over at Blogger was not being able to choose a featured post image. Blogger defaulted to the very first image in the post and I never could figure a way around that. I love being able to specify the image now and add in the text that I want Pinterest to pull.
8) Searchable photos
I now have motivation to properly name my photos, optimizing them for SEO. I can easily search my photos making re-using photos from an old post quick and painless.
9) Host PDF files
I’ll never forget the frustration I felt when I couldn’t do what I was being asked to do on a sponsored post. The company requested that I move a pdf from Google Drive and host it directly on my blog. I couldn’t. Blogger doesn’t allow you to host pdf files, WordPress does.
10) Easy customization
Between HTML coding and finding things, Blogger felt like a pain. WordPress lays things out easily and allows you to customize and make the changes you want without crashing your site. Plus even if you do venture into a “red tape” zone and maybe accidentally crash your space (not that I have ever done that before 😳 ) The odds of you goofing it up beyond what your host provider can recover is extremely unlikely. Thank God.
What do you think?
What are your favorite WordPress features?
Have you ever thought about making the switch?
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