Reasons I Think WordPress Is Better Than Blogger

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.

Reasons why WordPress is a better platform than Blogger
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…

HTML WOrdPress_editedI 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 πŸ™„ . 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. 

5) Plugins

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?
or
Have you ever thought about making the switch?

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  • Jessica

    You make me want to switch to WordPress, but I just don’t think I could do it myself. Ha ha! I’m a big baby.

    • DON’T do it yourself, that was terrible, lololol!

  • Wonderful benefits! What about your comments? Did they move over from blogger to word press?

    • That was really odd because I use Disqus. Half of them moved half of them didn’t I was kind of bummed and TRIED to fix it then I just let it go. I never look back on old comments anyways.

  • Amy Smith

    This sounds so interesting, but oh so intimidating. I’m not a big fan of change! And I’d need someone to do it for me because that all sounds just so confusing!

    • I would definitely say don’t DIY the change. I was surprised at how easy it was to get the hang of things once it was all set up though.

  • Meghan Flinn

    Ok so now I want to switch over. How about you do it for me… You know since you’re now a pro!

    • Baha ha! I was SO stressed out making the change for me. I CAN NOT even imagine how much scarier it would be if it was someone else stuff on the line.

  • Jill Hamilton McMeans

    I have thought about this several times but I’m fairly new to blogging and the thought of switching is so intimidating! You have so many great points that I feel like I need to do it asap. I too hate the pdf thing and not being able to choose a featured image. thanks for a great post- I will be reporting back to this often:)

    • I totally understand that one. I started on WP but actually switched to blogger because it was just too much for me. Oh how I wished I had stuck with it. Good luck making the decision. I would be glad to help with any questions you might have :).

  • I totally play the stop light game!! πŸ˜‰ I’m trying to figure out the featured image. Whenever I pick one it always puts that picture first thing in the post, so sometimes I’ll have the same photo twice. I also still need to read what you sent me about Genesis… but I really dont think that’ll happen until I actually have time..

    • Huh, that is interesting. I hope you figure that out soon. I totally understand that, there are NEVER enough hours in the day.

  • I never knew about the stop light. I’m definitely intrigued by WP for sure. I know I get what I pay for with blogger… WP definitely has so many more features!

    • The stop light is so cool and you are right you do get what you pay for, that was the hardest part for me, I DID NOT want to pay for my blog. But I am so glad I decided to go for it anyways. I now realize that the money was well spent and I don’t have to worry about paying again for 3 years :D!

  • If it didn’t cost a lot / sound scary I might consider switching!

    • I feel the same Dara!

    • I would agree that it isn’t free and NOT self transitioning can make the price considerably higher. But doing it on my own and getting 3 years of hosting at once It only costs me a couple bucks a month which is WAY worth it on the lessened frustration in my case. But cost is definitely something that needs to be considered when making the change! I would also agree that if it was free everyone would probably make the change.

  • You are dangling the carrot in front of my face…everything you write sounds so appealing…hmmm….So glad that you are loving the switch. So far I haven’t heard of anyone not loving, so it must be a good thing!

    • I know, right?! My biggest reason for not doing it was I didn’t want to pay for hosting, but now I feel like that was crazy of me (I didn’t see that then) Spending a couple dollars a month to save the time, sanity and own my space is DEFINITELY worth it.

      • You seriously make me want to do it too! Waiting to get back from the blogging conference this weekend to see what direction I want to go in! πŸ™‚

        • Oh that is a GREAT idea. I am excited to hear what you learn while you are there!

  • You make a very compelling argument. I just need the time to do it!!!

    • I think you would LOVE it Stefanie. Finding the time is always the hardest part.

  • Jessica White

    I am so glad I found your blog!!!! I just switched you from blogger to wordpress this past weekend. I thought I was going to go crazy yesterday with all the settings but you have given me hope that all we be okay. Have a great day! https://lifeloveandreality.com/

    • Wahooo, congratulations! That first week is full of SO many changes, right?! You will totally be okay. It took one to two weeks of posts taking me a while to write, now I save SO much time.

  • tacy

    I have been blogging for a very long time. Probably about 10 years give or take. I have tried WordPress, and I really didn’t like it! It wasn’t intuitive for me at all. Over the years, I’ve come to believe that it is a personality thing and maybe also a right brain/ left brain thing. Also, i love blogging at blogger for so many reasons. So I would urge people not to jump ship right away, because it is a very personal decision. Blogger has a TON of plugins that WordPress doesn’t have. It takes less behind-the-scenes work which is easier (but sometimes not as fun lol). Just my two sense!!!! πŸ˜‰

    • It is interesting to hear other peoples views. The funny thing is I actually started on WordPress, switched to Blogger and after I felt more comfortable in the blogging world hated myself for ever moving. But when I did I felt I had no choice. WordPress was too overwhelming for me. I now feel like it was my lack of experience, but who knows. Everyone has their own opinion and things are definitely not one size fits all so all transitions should be made with caution.

      You do have me curious on one thing. I can’t find anything that Blogger could do that WordPress can’t. I’d love to hear what you have found.

    • I’m on Blogger too, and have been for almost 8 years. I have tried WordPress a few times for other endeavors and I just can’t get the hang of it. I’m happy with sticking with Blogger. I’m curious what plug-ins you are referring too. I haven’t found that many.

      • It is definitely a bit different from Blogger but I was SHOCKED with how natural it all felt to me. After a week of a learning curve I save loads of time blogging now, but EVERYONE is different.

        • tacy

          A gadget on Blogger is the same thing as a plugin on WordPress. They have hundreds and hundred for Blogger. Here is a post with just a couple of examples of what you can do: http://heartifb.com/2012/11/05/the-10-best-gadgets-for-your-blogger-fashion-blog/

          • tacy

            Also! My favorite– you can add a Spotify playlist! lol πŸ˜‰

          • Oh yes, I get that. I used all of those back in the day. I was mostly just curious about what Blogger can do that WP can’t. Thanks for getting back to me on this.

  • I just made the switch about six weeks ago, and definitely love the change. Though I’m trying not to go plug-in crazy. Thanks so much for hosting!

    • Yes! I totally am trying not to do the same too. Glad I am not the only one loving it!

  • You know I adore WordPress. I am so so glad you made the leap! I am going to have to check out built in tweets- I like that!

    • Definitely check it out! Thanks again for all of your encouragement along the way!

  • Ugh, I’ve toyed with the idea of switching to WordPress but it scares the living mess out of me! Glad that you had a good experience! That’s a good bit of motivation for me!

    • You sound exactly like me, I was PETRIFIED! If you take the leap I hope it goes well!

  • Yes! Yes! Yes!

    I was on the couch all last week sick with a bug, and then my kids were sick, so I decided since I had all this time on my butt I would make the switch! I had been contemplating it for months…since Christmas to be exact but was so nervous to take the leap. Now I am SOOO glad I did. My site launches next week…but it is already SO much easier than Blogger! The plugins along make it the best option because I can do so much!!! And I am doing it on my own and it isn’t as scary as I thought!

    • Oh girl I understand the debate, I debated and debated for about a year!!! I thought it was all super easy until I had to unhook my url. If you weren’t already using a custom.com I can imagine that it would be WAY easier than if you were though. Good luck finishing the transition! You got this. I can’t wait to check out the new space.

  • For my blog I still prefer Blogger. I write on WordPress for Daily Mom and I think the difference is I’m more comfortable on Blogger because I do it more often. No, not making the switch. I couldn’t handle the stress of it all. Never say no, but I’ll leave it open to maybe.

    • I actually started on WP and switched to Blogger for that exact reason. I felt WAY more comfortable on Blogger than I did on WP. Now two years later it is the exact opposite. You are SO wise to never say no. Best advice my mama ever gave me.

  • I’m so glad you posted this! I was just talking to a friend about making the switch last week! I’m totally intimidated but it’s time I own my own space! It will still take me awhile as I’m not fully back into blogging (I blame getting no sleep at night for 6+ months straight now, ugh!) but I need all the uplifting words I can get to motivate myself to make the switch!

    • It’s really funny to think about just how much time we invest into these spaces of ours and how silly I was that I didn’t want to pay for it. That coupe of dollars a month saves SO much sanity, best decision ever. You can totally make the switch and you will be SO happy that you did. I plan to do another part two post in the fall.

  • I’m with you – I love WordPress! Currently I’m not self hosted, but I love the free version of WordPress. Making the jump over to self hosted is pretty scary and I’m so proud of you for taking the plunge!!!

    Whitney @ Come Home For Comfort

    • Thank you so much Whitney. I used to have a free WP and I hated it so I switched to blogger, now I LOVE WP, isn’t that funny. I think I was just to knew at all of this for WP at the beginning but man I kicked myself for not sticking with it!

  • You bring up lots of good points!! I like the featured photo thing. That is defnitely nice. Sometimes I put a certain photo first just so I know blogger will show that one, even if it shouldn’t necessarily be first.

    • YES! I used to do that too. There are so many advantages and SO many I didn’t even list. I’ll have to do another post in the fall.

  • Desiree @ Macke Monologues

    Woah. I had no idea how big the differences were between the two. And now I’m sitting here wondering, “What if WP was for me…?”

    • There are SO many differences and this is just the tip of the iceberg. I think I will do a follow up post in the fall too. The main thing for me not making the leap sooner was the cost factor. I didn’t want to pay for my blog. Now I think about it and I realize that is CRAZY. I invest so much time into it paying a couple dollars a month to save some sanity and own it, why would I not do that. I also paid upfront for 3 years meaning I don’t even have to think about that for a LONG time anyways.

  • WordPress has some great features I didn’t m is about! Being able to choose your own picture and send out a tweet would be so helpful!
    Evelina @ Fortunate House

    • Yeah it has some pretty great stuff built into it that I am finding super helpful. Honestly my favorite thing is owning my blog though. It’s weird to think of something I work SO hard on not being mine.

  • Thanks so much for sharing! I really think I’m gong to make the move but I will not be doing it myself. Who are you using for hosting if you don’t mind me asking…I feel like you have already shared that but I couldn’t remember.

    Shelly||The Queen in Between

    • Yeah don’t DIY, lol I am using Bluehost. They came highly recommended by some others so I went with them.

  • These are all the reasons why I would make the switch! Saving up for that programmer fee though because I have zero knowledge (or bravery) to do it myself!

  • I have had wordpress all along and LOVE it! I can’t imagine Blogger and wouldn’t know where to begin with it. Great post. I need to get Yoast SEO plugin.
    Rachel xo
    http://garaytreasures.com

    • Thanks Rachel! Definitely get Yoast, it made SEO SO much easier.

  • Mother Daughter

    Could you please tell me how to do the twitter? I had seen that banner for twitter on other blogs but don’t know how to do it. Our blog is on WordPress. And we have Bluehost. Thank you, great post.

    • You bet! Just download the ‘Better Click To Tweet’ Plug-in. It is super easy to use!

  • Ruthie Gray

    I definitely agree! I moved mine from Blogger to Wp last summer, but it took me two months to do it!!! LOL. You rock, girl! Anyhoo, I agree with ALL of the above. It’s so much easier, even though there is a definite learning curve. I’m a Wp girl all the way! Great post.

    • Thank you so much. I really thought the change was going to take me MUCH longer but I just get so obsessive over that kind of stuff. I am glad I got it done fast. My husband may have killed me otherwise :P. Now I get to spend the summer fixing old posts…. Yay :/.

  • chall1018

    Oh my word. Now I want to switch to WordPress even more. How about you do it for me? πŸ™‚ Kidding of course! But yours came out so awesome and I am so impressed by your work.

    • Justine Y

      I know, she did an amazing job! I could never have done that, it would have been a hot mess, lol. πŸ™‚ You should switch though, it’s amazing and all the cool kids are doing it. πŸ˜‰

    • Baha ha! I so wish I could help others out but I think I may die and early death if I did. Thank you so much friend. Hearing that helps.

  • Justine Y

    Oh my gosh, I totally agree with you on these! I love all the pug-in options, I love that I own my content… and although it was super confusing at first (and there’s still a lot I’m learning because it’s SO different from Blogger!!), I’m gettign the hang of it and there’s so much that I find easier and better about it! I don’t have Yoast, although it sounds awesome. and I don’t know anything about hosting a PDF myself rather than with Google Docs, I’ll have to add that to my list of things to learn! I am super impressed that you did it yourself! I never could have!

    • Get yoast ASAP. I was so intimidated by the whole SEO thing and as soon as I put that in their it made life so much easier. The docs were SUPER easy to figure out too…. but I can’t remember how to do them.

      Thank you so much. I still don’t think the stress was worth it but I am proud of my accomplishment.

  • I really want to make the switch now – you’re pushing me over the edge! So how much do you charge? Haha, I’m scared to death!!! Jessica, Sweet Little Ones

    • Baha ha! Oh goodness I wish I could help others. I nearly had a stroke just doing mine. I can’t even imagine doing someone elses! You can do it! I believe in you!!!