- 5/14: Why I decided to make the blogger to WP leap.
- 5/15: WP themes, hosting options and costs (I am using blue host.)
- 5/16: The blog design process with Kira (She just opened Primp my Blog for all your design needs!)
- 5/17: A step by step of my WP to blogger switch
- 5/18: Advice for a new blogger thinking about switching to WP
The is the last post in my Word Press soap opera, and then we’re back to our regularly scheduled crafty goodness!
I decided to write this last post in part because of a conversation I had with a friend the other night. She wants to start a blog, and has researched online and concluded that Word Press is the best way to build a blog. She wanted to know what I thought. Here you go: In my opinion, Word Press should be considered once you have decided that blogging is something you love. It’s kind of like snow boarding. You don’t just run out and buy a snowboard, helmet, and boots. You rent the equipment a few times and try it out… you want to make sure you like it before you invest money in the fancy stuff. Once you’ve snowboarded for a couple of years and decide you love it, you might consider investing in a snowboard with a spiffy, custom graphic on top and boots made for your feet. The point is, you can’t know if you love it, until you try it! Which is why I think if you are an individual who just wants to see what the blog thing is all about, you should start on a free site, like Blogger. (There are plenty of other free blog hosting sites, I just don’t know that much about them.)
Here are some reasons why:
1. Blogger is free. You might start a blog and 1 month later realize blogging is not for you. No worries. No money lost.
2. Blogger is backed by google. You have one password for gmail and your blog. Just keeps things simple.
3. Blogger is easy to set up. WordPress.org not only costs money, but it takes a lot more work and research to set up and customize.
4. Blogger is connected to google AdSense, so if and when you are ready to attempt ads, it’s super easy to start! (WordPress.com does not allow 3rd party advertising).
5. Blogger makes posting easy peasy. There are way less options, but the important ones are there. Blogger makes writing posts the priority.
With that said, if and when you decide you love blogging… I’d say give it at least 6 months… you can consider moving to Word Press. Here’s the other thing, there are plenty of successful “big” blogs that still use blogger… House of Smith’s, Cup of Jo, and see kate sew come to mind. (I can totally relate to House of Smith’s internal struggle with the WP thing) You don’t ever have to switch. It’s your blog, and you get to choose what’s best for you!
For me, I can safely say I love blogging. It’s been over 2 years, and I still get excited to upload and edit project pics, start writing a new post, and reply to comments and e-mails! So far, I’m having a few growing pains adjusting to my fancy custom snowboard with the spiffy confetti graphics on top, but I’m hopeful that in end, I will zooming down the mountain!
*If you have any questions about moving to WP, please don’t hesitate to e-mail me (craftaway at gmail dot com).