Friday, July 14, 2006

WordPress v Blogger: Get ready to change your link

Yep, this blog is going bye-bye sooner than anticipated.

It didn't take long for me to get used to WordPress. Now I look at this blog and think, "Oh, you are SO out of here."

At first, I was afraid of WordPress. It looked so ... menacing. But now I realize it's vastly easier and quite friendly. As Tazzy and Piggy said (and this is not verbatim), if you can manipulate stuff in Blogger, you'll have no problem in WordPress.

There is a slight hiccough, though. That would be there are two WordPress sites: WordPress.com and WordPress.org.

There is a HUGE difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org.

WordPress.com hosts its own WordPress blogs, just like Blogger. And, just like Blogger, it's a free service. The rub is you are limited to your creativity. Blogger pretty much let's you do whatever the heck you want to your blog. Blogger's problem is that it is unreliable. I've stopped counting how many posts, comments, and even templates I have lost due to Blogger's instability. At WordPress.com, you can get a blog, but you can't alter it. As for reliability, I haven't heard any bad things about the WordPress.com host ... um, I actually don't know anyone on the .com host. But it is free! It's just that it's also limited.

Then there is the other WordPress. WordPress.org is more of a "do-it-yourself" blogging experience. First, you need to get a web host. WordPress.org has a link on their site to "recommended" web host partners in case you have no clue where to get one. Before you ask, yes, there will probably be a fee. On the upside, you get to pick your OWN domain name. Oooooo. In my case, Taz and Pig are my host, via their host, at tazzyandpiggy.com. Once I get on my feet (who knows when that will be), I'll get my own domain and web host. Next, you need to download and install WordPress. When that's complete, install the files on your PC, and you are, for the most part, ready to go.

If you love to blog and Blogger is really getting on your nerves, I recommend doing it the WordPress.org way. Sure there is a fee, but never forget the old saying, "You get what you pay for".

Now, back to ME!

I'm thinking of moving all my posts and comments from here to the other blog. The only downside with that is I'll have hundreds of "miscellaneous" categorized posts. I don't know about you, but I'll find that very annoying.

I could just very well keep this blog up indefinitely. Nothing says it has to go away. Still fence sitting.

And I want to buy a new laptop and a voice recorder. But that's another story.

And here's more reading: It took me a YEAR to get it that way

8 comments:

Mr. Fabulous said...

Nothing drives your point home more than the fact that Blogger lost my comment.

I will have to look into which wordpress i am getting...

I am with you on the posts. The thought of having to go back and categorize them all....

Maidink said...

Mr Fab ~ It's much better than Blogger, believe me. And I think I'm keeping these posts here .. for archive purposes. Besides, this blog gets a few hits on certain Google and Yahoo searches so it's not like it'll be ignored. It just won't be updated.

Piggy and Tazzy said...

You realise your link in this post is wrong, dontcha?

Christine said...

I was thinking about wordpress seriously when recreating the blog...but I was still too intimidated. We'll see. probably something in the not too far future.

awaiting said...

Same thing here about the old uncatergorized Blogger posts. I figure one day when I am reallllllyyyy bored, I will get around to changing that. But I don't see that happening anytime soon!

Ruth said...

Snazzy new digs!! I'm green with envy!

Maidink said...

P and T ~ Yeah, yeah, yeah

Christine ~ It's worth the switch, but do it the wordpress.org way. Trust me, it's worth the cost.

Awaiting ~ I don't think I'll ever get THAT bored. I'll watch grass grow first.

Ruth ~ Thank you! Take the plunge .. go WordPress.

Charlie on the PA Turnpike said...

I think you'll do great with WP.org. I am way too cheap to go the hosting route...