Get you a cup of coffee because this will be a long one, but I can’t explain this within the normal constraints of one of my posts. After all, this is my blog journey! If you have read my blog for oh even the past few months then you probably have noticed a big change in the past 2 weeks. You see after months of contemplating switching from Blogger to WordPress I finally took the plunge.
It seems that last year a wave of bloggers that I know were switching from Blogger to WordPress. I personally wondered what their reasoning was considering I was fine with blogger. As I started talking to more blog friends that made the switch I started considering making the switch myself. This has been going on for the past year. I am part of a group of lovely blogger that give advice, support and encourage each other. I can’t even describe how much these ladies helped me with this decision. Cassie from Southeast by Midwest and Christine from So Called Homemaker helped me to understand that difference between blogger/ With blogger you only pay if you want a dot com, for instance over a year ago I switched from southernbeautyguide.blogspot.com to southernbeautyguide.com . With WordPress you would not only pay for the dot com but also hosting. You can use Godaddy, Bluehost, etc to for hosting. After much guidance from Cassie I chose Bluehost. For hosting my dot com(domain) I switched from enom to Godaddy!
Yes, Switching to WordPress will cost you money. Let me be clear though, making the decision about using WordPress or Blogger is a personal preference and choice. It is one that you need to make based on what you are comfortable with. The main difference in my opinion is there are so many ways to customize your blog and plugins to assist you with your blogging needs with WordPress. Plus as you may know my blog was busier looking when I used Blogger and now things are cleaner looking and well this just makes me happy.
Will using either make you a more successful blogger over the other? In my opinion no, it really depends on you as a blogger to set standards of success for yourself. Of course one thing that I think would help is making changes to your blog to make it more aesthetically pleasing.
If you are interested in switching over to WordPress, I seriously recommend that you find someone who specializes at switching blogs over to WordPress. I personally would 100% say use Katie, you can visit her site here for more details. She switched mine over quick, efficiently, and really has the best price for this service. With Katie I was able to go ahead and choose my blog theme, which is Foodie Pro. This theme makes my blog look super clean and more organized. When it comes to having your blog switched over you need to have utmost confidence in who is switching it for you. This is my basis for why I recommend Katie. She helped me with this process and answered tons of my questions. Within a day she had everything ready to go for me to customize.
WordPress can be intimidating when you look at it, but I promise you that it is not that bad. What makes it look more intimidating than blogger is the vast options that you have with WordPress. However, the pros that come with WordPress in my opinion vastly outweigh blogger. I don’t regret one bit switching and I recommend that if you are really seriously about blogging and want the extra options for blogging than you should just do it. Overall it cost me around $145 to switch but really this number depends on your hosting and domain host choices.
Want to know a scary fact? Thanks to WordPress I found that 121 people tried to hack my blog in a week and were stopping by a plugin I use? This is kind of awesome, yet scary right? Have you thought of switching to WordPress? What is holding you back?