It’s Official! I moved my blog over from Blogger to WordPress!
For the record, I loved Blogger. It really is perfect for beginners. It was free and easy and I very quickly figured out how everything worked when I was just starting out and had no idea what I was doing. But once I decided to get serious about this whole “blogging thing,” I thought it was time to move on. So like so many bloggers before me I said goodbye to Blogger and made the move to WordPress.
Today I wanted to share the reasons I love WordPress more than Blogger. There are obvious reasons, of course, the website design and the technical aspects are much better. But I was also happily surprised to see a few perks that I had never heard of before using WordPress myself, and have been making my blogging life so much easier.
The first thing I want to talk about is Plug-Ins.
There is are so many plug-ins available to you on WordPress that it blew my mind. But there are two that I have been using that I don’t think I will ever be able to live without. The are Yoast SEO and the Editorial Calendar. Before blogging I had never even heard the word SEO, but if you are a serious blogger you know that it is very important for getting your blog noticed. The Yoast plug-in tells you if the title of your post works with SEO and also if the text within the post has good readability or not (which is amazing for newer bloggers.)
Then there is the Editorial Calander.
I really can’t believe I had never heard of this before starting WordPress. If I had I would have probably just started with WordPress and skipped using Blogger altogether. With the calendar, you can plan and publish your content on the day and time that you want by adding the post to the day you want on the calendar. It is amazing. I am in awe, and in love. There is another Calendar called CoScheduler that does the same thing as the editorial calendar but it also lets you plan and post to your social media accounts, but it isn’t free like the editorial calendar is.
Next up… Themes.
I think most bloggers have an idea of what they want out of their theme (or at least a feeling of what they want their blog to look like.) But there really is only so much you can do to a Blogger blog, and most of the Blogger blogs I personally read look very similar and have the same feel, even if the colors or text is different. But there are so many you can choose from on the WordPress site, plus if you search Etsy or even just Google, you can find more that people have made that you can purchase or download and use on your site.
And Lastly Quick Draft.
This may seem like a little thing, but I have found is so useful. I love that when a new post idea pops into my head I can just open the dashboard, write out and come back to it when I’m ready to write the post.
All in all, I’m sure in the future I will find more things that I love about WordPress. For now, these things that I have found that make me love WordPress a little more than blogger. If and when that happens I may do an updated “what I love about WordPress blog.” I hope reading these helps you decide if you want to go with Blogger or WordPress. If you have any other questions that I didn’t cover in this post please feel free to reach out to me either through my email or social media.