Why you should convert your Blogger Blog to Self Hosted WordPress56 COMMENTS
As many of my readers might have noticed, i have changed my blogger blog to wordpress, due to a lot of reasons which kept on accumulating by time and also when i received more and more traffic.
Reasons why you should change from Blogger to WordPress :
1. Professional Blogging :
Most of the blogger blogs are owned by bloggers who blog as a hobby not as a business or a profession. Blogger is a really good platform for newbies, who don’t have any knowledge of blogging and who just want to explore. Through Blogger one can easily learn the basics of blogging and the art of writing good posts.
But if you are looking to move ahead and start blogging professionally then you should take the next step and switch to wordpress, because of its features and the ability to have full control over its design layout.
2. Multi-Author Blogs and Guest Blogging
Guest Blogging and Multi Author blogging is a mess in Blogger, because there is no way to moderate posts submitted by other authors. In comparison to this, WordPress has the ability to moderate posts and also assign roles to content submitters as Authors, Contributors or Admin. This way you can easily control and decide which authors should be moderated and which should be allowed to have full control.
Another cool feature of the latest version of WordPress stable release 2.8.6 is that it fixes two security problems that can be exploited by registered, logged in users who have posting privileges. This makes Guest Blogging and Multi Author Blogging extremely secure and a really good experience.
The Plugins feature of WordPress is one of the major reasons why bloggers move to WordPress. Though Blogger platform has recently added the Gadgets feature which is quite similar to wordpress plugins feature, but it is a relatively new concept and there are a handful number of people who are actually creating new gadgets. On the other hand, WordPress Plugins feature is an old one, and there is a vast collection of useful plugins. Actually there are so many of them, that you need a guide to tell you which plugins are actually worth installing to your blog .
4. HTML vs PHP Scripting
5. Themes and Design
Before the new version of Blogger was released, it really had no major design customizability and the Themes were few. And even when the new Blogger has been released, most of its themes are converted from the original wordpress ones.
WordPress has got a huge list of themes to choose from, some have good seo features, while others have good navigation and JQuery effects. You will always find one that suits your needs. And if you want to design your blog by yourself, you can do so easily, using the popular seo optimized Thesis Theme.
6. Search Engine Optimization
SEO is very important for your blog, because it increases your search engine rankings and hence gets you a lot of organic traffic.
In Blogger, you can do SEO for images and Posts by adding the the meta keywords and alt tags for each post manually. And to top it all the meta keywords are to be added to the template, which increases the size of the template and hence decreases blog speed.
WordPress has the most sophisticated way to do SEO. There are many plugins which can optimize the site for SEO automatically. The best plugins for SEO in my opinion are the All In One SEO Pack and the SEO Friendly Images. So SEO work in WordPress is minimal.
In all, Blogger is for new and rookie bloggers and WordPress is for the expert and professional bloggers.
Blogger to WordPress conversion is not very new and many have got fabulous results with WordPress.
What’s your opinion?