After two years of loyalty to Blogger I seem to have broken free from its shackles. Although I have moved away from it, I will always remember the fabulous web service which introduced me to the magical blogosphere. As a wonderful blogging platform, it has all one needs for beginners but lacks certain features for advanced bloggers.

Over the past two years I have grown as a blogger and so have my needs from a blogging platform. Therefore I decided to switch to a privately hosted WordPress platform (Privately? Well thats another discussion altogether). And to tell you the truth, I haven’t looked back ever since, infact I’m loving it (-:.

What does the Blogger lack?

Blogger has always been the first choice due to its affiliation with Google, but although Google may be the God in search…not quite though here.

  • To speak of the UI, WordPress is fairly much cleaner and organized. Blogger is cluttered and less user friendly. With all the AJAX, movable divs, and coloured highlights thrown in WordPress definitely rocks.
  • One vital feature lacking in Blogger is the ability to create categories. I just so couldn’t do without this feature that I decided to write a hack for it.
  • WordPress always dynamically generates its pages, so you never have to regenerate pages unlike in Blogger.
  • Blogger is not open source, WordPress is. Open source means that everyone and anyone contributes. Just to illustrate, Blogger has become stale. It has not released any new features lately, the last I remember was the blog search. With Google around this was something expected. But yet nothing worthwhile to facilitate blogging. WordPress on the other hand has countless plugins with many more under development.
  • Blogger has no password protection for posts. A well thought feature of WordPress, which lets me password protect individual posts. Quite useful when you have a personal daily blog where certain posts are too personal for strangers to read.
  • Switching to WordPress from another platform is easy as hell. The import blog feature is definitely cool. I don’t remember Blogger having something like this.

Every blogger has his own reasons for sticking to a platform, but for all those still stuck onto Blogger try a switch. Trust me on this.

  • http://ramsay.webhop.org/ Lincoln Ramsay

    True except for one problem… You need to _find_ someone to host your WordPress blog (or go through the pain of setting it up yourself). If you get a free blog on wordpress.com you don’t get to use many of the features it has. Even simple things like customizing your template/CSS can’t be done! Old Blogger works just fine with an FTP server (how I used to use it). New Blogger can still work like this but clearly they want to move everyone to blogspot.com hosting (you can do some rather nifty things with the XML templates).

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