Thursday, April 24, 2014

When to Use Blogger and When to Use Wordpress.com - An April Update

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This month has been a very busy one for my family and me.  I looked at my calendar today and realized that the month is already almost over!  I have so many blogs on my mind, but have not been able to make the time to sit and type.  At the beginning of the year, I started a candy buffet business.  It was a little slower to start than I had anticipated, but these last two months have been busy for me.

I launched my website back in February.  Although it was functional, I had a difficult time really liking it.  The colors were pretty bland and my forms were glitchy at times.  I have spent a great deal of time this month re-vamping my site and changing hosts.  I love my blog being here on Blogger, but I realized that I didn't have the freedom that I thought I would have creating a company website on blogger.  I wasn't able to make my blog page anything other than the main page and without using a third party app, I could not post pictures into gallery format using thumbnails.

Last week, after tinkering with my site a little more and a failed (hideous) Picasa slideshow experiment, I finally had enough and decided to start anew on WordPress.

This blog initially started as a WP blog, but many of the functions I needed were pay for use functions, so I quickly migrated to Blogger.  This time around, in terms of a company site, WP is exactly what I was looking for!  The forms are integrated into WP, so I no longer need third party scripts for that, they have beautiful media integration for my photo gallery (now I need to get everything uploaded that I want on there).  It is fabulous!  The only complaint that I can make is that the free themes are really not customizable unless I want to spend money to unlock features (remember, this is why I switched my blog to Blogger).  Perhaps in the future I will opt for WP premium, but as a starting business, I want to move from "red" to profit as soon as possible. 

So right now, my thinking is this:
If going for an inexpensive option is important to you, Blogger is a great place to start for blogging, but if you are looking for a website that has a blog but has versatility for much more, give WordPress a try!

Which blogging host do you prefer and why?

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