It was one of the most difficult decisions of my life to move my blog from Blogger to WordPress. When I was moving to WordPress, I was afraid of several things which were seeming to possibly hurt my blog, but after making the move, I am feeling it overall a good experience. Here is what I experienced in my first seven days with WordPress.
Decrease in Burden
WordPress really reduced my burden of maintaining my blog. When I was on Blogger, I use to share my posts individually on social networks each time I publish, but after moving to WordPress, this task got automated. I have installed Jetpack which has enabled auto-sharing of content on my social profiles of selected networks. I only needed to link my social accounts and now, Jetpack is posting my posts to social networks automatically :).
WordPress Made SEO Easy for Me
On Blogger, I was just writing my posts without caring about keyword density and other SEO elements, but now on WordPress, I get to know that how good I have optimized my blog post for search engines. I’m using WordPress SEO by Yoast and SEOPresser which help me a lot in perfectly optimizing my blog posts for search engines.
Yoast calculates keyword density, checks images for alt tags, checks keywords in headings and checks the sentence complexity and lets me know where I need to work for improvement. SEOPressor allows me to do other chief SEO tasks to ensure that search engines will love my content.
Comments Got Innovative
As WordPress is superior in providing a good conversation platform for visitors than any other CMS, so it innovated comments on my blog too :). Now anyone can leave comment on my blog easily. I can easily view pending comments, can approve them and can reply from my admin area. I can edit comments of my visitors to filter inappropriate content also if they contain which was impossible in Blogger. (But I haven’t edited any visitor comment yet 🙂 )
After moving to WordPress, I just adapted this theme and made few customizations. After customizing its style a little, I then used plugins to empower my blog. I don’t need to add complex widget codes now. I just search for needed plugins, install them and get them working in few clicks. In Blogger, I was needing to edit my blog template’s code for adding widgets. But here with WordPress, I can customize my blog with mouse clicks only.
I Got Freedom
On Blogger, my blog was owned by Google indeed and I was given a restricted access to my blog. But now, I’m the one and only owner of my blog. I can access it’s each corner. With Blogger, I was restricted to upload certain file types only, but now I can upload all kinds of files to my servers and can share these files with my audience.
Better Writing Environment
Jetpack proofreads my blog posts for grammatical and spelling errors when I write and publish. In addition, my theme provides me with several other options which allow me to customize my post type according to its niche. i.e. if I need to write a review post, my theme allows integration of star ratings. Several other features are also there which make writing much interactive than it was on Blogger.
All I got isn’t good at all. I am experiencing some difficulties also. Here is what I experienced as badness of WordPress.
Massive Flow of Spam
Although I have installed Akismet, still spam is immensely invading my blog. When it was on Blogger, I never experienced any such situation. Now a lot of spam comments and spam registration attempts are made on my blog endlessly. I have adapted some strategies to minimize this spam, still the spam flow is significantly big than it was on Blogger.
Page Speed Decreased
After moving to WordPress, I lost a dedicated quality host which was serving huge flow of traffic without any issue. Blogger’s servers are robust and they never get tired. They once handled 3K+ simultaneous visitors on my blog without decreasing its page speed. But after moving to WordPress, I felt that my blog is loading extremely slow. As I’m on a shared hosting, so I am not blaming my host, still I’m worried about the load speed of my blog with WordPress. Although I have linked my blog with Google Page Speed, which has increased the performance much, still I’ll be choosing any other fast host for my blog soon.
By ignoring these two bad elements of WordPress, I am happy with my blog and working on it to take it through a new dimension with the help of superior power of WordPress. If you are on Blogger, you may also move your blog to WordPress in near future. I expect that you will also experience the same what I am doing. Or if you have already moved your blog to WordPress, don’t forget to share in comments what you experienced.