Well, I’m just over a week into my switch to self-hosted WordPress (wordpress.org), and the verdict’s in – I’m so glad I did it. As you guys know, I was worried. Would it be as easy as blogger? Would the transfer experience go okay? Would I keep all my traffic?
The answer to all of the above? A resounding YES.
There are already so many things I love about this platform. I feel like I have SO much control over the look and feel of my blog, and the interface is so much more professional-looking. And the plugins? My goodness, I should have done it forever ago based on the few plugins I’ve already found alone.
I spent a long time debating the switch, mostly because of the cost. Yes, it does cost some money to use WordPress, but if you love blogging and see yourself doing it for a while down the road – it’s so worth it. I figure as long as I make back in revenue what I’ve spent on hosting and the transfer (which isn’t too much in the grand scheme of things), I’m good. The best news? I’ve already hit that threshold only three months into the year.
So with that said, here’s just a few of the things I’m already loving about WordPress.
- The interface/dashboard. It’s really clean and easy to navigate. On your dashboard you get a spot for quick posts, a peek at your stats (with the free jetpack plugin), recent activity, and updates on wordpress itself.
- The plugins. Oh my word, the plugins. These seriously warrant their own post. One of my favorites so far automatically watermarks my pictures for me. This saves me tons of time, since I used to do each picture manually in photoshop!
- Spam protection is super easy. Wordpress encourages you to add certain plugins that protect you from spam, and they do a great job. Also, each comment has to be approved if it’s a first-time commenter. I’ve loved this because it automatically lets approved ones through, but protects you from the crazies.
- Adding pages is a snap. I’ve been debating adding a few pages to the top for a while, but was hesitant to pay for all the changes in coding it would require. Now? All I have to do is create the page, then I can add it to the top bar myself. Easy-peasy. Look for a redesign of all those pages up top soon!
- I own my content. Did you know that on Blogger, Google technically owns your content? Now I own it, as I always should have in the first place.
So there you have it, one week in and that’s what I love so far. If you’re considering switching and have questions as to why I did, definitely let me know…and then hire Lisette to do your transfer. She’s the best and made it SO easy for me. (Thanks again Lisette!)