7 Reasons Why Blogger Users Should NOT Switch to Wordpress
Because We would rather Fight than Switch.
Do you remember those old smoking commercials? So do I. Well it so happens that I was reading a great post by Rory explaining the intricacies of switching your blog from Blogger over to WordPress, and it reminded me of why I’ve decided to stay with the New Blogger.
So what’s that got to do with fighting? I left a quick comment on his post explaining my position and apparently it hit a sore spot with Rory who thought I was giving him a “kick him in the pants”.
Hey, that was not my intention bro… honestly, so I thought maybe I should elaborate a little and hopefully it might help as you struggle with this decision like I did.
So without further ado here are 7 (good) reasons why you should stay with New Blogger and not switch over to WordPress:
1. By staying with Blogger you won’t lose all your backlinks. Alternatively, if you decide to switch over to WordPress it would be just like starting all over from scratch again with a brand new blog. You will lose all of your incoming links and pagerank that you earned by your blood sweat and tears.
2. There is a relatively high learning curve hosting your blog on your own server (WordPress software, MYSQL, PHP, etc). So who needs the hassle? But hey, don’t take my word for it — read this. I would much rather spend my time writing than geeking.
3. The free hosted version of WordPress doesn’t offer features like full access to editing the HTML, Custom Domains, etc. like Blogger does. Who wants a blog that looks like everyone else’s? I sure don’t.
4. WordPress’ import plugins are notoriously buggy and generally don’t do very well, especially @ importing your Blogger comments.
5. Then of course there is the controversial subject of whether or not Googlebot is biased towards Blogger blogs. Or perhaps it could just be a matter of WordPress being penalized for creating duplicate content. You choose.
6. Both blog platforms are free, robust and make extensive use of plugins (or widgets as Blogger calls them). More and more widgets are becoming available for Blogger making customization as easy as WordPress (if not easier).
7. Both blog platforms lend well to hacking but Blogger is arguably even more flexible than WordPress.
Accordingly, it’s not like the good old days when there was a big difference between the two blog platforms. Now that the New Blogger has in so many ways caught up to Wordpress there is no longer a compelling reason to make the switch.
Moving is not worth the headaches and my advice is just stay where you are. So if you already have an established blog, stick with the New Blogger (or WordPress).
Both are excellent blog platforms and you won’t be disappointed.
UPDATE: Of course, since then I’ve changed my mind … Moving Over to Wordpress: The Good, Bad and the Ugly