Today I am guest-posting over at Campfire Chic with the #1 reason I encourage bloggers to make the switch to self-hosted WordPress.
When I started writing that post, it just got longer and longer and longer – there are SO MANY reasons I prefer WordPress. Please know that I started on Blogger and lived there for 3 years before I made the switch. I’ve been on WordPress for 2 years now and much prefer it.
Here are my top 5 reasons to switch to self-hosted WordPress:
*note* Much of this is a direct response to things I hear from current Blogger/Typepad users*
Self-hosted blogs are more reliable
When you do not pay for the blog (like when you’re using Blogger) it stands to reason that you will not be a priority for the company offering you the service.
Yes, I’m sure Google is not *intentionally* making Blogger unavailable to you and your readers … but, really… what obligation do they have to you?
You have only been using their free service, and if something goes wrong – like any good business – Google has to protect its assets and revenue streams and make sure its paying customers are happy.
Contrast that to paid hosting. You are paying a small monthly fee to lay claim to the technicians’ time if something does go wrong. You are entitled to the company’s attention as a paying customer.
I’ve been with Host Gator for 2 years (with several different sites) and I’ve never had a problem. I’m not saying I will never have a problem, but I do believe my hosting company will address my problem ASAP without a full day going past.
The small monthly fee I pay for hosting (is less than you will pay for Typepad and) helps me feel more secure in the reliability of my websites.
WordPress blogging software is easy to learn
I know that for people who are used to Blogger or similar, the software and set up of WordPress feels like a whole new world.
It is. I’m not disputing that.
Switching to WordPress means you WILL need to learn a new software program.
But you had to do that when you started your Blogger account and it turned out fine, right?
Once you have gotten used to the WordPress content management system you’ll find it is not any more difficult to use and in many ways is noticeably better.
One example: In Blogger, when you look at an unpublished post’s preview it is just the formatted text visible below the draft.
In WordPress when you look at a post’s preview it opens a whole new internet tab to show you what your formatted post will actually look like on the site – with your header, sidebars and everything. You can get a REAL idea of how the layout will look … you can see if you have inserted a photo distractingly near your sidebar photo, for example.
Not more difficult. Just different.
WordPress offers extras that other blogging software doesn’t
I admit, I don’t understand the technological part behind plugins and how they work.
But that doesn’t *really* matter.
WordPress makes them easy to install, set-up and use.
And you can find plugins for anything.
Kyla mentioned this calendar plugin that I’ve recently installed. This little bit of software makes it so easy to drag-and-drop to change the date of a draft post.
I also use AnyFont to easily change the fonts on my blog (these are not webfonts).
I have a photo gallery plugin installed and I’ve been looking into password plugins and forum plugins for other projects.
Really, almost anything you want to do on your WordPress site you can … with plugins.
With WordPress you can have unlimited subsites or add-ons
When I was on Blogger (for more than 3 years) I had a blog and that’s it. This was even before Blogger’s setup allowed pages.
I have ebooks and other files hosted directly on my site.
And I have the option of doing so much more.
It’s all kept online by the hosting that I pay a small amount for every month. Totally worth it.
With WordPress you can tweak and optimize for search engines
When Google looks at your URL yourblog.blogspot.com/p/advertise … what does P mean?
We know it means PAGE, but to a search engine, it may mean that that page is about Ps.
Which obviously doesn’t make any sense.
On self-hosted WordPress I can tweak my URLs as needed and make nested pages so I have a page with the URL http://teeganphotography.com/prices/weddings and http://lemonandraspberry.com/shop/products/betterblogcontent …. Pretty clear to a search engine what those are about
With WordPress you have to have your own URL so you are building authority right into it.
And you can take that URL to any other hosting company if you want (versus yourblog.typepad.com which will always belong to typepad).
And finally …. .not to worry all your archives can be migrated over to WordPress
How to switch: Email me
As I mentioned, I currently have 4 blogs set up using self-hosted WordPress (+more sites in the works).
If you are interested in making the switch, email me for pricing to do the set up and migration.
If you STILL don’t believe me, check out these other resources:
Do you have questions about switching to WordPress? Leave them in the comments!