Recently, I had an acquaintance of mine find this blog that I haven’t maintained for some time, due to my decision to change blogging platform. Well I think I’m back on WordPress again.
The reason for flip flopping is a result of the free hosted WordPress decision to not allow some web embedded iframe HTML into WordPress. I understand the decision (due to security concerns), but I felt I wanted that functionality, so I went to blogger.
I looked at the overall appearance and found the WordPress theme to be much more pleasing to the eye. Additionally, administration seemed to be more user friendly. Blogger has not evolved as much as I would like it to, so that’s another reason why I’m giving WordPress another go.
One thing I liked about blogger was tight integration with google tools, especially when it came to including photos. However, I can get around that by inserting the img code. Besides, WordPress options once you include the image is really nice (especially the caption).
Oh, the embeds I was referring to earlier …. I don’t know if people found it useful, as I was simply embedding strava, so I don’t think we’ll miss much there.
For about a year now, I have been a regular podcast subscriber to http://www.geekbrief.tv. If you have a chance, you have to check it out. Cali Lewis hosts the show, and has some very informative information on various gadgets (things you may typically see on Macworld or Counsumer Electronics Show).
Anyhow, they have been big proponents of wordpress, and recently, they covered an event called Word Camp. They started talking about how to write blogs, make your presense known, and the sheer power of it all. Then, I got to realize, this is a Word Camp, as in Word Press camp. Duh! Do that got me thinking to try it out.
My first impressions are that this is for those that have a few blogs under their belt, and wish blogger had a little more power and flexibility. Blogger is great for someone who just wants to put a blog out and is very user friendly. Wordpress prides itself on being user friendly, but I have to say Blogger is a little more friendly, but WordPress definitely has some power. I’m still learning my way around this system, and perhaps it has the ease of use, with the gadgets that blogger has, but I’m still getting used to this.
One very powerful feature is the ability to import other blogs you may have. That is really nice. The templates also look more streamlined, more professional. I can almost tell if someone’s blog is from blogger or if it is from wordpress.
I may be converting all my blogs over to wordpress, but I am still experimenting with it at the moment.