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Considering to Switch to Blogger Platform

By Kaidarul @KaiDarul

It’s been months that I have been thinking of making a move to the Blogger.com platform from this self-hosted wordpress blog. This is a major decision that I should make before the year ends.

As you all know, I will be out next year for six months or more because I will have to go to a review school for the CPA board exam. I am thinking of socially hibernating when that time comes. Priorities come first right? Of course, I want to be able to still keep my blog.

Here are some of the considerations that I have listed down for the switch.

Advantages of switching to Blogger.com:

  1. FREE HOSTINGI am currently paying $5.50 monthly for my hosting package at hostgator. It’s super costly. Oh well. That’s how much I love blogging. With blogger, I get free host. And if I did exceed their storage quota, I can always move it to another user and claim another 1gb photo/video storage. hihi.
  2. Google Friend Connect. Yes. The community is only available to Blogger blogs now. And I want to be able to constantly be updated with those blogs I follow. Plus, I will be able to track down number of readers.
  3. Ease of Functionality. Of all blogging tools, blogspot is the easiest one to work with. This is why I highly recommend using blogger.com for newbies. Built-in stats, commenting system, and designer are just few things that make it user friendly.
  4. Third Party Functionality. Now, Blogger has made a lot of changes with its system in a good way. The previously simplified and few widgets now vary. You can also add third party functionality. If you are good with codes, you can always have a Blogger version of the plugins.
  5. Easy Google Index. You can call it unfair, but it’s Google. And Blogger is with Google. Naturally, they will favor those in their house already.
  6. Fashion haven. Most of the fashionable people I follow are on Blogger.

Of course, it would also have its disadvantages.

  1. Horror Blog Deletion Stories. When I read this post, I had this mini heart attack. And I wondered if I still would continue. It made creating the decision harder than it already is. And if you hover to the Google group named Something is Broken, you’ll see hundreds of blogs being deleted, and owners appealing to Google. I am more than horrified!
  2. WordPress plugins and Functionality. WordPress has always been more functional. There are thousands of plugins to choose from. PHP coding makes it possible for lovely layouts/themes. You can upload media that are not photos/videos. Categories are different from tags. In Blogger, their are only Labels. You can do just anything!
  3. No terms to abide. Google terms and conditions are extensive. You can’t do this and that, blah blah.

The lists above can go on forever. However, I have to rank everything and include my priorities into the ranking. It is hard to choose between two good things. I am just hoping for the better result of whatever my decision will be.

Help me decide in the comments please. I will really need it and it would be most appreciated.


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