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Blogger vs. Wordpress


Amanda from Meet at the Barre introduced an awesome new blog design yesterday - go ahead and check it out here, I'll wait!  She made the switch from Blogger to Wordpress which is something I've seriously been considering myself and after seeing her new site, I'm even more intrigued.  

I've used Blogger since the beginning and while I don't have any problems with it, I love how streamlined and customizable Wordpress sites are.  But it is more complex, especially for someone that knows zero HTML coding.  And then there's the question of self hosted Wordpress or using a software like Genesis?  It's a bit overwhelming and a decision that I keep going back and forth on.

There are tons of articles out there detailing the differences and the pros and cons of each but I'd love to hear from you guys, my friends.  I trust your opinions, thoughts and advice and want to hear what you think about the topic!  

So tell me, Blogger or Wordpress?

32 comments

  1. The coding scares the hell out of me! But perhaps you are braver! ;-)

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  2. I've thought about switching to Wordpress, especially since I do a lot of coding on my own any way. I've just heard that the cost to have someone else migrate your blog over is crazy expensive and I just don't know if I can bring myself to spend that much! Her site does look amazing though!!

    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  3. I love amanda's new site - but I think there are ways to make blogger look like a wordpress site and until then, I'll stick to blogger!! I love your site :) xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

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  4. Thanks for the shoutout girl! The best advice I can give so far switch over when you can have a few days to devote to it and not like me who had a massively overbooked clinic and trying to learn ;-) I'll message you more reasons why I am absolutely loving it!!

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  5. I've only used a Wordpress site so I can't really compare them well. The thing that surprised me was that custom sites are much more expensive for Wordpress than Blogger. Like HUNDREDS more dollars but you can get themes for more reasonable prices. Good luck making your decision!!

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  6. Her site looks incredible! I've thought about making the switch, but the cost and the headache are what holds me back. I think my husband would have a heart attack if I spent hundreds of dollars on switching my blog platform, and then to get a new design is hundreds more :-P

    Plus, I'm nervous about all the coding and every day use as I'm the most technology challenged person ever lol.

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  7. I've been debating between switching to Wordpress too. I think Wordpress is awesome and wish I would have started on Wordpress, but I don't know if the stress of moving everything over is worth it.

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  8. I've been debating this for awhile, but I just like the ease of blogger. I don't do much of the coding and don't 'make' enough off of my blog to invest in WP. That's just my opinion, though.

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  9. The great debate! I've only ever known Wordpress, so I'm not much help when it comes to comparison. Doing the everyday things is pretty simple to learn, but some of the more involved changes are intimidating (like changing your theme or customizing the code for your design)! I don't know how blogger is, but if I wanted to do giveaways and link ups I had to have my own self hosted site and url, which is a pain because it's $$. I love your new site though! It looks great and if it works for you, then I say stick with what you know! :)

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  10. I went with Wordpress because the reviews were better. I still have a lot to learn though. I think that you should just stick to what works for you. I'm not a super technical person and know nothing about codes, etc. so yeah.. stick with what works best for you! :-)

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  11. I hear ya, girl! I've gone back and forth on this forever - I'm actually pretty familiar with WP since I had to build a website in my college Web design class, but I still enjoy the easiness (and cost!) of Blogger.

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  12. I am with you on this. I'm worried I don't have enough knowledge to manage a Wordpress site, but I love, love, love how it looks and flows!

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  13. I switched from blogger to wordpress and I'm so happy I did! I just feel like there's so much more you can do with wordpress, I definitely prefer it to blogger now that I'm there.

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  14. Yup. I feel the same as the girls above - the coding, the new software and the cost hold me back, although one day I'd like to do it :)

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  15. Wordpress 100%!
    And I agree. Her page is AMAZING now.

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  16. Eeek… coding IS a nightmare. I would honestly stick with blogger- you can always update your site design (for much cheaper than wordpress) and I like the commenting better. I hate putting in my name and email every time :/ I'm all about whatever's easiest! xoxo

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  17. I've had this debate with myself over and over again! I do love what Wordpress has to offer, but I also like the simplicity of blogger -- I'm sticking to blogger for at least a little bit longer, but there's always a possibility that I'll switch!
    xo Southern Style

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  18. Ahhhh, Amanda and I were texting about this and her new site last night! I'm a Blogger blogger too, but I tell you what: Wordpress sites just look better. It's the truth! I think I'll make the switch later this year in fact. And all the plugin options are far better than Blogger's javascript BS. But just like you, I have minimal coding experience so I've shied away from it!

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  19. If I had more time, I'd go with Wordpress I'm sure however Blogger it is because its easier to use at work when I have a few minutes to post.

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  20. I tried Wordpress with another blog & man, its complicated to me... I like to keep it simple so I just stick with Blogger.
    As everything - I think there's pros & cons to any decision :)

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  21. I've been wanting to do this too but not sure if I should take the plunge! Let me know what you decide doing and what the verdict is!

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  22. I think if I had the time (and money) to really invest in my blog I would switch to Wordpress because it seems a little more professional sometimes? And from what everyone says there are so many nice options for customization and add-ons and things.

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  23. Ugh, I've been so conflicted about this! I hate I didn't just start on Wordpress, but to be honest, I'm not sure switching is worth the hassle. Maybe when I have a few spare hours...

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  24. I've been on Blogger since day 1, and honestly just like the ease of it. My husband is a software developer, so I know he could help me if I wanted to make the switch, but I like the way my blog looks (and that I actually know how to use it haha).

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  25. I switched about a year ago and I'm on the fence, if I'm honest. Cory does a lot of my coding, as well as a few other sites and he hates Blogger. He loves the customization WordPress offers. When I first switched, I thought I would be able to just convert my design and everything over (dumb, I know) and was completely overwhelmed when I realized I couldn't. So I just hired someone to do the design for me and was shocked at the price difference between Blogger designs and WordPress designs. If you are planning to switch, I would only recommend switching to the self hosted because Wordpress.com is the same as a Blogger, just a different platform. You also can't do ads on WordPress.com. For me, it was easier to pay someone to get my design set up rather than put myself through the frustration of learning how to code it. Now that it's set up, there are changes I've learned how to make but as far as day to day stuff, WordPress isn't that hard. I know this probably isn't any help but if you had asked me right after I switched, I would have said stay on Blogger- just buy your own domain name but now that I'm used to it and Cory has figured a lot of it out, it is better because I own the website and the domain name.

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  26. I prefer blogger, but that's just me! I don't think I'm dedicated enough to switch and I quite like blogger. I've never really had any huge issues.

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  27. I love blogger! I had wordpress, and for me it was too difficult. I'm good at some HTML, I feel wordpress is all HTML, at least when I tried to use it once. I just also added some new things to my blog that I would hate to learn all over at wordpress. I definitely enjoy the freeness of blogger.

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  28. I've thought about moving to wordpress too but I really love Blogger and I've set up a few wordpress websites for work and I actually wasnt a huge fan. xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  29. I had a previous blog on Wordpress, and it was a big commitment (though I do love to code!). Right now, I am sticking with Blogger for this one because it's simpler. :)

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  30. I've always used and enjoyed blogger. Every time I think about making a switch to wordpress I think of Kate @ The Small Things Blog. It seems like her switch from blogger to wordpress was and still is a giant headache for someone I'd consider to be a blogging PRO. I really do enjoy blogger so I'm going to keep plugging away with it. Good luck with deciding what is best for you :)

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  31. I love blogger but I too have considered the switch. btw blogger sites can look like wordpress - After my redesign so many people have asked me if I switched to wordpress. Nope! I may in the future though.

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  32. For starters I am new around here, so I wanted to say.. Hi! Secondly, I recently switched from Blogger to Wordpress and I completely think it's worth it. Don't get me wrong, there were a few bumps in the road but I think overall I made the right decision.The setup and all the widget available for Wordpress are amazing. But I would say if you make the move choose wordpress.org not wordpress.com. I am more than willing to help if you make the move!

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