WordPress vs. Blogger: review after one week

Okay, so I've ported my blog to WordPress after nearly despairing at Blogger's chronic instability.

WordPress contra Blogger, what do I think?

What's good about Blogger?  Well, basically, the ability to put javascript buttons into your profile, and the ability to muck with your template file in order to fiddle with colors, etcetera.  For instance, I love this template in general, but I don't like the fuzzy artistic thing along the top. And I'd like to be able to insert a picture under the header.  I can do that in Blogger.  I can't even start that in WordPress unless I get my own server, learn how to run it, and then go through multiple hours of self-install WordPress from the ground up.

What's good about WordPress?  Aside from not being able to link my images right (for the Life, Liberty, Property community — I'm supposed to link with an image) and the javascript problem (which is a security thing), I'm very pleased with the Categories feature in general.  I like a 3-column template, but there are several in 2-column that are VERY nice, as well.  The Dashboard is also well done.

Can't stand how they handle links, though.  It's worthless unless I want a huge, disordered list or want to embed the links under categories on display, a process I didn't manage to figure out.  Fortunately, as you can see from my link farm, there's an easy workaround built right in.

One huge difference, however, is service.  I had two related technical goofs this week.  They were courteously fixed within 6 hours, with very fast answers to questions on the WP forums.

Try getting that out of Blogger.

So, so far, I'm happy with this.  It doesn't let me do everything I want (for that, I'd have had to bug the hell out of my buddy Joe the Troll, and I don't want to do that), but it lets me do most of it, and with a high degree of ease. 

Update: there was one complaint about color. It is theoretically possible for me to manually specify a text color for the posts that might be easier to read. However, it would be a manual adjust. So if I were going to try that, I'd need an artist type to suggest a color that would be easy on the eyes against this kind of background.

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  1. I do like the look and feel of the current set-up. You remember that we moved sciolist off of blogger after a pretty short period. I got lucky, of course, that our partner in crime runs his own servers ;-).

    The only problem with that was when we got wiped out by Turkish Hackers……

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  2. yep. And he offered, too… but I just wasn’t comfy stealing his time in order to put up what might have been a non-serious blog attempt… this way, I can get lazy and not feel bad.

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  3. Welcome to the WordPress fold.

    I host at DreamHost and they’ve got a great one-button installer. Then you can do all kinds of stuff that wordpress.com doesn’t let you do.

    Of course, I spent a lot of time customizing to get what we’ve got, but that was fun too.

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  4. Its quite interesting reading your comparison. I have blogs on both with same content ie http://www.londoncrib.blogspot.com and http://www.londoncrib.co.uk powered by wordpress. i have asked a few people about opinions on whivh blog they prefer and they all seems to like the blogger one because its clean. My only big problem with bloggger is hosting can go down and it doesnt give categories. I am not sure which option to go for

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