Saturday, November 1

To Wordpress or not?

Baba aka Amol has seriously taken up blogging, you should check out his blog. He can write a nice rhyme when he does find the time! (in case you did not notice, that was my attempt to rhyme :-) ). So Baba tells me that I should check out the great set of features that Wordpress has. I had a wordpress powered blog once, but the moment my free hosting provider stopped MySQL support, the blog stopped working. I then migrated to a file powered blog using SimpleBlog, but that was a very minimalistic blog. Giving that up, I moved on to Blogger.com platform.

What Blogger gives me is a very stable platform which is never to go down. Although the themes and the set of features are there but still very less in number, Blogger gives me reliability. Over a telephonic conversation, I tried to see how easy it is to migrate from Blogger to Wordpress with all the content ... and you know what?? It was a piece of cake ... smoothest transition ever!! You can check out the work-in-progress blog here.

So, oh helpful readers of mine, can you help me out in this ... whats it going to be ... the stability of the blogger platform on google servers or the flexibility of the wordpress platform on a hosted server?

7 comments:

Chandoo said...

Hey Kida...

WP anyday for me, my arguments:

- easy to install, configure and control. With your coding knowledge you can do pretty much everything using it (not tap dancing ofcourse, and yeah, brewing beers)
- neat community, well documented tweaks to get what you want
- powerful, database rendering that would suit most normal blog traffic needs

The only pain I felt is the version changes almost every month. You may want to wait till they roll out 2.7 and then migrate once and for all.

Prasad said...

@chandoo - Thanks machhi :)

Sudhir Pai said...

Personally,
I started off blogging with an LJ account. Then opened a blogger account with an intension of maintaining a separate blog that would be dedicated only to the conversations I have with people. Now gradually I've just merged it all into one blog, but then what i found was i did lose a few readers when i moved from LJ to blogger. And it was not for any other reason but inconvenience. So in my opinion , be it blogger, or WP or LJ, just stick to your blog...
:)

The Big K said...

Prasad,

I've used Blogger, Wordpress.com and my own hosted wordpress. Also few other platforms not worth mentioning here.

Take my word - wordpress is super! I recommend getting your own domain (you have one already) & space and then stick to it for years. I moved from ce.com/me to superblog.ce.com and lost lot of readers ;) .

There are plenty of themes available to choose from and a big number of widgets/plugins for the sidebar. Also the new version of wordpress looks promising!

Do write a post on your findings!

bluediamond said...

i guess the decision depends on the trust you have with your hosting server. if you can find reliable hosting, i would say the migration is worth.
but as chandoo said, 2.7 version is gonna be out soon....

Baba said...

You probably anticipated my response: http://stackhopr.com/blog/2008/wordpress-world

Prasad said...

@sudhir - I know stick to the blog, and its the content that matters .. but the features given by WP are seriously awesome!!

@biggie - I am seriously considering the transition, will post a complete transition follow-up post for others :-)

@Archana - Yeah .. I think i will wait till 2.7 then migrate .. till that point of time I can do my research on the migration bit, eh?

@baba - poet programmer you are, with words and code you spar, be it the poetic spout, or be it C++'s cout, you are COOL without a doubt :-)