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  • #153421
    OB
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    I’m thinking of moving from Blogger to WordPress.

    Any advice, observations or suggestions most gratefully received.  I’m particularly interested to hear from those who have done it.

    Perhaps there are other platforms I should consider, if so please let me know.

    Thanks for reading.

    OB
    http://withob.blogspot.co.uk/

    #153425
    Mike
    Keymaster

    Blogger seems easier but in that it has less options.
    TWW is WordPress based and WPress offers way way more options, but it depends if you need those options or not?

    What are you looking to achieve?

    #153429
    OB
    Participant

    Thanks Mike.

    Currently some of the features on my blog don’t work.  Followers don’t receive  notifications of updates and the click to increase size of photos doesn’t work.  Readers have also said it is slow to load.  I’ve tried reinstalling gadgets to no avail.  Of course blogger is free but the downside seems to be there is no recourse when things go wrong.

    I simply thought I might get a better service from something I actually paid for.  In terms of what I want to achieve I just want a blog that allows a pleasant and easy interaction for it’s readers.

    OB
    http://withob.blogspot.co.uk/

    #153430
    Mike
    Keymaster

    Have a bash with a free wordpress site, you will be limited in terms of what plugins and themes you can get but it may give you a handle on it?

    I stuck with blogger as it was easy, BUT the formatting of text on pages was a PITA and it lacked a lot of functionality, and honestly, in the end I gave up.
    Wpress is likely to be no better as it is free software too, but you can pay for hosting a WPress site via a WPress server, which is where the paid aspect comes from I suspect, not sure what sort of support you will get with anything not hosting related, but quite a few people on TWW use wordpress in a commercial capacity so may be able to help you.

    In the end I just made my old Angel Barracks site into a sort of blog…

    #153432
    Phil Dutré
    Participant

    Depends a bit on your goals.

    Wordpress allows you a lot of functionality, and you can shape your blog exactly they way you like it.

    Blogger is very easy to use, but you have less control over how viewers will experience it. If you don;t want to do “fancy stuff”, it doesn’t matter that much.

    For the blog of our gaming group, we changed from WordPress to Blogger many years ago. Readership went up significantly. There used to be different ecosystems of readers associated with WordPress and Blogger, but I’m not sure this is still the case. In the end, what counts is how easy readers can link to your site from their own preferred blog reader app, and whether your blog allows that. Don’t assume readers will go manually to your blog every day 😉

    Tiny Tin Men Blog: http://snv-ttm.blogspot.com/
    Wargaming Mechanics Blog: http://wargaming-mechanics.blogspot.com/

    #153438
    Zac
    Participant

    What do you want to do? Build an audience or just blog? Blogger has access to a wider range of potential followers due to ir being part of the Google ecosystem. WordPress has better tools, if you host it yourself, but you won’t get as many followers.

    The free, hosted, version of WordPress is more powerful than Blogger but doesn’t have as many options or available tools as a self-hosted or paid version.

    I personally loath Blogger but if I wanted to blog as a way to get an audience and make money then I would use it

    #153440
    vexillia
    Participant

    To be honest if your current blog is broken and you can’t fix it, you’d be better starting afresh.  The issue is finding a blog platform that matches your technical skills not one that offers more features.

    With Blogger the recent changes really do require you know something about html.  Then you can edit the code to fix links and really control the post layout.  Relying on the wysiwyg editor provided by Google can be very frustrating.

    As I have coded my own web pages, using html in the new Blogger editor is surprisingly efficient.  It just takes some getting used to it’s quirks.

    I suggest you add the “Subscribe by Email” widget rather than rely on the Google followers mechanism not least because not everyone has a Google account.

    Finally, your last post at https://withob.blogspot.co.uk/  (Jan 2018) does show large images on clicking the image.

    Martin Stephenson :: Work | Blog | Auctions

    #153452
    Zac
    Participant

    Finally, your last post at https://withob.blogspot.co.uk/ (Jan 2018) does show large images on clicking the image.

    I can comfirm

    #153460
    OB
    Participant

    That’s an old blog boys. I really should update my strap line. My current blog is

    https://youdonotknowthenorth.blogspot.com

    Some interesting comments and observations for me to think about.  All much appreciated.

     

     

    OB
    http://withob.blogspot.co.uk/

    #153462
    Mike
    Keymaster

    Ooh yeah that was slow to load.
    Also agree the images are not clickable.

    #153511
    MartinR
    Participant

    I do follow a few WP blogs. As a reader, I never comment on them as I need to create some sort of WP account to do so, whereas with blogger I can comment away happily.

    "Mistakes in the initial deployment cannot be rectified" - Helmuth von Moltke

    #153537
    Padre
    Participant

    I do follow a few WP blogs. As a reader, I never comment on them as I need to create some sort of WP account to do so, whereas with blogger I can comment away happily.

    That might explain why for years people have said they’re following my WP blog but no-one ever comments. It feels very lonely for the blogger I can tell you!

    My Tilean Campaign can be found at https://bigsmallworlds.com/

    #153548
    Steve Johnson
    Participant

    I can comment on your Blog (I just checked) but if I want to receive your reply or other comments, I have to send a reply received in my e-mail to do so, which is a real pain compared to Blogger. This is one reason I don’t often comment on WP Blogs or follow them.

    #153550
    Padre
    Participant

    You lost me. It’s easily done. Technology is running away from me at an accelerating rate.

    You can comment but you can’t see anyone else’s reply? Like I said, I’m lost. Sorry!

    My Tilean Campaign can be found at https://bigsmallworlds.com/

    #153555
    Steve Johnson
    Participant

    I should have clarified, that the e-mail I receive has a confirmation link that I want to subscribe to further comments etc on this particluar post. I would have to do this for each new post on your Blog. Just more faff really compared to Blogger, which is a tick in the box when I reply. Just my two penneth really.

    #153556
    Thuseld
    Participant

    Have a look at my WordPress blog in my signature. I was organising it to record events and lore in my Sci Fi setting, but haven’t really bothered with it in a couple of years. You can have a lot of fun organising it though, and you have more control over how it looks.

    But for posting about my hobby in general my Blogger is my go to, and I like its simplicity.

    #153577
    OB
    Participant

    This is all interesting stuff to me.  I’ve added a follow by email gadget to my blog in the hope that will work for readers.

    Thuseld I can see the attractions of WordPress from your blog.  Is that the free basic version?

    OB
    http://withob.blogspot.co.uk/

    #153578
    Thuseld
    Participant

    This is all interesting stuff to me. I’ve added a follow by email gadget to my blog in the hope that will work for readers. Thuseld I can see the attractions of WordPress from your blog. Is that the free basic version?

    Yes this is the free version. I think there is a limit to how many photos I can upload, and I was nearing it, which might be why I stopped using it so much, but it has been a while since I have tinkered with it or played any Sci Fi games.

    #153582
    OB
    Participant

    Thanks, I must poke around your WordPess blog a bit more.  It’s all a learning experience.

    OB
    http://withob.blogspot.co.uk/

    #153584
    Thuseld
    Participant

    I just had a look at the plans and with the free account you get 3gb photo hosting. So take from that what you may.

    #153611
    telzy amber
    Participant

    OB I get the pictures to enlarge on this blog https://youdonotknowthenorth.blogspot.com but I right click the image and choose view image. The first two images are larger, but not huge, than the images on the page. The third image, if you right click and choose view image, is Huge and can be clicked again for an even larger image.

    The above is using Firefox. Using Microsoft Edge, right clicking and choosing open in a new tab will show the image larger.

    I don’t like google and I’m not really fond of Edge. I do like Firefox with NoScript but I’m weird

    #153627
    Phil Dutré
    Participant

    I do follow a few WP blogs. As a reader, I never comment on them as I need to create some sort of WP account to do so, whereas with blogger I can comment away happily.

    I can confirm that. Reacting to a WP post is always a bit more hassle. Might depend on the settings of the blog though.

    Tiny Tin Men Blog: http://snv-ttm.blogspot.com/
    Wargaming Mechanics Blog: http://wargaming-mechanics.blogspot.com/

    #153630
    OB
    Participant

    All good info!

    Thanks Thuseld, I might have a go with WordPress for a specific project and see how I go.

    Wonderful Telzy it would never have occurred to me that you can do that.  I like Firefox too.

    Interesting Phil I wonder if the settings can help with that.

    OB
    http://withob.blogspot.co.uk/

    #153698
    MartinR
    Participant

    I do follow a few WP blogs. As a reader, I never comment on them as I need to create some sort of WP account to do so, whereas with blogger I can comment away happily.

    I can confirm that. Reacting to a WP post is always a bit more hassle. Might depend on the settings of the blog though.

    Yes, it does seem to vary. There are one or two WP blogs I follow set up more like websites with no comments at all, or not that I can see. A fundamental of Web design is that any calls to action should be the minimum number of clicks away.

    "Mistakes in the initial deployment cannot be rectified" - Helmuth von Moltke

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