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Making the move to WPress, today, please read this...

I am going to make the move to WordPress, I post this last post here in blogger format, this is mainly because I know the feed will go out, and it allows me to update the most important people, you, the readers.

Please note this will be down at some point though not for long, maybe you are reading this when it's still on blogger, or maybe whiles it's on wpress.... who knows, anyway, wil be making the switch, nothing should need to be done by you, unless my feeds mess up and you may then need to resubscribe, but doing that when it's on Wpress of course.

Thanks to you all.

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Not happy with blogger or godaddy, forced to consider WPress now...

I am not happy... many others are also not happy, this mess with blogger and their recent shafting of FTP users could have been dealt with alot better than it has been, wasting hours trying to sort this out has pissed me off no end, the reason we used blogger was for it's ease of use, yet here we all are having to deal with technical crap.

I was using blogger long before google went and bought it, as usual they piss everyone off, don't get me wrong, I like and use google for lot's of things but they ain't covered themselves in glory with all this mess, like they never when they buy half decent stuff and let it die... 

All credit to Rick Klau though for being the only blogger staff who seems to help any of us, blogger should have hired him YEARS ago!

This FTP situation with blogger and this blog, plus godaddy and the DNS stuff is really pissing me off, godaddy say I should "park" with them so I can change DNS settings using their total DNS, yet that would mean this blog vanishing, as it is, there is no way that is going to happen.

I do want to sort this mess out but feel blogger has let us all down the way it's been done, will they change something else in two years and piss us all off again? Who knows?

They should never have allowed us to use FTP of they had no intention of supporting us properly, they only did that because everyone was dumping them for WordPress, people wanted to stop using blogspot, especially after so many were deleted, to combat more crap happening like this they wanted people to be able to use their own domains so allowed us to do so, using FTP so we host our own blogs, like I have here, yet they went and changed it all again with custom domains, basically they shafted us, they want you to host with them so they have control, whatever happened to the "don't do evil" mantra google shoved down our throats?

They should have started with custom domains in the first place, I take anything they say now with a huge dose of salt, do I trust them? Not really!

Yet, I don't really like Wordpress, many others don't either, but this mess is forcing us to think about it, me included.

I have yet to hear from anyone who has used godaddy for their domain, and their own host for the blog who have sorted this mess out, who I can ask how they did it.

Are you one who has sorted it using godaddy etc? Any advice? 

I am running out of patience with it to be honest, it's a shame, I was one of those who argued with WordPress users, sticking up for blogger over the years, never again will I do that.

As things are, I am now waiting to hear from my host in the hop they can help in some way, if they can, I am going to give it three months and see how it fairs, if I have issues, I will dump blogger and use WPress. 

I think blogger screwed up big time, they could have done this a whole lot better. 

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Blogger sloooowly stalking wordpress, new pages - step in the right direction

Blogger in draft has seen more changes added... :o)

Now we also get pages, up to 10 per blog and wordpress no longer has that advantage. Woot!

So I had a little look last night to see what it's like and what possibilities it allows me, I thought about doing it on here but decided on a blogspot hosted blog, it's what blogger want us all using so test on that first, I like to dive in, so I gave it a go on "how to use blogger tips" with just a tester page on "why I started blogger-made-simple".

Looks good in some ways, I can obviously do much more with it but the fact the url of the page is set up like this means good for the keyword theme you aim for, remember it's good to have a blogspot blog for testing anything without worry.

So, it has not got me rethinking my whole blogging strategy, not only one the others I have but also with this blog you are reading, I feel keener to move this to a sub-domain like blog.robsellen  . com. while allowing me to keep some hosting in place for other important things, this is stuff that I don't need to explain here.

Just allowing blogger to host the sub-domain itself and the blog content would be good for getting off the dreaded FTP set up... which is getting to be a pain in the arse!
And typing in this current url would just redirect instantly to the sub-domain.. so this blog is still the same, just a new url.

The ftp is so slow, getting off that for that reason alone is worth it, editing and such is so much faster.

Blogger tends to have dropped FTP users to the bottom of the list, targeting the blogspot users and I understand why, don't blame them either.

The fact I could use sub-domains means I can do several blogs on each domain, not that I necessarily will but it available to do while benefiting from the blogspot pros, losing the FTP woes.

So, if you are using blogger, are you using the "draft" version of the editor?

If not, simply go to the bottom of your blogger dashboard page and you will see a link, then after that you see a small blue box near the top of your dashboard with a tick, to make draft the default.
Draft is where the new additions and benefits roll out first.

Blogger is upping the reasons to stick with them, but I hope we will see even more changes soon, the changes have been a long time coming anyway and that was what allowed wordpress to gain the following it did.

I am off to create some pages! :o)

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Do blogger actually intend to make changes, or are they stalling?

Starting to wonder about blogger, have they missed a trick in taking so long to actually act regarding the blogger changes I looked forward too?

I wonder how many have moved already in that time from blogger to wordpress?

Or just picked wordpress because it was better when they actually made the choice to have a hosted blog.

Blogger asked users for suggestions, notice that post I did there was 3 months ago, I was seriously considering changing it then...but thought I'd wait until I see what changes / improvements were made and yet nothing has happened really, I am starting to wonder if anything will happen at all, even if it does will it benefit those who use their own domain on their own hosting as I do here.

I am now thinking about this whole thing again and wondering if I should just go for it and change this to a wordpress one.

If I do, it will look a bit different to what it does now, seeing as this is a unique look I created from a basic template, what I am slightly nervous of, is the loss of backlinks already out there, because I thought about using the blog on a subfolder, ie.. robsellen.com/blog or a subdomain, ie. blog.robsellen.com so I could do more with the main domain itself.

The benefits of wordpress do seemingly outweigh the cons of sticking to this blogger platform with this blog.

I will still use blogger but only for blogspot blogs really.

If the wordpress is better then it's likely I will use it for any new domains, I mean... why wouldn't I? ;o)

I think blogger need to get cracking really if they want to keep more of us using it.

There is something about the sheer ease of using blogger that does make it appealing in ways but it needs an overhaul and the improvements can't come soon enough.

Anyone have thoughts on that?
Any tips for the move, if I do it?

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