Wordpress is great!
WordPress is growing on me! πŸ˜€

Having been on WPress now for a few weeks, actually a month now,Β I thought I’d share some thoughts and give you all an update of sorts.

An interesting month it’s been in the blogging sense and I am still in that “interesting” phase! πŸ™‚

The blog also had a google PR rise back up to 4 from 3, thankfully the move didn’t have any negative effect… I have to say though… PR is not really that important, only to those who think it is. πŸ˜‰

The move was not so straightforward as I’d hoped for, it wasn’t all bad though, and you’ll be asking…”Β am I glad to made the move to WordPress now?

Yep… I can say that without a doubt it is far easier to use than a few years ago, of course there’s still some learning curve there but that goes without saying with anything you do, no escaping that. πŸ˜‰

I didn’t worry too much about the theme at the start, just picked a decent one I liked and got stuck in, I have to say, this isn’t too bad a theme overall, the only issue I have is sometimes a couple of the widgets don’t sit right when I move them, it makes the sidebar sit badly, so I didn’t get it exactly how I’d prefer it, but it’s all good as part of the learning. Β I am in no rush to start throwing money at themes, put it that way πŸ˜‰

So, WordPress, what do I like and dislike about you…and where am I going from here?

WordPress over-delivers whereas blogger under-delivers!

WordPress has far more to it than blogger ever did and the move has made me consider how adaptable WP really is, I mean look at the possible widgets on blogger and comapre that to WP… not much to compare is there?

OpenΒ sourceΒ just works, full stop, let the smart people out there make the basics better and add their own twist to things and watch it grow.

The fact we could use our own templates on blogger was probably the biggest benefit to using it, else everyone would have been stuck one of their very limited crappy standard templates… no thanks, modified all the way which is something I used on blogger when this was on FTP to blogger… when they killed FTP I knew I’d never get that look again here.

There is alot of decent blogger templates out there, just a shame blogger are so slow to take advantage on that and make the most of them.

But the wordpress community trumps it again really, it’s massive, so many templates, and the framework is being improved by smart people like C Pearson, you know about it with the paid themes you are familiar with, thesis, headwey etc.

Combined with the much larger plug in database for WPress you have a huge choice of how to get your blog looking and working.

WordPress is continually adapting and growing and we all know how long google have been taking to make improvements to blogger and some of them were lame considering WPress users had been using some of them for years…

WordPress just fits with bloggers better

WordPress puts me in total control of the blog, if it’s out there I can add it, use it… unlike blogger did.

Blogger needed to make massive strides and it didn’t, it stagnated for far to long and as a result millions moved to WPress, this also added to the open community too, more people started creating WP based things, more demand made it worthwhile for them and they just grew massively.

With blogger, the bloggers themselves were waiting for stuff to happen, and just left waiting… which is the whole reason I got stuck into hacking the damn thing and learning code, using own templates, adding whatever crap I wanted to add… I wasn’t happy being restricted in that sense, I got so fed up of it, the FTP being ditched meant I ran out of patience, it pissed me off at the time.

No such issue with WPress, if I like something then it’s likely someone else has too and it’s been made available somewhere… if not, the many requests soon spark someone into creating it…whatever it is…

No waiting for “permission” you see. πŸ˜€

WordPress behind the scenes as in the dashboard is some way ahead of bloggers one once you are used to it, it really is a good set up, and one you can tailor to suit yourself… unlike bloggers fixed set up, the only advantage of bloggers is the fact you can have many blogs in one dashboard.

Blogger still doesn’t even have bloody smilies!

WTF… sort it out blogger and get with the times! πŸ˜‰

When it comes to actually working on your blog, writing a post etc, this whole WPress set up is just a leap ahead of blogger, especially in the way it helps you set your SEO up right, from right within the dashboard, it’s also way better with images and even the fact we can add a caption like we do is a bonus!

doh!
Useless!

The post preview on here is real, as in the real bloody post and how it actually looks on the blog, after it’s published, not some crappy pop up box with all the formatting crap messed up in blogger, so when you actually published it look completely screwed up!

I got sick of having to battle the editing to get post looking right, images and words wrapping round them never went as it should… blogger for that was useless!

As much use as that damn sign! πŸ˜€

What’s next for this blog and WordPress

Lately I have started to think about where I want to take this blog, I will be staying on WPress for sure and I’m considering what I’d like to add to it and how to put my stamp on it, with the posts already published I need to go through them all and sort them out, tidy them up.

I started adding pages as seen at the top in the bar under the header image, and as links on the footer below, just the basics that I think we all have at the moment, do check them out.

I will fill the ones I need to fill up, links page will have alot more links on there soon, carefully picked ones too. πŸ™‚ And I’ll add more pages that I plan to do in the future.

I will be testing out different monetisation ideas here too, after all, I need to eat just like you do! πŸ˜‰

I am still undecided on the theme overall, and what I want to be on the blog, which means it would matter what theme I’d use.

All in all, I am glad to have stuck it out and got familiar enough with it to be happy, yet not too familiar that I don’t have things to learn and discover.

Exciting times! πŸ˜€

My first real month on WordPress
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19 thoughts on “My first real month on WordPress

  • April 7, 2010 at 11:21 pm
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    Rob glad your liking wordpress so much. It’s a very cool app lucky for millions of people they don’t charge for it. Had a look around the site your really hooking it up, Thanks for all the support you have shown me and my blog appreciate it πŸ™‚

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    • April 7, 2010 at 11:28 pm
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      Hey John,

      Yeah mate, it is a bloody good platform to use this WPress. πŸ™‚

      Gradually getting there mate, slowly but surely, still a few things to sort out and I’ll be happier, but I will get there.

      Thanks for supporting me too mate, you got a great blog that no-one reads.. πŸ˜› http://potpolitics.com should be read! πŸ˜€

      Will have to add that to the links page too πŸ˜‰ EDIT : DONE. πŸ˜‰
      .-= Rob´s last blog ..Time to write for people, not machines… =-.

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  • April 8, 2010 at 1:57 am
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    I don’t mind your theme here. It’s clean and simple. Makes reading easy. I signed up for blogger, never used it. I don’t like the idea of someone else controlling my content. I have word press and actually have Thesis. I even have an empty url with a great name… now if only I could find some free time! πŸ™‚

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    • April 8, 2010 at 2:01 am
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      Hey mate,

      Thanks, glad you like it, I do too.. no idea what I will do yet. πŸ˜‰

      I like and still use blogger on a few other blogs, but this being my personal one I wanted to do more with it… and blogger just pissed me off. πŸ˜€

      Move it was… πŸ˜‰
      .-= Rob´s last blog ..Make money online from one of these 95 niches =-.

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  • April 8, 2010 at 8:11 am
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    It’s Thesis theme for me. You have to pay for it but it is worth every cent for ease of use and functionality. As for widgets, CommentLuv rewards good commenters and encourages them to return. If you run Akismet then DoFollow is also a useful widget to keep good traffic coming so long as the spammers stay away. You can always uninstall it if you have to. Great that your PR went to 4.
    .-= Wal Heinrich´s last blog ..Think And Grow Rich Mindset Mastery =-.

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    • April 8, 2010 at 4:35 pm
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      Hi Wal,

      Funny one of my best mates is call Wal… πŸ˜‰ His surname is Walton… so we all call him Wal.

      I do use askimet, not sure what I’d do without it, it catches everything, spammers should just, you know, give up! πŸ˜€

      I think commentluv is a great thing, the guy was smart to create that.
      Thanks for that comment, I am sticking to WPress for sure. πŸ™‚
      .-= Rob´s last blog ..Make money online with words =-.

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  • April 8, 2010 at 7:27 pm
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    I use a free theme on my main blog. Frankly haven’t given much thought to jazzing it up or changing the layout. It isn’t my first priority. I have Thesis on my money blog but I haven’t played with it at all. Again layout is not the main thing. It needs traffic. It has been a while since I did anything on my blogger blog. WordPress is the shit.
    .-= Ralph´s last blog ..Adding Audio to your WordPress posts with WPaudio Plugin =-.

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    • April 8, 2010 at 7:43 pm
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      Hi Ralph,

      Yeah I think there are some great free ones out there, more than enough for anyone to find one they like. πŸ˜‰

      I don’t think themes matter as much as other things either, if anything as long as it’s easy to use for the reader then it’s all good. πŸ˜€
      Yeah, I agree…WordPress IS the shit!
      .-= Rob´s last blog ..Make money online with words =-.

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  • April 9, 2010 at 10:25 pm
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    Although its a premium theme I would say use Thesis all the way! The new version boasts so many extended controls and features that aren’t native to wordpress its unreal. πŸ™‚ Your look is nice and clean, and even a stock install of Thesis without much customizing would allow you to keep that clean look but benefit in so many ways. I made the move to WordPress about a year or so ago and I also now have all my sites running on the Thesis framework. Check the article on PixelLoop to see whats new in last weeks upgrade.

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  • April 17, 2010 at 2:03 am
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    I find that if cost efficiency is a deciding factor, Blogger trumps WordPress.com. I had to pay a $9.97 to map my WordPress blog to my custom domain and if I wanted to customize my own CSS, I also have to upgrade and pay $14.97 a year. Blogger offers these features for free. WordPress may not be best for casual bloggers who aren’t earning to pad the fees. πŸ™‚
    .-= Mitch@SEO Mom Blogger´s last blog ..SEO-mom supports the ‘U Comment I Follow’ movement =-.

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    • April 17, 2010 at 12:25 pm
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      Hi Mitch,

      Welcome. πŸ˜‰

      Not sure why you had to pay, you mean you paid someone to do it due to not being able to do it yourself?

      I am guessing from your comment you didn’t get a domain and install WPress.org on it, rather than WPress.com as that’s like the free version of blogger’s blogspot.

      While I agree, blogger is far easier to learn with and get to grips with for a beginner…
      WPress.com has certain restrictions blogspot doesn’t.

      I am glad to have moved to this from blogger… πŸ˜‰
      .-= Rob´s last blog ..PR 4 and it means nowt, really… basic SEO is still basic SEO =-.

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  • April 17, 2010 at 4:32 pm
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    Yes, I’m referring to WordPress.com which is the one’s more easily available for casual bloggers (like me). I’m not willing to pay any hosting fees yet.

    No, you had to pay $9.97 to WordPress.com to be able to map your blog to your custom domain. It is not automatic like in Blogger. There is a fee to have it activated, as well as customizing the CSS. πŸ™‚

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