Why I moved from Free WordPress to Blogger... - My Datafication

12 October, 2016

Why I moved from Free WordPress to Blogger...

...just after the first post?
As it is well known, WordPress is pretty famous for the great number of free templates with beautiful design and good functionality. The biggest benefit is the ease of use, as it simplifies every process, from creating a new blog to formatting a post. Especially, if you want to create a new blog, all blogging capabilities are built-in and ready to be used. Thus, when I decided to create my blog, it took me less than a day to set up my Free WordPress site and be ready to write my first post.

However, when I started looking for more customization, I hit a wall. Free WordPress accounts allow you to select from a narrow variety of templates, while these templates have limited number of customization, e.g only 3 to 5 different color palettes, which you either take or leave. So, I decided to leave, for all the following reasons.

No custom domain

Free WordPress account does not allow you to add your custom domain you may have purchased a few hours ago (!). If you want to do that, you should buy the premium package for about 25 dollars per month. Alternatively, you could redirect from the custom domain to the WordPress domain using a mask, i.e. the website is redirected to the WordPress domain but the user sees the custom domain, even after navigating to different pages of the site. In order to achieve this, you should manage the settings of the domain registrar, which I did but seemed to be highly unprofessional and unreliable. On the other hand, Blogger allows you to add your custom domain without a problem!

Design limitations

As written above, Free WordPress account offers a limited number of templates, which have also a limited number of customization options. For example, you have a narrow variety of color palettes, and thus cannot achieve the design you may have visioned. Moreover, even if WordPress is famous for the variety of plugins that may serve any purpose, the Free edition has only a limited number of the most basic plugins. However, Blogger allows you to add any widget you want inserting your HTML/JavaScript script, while you may customize your template at any level of detail by changing directly the HTML script.

So, the main reasons I migrated from WordPress to Blogger are two, but they affect the professional look and feel of my blog. Moreover, since I like to have things in hand, feeling restricted by a template seemed a nightmare. The solution came with Blogger, whose drawback though was the time needed to set up (over a week), because customizing through the source code is more time consuming that something more like plug and play.

All in all, the free version of WordPress is more like a demo version of the real WordPress and is just a hint of the benefits it may offer in the premium version. Thus, in order to keep things both free and in my own hands, I opted for Blogger!

If you liked the post, read also "What is Datafication" to learn about the origin of the term and what inspired me to use it for my blog! Don't forget to like "My Datafication" on Facebook to stay up-to-date with the latest posts!

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