Why I Switched from WordPress to Blogger (Part 1)

Anybody in my computer world would think by reading this blog title that I've gone backwards and lost my mind! Wordpress back to Blogger? And, don't get me wrong, this post isn't to bash one platform and praise another, I'm writing this to explain my decision to make the switch. There might be a few select people who feel as I do and wonder if it's possible to do.

I won't kid you, it can be a LOT of work going from Wordpress, a CMS (content management system) that really has leaps and bounds over Blogger in many ways. Blogger can't compete in some areas. However, for anyone not very technically inclined... Blogger is a God-send.

My background in computers dates back to the 80s, so I've got a lot of experience in graphics, word processing, web design and development, and software troubleshooting. I actually began my blogging career using Blogger, because it was out and very popular before I had even heard of WordPress (I'll abbreviate it WP for the rest of this post).

I took the plunge to learn WP about seven years ago and I took a whole six months to learn it. That's one drawback to it. However, there's plenty of videos, blog posts, and forums devoted to WP teaching. I developed many websites, blogs, and landing pages for clients and made a full time living for about two years doing that as well as WP training and consultation.

So What Happened?

First off, I had several individual blogs that I needed to combine into one. When I bought the domain kimmcdougal.com, I thought this would be the perfect place to house all that I love: crafting, style, beauty, cooking, and my Christian faith as well as sell handmade items right from my website. I built the site on WP and all was good for about close to a year, but then the site began to slow down dramatically. Also, I had installed different features because I needed certain functionality (plugins), but there were incompatibilities between them so it meant doing a lot of research to find plugins that would talk to each other.

The problems got worse as my site began to grow so did the need for more bandwidth, more space, faster speed, eCommerce, and it needed to house large images. My web host guy even told me I may have to consider upgrading for more space and install page caching and image optimizing plugins + CDN (still trying to understand CDN!), I installed optimizer and caching plugins to help speed up the blog. And some of these plugins come with one-time or even monthly costs. My image optimizer will only compress 500 images per month and then if I go over, I would have to pay. I have a small budget, but only for stock photos.

The optimizing and caching plugins were working, but neither helped much. It was still taking anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes for my blog to load and/or page changes to take. I also had to wait exceptionally long to log in to make changes. That is just not acceptable especially for visitors. No one waits past a couple of seconds for a website to load. If I added up the number of weeks that I was have a load problem, I'm losing a LOT of money. Plus, blogging on my site was no longer fun. I want to have a blog that I can monetize and that means writing a lot of content, sharing information, offering freebies, selling products, research and typically I would find blogging a part of my job that I love, but not with the problems I was having. I couldn't take it any longer.

Why Blogger?

Sometimes, I think we have to go back to where it all began. The grass isn't always greener on the other side. I was spending from 50 - 100 hours a month trying to fix problems, manage updates, and adding security. This leaves very little time for crafting and creating content. I could no longer justify all the loss of time + I really missed the simplicity of Blogger. Just about everything I need to have, I can do in Blogger. It handles the programming differently, but it's easier to edit. So, the past couple of days were spent trying to find a way to move back. It wasn't easy to find, in fact Google thought I meant to search for going from Blogger to WP!

I found only about three blogs where the writer talked about going from WP to Blogger so I was really grateful as I was beginning to believe I was the only one that wanted to do this :) I mentioned earlier in this post that it can be a lot of work making the transition so to keep this post from being any longer, I'm going to stop here and write a part 2 where I will tell you how I made the move and was it easy to do?, so stay tuned.... and hey...thanks for reading!