Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Word Press n00b

I have been contemplating moving from Blogger to Word Press. It's scary, very scary. It's kind of like like switching from PC to Mac or Playstation to X-Box. I need help. Has anyone made this switch? I have a running blog there but I really don't know how to work with CSS (not that I really know HTML either!). Is easy once you get going? Help a brotha' out. Here are some of my initial questions: How do I get my Bloglines in? Can I customize my banner? Can I get rid of some of the built in WP operations? I guess the number 1 question is, is it simple to do the custom things that I see a lot of bloggers do?



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At 4/10/2007, Blogger mike macon said...

I maintain a mirror blog at WordPress of my Blogger blog. One nice thing about WordPress is that it has a great importer for posts and comments from Blogger.

The primary drawback of WordPress is that it forces true W3C HTML and CSS compliance - so inline stuff like embedded YouTube vids that don't exactly adhere to true W3C standards need a tad of tweaking to display properly.

Blogger is pro'lly the Mac in this equation (though for a "true" Mac blog, you'd go to .MAC); WordPress would be the Linux.

At 4/10/2007, Blogger mike macon said...

Oh, and yes you can customize the banner. Also, it allows RSS feed widgets, so your Bloglines feed should be easy to add. And as for WP ops, what do you want to get rid of?

As for ease... Blogger currently allows you more direct access to the full underlying HTML of the page; currently WordPress only allows CSS customization.

However, some of the WP widgets are nicer than Blogger's currently are - like the Recent Commenets widget.

However however, there are many Blogger hacks that emulate those things... and Blogger's constantly revamping itself.

I'm torn between the two, so I maintain the same blog at both sites... probably not what you want to do here, though...

At 4/10/2007, Blogger Esther said...

You are a very very very brave man! I only just started blogger in January, so I'm not changing anything midstream now.

Good luck to you on moving to WordPress.

At 4/10/2007, Blogger Esther said...

PS..whenever you change anything about your format, you lose your widgets. FYI. So save them somewhere on your harddrive or in your favorites section so you don't have to recreate the wheel when you start your new blog.

At 4/10/2007, Anonymous ba said...

wordpress is to use and can be hacked to customize it. There are so many plug in's and widgits...I would recommend it. If you really want to do it right you should consider getting your own domain name and haveing wordpress hosted locally. $50/year...and you will have more time wasters then you will know what to do with.

At 4/11/2007, Anonymous pete said...

dude... it's not hard to make the transition. i'll be more than happy to give you any tips and pointers along the way!


At 4/13/2007, Anonymous Boyd Bettis said...

I switched to wordpress a while back I like a lot more than blogger. More options to choose from. I also, like that on some of the templates it allows you to customize your banner. Make the switch.

At 4/13/2007, Blogger Chris Goeppner said...

my biggest issue thus far is the css thing. i dont get it. i have kinda figured out the html on blogger. HELP!

At 4/14/2007, Blogger rindy said...

I've only been on wordpress and I like it! It's easy and lots of choices! stop on by and check out mine...pretty simple layout but there are so many others!


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