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Diving into the world of blogging can be confusing. Which is the best blogging platform–Blogger or WordPress? And if you choose WordPress, which company offers the best hosting for blogs? Those questions and more are answered in this post!

blogger vs. wordpress
Oh my goodness. If I had known then what I knew now, my blogging journey would have been so much easier. When I first started my blog in 2013, I had pretty much no clue what I was doing. I snapped up a free site on Blogger and came up with my blog name in 5 minutes (I don't recommend that, lol). Since then, I've learned so, so much about the best blogging platform to use and which website host makes the most sense for bloggers and I'm sharing all of that info in this post for you. So let's dive right in!

If you are already using WordPress.org for your self-hosted blog and just want information on the best hosting for blogs, click here to skip to that portion of the article.

 

What's the best blogging platform? Blogger vs WordPress

I started on Blogger because I had already heard of it and had used it for a very small personal blog when my twin girls were born. It was familiar. It was comfortable. It was easy.  It was free.  So I started using it. My decision was that simplistic (not proud of that).

I WISH I had done some research on Blogger vs WordPress first because if I had, I would have started a self-hosted blog on WordPress from day 1. Now obviously, there are some expenses associated with self-hosted blogs, which I’ll talk more about in a bit. But I was pretty darn confident I was going to keep up with my blog, so I truly wish I had started on self-hosted WordPress. Now, you probably want to know why, so keep reading :)

First, a bit of clarification for newbies.  There are two WordPress versions: the self-hosted (wordpress.org) and hosted (wordpress.com). The best analogy I have read is that WordPress.com is like renting a house, which is somewhat similar to Blogger. WordPress.org is like owning a house. Like owning a house in real life, using a self-hosted WordPress site has some additional expense and responsibility, but I think it's well worth it. When I refer to WordPress in this post, I am referring to the self-hosted, “house owning” kind.

  1. Control: Not everyone realizes that if you use Blogger, Google is hosting your site. That means that Google could shut down or delete your entire blog any time it wants to. Yes, you read that correctly. If you work as hard on your blog as I do, the notion of anyone else having control over anything that happens to it is not okay. Now, to be clear, Google does not own your content, but it ultimately controls whether people can see it or not. With a self-hosted WordPress site, you are in control of your hosting, so only you can decide whether to shut it down or delete it.
  2. Ease of use: It is true that Blogger is user-friendly, but WordPress.org is much more user-friendly once you get used to it.
    • This is particularly true with regard to comments. I found the comment interface of Blogger to be frustrating, outdated and unprofessional. The ease in tracking and responding to comments ALONE makes WordPress more desirable. Also, I love the fact that if another WordPress blog links to your WordPress blog, you receive a “ping” that shows up in your comments window that notifies you of the link. This is HUGELY helpful because you can be sure to pop over to the blog linking to you to check out the post and to thank them for linking to your work.
    • Photo uploading in Blogger is tedious and frustrating.  I cannot believe how much easier it is to not only upload photos in WordPress, but also to give them proper attributes, such as alt tags, which as so important for SEO optimization and Pinterest.

3.  Customization: WordPress.org makes it so, so, so much easier to customize your blog.

    • Plugins: Blogger does not support plugins, which will become your best friend on WordPress. For example, I run the Leadboxes and Leadpages plugins on my site, which makes it easy for people to be able to sign-up for my newsletter when they “opt-in” for one of my free design guides. I also use Instagram Feed plugin to show my most recent posts in the footer area of my blog. Pretty cool, huh? The list of amazing plugins in WordPress goes on and on.
    • Design: WordPress offers you dozens of free themes that you can change with a single click. But the better option, and what I opted to do, was to purchase a framework and child theme which is what really allowed me to change the look of my blog and make the presentation more professional.  More on this below.

 4. SEO Optimization: SEO Optimization is MUCH easier with WordPress because there are tons of SEO plugins available.  Like tons of other bloggers, I use the “Yoast SEO” plugin by Yoast and love it.

5.  Credibility:  For better or for worse, it seems to be largely accepted (with a few notable exceptions) that “real” bloggers who are in it for the “long haul” use WordPress.  So, if you are hoping to earn revenue with your blog, work with brands on sponsored posts, etc., starting a self-hosted WordPress blog is a great way to make a statement that you are serious about your blogging.

Migrating from Blogger to WordPress

So, how did I fix my mistake of starting out on Blogger? I migrated from Blogger to WordPress.com, obtaining my domain name in the process. Before I tell you how I did it, let me talk to you about timing. I was lucky that I decided to undertake the migration in December 2013, at which point I had only been blogging for 6 weeks and had something like 11 posts and not a whole lot of followers. If you are thinking of migrating, THE SOONER THE BETTER! The more posts and comments you have, the more of a hassle it will be and the more of a chance that something (content, comments, etc.) will get lost in the transition. Trust me on this. Most hosting companies will offer migration services to move your blog over from Blogger to WordPress when you decide to host with them–just ask them.

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Best Hosting for Blogs

If you don't like reading long emails or explanations, then here are my recommendations in a nutshell:

  • If you are a new blogger or have less than 3,000 page views per day- I recommend Bluehost.
  • After you have at least 5,000 page views a day (or your traffic otherwise starts to affect Bluehost's performance)- I recommend BigScoots.

Now, if you want to fully understand the basis for those recommendations, keep on reading :)

When I first launched my blog in 2013, I signed up for hosting with Bluehost. I used Bluehost for the first 8 months of having my self-hosted WordPress site. Bluehost is very, very affordable and starts at $3.95 per month for hosting.  I added some additional options and wound up paying $12.00, but I still found that to be incredibly reasonable and doable.

I have heard many, many bloggers complain about Bluehost’s service. It always surprises me because I had a positive experience with Bluehost. Yes, there were times that my site was down as a result of server issues at Bluehost, but frankly, paying only $12.00 a month for service I expected some issues. I do not know if I had more realistic expectations than other bloggers, but I still absolutely recommend Bluehost to bloggers who are still growing their traffic.

That said, once I regularly had several thousand visitors per day, I decided to look into a faster hosting option. Bear in mind that faster means more expensive, so I really recommend using a less expensive option like Bluehost as long as you can. You do not need to move on to another host until your traffic levels warrant it.

I moved directly from Bluehost to Synthesis, where I remained for nearly 2 years and it cost me $127 per quarter (roughly $32 per month). I was very happy with Synthesis. My site was rarely down and when it was, it was corrected quickly. That said, I would have gone with BigScoots (more on it below) if I had known about it at the time.

Last year, my ad management company (AdThrive) offered a deal for hosting with WP Engine so I took advantage of that. Frankly, it was still fairly expensive ($136/month) and I was NOT impressed. My site speed actually decreased, which WP Engine blamed on everything but its hosting. WP Engine also failed to import redirects I had set up with Synthesis, which resulted in a lot of frustration and expense to have it correct.

Sooooo, that brings us to today. I am presently hosting my site with BigScoots and am THRILLED so far. My site speed increased and the pricing is really reasonable. I pay $99 a month and will remain at that price until I exceed 750,000 page views per month. And my migration was handled seamlessly and quickly. All my existing redirects were implemented without a hitch. So far, I have absolutely zero complaints and can’t imagine any reason to switch hosts.

Options for Customizing Your Self-Hosting Site

If you find that your readers are less than impressed with your blog’s aesthetic appearance and/or usability, you should strongly consider purchasing a new framework and/or child theme.  I decided to purchase both when I moved to a self-hosted platform.

Now, before I go any further, let me explain what a framework and child theme are for any of you that may not know.  The framework is the foundation or inner workings of your blog.  The theme is the pretty wrapping paper on the outside that gives your reader an aesthetically pleasing experience.

I quickly chose the Genesis framework.  Genesis is widely used among WordPress bloggers and for good reason; it is easy to use even for those people (like me) who are not very “techy.” The Genesis framework can be used alone, but it will only provide you with a generic look for your blog.

That is where your child theme comes into play.  Child themes work in conjunction with the Genesis framework to wrap your blog up in gorgeous wrapping paper.  Your blog’s design elements, such as social media icons, featured image slideshow, etc., are included within your child theme, so you do not have to be a website designer or know a bunch of code to make your blog look the way you want it to. Purchasing a beautiful child theme is MUCH more economical than paying a designer to design your blog for you.

You could certainly use a free theme, but I really wanted to step up my game and have a professional looking blog.  So, after a lot of research, I initially purchased a premium theme from StudioPress for $99, which included the Genesis Framework and a child theme.  Studiopress has loads of awesome child themes, all of which use the Genesis framework and are easy to customize.  I think this is the best investment I have made as a blogger.

My blog went from screaming “HEY!  I am an inexperienced blogger with a generic theme” to “I am a unique, one-of-a-kind, professional blogger!”  The choice of themes is huge, and you can view live demonstrations to help make your choice.  Each theme also has step-by-step instructions for setting it up to look just like the demonstration, but you can also customize it (which is what I did).

Initially, I chose the Lifestyle Pro Theme from StudioPress.  I loved the Lifestyle Pro Theme for a while, but after about 6 months of using it, I wanted a bit of a sleeker look, so I moved to the Magazine Pro Theme.  The new child them cost me less than $30, and it was so, so easy to switch themes.

I have since discovered a new favorite source for child themes–Restored 316 Designs.  I currently run the Captivating Theme on my blog and absolutely love it.  It is easy to customize and the layout is one of the best I have seen for showcasing your best blog posts, categories and photos.  I do not expect to switch themes any time soon, but because I am running the Genesis Framework, I can easily switch child themes at any time for a relatively nominal amount of money.  Remember, you only have to purchase the Genesis Framework once!  Child themes that run on the Genesis Framework are easy to find and are affordable.  You can also find fantastic child themes from Angie Makes, Etsy and Creative Market.

Phew, so those are my thoughts on the best blogging platform and the best hosting options for bloggers. I hope that was helpful! If you have questions, ask away in my Facebook group that’s just for bloggers. You can request to join the group here if you haven’t already.

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  1. Heidi says:

    I can’t seem to open the link for the migration ebook by Kristi that you mention in this post. Is it not available to purchase anymore? Thanks Tasha!

  2. The formatting issues are driving me batty. I had 15 scheduled posts in Blogger and after the migration, I have to go back into each one and play around with the formatting. Some paragraphs have larger fonts than the rest of the post. I think that’s my main issue with the migration. I moved with a total of 72 posts including the scheduled posts. Thankfully that wasn’t a bunch to move over. I lost all of my Disquis comments, but I’m not letting that bug me. I think once I get the formatting squared away I’ll be a happy camper again.

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  4. Jyl Milner says:

    I made the same mistake you did! I will be “migrating” to WordPress.org as soon as possible. Fortunately, I write all my posts in Word and copy them over to Blogger, so I have all my posts and can just re-copy and paste them into WordPress. Thanks for sharing your experience and advice – I don’t feel quite so foolish as I did!

  5. Bree-Ann says:

    I am in the middle of transferred my blog from blogger to wordpress (hosted by bluehost). I also have a domain with godaddy which now gets an error message when in type in my domain…and I purchased a theme through mojo marketplace and have no idea how to install it. I have the option to pay another $50 to have them install it, but apparently it won’t look anything like the theme demo, or pay another $100 on top of the initial theme cost to have then install it and set it up like the demo. I am starting to wonder if it would have been better to go with a smaller theme designer. I’ve been reading that a lot of their themes include installation and set up…

    • Tasha A. says:

      I don’t know of any that set them up for free. I am currently using a theme from Restored 316, which is much smaller, but there is no set-up included. Did you purchase one from StudioPress? As I recall, their help database includes instructions on how to set up each of their themes.

  6. Michelle says:

    Thank you so much for this post. I do not have a blog yet but I want to start one and your experience has helped me tremendously to finally decide whether to go with Blogger or WordPress. Also, the tips you shared about the look and design of your blog is one of reasons I have been hesitant about starting one.

    • Tasha says:

      You’re welcome Michelle. I’m excited to see your blog.

    • Reva says:

      Michelle have you jumped in and started your blog yet? I am also considering getting started and would love to see your blog and see how you are getting along.

  7. […]  I was seriously shocked.  At that point, I had migrated my blog from Blogger to WordPress (you can learn more about that here) and had some small expenses and I wanted to figure out how to make money blogging to cover those […]

  8. Ashley Berry says:

    Ok, I’m going to do it! I’ll be getting Kristi’s book in the next week and will make the switch! Thanks for writing this post because it’s exactly what I needed to hear and the motivation that I can do it myself!

  9. Myndie says:

    Thank you for the tips. I was blogging with blogger, but was never serious. After I started painting over the last year, I decided I wanted to build a website to sell the art, wanting a blog to go with it, so I started with WP all together. I only brought a few important posts I’d written to the new place. It’s slow and I’m learning a lot, but hopefully things will start to get easier for me. Posts like these sure do help.

    Thanks!

  10. Ahhhh…I have been blogging on Blogger for quite a while now (4 years, but good content the last 1.5) :), but want to migrate. I have SO much content. I keep debating if I should separate family/lifestyle with some other content, but it all just goes together so I think it’s best to migrate the whole blog over to WordPress (as I want to take my blog more serious). I will have to check out Kristi’s ebook and I might just have her to the migration since I have so much content. I’m so afraid of losing readers/subscribers. Thanks for posting this.

  11. Whitney says:

    This post is the most valuable thing I have ever stumbled upon. I was just browsing Pinterest before bed when j found this post. I am getting ready to get back into blogging. And just today I was think about what site I should use. And now I know. So thank you.

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  13. As a new blogger, these types of articles are always helpful – and make me feel good that I went with WordPress! Thanks for sharing your story!

    • Tasha A. says:

      My pleasure, Meg! Thanks so much for stopping by!

      • Krista Kemp says:

        Tasha,
        I am SO glad that I ran across your article! You have such great information here! I am super new to blogging (released mine to the public last week), and have been all over the internet (these past few months) trying to find the right fit. I currently have my blog with wordpress.com, but have plans to migrate to wordpress.org in the near future. Contemplated making this move once I had acquired a following, but based on the information above, I may just speed up the process. Thank you for your valuable insight. It is greatly appreciated!

  14. Kimberly says:

    I am about to make the move! I am pretty nervous, but also excited! Is there any drawback for choosing a theme on StudioPress from a third party?

    • Tasha A. says:

      Hi Kimberly! No downside at all–in fact, I purchased my current theme from Restored 316 Designs and am LOVING IT! You can read more about the different themes I have used here: . Good luck with the big move!

      • Kimberly says:

        Thanks again so much! I just finished the move yesterday and I could not be happier! It was a long and crazy process but so worth it.

        What are your thoughts on using Google Adsense?

  15. i’ve been with blogger fro 3 and a half years, with my own domain. I have heard loads of people say it’s best to move to wordpress, ut a few others say that blogger is just has good and there is not need to move. I have had no problems with blogger but I am thinking of moving as I do not have ownership of my content

  16. Liz says:

    Thank you for this great advice. I’m currently with wordpress.com and quite intimidated to move to a self-hosted platform. Do you think I would be able to stay where I’m at and still grow my blog and earn from it just fine? I appreciate your input tremendously! Liz

    • Tasha A. says:

      Hi Liz! Certainly you can stay with wordpress.com and monetize your blog for a while. But, long-term, you should consider moving to a self-hosted platform. I hope that helps!

  17. Momfever says:

    I actually moved báck to Blogger after leaving Blogger for WordPress.org.
    Everything you say is true, but I did nót find wordpress.org user friendly. At all.

  18. Emily says:

    Great tips! My biggest mistake was starting on wp.com and not org. I just signed up with blue host today. Super excited to make the switch. I’m a little scared about getting through the migration process, but I will definitely reference this post! :) xo, Emily

  19. Chelsey says:

    Tasha, thanks for the great post! I don’t use Blogger, but I get a lot of questions about them and I always redirect them to your blog. :) There is something I’ve been wondering, though and maybe you know the answer.

    I know Google owns your site if you’re a Blogger user, but do they own your *content*? Say a Blogger user decided s/he wanted to use some of their content to write an eBook–I’ve seen many bloggers say it’s OK to just copy & paste a certain percentage of blog content. Would they be allowed to do that or would they need Google’s permission then?

    Thanks again!

    • Tasha A. says:

      Thanks, Chelsey! I don’t know the answer to that question, but I think it is that if they were the original author, they could use it for an e-Book. The main danger with Google is that they can just shut your blog down on a whim. So, I think the distinction you are making is a good one–I think it comes down to Google owning your site.

  20. […] obvious costs (which would be self-hosting, since you can’t monetize on a free WP site. And using Blogger is a huge mistake since you don’t own your content and Google can shut you down at any time for any reason), […]

  21. I have been blogging for awhile but would like to monetize my blog now, so I am trying to get it set up in the best way possible for that. I have had a lot of issues with blogger and the google take over so I would love to switch but I am terrified because I have 582 posts. I only have about 115 followers right now so in that regard its a good time to move, but the 582 posts TERRIFIES me. Is it worth it? will I hate myself in the morning? lol!! Tips?

    • Tasha A. says:

      Hi Aurie! IT IS WORTH IT! I know some people who have migrated their sites with even more posts, so it can be done. You can do it! If you are really concerned, you can pay for someone to migrate it for you. A company called Fantasktic does it for a fairly reasonable price, from what I hear. Good luck!

  22. Amanda says:

    I also started out on Blogger but I made the switch to WordPress early on (after only about a month of blogging) and I am so glad I did! I paid attention to advice like yours from other bloggers and moved my site fast!

    The only thing I miss about Blogger was that I could see right on the admin page which pages/posts had been visited that day and which ones were popular. Google Analytics Dashboard on WordPress is not as helpful! Have you found a great way in WordPress to track visits to certain posts?

    • Tasha A. says:

      Hi Amanda! There isn’t a super easy way to see what pages are being viewed that day unless you use JetPack. I choose now to use it because it slows everything down. So, you have to sort by day in Google Analytics and then view all site content under behavior. Sorry I can’t be more helpful. Happy new year!

      • Chelsey says:

        Amanda, adding on to Tasha’s response: Google Analytics is more accurate *anyway.* Blogger and WordPress both include bots and your own clicks in their numbers. When companies come looking for you to write sponsored posts or to set up their ads on your site, they’ll want to know your monthly page views and they almost always want the ones that come from Google Analytics. So I DEFINITELY recommend familiarizing yourself with their system. :)

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  24. Krystal says:

    Thanks so much for a great post. I am currently in the process of moving from Blogger to WordPress and thankfully my blog is only around 6 weeks old too. I too purchased the Lifestyle Pro theme from StudioPress and love it. I am amazed at how easy Genesis is to use and how beautiful my new site looks. I”ll be launching it on January 1st and am looking forward to starting 2015 with a fresh, new, professional look. Thanks again :-)

  25. […] I am back to blogging after a break to migrate my blog from Blogger to WordPress {more on that here}!  I hope you enjoy my new blog design and find it easier to navigate.  I am pleased with how it […]

  26. You’re the second blogger I’ve read today mention WWSGD plugin! Lol do you like it? Is it a pop-up?
    Xx
    Lauren M
    Make It a Double

    • Tasha A. says:

      Hi Lauren! It’s kind of a pop up, but not an annoying one at all :) It’s just a small message that appears at the top of the post a person is viewing. It displays one message for brand new visitors and a different message for returning visitors {only until they have visited more than a few times–then it stops displaying all together. Hope that helps!

  27. Melissa says:

    Hi – your information (and the link to the e-book) were invaluable for migrating my blog to WordPress from Blogger. I am also using the Genesis Framework, and I was wondering how you were able to add your social icons to your menu rather than a side bar? So far the only information I’ve been able to find on how to do that is through coding, which I unfortunately know nothing about!
    Thank you!
    Melissa

    • Tasha A. says:

      So glad you found the post and e-book helpful! I did have to modify my code to ad my social media icons to my menu. I found an article on how to do it by Googling and honestly cannot remember how I did it. Sorry! Try Googling it. There are some good tutorials out there and once you get used to coding a little bit, it’s not that intimidating. Wish I could help more!

  28. I did the SAME thing! Started on Blogger, and then moved to WordPress (self hosted). It was a HUGE headache to move, and keep up with posts on the blogger side while designing wordpress side. I’m glad I did though.
    Thanks for the information about the Seth Godin plug-in. I had not heard of that one, and I was looking for something that would display a message like that to new and to returning visitors. I just installed it. :)
    Thank you!!
    -Megan

  29. CJMonty says:

    I started off with wordpress.com quite by accident 5 years back when people weren’t blogging as much. I didn’t know Blogger existed. WordPress.com was a free site and I was able to get experience and a following. They had supports available through a forum so there was a communicty feel.. My only regret was not getting a domain name right from the start which might have been confusing to followers later on..
    I finally decide to get a self hosted site and moved it to wordpress.org. I was very concerned about losing my followers, comments, material etc. It went smoothly just like wordpress promised. The only expense has been paying for the domain, a redirect and to Hostpond for hosting. For people who are unsure that they will continue a blog and want to try it out first with no expense, I recommend WordPress.com first and then switch to WordPress.org.

  30. Lindsay says:

    I just started blogging and I’m using wordpress, but I didn’t realize there was a different version (wordpress.org). Should/Can i switch to that version from wordpress.com?

    • Tasha A. says:

      Hi Lindsay! That means you are on the WordPress that is like renting a house (versus owning it like wordpress.org). Yes, you can migrate you wordpress.com site to .org, but since I have not done that myself, I don’t really know what is involved. Sorry I can’t be more helpful!

  31. Joanna says:

    Oh dear! What would you tell someone who has been blogging for 8 years on blogger…? It’s never been about revenue for me, but I do admit I have started to want to grow it, and have just started reading up on seo…

    • Tasha A. says:

      Hi Joanna! It’s definitely doable no matter how long you have been blogging. For someone who has been blogging that long, it may b worth paying for someone to migrate your site for your. The author of the ebook my post links to also provides migration services that you can check out. Hope that helps!

  32. Thank you, Tasha! I recently started my own blog using WordPress and after reading your article…boy, am I happy I did! I am really new to all of this…like REALLY new. :) But I like to write, so here I go. Thanks for your great advice and what a beautiful blog this is!!

  33. Polishedways says:

    My main concern with switching over to WordPress is the capability of being easily hacked into. I’m not at all thrilled with Google “owning” my blog, so as of now I’m a little torn on what to do. If i ever do migrated I’m paying someone because I’m not going to take the chance of screwing up. The one thing I don’t like about blogger is regardless if you purchased a template like I had done, it still has that generic feel.

    • Tasha A. says:

      It can be a tough call, that’s for sure. My hosting company, Synthesis, offers fabulous security measures, but it is nice that you heave few security concerns with Blogger. Best of luck to you!

  34. Brita Long says:

    This is why I started with a self-hosted WP blog. I bought hosting back in January for my wedding website–I freelance for a web design company, who offered to build me a custom site as a wedding present–and I decided to buy the second tier of hosting so that I could have multiple sites. Getting married took up most of my time, but I finally started my blog in July. It’s a baby, but I like having room to grow. I’m holding off on a paid theme until I know I can consistently blog for six months. I still managed to find a simple and pretty responsive theme for free, plus I’m teaching myself CSS to make adjustments as needed.

  35. gail says:

    my biggest blogging mistake is a little difficult to explain, but I’ll try.

    I had myrepurposedlife.net for a long, long, long time. When I acquired myrepurposedlife.com I redirected everthing to the .com because I was SOOOO happy to finally have it. I should have left everything at .net and redirected .com to .net

    when I check my pin counts–I have to check the url.net and the url.com because people are somehow still pinning from .net. live and learn. big mistake that I try not to think about. It’s been 18 months, and it still haunts me.

    gail

    • Tasha A. says:

      Hi Gail! Thanks so much for sharing. I honestly never would have thought about that problem! Hopefully others will learn from your experience. And thanks for visiting my blog and commenting. It’s an HONOR to have you visit!

  36. Yetunde says:

    I’ve tried several times to use wordpress for my other blogs but try as I might, I still go back to blogger’s easy familiarity. Maybe they have me brainwashed or something :)

    PS: First time commenting. Found your blog while searching for “big girl room” ideas for my twins

    • Tasha A. says:

      Thank you for taking the time to read my post and comment Yetunde! And yay for twin girls! Blogger is tempting because it is user-friendly and familiar, but I think you would love WordPress if you ever decide to switch!

  37. Amy says:

    I have been wanting to start a blog but I can’t afford wordpress right now as my hubby is in college and I have 2 young children. Is blogger really that awful? I’d hate to save up and get a wordpress and quit blogging bc I didn’t like it or something. (Highly unluckily but you never know!)

    • Tasha A. says:

      Hi Amy! Believe me, I understand the budget concern. If I were you, I would start on WordPress.com, which is also free. At least then Google won’t own your blog {like it does if you use Blogger}. Hope that helps!

  38. Cajun says:

    Hi Leslie, I started out on wordpress after much research and debate and also chose bluehost. What I enjoyed about your post is the gray plugin suggestions. Thanks! Also being a paralegal by trade, I love your domain name.

  39. Jess says:

    Hey Tasha! Great to read this. I am about to start my own blog and website very soon and was not planning to use blogger – good to see confirmation about owning your own site (which is how I am going too). Cheers!

  40. Amanda says:

    Hi, Tasha! I’m new to your blog, and this is GREAT info! I JUST started my blog a week ago, and we decided to go with WordPress. I had heard great things about it. Though it is a little hard to get used to, I really like how it’s set up. I’m glad to know we made the right decision to go with it! We are self hosted too, which I’m also really glad we did. I’m loving your blog, so excited to start following you! :)

    • Tasha A. says:

      Hi Amanda! You are so smart to have started on WordPress–I so wish that I had! I look forward to checking out your blog!

  41. Tasha, thanks for this great post! My Blogger blog is a DISASTER and I am not being dramatic. No SEO, I constantly get booted off of Google results (even just my home page), and the list goes on and on. I am considering a switch in the future and had no idea where to start. I am going to look into this ebook and the other sources you recommend. Thanks so much!

    • Tasha A. says:

      Your blog is not a disaster, Bre! But if you are considering making the switch, I really think you should go for it. I am confident you will be glad you did! And that eBook is AMAZING. I literally kept it beside me for every step of the process and it went more smoothly than I could have hoped for! Let me know if you have any questions–I am happy to help if I can!

  42. Carla says:

    I started my blog just 1 week ago and thanks to the advice of another helpful blogger I started off on the right track it seems. I have a self hosted WordPress blog and I love that it’s all mine but at the same time everything I need to make my blog look professional is at my fingertips. Self hosted WordPress is definitely the way to go.

    Thanks for the informative blog. Enjoyed having my self hosted wordpress decision confirmed as a good one.

  43. Great article Tasha! I’ve been toying with the idea of switching for a LONG time, but always put it off as the entire process seems way too daunting. But knowing that you tackled it by yourself gives me the confidence to try it!! Thanks for the boost!
    ~Sarah

    • Tasha A. says:

      Hi Sarah! It did seem daunting, but in the end, it wasn’t bad! That eBook is a total lifesaver. I would have pulled my hair out without it. You can totally do it! If you decide to to it and run into any questions, let me know. I am happy to help if I can!

  44. Amy W says:

    Great post. I’ve been wanting to switch from blogger to wordpress forever. I am thinking about paying someone to help me migrate since I’ve been blogging for a year, seems overwhelming. Could I ask how much you pay on a yearly basis for all the things it takes to just run a wordpress blog?

    • Tasha A. says:

      Hi Amy! Hmmm, I paid $6.95/month for hosting {you can get better deals if you catch a Bluehost special}. I added some additional security, privacy backup options. The total cost for the year {you pay up front} was $148.36. I haven’t paid a dime since then and don’t have to renew until December 12th. I hope that answers your question. Let me know if you have any others. The migration REALLY is doable with that eBook. I promise!

      • If you sign up for Bluehost through the wordpress.org link it is only $2.75 a month right now! I was so excited to see the special because I was so worried about all of the costs for starting a blog.
        Quick question, I started my blog on wordpress.com, then purchased my domain through them for $8.95, then bought a hosting package through Bluehost, that means my site is self hosted (owning a house) correct?
        I just started blogging a few days ago and keep seeing WordPress.com and WordPress.org and am not sure of the different. thanks!

        • Tasha A. says:

          Great tip, Kristina! That is an awesome deal! Yes, it sounds like you are self-hosted on WordPress.org :) Can’t wait to check out your blog!

  45. Leslie says:

    I feel the same way. I had seen Blogger used for years so I thought, why not I’ll use that. A couple months into my adventure I decided to make the switch to WordPress. I absolutely love it! There’s so much more customization that can go into it. This is a great post!

    • Tasha A. says:

      Hi Leslie! So glad you are happy with your switch to WordPress, too! It’s amazing how much easier it is to blog on WordPress than Blogger! Have a great weekend.

  46. Stacy says:

    I have a bigger one… I started on Weebly! Great for the new user but your blog will not be able to grow due to lack of SEO and the functionality is non-existent compared to WordPress. Making the switch was painful at times but I am glad I did!

    Stacy
    http://www.anygirlcandoit.com

  47. Excellent advice! When I set up my blog initially, I went straight to a self-host WordPress blog with my own domain name. Unfortunately, I haven’t blogged in well over a year and am undecided if I’m going to continue. But I hold onto to the site just in case. If I do decide to continue, your information on the plug-ins will be invaluable. Thanks for a great article.

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