I just started dabbling into the other side (the Dark Side for us Blogspotters).
Yes, I confess, I have started looking to Wordpress to advance my blogging needs. It's just that people say Wordpress is where it's at if one really wants to blog. A friend of mine in Melbourne said that Wordpress users didn't have to dabble in HTML (as seen in my previous post), and that everything was done for them, just like that.
Well, I really had to check that out.
So here I am, with two new Wordpress blogs under my belt - one a mirror of this site, and the other a professional project blog for practicing and aspiring teachers and educators for us to exchange ideas and information (click on the links I have provided - one in the picture slider, and the other a free link). And guess what - This is what I found.
1) Really cool point - Wordpress has the ability not only to host blogposts, but also pages. This means it can function like a website (though with very limited functionality). If one is able to tweak it well, one could even get the feeling that the blog was not really a blog after all. However, there is a catch. I will explain shortly.
2) Really cool point - Wordpress has the ability to insert the said pages at the header, like links on a real website. It looks really cool at first glance, and would have been something I would have drooled over had I not learnt hacking Blogger HTML. As you can see in this blog here, I can do that too (albeit a bit more trial and error, thus taking a longer time to do).
3) Cool point - Wordpress templates have a distinct 'classy' feel to them.
4) Cool point - Wordpress gives you the ability to use your own domain (like my http://www.theteachertrainer.com) to host its blog. This means that you can get your blog to look like theteachertrainer.com, instead of theteachertrainer.wordpress.com.
5) Uncool point - As with all cool things in life, nothing is free. To get that .com domain hosting your Wordpress blog, it costs USD9.97, on top of the USD10.99 per year for your .com domain. Big bucks for us poor Malaysians here I'm afraid. People in the US and the UK just gobble up web domains like crazy because for them it's so cheap. For us, it's about a week's worth of food... Talk about unfair huh?
6) Really uncool point - I don't know how to bloody well do anything on Wordpress. It's like going to a foreign country without a map, or a translator. Everything is trial and error. Right now it feels like everything on Blogger is easier, as I have been blogging here for 3 years now. It should get better with time (I hope).
7) Really, really uncool point - I don't know anything about the programming language here. It's called CSS. They say it's easier, but I am banging my head on the wall every second of the day! I don't even know how to customise!
8) Really, really, really uncool point - You CAN'T CUSTOMISE unless you already host your own site, where you can host your Wordpress blog, instead of using Wordpress's own server. This means you would have to fork out about USD10 per month, which would mean about USD120 per year, which would be around RM430. Even the most basic code hacks cannot be done without this!
Verdict - It may be simple to start a basic Wordpress blog, but if you have started dabbling in HTML for your Blogger and are used to having the freedom to shape your blog however you want, then Wordpress may feel like a bit of a let-down.
Unless you have at least RM600 a year to burn of course... Learning downtime not included...