Blogger or WordPress? – a Pippadog review

Here, is the tale of my Blogger tribulations.

There I was happily minding my own business, blogging away peaceably, when Nasty Horrid Blogger told me I couldn’t get into my own blog.

Hello NHB. Why not? Apparently there was ‘unusual activity’. Uh? What did that mean? There was no spam. We were using a different Browser so that Misery Mistress could be schizophrenic and log in to different blogs with all her millions of identities but so what?

We sent in a support request (or whatever it is called). And another. And another. They wanted a telephone number but Misery did not think she should have to do that.

One of her friends told her that she had been locked out of FB and had to do the same thing.

In the end Master took pity on poor blogless Pippadog and told Misery to give out his work number.

Surprise surprise. They sent a message immediately with a code to unlock the blog.

Well, we don’t think this is necessary. At all. Just because it is free doesn’t mean people should invade a dog’s privacy. It is like that bad Facebook which Misery wrote about on her blog here.

So Misery went off to investigate WordPress. Again. She investigated it many years ago and didn’t like it. But when she gets a bee in her waxed cotton hat she takes things seriously.

Actually the truth is she had already been dabbling with WordPress for her own boring blog. Since she stupidly took up Blogger’s offer to try their new look, decided she didn’t like it, and switched back, she has had problems with fonts and layouts. Even when she upgraded her editor or some such jargon.

Now, I love my blog very much, there are so many pictures of handsome me on there. But I thought if Misery could have a new WordPress blog, I could have one too.

So she made me one, and she imported all the posts over too. The photos haven’t blown up so big, but that’s not a huge issue. I didn’t want it to look as though I had only just started blogging when I have been doing it for nearly Five! Whole! Years! And twice as many Pippapix floating around the web seemed like A Good Thing to me.

My favourite Wireys – Jake and Just Harry, The Barkalot Boyz – asked if I might write up about it all.

So here we go:

1 Setting it all up is pretty easy. The first step is like Blogger and just involves getting a name and a URL.

2 Then you get into the admin which is not at all like Blogger. It is a different dashboard, and the controls are down the side instead of across the top, so that takes a bit of adjusting.

3 Importing the old posts is probably one of the easiest bits of all. It is just a flick of a switch. I have no idea if you can make your imported pix bigger, but Misery is not prepared to go through a couple of hundred of my posts trying to find out. She is still busy going through the posts on her Clouds blog sorting the text out after Blogger stuffed that one up too and took away her paragraphs. She is obsessed with short paragraphs. Although this one is a bit long.

4 There is a HUGE choice of templates. One hundred and forty something the last time we looked. You can pay for templates with extra twirls options. We haven’t done. The customisation is not as flexible as Blogger (unless you pay I guess) but with that sort of choice it’s not too difficult to find something you are happy with.

5 Writing posts is pretty straightforward and easy.

6 Loading photos is easy. You can either upload a bunch at once or insert them where you want – I think Blogger has started doing that now.

7 Posts are allocated to a default of Uncategorised which we think is annoying, so best to either categorise them all with the blog name eg Pippadog, or actually think up a few categories which Misery has done on her blog.

8 There is a wide choice of comment settings and fortunately no ghastly word verification string. You can moderate or not – and you can set it so that people don’t have to submit their email address which we consider to be an invasion of privacy. Best to make it comment mod rather than ask for pups’ pawsonal details. You can also have embedded comments if somepup wants to reply to a specific comment.

9 I don’t think the blogroll is as good 😦 It doesn’t seem to come up with piccies or updates like Blogger does. So that one is a PippaPawDown.

10 You can set favicons or avatars or gravatars or whatever you want to call them so that they come up when you comment on a wordpress blog (but not on blogger) and you can have one next to your url in the top bar.

11 You can have little stars at the top so that people can rate your posts. That’s very nice if people give you five stars, although I guess if they only give you one that’s not very good.

12 You can also have stars so you can rate people’s comments which is nice I think.

13 And if people can’t be bothered to comment they can ‘like’ your posts. Which is better than nothing.

14 What else – well you can post to twitter, google, facebook, all the mainstream social network sites with a flick of the paw, although we haven’t done that.

15 The summary statistics are neat, and I think, better than the Blogger ones. Plus the spam filter seems pretty effective – according to Misery who seems to attract spammers 😀

Pippa’s Summary
Is it easy to use? Yes
Is it different to Blogger? Yes in quite a few respects
Is it easy to import the old blog? Yes
But we recommend NOT getting rid of any old blogs – just in case.
Is it worth a try? Yes
Can you spend hours in front of the computer trying out different options? Almost certainly

A couple of Misery’s pals have said they like the look of the WordPress blogs, and one said they found the clean lines attractive. We think they are too, although we tried to keep our Blogger blogs pretty clean and simple.

Basically the overall package is not too different to Blogger, but there are some tweaks where the two companies do differ. Most of our friends use Blogger, and we have been pretty happy with it over the last five years. But over the last few months it has annoyed us very much and the insistence on demanding a ‘phone number – and not responding to three support requests – when we had done nothing wrong was VERY annoying.

To us, over the years, Blogger has not improved. There wasn’t anything wrong with it when we started, and any changes they have made have not been for the better. Misery thought WordPress was terrible when she looked at it a zillion years ago – but it definitely has improved which is why it gets a PippaPawUp. And Blogger gets the PippaPawDown.

So I may write the odd post on Blogger. But I will keep up to this new WP blog out of principle. If nothing else, it’s often good to change and try something new. Us pups need to keep up with things.

I’m cross posting this on my other blog here – so comment, if you wish – on whichever blog you find easiest. I’ll read them both. Any questions – ask away.

Here is a picture of me, for those of you who can’t be bothered to read all that techy review stuff. Or for those of you who have and need some light relief.

Happy holidays whether you are celebrating Hanukah, the Winter Solstice (which I guess is over now), or Christmas. Or anything else that I have missed.

Happy holidays pups and peeps

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32 comments on “Blogger or WordPress? – a Pippadog review

  1. Woof! I switched over to wordpress a whle back but luckily one of my humans is very techy so he sorted it all *waggy tail*

  2. pippadogblog says:

    Cheers Alfie. We quite like this but lots of my pup-pals are still blogger-pals – so …. vamos a ver, as we say in Gib and Spain

  3. deltasheltie says:

    Thanks Pippa for the great informationals bark. Will follows your suggetions. As you know we kinda switched to WP a while backs. My secretary still helps me bark on Posterous coz it posts to WP, NHB, Tumblrs and Twitter. But I think he is finally getting smarters and like you and your mum will moves to just WP by the ends of the year. This month has been a bits crazy with the peep’s trip, my incarceration and stuffs. Pops just hasn’t had enoughs time in one block to sit down and reallys study WP. I like it. Just have to bite some butts and get him to move stuffs and get back to your barks and your mums typings. Sorry abouts that. Hope all of you have a great holidays. And sorry abouts the long paragraph.

  4. pippadogblog says:

    Suzys, your pars are never too long 😀

    We are trying to choose what works for us. Not what everyone else wants to do.

    Laters Suzys

  5. Bongo says:

    My person says thanks for all the info. We started my blog on WordPress, so she hasn’t had experience with any other blog sites. She says she’s glad you switched because it’s easier from WordPress to follow other WordPress blogs. She sometimes forgets to check other places where she gets blog updates. Merry Christmas!

  6. pippadogblog says:

    Hi Bongo, I left a partial reply on yours. I think I may add an extra section onto each new post to try and pass on tips (and maybe learn a few too).

    • deltasheltie says:

      Apparentlys my comment options are corrects but something else is wrongs. Especiallys the date maker. I need to change my template, which I want to do, upgrades Safari, which I can’t do, buy a new Mac or call supports. Will see what happens afters I find a new template. That betters work cos the other options are not in the photos right now. Hope to get this dones before Tule and her peeps arrive.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Hey DS
    I had a problem with the comments where it was ok in the settings, but I needed to change the individual post thing. And then it worked ok. Well you are commenting so it must have done. We can’t upgrades Safari either. Or buy a new Mac. I think we are sailing in the same boat.

  8. pippadogblog says:

    Haroo. Anonymous on my own blog!! Misery reset Safari and forgot to log me in!!!!

  9. deltasheltie says:

    Cools, Anonymous. You have written more poems than anypup in the worlds. How do you find the times?

  10. Thanks fur the great re-woo of the two –

    We did set up one in WP earlier this year (or so) but haven’t posted from it – I guess we should head bakhk and give it a try but……..

    ANYWAY, Happy HOWLiday Handsome!

    Hugz&Khysses,
    Khyra
    PeeEssWoo: Woo furgot Festivus!

    • pippadogblog says:

      Oooh that would be nice. Two Khyra blogs!! Just like two Pippadogblogs and two deltasheltie blogs 🙂 We had to look Festivus up. Never heard of it. It wasn’t on Misery’s crib sheet that she found for all holidays in December 2012 😀

  11. Gypsy says:

    Thank-you for all this helpful information! We have had some formatting problems with blogger since the very beginning….hmmmm!As we learn and read more, it helps us along the way so thank-you Pippa!

    Gypsy 😉

    • pippadogblog says:

      I could have been more help with Blogger in the past, the changes this past year have, to my mind, made it much messier. Even fiddling with the HTML version just feels so much more difficult. If you do have queries you might want to post them on your blog though.

  12. Ralph says:

    Yes, Blogger is making my Secretary crazy. Your advice will help us make a decision about moving on…. Hope you’re having a lovely holiday. Ralph.

    • pippadogblog says:

      Hi Ralph, I’m thinking about adding a tip/comment at the bottom of each post in future about what works/doesn’t work on either of them.

      We are having a very lazy holiday. Thank you for your good thoughts.

  13. we were going to try it but found it a bit confusing as our mums isnt very puter savvy and she doesnt always listen to us. but now she knows she can transfer the old posts as she doesnt want to lose Brodie stuff then we might try it. and likes you did we can still keeps the other though we might get even less visitors.

    • pippadogblog says:

      hah! the visitor thing – they come and go in my Pippapinion. Always needs to sniff out new pals anyways and we shouldnt by restricted by our own choice of blog host.

  14. Momo & Pinot says:

    Happy Holidays, Pippa and family!

    It’s interesting to read pro & con. Thanks for sharing! Sometime wordpress gives us a hard to time to leave comments but the new look on your blog looks pawtastic. Paws up!
    Your friends,
    Momo & Pinot

    • pippadogblog says:

      I really need to know if people are having to key in their emails as I have set the naughty wp blog not to do that. But thank you for your comment 🙂

  15. Blu Lagoon says:

    Hi Pippadog,

    Wanted to wish you a happy new year Pippadog, may it bring you lots of bones if Misery allows you bones. I had lamb this evening, but Ollie, my 4 yr old spaniel friend from next door has already got his paws on that one. I’ll miss him when I move to Gib, but he has his puppy passport so he might bring some of his pet humans with him to visit. Don’t know if you’d like Ollie, he tends to be a bit bouncy still when he is over excited

    Please bark a happy new year to Master and Misery for me as well.

    Blu.

    • pippadogblog says:

      Thank you Blu. I like most dogs if they don’t growl at me. I am a nice friendly dog. I don’t like cats though. Happy new year to you too.

  16. Here is your loyal fan, I do follow you here.
    Wishing you a very HAPPY NEW YEAR
    May your New Year 2012 be blessed with peace, love and happiness. Sending our heartfelt wishes with joy that never ends.
    Mango, Chubs, and Ximui

  17. pippadogblog says:

    Hello Mango, thanks for checking out my new blog. Will be over to look at yours soonish. A very lovely and happy 2012 to all of you too.

  18. We’re on blogger. Some of our friends are on WordPress but we’ve never tried it. Jan is confused enough with one set of blogs. 🙂

  19. pippadogblog says:

    Ty JansFF. I am afraid Misery is never afraid to have too many blogs 😀

  20. Jake of Florida says:

    Well, she finally let us read your two blogs — and now she is as confused (and lazy) as ever. She said to thank you for high-quality tech review — and she’ll try a new word press blog to see how things work before moving us over paws ears and barks.

    You’re looking as handsome as ever, dear Pippa!!!

    • pippadogblog says:

      Well, J and JH, it’s pretty easy really. If Misery can do it, then it has to be easy. Would be interested to see you two wiries on a WP blog – we do quite like the effect – I mean look how many Pippa’s one can put on here 🙂 There are some disadvantages, but as you know, part of our move is an ethical decision. We like to be ethical here. Sometimes.

      Pippa

  21. Flo says:

    Ah ha! I hadn’t checked in over here for a while and just found this post, plus your last one with the bit at the bottom! I was interested to read about the WP vs Blogger thing from someone who knows.

    I really like the ‘like’ option on WP. I get annoyed that I can’t just like a Blogger post, because sometimes they don’t need a comment but it’s nice to be able to demonstrate to the writer that you are smiling!

    My biggest issue is organising how I can efficiently get round the blogs that I like to read. I don’t want to get email alerts so I’ll have to sort another way.

    Oh, and re your last post… I hate it when you get a bee in your waxed hat! 🙂

    H

  22. pippadogblog says:

    Yeah, I like the ‘likes’ too and I like to be able to say thank you to people who have got round to commenting. And the please give me five stars stuff because I have written such an excellent post 😀

    Getting around the blogs – I have a confession here!! and will write it up on a main blog post, but I still use my blogger list of pals – because – it shows updates. Stupid wordpress needs to move up a gear and do the same thing. The blogger blogroll is vastly superior and much easier to create. Otherwise I tend to go up or down the list alphabetically – it’s just that on blogger you can avoid the ones that haven’t posted.

    Misery gets emails for some blogs that she follows but as she doesn’t follow many it doesn’t cause too much of a mailjam. Mine would be a nightmare I tells ya. Did you read about my friends the Pouponettes saying how lovely you were??

    Pippa

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