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23 March 2010

The WordPress Migration Has Begun

Well, it has officially begun here at Granger. Our Executive Pastor, Tim Stevens was the first of many to move his blog to WordPress. And there are at least 5 more in line to do the same.

The majority of these are moving from TypePad, due to the cost and poor feature-set that exists there. But there are also two moving from Blogger to WordPress (me being one of them).

I have mixed feelings. Blogger has been nothing but good to me, and I still feel like it is a solid platform for the majority of the people out there. If you need a great little blog platform that simply gets it done - by all means use Blogger.

But if you are ready to take it to the next level, I would definitely suggest WordPress. Not the online hosted version - but the self-hosted version found at

Here are just a few reasons why I'm finally making the switch:
  • Complete Control: You get the raw files used to generate your blog. If you're a designer or developer - you have complete control over the look and feel of the site along with functionality as well.
  • Themes: Too numerous to count with easy installation process. Both free and purchased themes available.
  • Plugins: Too numerous to count with easy installation process. Have an idea as to how you want your blog to act? Chances are - there is a plugin that will make it happen for you.
  • Website Capable: Want your blog to resemble a website rather than just a blog? Simple with WordPress. Add pages, and use plugins to control what pages are seen, how they are seen and what shows up on each page. You can potentially have an entire website using WordPress as the CMS (Content Management System). This is huge for designers that need to create sites for clients and then hand them off with no lingering contract for site management.
  • Feature Rich: I'm just scratching the surface though - you'll also get SEO optimized pages, easy and powerful post interface, media upload library, threaded commenting, comment management, theme controls (come with many installed themes), widgets and easy widget management panel, etc.
I guess what I'm saying is, "Why didn't I make the switch years ago?"