12.23.2006

dilemma

I don't know what to do about this blog.

I've been waiting on two things: Talented Designer Guy, who's designing a new look for wmtc, and Blogger beta to accommodate externally published (FTP) blogs, meaning blogs without a blogspot.com address.

TDG is almost done, so I'll soon have my New Look.

A couple months back, Blogger announced that beta could now support FTP blogs, but I was too busy to deal with it at the time. Then, in a weird coincidence, the day I had slated to finally upgrade to beta, Blogger announced they were out of beta. Now there was only old and new Blogger.

I switched.

Then I found out that many of the new goodies I was waiting for in beta/new Blogger are not available to FTP blogs.

I'm really disappointed. I wanted the improved archives, the ability to use labels and sort by categories, and of course, I wanted to publish on the fly, without the dreaded spinner. I did get some other improvements, but not the ones I most wanted.

Investigating this problem, I learned that the new features won't work with any customized template, whether blogspot.com or FTP.

So, what to do?

I'm definitely keeping my URL, that's for sure. And I want the TDG's beautiful design. But I want the cool features, too.

Now I'm trying to decide whether or not to switch to WordPress.

Pros:

All the cool new features of new Blogger have been available in WordPress all along.

WordPress interfaces perfectly with my host, Laughing Squid. WordPress is their preferred blog platform, so theoretically I would lose any potential communication problems.

WordPress says it has import tools so you can import your posts and comments from Blogger, LiveJournal or any other platform.

Cons:

What if the importing doesn't work? That is scary.

I've been using Blogger for 2.5 years. Do I want to start over with a new platform?

The only blogs I know that have been hacked or "harvested" were WordPress blogs. I don't know if that's a small-sample-size coincidence, or a problem with WordPress. But it scares me.

A future version of Blogger will probably support FTP blogs with all the new features. It's not definite, but it's likely. Perhaps I should just wait.

And, complicating all of this, does this effect my site redesign?

I'm disappointed and confused. I also don't want to spend enormous amounts of time re-creating the framework for what is supposed to be an enjoyable outlet and hobby, not a chore.

I welcome any information or opinions you may have on this.

12 comments:

MattinTO said...

I think Wordpress is ultimately pretty secure. Mine being hacked probably had more to do than just the fact it was hosted on Wordpress. There's a lot of support out there in the Wordpress community and that's a good thing.

The import function of Wordpress should work without a hitch. Many folks have used it to switch from Blogger. Here's Wiki documentation on it. I only switched back to Movable Type because I was more familiar with it and it interacts well with LiveJournal where I'm now posting some more personal stuff. I can assist if you find yourself needing help with the Wordpress config.

L-girl said...

Matt, thanks so much. Naturally it's the import that I'm most concerned about.

Do you know if I keep my URL and continue to be hosted by Laughing Squid, will all of WordPress's cool functions still work for me? Or is there a chance I'd be in the same boat I'm in now with Blogger?

I really like Laughing Squid, by the way. Thanks for the recommendation!

L-girl said...

Another question. If I'm considering leaving Blogger for WordPress, should I stop working on labeling all my posts? Are the labels Blogger-specific or would they import to WordPress?

Anybody know?

I better stop working on it just in case. It's already used up several hours of my day...

MattinTO said...

I believe Wordpress will import your categories from Blogger. That's what it refers to them as. You'll be able to use the full capabilities of Wordpress with Laughing Squid. There's nothing with Laughing Squid you won't be able to do. Setup of Wordpress with Laughing Squid was really painless.

Thanks, by the way, for letting Laughing Squid know I referred you! They gave me a little discount which I wasn't aware of. An unexpected surprise when this month's bill came!

Bottom line, I'm pretty confident you can get Blogger moved over. As I said, if you run into any difficulty or want help, I'm here.

L-girl said...

Hey, this sounds good!

I'm going to ask TDG if there's any difference on his end - meaning, when he's done with my template, will it be fully portable, will I be able to take it to WordPress?

And I'm going to investigate WordPress further.

Based on what you've said, I have to seriously consider switching.

Thanks so much for the good news and the offer to help.

MattinTO said...

Sure thing!

James said...

It should be possible to set up the WMTC domain name to redirect to a blogger.com domain name as well; people can type in the WMTC domain name, and they'll end up at the wmtc.blogger.com (or whatever) site. That's not entirely ideal, though, as once they're in-site, they'll be on the blogger.com domain.

L-girl said...

That's not entirely ideal, though, as once they're in-site, they'll be on the blogger.com domain.

Right. I think it would defeat the purpose of having my own domain name.

James said...

Right. I think it would defeat the purpose of having my own domain name.

Not entirely -- people would still be able to get to your site by the domain name. They wouldn't have to think of the blogger.com name at all.

L-girl said...

I think it would defeat the purpose of having my own domain name.

Not entirely -- people would still be able to get to your site by the domain name.


I understand.

I do think it would defeat the purpose of having my own domain name.

Masnick96 said...

You know I've been thinking about buying a .ca domian too and creating a new site with a new design, but I'm unsure of what to do. I like Typepad (the author of my site) bt I'm just not sure

James said...

Merry Christmas!