Blogger Q And A vol 7| Blogger vs WordPress

blogger vs wordpress, top wordpress plugins for fashion bloggers

To continue from last week’s post about the new blog layout and transfer, today is all about why I am now recommending WordPress over Blogger.

I was told to get started on Blogger from the get go for how user friendly it was.  And yes, it is. It’s fantastic actually. Also has a built in blog reader to it and everything is linked to your Gmail. However, after making the switch, I am now encouraging all new bloggers to start on WordPress. Let me tell you why…

Although WordPress is a little more expensive, you have to self host to get the site you want, it allows you to have 100% full control over how your site looks and functions. This means all HTML, CSS and all the other fancy schmancy words I don’t know are at your full control.  Wordpress truly lets you and your web designer create just about anything your little heart desires.  The difference with Blogger is that you are limited, but it’s free. Sure you can get some great templates, have someone design etc. But the actual site design and functionality is limited. So if you’re looking for a basic blog, to do for fun, Blogger is perfect. But if you hope to one day take your blog to the next level, I beg of you to just start on WordPress and keep the headaches for someone else.

My favorite feature as the blogger behind a Wordpress  site is the ease of widgets and plugins.  Adding these to your sidebar and site are so darn easy.  There’s so many you can download but to keep it simple, these are a few of my top WordPress plugins that are ideal for fashion bloggers. They include:

Alpine Photo Tile For Pinterest – a photo grid of your recent pins, it’s a great way to add some visual to your sidebar and encourage traffic to your Pinterest page.  There’s also an instagram version here if you like to share those too.

Top Posts & Pages (Jetpack) – a photo grid of your top posts and pages. I coded mine (yes I did, it’s amazing what you can google) to remove the pages from this option as many of my pages do not have photos and it doesn’t pull a photo if your general URL is one of your top landing pages. To me, this widget is way better than archives, no one wants to sort through your months of archives, but this is a great way to see what’s popular. And if you love archives, let me know so I can add them back.

Tweetily – This plugin will tweet a random post (you can set which ones it picks from based on categories) and shares it with your Twitter followers. It’s a great way to get a tweet out without any effort which is ideal for me who’s a busy person! Verdict is still out on this one for me though, so we’ll see. As of now, I like.

Layered Pop – That lovely pop up that comes up when you come to my site? That’s this plugin. Oh you haven’t signed up yet? Don’t worry, click here for daily posts to your inbox and my exclusive newsletter.  I discovered this one thanks to Megan of Lush to Blush. It has the code in it to delay it (which is ideal since a new visitor won’t know what the hell they’re signing up for) and to enable cookies so it doesn’t pop up EVERY SINGLE TIME. Because I hate that. It makes me not want to sign up or come to your site. Just saying.

SEO Yoast – Thanks to Waiting on Martha for this tip, this plug in walks you through the steps of making your posts SEO friendly. Increasing traffic views and searchability. This is a GREAT one. Love it.

Redirect Options – For those of you switching from Blogger to WordPress, you’ll want to download this plug in. With the different permalinks WordPress automatically sets, this is ideal for maintaining as much traffic as possible. Also, you can change your permalink set up in WordPress to include month, date and .html at the end to ensure your posts work after transfer (note this will not work on 100% of your posts if you changed your permalink or included “stop” words like an, a, and). You can do that without this particular plugin, but I still recommend downloading this for any posts you find that no longer work, as I found several from Pinterest that were quite pin worthy and needed an update. This one was a life saver, and helps me sleep at night.

Many of these plugins were also installed by the fabulous Whit of Heart & Arrow!

All of these great features help to create a gorgeous website that you have full control over.

 

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    Cathy, your Poor Little It Girl

    Well damn I need you to add all these fancy plugins to my site now! I haven’t heard of half of these!

    xoxo
    Cathy, your Poor Little It Girl
    http://poorlittleitgirl.com

    Megan @ Lush to Blush

    So glad to see you’re loving WordPress! I like it SO much better than blogger. This is a fab list of plugins. Yay for WordPress!! <3

    xo Megan, Lush to Blush

      Jessica

      And you were SO helpful! Layered Pop is my FAVORITE!

    Tiffany Style Blog

    Fabulous post! Agree agree agree. Well done!

    Taylor- Lights Camera Catwalk

    LOVE hearing your favorite plugins, aren’t they great!! Going to look into Layered Pop now 🙂

    xo Taylor
    http://www.lightscameracatwalk.com

    Chelsea Pearl

    Just recently discovered Yoast and I love it! Nice work on this post!

    Sarah Bright

    This is so helpful! Thank you, thank you!

    Julie Khuu

    Gosh, you’re about the 5th blogger this week that’s posted about the awesomeness that is WordPress! I recently just switched my profile on blogger to be self-hosted so I guess the next step is transferring everything over to WP for that final install! It’s been a bit daunting to have to re-teach myself everything I learned on blogger but I customization is key! Tired of it all looking the same…Excellent post, bookmarking it now for future reference 😀

    xo-Julie
    Peace. Love. LOL!

    Haute Khuuture Blog

    kate // always craving //

    omgosh yes! thanks for calling out the “top posts & pages” — i had been using “recent posts” but it’s just a list which is not too pretty and most of your recent posts are going to be on the home page anyway, so not super helpful to show readers other/popular content.
    next up – going to find how that code to keep pages out.
    Thanks!

    Alicia

    I just made the switch from Blogger to WordPress a few weeks ago, and I agree, it’s way, way better! Thank you for this round up of plugins, I really like Tweetily so far and I need to install that Pinterest plugin!

    Samantha

    Loved this post it is so helpful thank you for the wonderful plugins. What is the plugin that you use for Jessica’s favorites?

    XOXO, Sam

    http://www.downhomeanddesigner.com

      Jessica

      That is the rewardStyle plugin. You have to be a publisher with them to access it but it’s a simple short code you just pop right in!

    Modesto

    Valuable information. Lucky me I discovered your website by chance, and
    I’m stunned why this coincidence didn’t came about earlier!
    I bookmarked it. Modesto

    John

    When I started my blogging journey then my first question was, Why I should choose WordPress and not other CMS softwares.

    I searched a lot about it on Google at that time and I found that everybody is recommending to use WordPress and I started doing the same.

    Now today I know that why people should choose WordPress. Because WordPress is an independent and easy to use content management system.

    The best thing about it is, We can bring any feature in our website with just using a single plugin. That’s really good. 😀

    I am using WordPress since last 3 years and I loved it. 😀

    Laura

    Hi, I know this is an older post but I would like to find a way to use image links to Shop My Style rather than using hyperlinks. Is there a way I can do it? Many people on blogspot have it such as emmastyleguide.blogspot.com. How do I get something like that for my self hosted WordPress.org site? Any advice?

      Jessica

      Image links are done through affiliates like shopstyle and rewardstyle.

    arm dass

    I just made the switch from Blogger to WordPress a few weeks ago, and I agree, it’s way, way better! Thank you for this round up of plugins, I really like Tweetily so far and I need to install that Pinterest plugin!I just made the switch from Blogger to WordPress a few weeks ago, and I agree, it’s way, way better! Thank you for this round up of plugins, I really like Tweetily so far and I need to install that Pinterest plugin!

      Jessica

      So glad this was helpful!

    Jillian Bett

    Great List ! Thank you for the share.

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