Monday, May 16, 2011

What's So Great About Wordpress? logoImage by Colin ZHU via FlickrSince I've started blogging, I've heard so many people say that self-hosted Wordpress is the only way to go. It's like you can't be a 'real' blogger if you're not using Wordpress.  I'm not sure exactly why.  I've been very happy with Blogger.  I can do pretty much anything I want with my blogs - customize my templates, use my custom domains, add widgets, etc.  And, in the 5 years I've used Blogger, last week's outage was the first time I'd ever had a problem.

The logo of the blogging software WordPress.Image via WikipediaNow, I have a few web pages I do for our church.  About a year ago, I decided to try Wordpress for a couple of those pages.  I don' t see a huge difference.  I can find and customize templates, use custom domains, add widgets and plug-ins.  It works.  However, I have had to repeatedly clean out spam links in every single post.  I remove the links, I change passwords, and a few days to a week later, the links are back.  This is getting beyond frustrating.  I never had this problem with Blogger.  Never had this problem with regular html web pages.

This has me wondering what's so great about Wordpress?  I haven't seen enough advantages to be worth the frustration of dealing with this.  Maybe there's some simple fix I just don't know about, but I'm about ready to go back to regular webpages and scrap Wordpress altogether.  I'm certainly not thinking about moving my blogs from Blogger, where we're perfectly happy.
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