After 935 posts using the Blogger platform, I move today to WordPress. It seems that Blogger is no longer supporting FTP publishing as of May 1st. I’m not really sure what that means, except my techie guru tells me that I won’t be able to use Blogger to post to my own blog if it is hosted by someone other than Google.
Bob Ambrogi had discussed the problem back in March as he contemplated shutting down his LawSites blog and starting anew (as had Venkat Balasubramani).
Since I couldn’t claim complete happiness with Blogger, due in part to poor controls on comments, and I certainly had no intention of starting over with a new URL, I’ve moved today to WordPress.
I have some minimal experience with WordPress, having used it for the Paine to Pain Trail Half-Marathon site, but there are only a few posts there and limited activity since the site (and the race) are new.
I’m open to suggestions on which WP controls work best, so you might see some off-again on-again changes as I experiment. For now, though, one feature I’ve set is to close comments after 14 days.
My thanks to Rob Saunders, my techie guru, for making the changes, apparently without problems.
Yes, I am, in fact, testing the comments area of my own blog.
‘Cause someone has to do it.
Test URL link:
Use scribefire to post to the wordpress blog. I can’t stand the wordpress interface. Watch out for the plugins. Eventually one of them is going to make the NF blog destroy itself. I’ve been using wordpress for about a year, just winging it. You can do more with it than blogger, but it’s more complicated. Mine runs off the Headway template, which is pretty cool.
I don’t like that you have to click “read more” to read the blog now instead of it just coming in as an email – if I’m in the office it means I’ve opened a web page during the working day instead of just reading an email. If I’m on the blackberry it means waiting for it to open in the browser instead of just reading in there and then. Small things, but enough to dissuade me from reading on during the working day 🙁
Thanks. Didn’t know that. I have my tech guy looking into it. If you get this by email, then you should get the whole thing. Hope he can do it.