From the Archive: Blogger vs. WordPress

Disclaimer: I used to use Blogger. Not only did I use Blogger, but I actually created themes for it. When Bowery Boogie began back in 2008, my buddy Elie created a Blogger account. It, like many other sites, was black text on a white background. One day, the New York Times’ City Room blog linked to Bowery Boogie and I told Elie that in order to be taken seriously, we needed an actual layout and design. That was the beginning of my customization projects.

Coming from a background in static HTML sites (when I started coding, it was all about tables) this was a crash course. Looking back now, I’m embarrassed that I couldn’t even use the correct spelling of WordPress– let alone distinguish between and Instead of hiding this ridiculous post, I’ve decided to preserve it to remember that three years ago I thought that Blogger was the answer to blogging, and now I’m coding custom WordPress themes that served 2.2 million unique users last month.

Warning: do not believe any of the following. It was written on January 5, 2009. For the love of all things good, use WordPress.

So in all fairness I decided to edumacate myself with Word Press tonight. Blogger has been great to work with and customize. Took CSS like a fat boy takes cake. Easy. Figured Word Press would do the same thing.

Step 1: Sign up for an account. Easy since I have everything else that Google offers (AdWords, Analytics, Webmaster, AdSense, Gmail, Documents etc.)

Step 2: Drag and drop widgets that accept code. So easy that 99% of people on Blogger never stray beyond this. If they even try it at all. I think most people use that tiny 2 column white-on-white template.

Step 3: Figure out how Blogger codes it’s bid-ness and tweak it using any CSS that I want. Ok this part is trickier, not gonna lie.

Step 4: Realize that I could use the CSS that I already coded for my own site and just drop in the little Blogger widgets where needed.

Step 5: Tweak a little bit. (Still on that step)

Word Press
Step 1: Sign up for an account. Ok, still pretty easy. Figured as much.

Step 2: Try to figure out how Word Press did their module thang. Lots of head scratching. Still haven’t figured it out.

Step 3: Give up on step 2 and move on to CSS. Found the menu that said CSS and read through a long list of warnings.

Step 4: Enter some CSS code and hit preview. Notice how these steps are shorter? It’s pretty much as I lost my patience.

Step 5: Wait for the screen to show you a preview and tell you that in order to make it happen, you need to pay them. That is not cool Word Press. I’m sure you have a bunch of sweet features and maybe I’ll bother to find them one day, but you really annoyed me.

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