It was probably not the best decision to make at 10pm on a Monday night, but nevertheless I started a WordPress.com blog and migrated all my old blogs from Google Blogger across to it.
WordPress has some lovely looking themes but I was surprised by a few things:
- Disqus comment plugins are not supported. One of the reasons I had not moved to one of the new Blogger Dynamic themes was that all the Disqus comments on my blog would be lost. But on WordPress.com these are not supported either so I have left them all back on Blogger. Sigh.
- No support for Google Analytics. WordPress.com has its own analytics but they are pretty basic. There is no support for adding the Google Analytics tracking code into your blog which I found surprising.
- Adding in other plugins or widgets is tricky or even limited as no third party scripts are allowed.
- Embedding Storify tweets is not supported on WordPress.com (only WordPress.org)
- Tags from Blogger posts were imported as Categories not tags in WordPress (but this is easily fixed with the Converter tool).
- The WordPress themes have a stylish design feel to them. The Blogger designs felt a bit… dated (although the new Dynamic themes are much better).
- Adding in supported widgets and customising the theme is easyish (where supported)
- The overall feel of the WordPress site is more professional and less amateur. Blogger feels like one of those many things that Google just forgot in its haste to own the world.
- It was very easy to set up and I even took the step of securing my own dot com domain as it was sooooo easy.
- Mobile and iPad formats are also supported. Cool.
- Not sure how the native commenting and moderating compares until someone leaves a comment. Hint.
And then at 1am I went to bed.
Updated: Found another quite annoying feature. The Twitter Share buttons on the bottom of each post add the @wordpressdotcom Twitter account to the share tweet. And you don’t appear to be able to customise this to your own account (have sent a request to WordPress.com to ask about this).
Updated Again: The solution from WordPress support:
In order for the Twitter sharing buttons to display your Twitter username instead of @wordpressdotcom you will need to connect your Twitter account to your WordPress.com blog by setting up the Publicize feature. Once you get it set up this change will only apply to new posts, not posts that you already published.
For more information on setting up the Publicize feature check out this support doc:
I tried this and it works!