If you leave the safe confines of your feed reader and are actually reading this on my blog, you will notice a complete overhaul.
You may scroll down and see the comments have a reply option. THEY THREAD.
You may notice the slide show on the front page, of latest posts.
You might be so inclined as to notice how much more visual the homepage is.
My old header image is gone. I am not entirely sure if I am going to replace it.
Making The Switch Taught Me Some Lessons
- Make google your BFF. I would not have been able to do this, and would have lost subscribers and followers if not for these websites: Mama Blogga; Digital Inspiration.
- I wound up breaking mySQL database. Yup, I accidentally changed the password, so wordpress couldn’t access and function. I spent about 30 minutes cussing up a storm on Twitter. DON’T CHANGE YOUR SQL DATABASE.
- Plugins are pretty awesome.
- If you don’t know anything about wordpress themes or coding, get a theme that is customizable, so you can change some things without opening up the php editor. (Please don’t ask me to explain further, google can help you better than I)
Why Did I Make The Switch?
- I wanted threaded comments. I am positive threaded comments encourage conversation and interaction.
- I like the different things you can do with the layout. I may not have a full grasp yet, but I do really like that I have a slide show of my latest posts.
- SEO optimization. Traffic to my posts matters to me. When I post about a book, I want to get as much traffic to that post as possible. SEO optimization basically means your website is search engine optimized. You can google that, for more information. WordPress really lends itself to SEO.
- I loathe capcha. There is no capcha on wordpress.
- I want to podcast. Now I have a place where I can upload my casts without paying for server space. (FYI my blog is self-hosted)
- She’s Got The Look. Cue cheesy 80s music. Really, though, I think wordpress has a much cleaner look than blogger.
I encourage you to leave the confines of your feed reader, and take a look around here. I am quite proud of the home page. Yes, the design is in it’s early stages, of course there is room for improvement. I’m just very excited that I have a new place to exude awesome.