Help choosing blog host

Two Peas is Closing
Click here to visit our final product sale. Click here to visit our FAQ page regarding the closing of Two Peas.

Posted 6/30/2013 by deborahbreedlove in General Scrappin'
 

deborahbreedlove
PeaWee

PeaNut 447,478
December 2009
Posts: 5
Layouts: 0

Posted: 6/30/2013 7:59:09 PM
Hi there!
After years and years of scrapbooking, my daughter has convinced me to start a blog.
I will be so new at this, but first I need to choose a host...wordpress, weebly...blogger? What do you all find works for you?
I want to post tips, share my scrapping, and possibly make some freebies to give away when I can, so I will need a host that will allow those things. Maybe if I am lucky later on I will also be able to put a few products that I believe in linked as well.
Sitting here mulling the options, so if anyone has a few moments and thoughts, please chime in
Thanks in advance !

scrappyJedi
PeaAddict

PeaNut 319,334
May 2007
Posts: 1,504
Layouts: 362
Loc: Huntsville, AL

Posted: 6/30/2013 8:33:50 PM
I've used Blogger since I started my own blog 5 years ago and it. I've had to use both Wordpress and Typepad for various design teams, and I've never liked their user interfaces. At. All. They look great to the viewer, but the back end was always a nightmare for me (and I write user interfaces and software for a living!).

I do use Flickr to host my blog photos and not Google's Picasaweb, which is what Blogger defaults to. I've found that it's both easier to use and the photos look better (sharper and clearer) than with Picasaweb.



deborahbreedlove
PeaWee

PeaNut 447,478
December 2009
Posts: 5
Layouts: 0

Posted: 6/30/2013 8:59:04 PM
Oh thank you! I was just on your blog... I love your work! I have to admit it was your name that drew me there... I am also a SW fan, and a retired Disney cast memeber... so anything Jedi draws me in!
I really appreciate your answer (and no worries, not using anything Jedi for my blog
I will post when I get it up and running...any tips will be very very welcome!
HUGS

biochemipea
likes shiny things

PeaNut 114,614
November 2003
Posts: 22,668
Layouts: 499
Loc: Ontario, Canada

Posted: 6/30/2013 9:12:06 PM
I have been blogging with Blogger for 12 years now, and have been extremely happy with it.

I've used Word Press for design team work, and frankly, find it incredibly frustrating, often times unpredictable (for paragraph breaks and image sizes, specifically), and not very user friendly or intuitive. I find I have much more control over the look and formatting of my blog posts, in a much easier and straightforward manner, using Blogger than I do with WordPress.







See things that shine on Pinterest, Instagram, and YouTube.


deborahbreedlove
PeaWee

PeaNut 447,478
December 2009
Posts: 5
Layouts: 0

Posted: 6/30/2013 9:40:01 PM
Thank you! Your blog is beautiful too... there is so much talent on this board. I have been a member for three years and just posted for the first time today lol.
Thanks for your tip about blogger, it looks like a winner!
Hugs

journey fan
"Don't Stop Believin'"

PeaNut 308,186
April 2007
Posts: 12,538
Layouts: 0
Loc: California Coast

Posted: 6/30/2013 10:12:06 PM
I've used Wordpress since 2006. While I agree it has a steeper learning curve than Blogger, it's overall easy to use and has a lot more free features.

That said, if your long-term goals are to have a large online presence, sell things, be an affiliate, etc., Wordpress is what the majority of business people and online retailers use. It rates higher in Google (better SEO).

Eventually you may want to get a self-hosted blog (Blogger and Wordpress own your blog and can delete it or go out of business tomorrow and you have no rights to your content). And if you do, you'll wish you had started out on Wordpress.

If you look into your future and see blogging for family and friends, sharing your creations,and interacting with other scrappers as your needs, then Blogger is great! Either way, regularly backup your blog.



deborahbreedlove
PeaWee

PeaNut 447,478
December 2009
Posts: 5
Layouts: 0

Posted: 7/1/2013 1:18:38 AM
Thank you...so wordpress is also free?

alinor
Will I ever get to Buckethead?!

PeaNut 390,655
September 2008
Posts: 401
Layouts: 45
Loc: France

Posted: 7/1/2013 4:47:17 AM
Another Blogger lover here. I've tried to switch to Wordpress because i thought it would give me a big more freedom but hated the interface. Blogger is so easy if you are beginning because everything's already there for you, and even if later you want to start customazing the design and all, it's super easy (coming from someone who just spent her weekend redesigning her blog)



Helen *Mc
Gone Walkabout

PeaNut 4,068
April 2000
Posts: 10,438
Layouts: 214
Loc: Aussie in SC. USA

Posted: 7/1/2013 9:17:25 AM
I use blogger also, I've tried wordpress and was frustrated with it also, not so much because of a learning curve, but simply because I didn't like it. I may try that again in the future. Weebly is very limiting, I used them for a temporary site for a radio station and further down the track you might find you can't do as much as you want to with your blog.



journey fan
"Don't Stop Believin'"

PeaNut 308,186
April 2007
Posts: 12,538
Layouts: 0
Loc: California Coast

Posted: 7/1/2013 10:21:13 AM

Thank you...so wordpress is also free?

Yes

You can start out on Wordpress.com. That's free and fully supported, backed up, etc. by Wordpress. But again WP owns your blog (like on Blogger, etc.)

If you want to be self-hosted, you use Wordpress.org. Basically they provide the infrastructure to run your blog but you pay to host it somewhere else (cost is minimal; I have a wonderful host I can recommend if you're interested). Then YOU own the blog and can customize it even more.



deborahbreedlove
PeaWee

PeaNut 447,478
December 2009
Posts: 5
Layouts: 0

Posted: 7/3/2013 1:06:19 PM
Ok I think I am going with blogger! it looks so simple! Will I be able to put up a jpeg or psd file and have everyone download it as a freebie? I want to make some stuff to give away
Show/Hide Icons . Show/Hide Signatures
Hide
{{ title }}
{{ icon }}
{{ body }}
{{ footer }}