WordPress Blog & Website
Blogger has been a great home for the last two years for the various mini-blogs and out-of-class projects I’ve been doing with my students. I now feel like I have outgrown Blogger for a number of reasons, even though it is a great service. These are a few of the reasons I decided to leave Blogger in the end:
- Now that DigitaLang is getting more teacher-training work, I wanted a more professional looking website that integrated my blog seamlessly with the other content I wanted to have online (a contact form, a summary of the work we do etc.)
- WordPress is is just as good at being a content management system as it is a blog. WordPress now manages my whole website. I can add or delete pages and change the content from any internet connected computer. Before I had to use ftp and other complicated tools.
- I wanted to have more flexibility with my blog so that I could be as creative as I wanted and not have to work within the limits of Blogger. For example, I am planning to create a space where I’ll upload technology-based language lesson plans in the new blog. I probably could have done this with Blogger, but it would have been complicated and I doubt if it would have worked smoothly.
- Blogger has lots of clever little add-ons (widgets) that do clever things and make your blog look more interesting. WordPress has more and they’re open source too!
All in all, I’m really pleased with how the new blog is shaping up. There is still a lot of work to do yet, there have been several technical hiccups, but I’ll leave that for another post 🙂
All the best,