Friday, February 04, 2005

To blogger or not to blogger?

My current question

I'm having some trouble with my other blog which is hosted on my business site, while being powered by Blogger. Seems that the publishing feature is irritatingly fickle. The archiving feature has acted up, my comments have vanished and at least once every other day, I can't publish to the site. I get an error associated with the SFTP socket. I have had no problems with this blog which is hosted on blogger.

Needless to say, for my business, I can't have this kind of recurring problem. So, I am now researching Movable Type, Type Pad and Word Press. Anyone have experience with any of these?

I have the good fortune of a hunky IT guy who shares my computer and my bed so I don't have to use a completely "dummy style" system.

What I find frustrating is that I'd really like someone to just list the features for laybloggers like me:

Archiving in categories
17 templates to choose from
On/off comments

yada yada.

I like blogger because it has been so easy to get started. I noticed that on PCs, the posting window has a rich text editor! Wow. Not on the iBook. But I've been forced to learn a bit of html so that was good for me anyway.

Still, I'm a bit daunted by the templates in CSS and Php. That might push me past my comfort zone.

At this point, just trying to determine what will be the easiest to use while the most reliable for publishing and archiving. I have a pretty high volume of posts so I need a system that keeps track of everything without getting buggy on me.

I'm thinking I'll try WordPress (it's free) and see how it goes.

Any advice?


Bilbo said...

I feel your pain Julie.I really do. Just spent hours trying to figure out how to post my pictures via the dashboard step three proces with no success. Was using the Picasa/Hello program but for some reason beyond me it keeps kicking me off every couple of days. Wish I could help. If you do find out more information for laybloggers like us please pass the info on. I really like the potential of blogging but not sure how much cyberspace purgatory experiences I can handle....fellow frustrated blogger....bill

Dave said...

I intend to stick with Blogger even though there are probably "cooler" ways to do it. I ain't got the time to figure all that out.

I think I helped Bilbo with his picture posting problem. Maybe we can pledge to help each other out as best we can as technical problems arise...

julieunplugged said...

Thanks guys. I do like the blogger interface. So user friendly. That's what holds me back. I'll keep this blog ehre, but the one with my business just isn't working so I am forced to expand my cyber skills yet again. :)

Jon is downloading WordPress so I'll let you know how that goes.