Why I moved to wordpress

Hi all,

Some people have expressed/asked the reasons for moving to wordpress from blogger. The reasons are one too many. Here are few of the reasons of the same :-

1. WordPress is free software :- WordPress is free software while blogger is not. In fact, one can find wordpress as an installable package in any of the GNU/Linux distributions. This is from Ubuntu 8.04

shirish@Mugglewille:~$ apt-cache show wordpress
Package: wordpress
Priority: optional
Section: universe/web
Installed-Size: 4540
Maintainer: Ubuntu MOTU Developers <ubuntu-motu@lists.ubuntu.com>
Original-Maintainer: Kai Hendry <hendry@iki.fi>
Architecture: all
Version: 2.3.3-1ubuntu1
Depends: apache2 | httpd, libapache2-mod-php5 | php5 | php5-cgi | libapache2-mod-php4 | php4 | php4-cgi, libphp-phpmailer (>= 1.73-4), php5-gd | php4-gd, php5-mysql | php4-mysql, virtual-mysql-client
Suggests: virtual-mysql-server
Conflicts: mysql-server (<< 4.0.20-8)
Filename: pool/universe/w/wordpress/wordpress_2.3.3-1ubuntu1_all.deb
Size: 873804
MD5sum: 71ad61e42e200501e22ddbf3278c60d2
SHA1: 2c656a5355d2df0588310418696f869a25915a70
SHA256: 26325fa27ba3437b665a36b92f623239124b43f4b080e286e1ec8595ab2f1f45
Description: weblog manager
WordPress is a full featured web blogging tool:
* Instant publishing (no rebuilding)
* Comment pingback support with spam protection
* Non-crufty URLs
* Themable
* Plugin support

This package includes French language support.
Homepage: http://wordpress.org
Bugs: mailto:ubuntu-users@lists.ubuntu.com
Origin: Ubuntu

The blogger API has been opened up sometime back but still its too much tied to their way of doing things which might is not sufficient.

The second reason why I moved to wordpress is their terms of service. Have a look at the TOS

The way the Terms of Service (TOS) has been written a 13 yr. old can understand the implications of whatever he/she blogs or writes about and the consequences of the same. This is a class apart than the terms of service at blogger for which I would require to hire a lawyer.

The third reason is support. While blogger uses a google group wordpress uses forums. While each to his own I find the forums to be a better way for support.

Fourthly, while I was moving wordpress has made importing from blogger a one-click solution.

Lastly, look, feel, facilities all are a shade or better than blogger. All in all I made a choice looking at the ethics of what I was doing (using non-free software while I tom tom about free software) while at the same time it does what I want it to do.

Did I lose anything in the bargain. No, for the simple reason google would also spider it just like it does for every site. Also fame or popularity doesn’t depend on any one network 😉

Of course just as one moves into new home, one is unaware of how things work, so its gonna take me some time getting used to and finding some of the widgets and the way things work but that’s life, that’s learning 😉

So hoping you guys don’t do the same mistakes I did. Happy blogging.

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