Novelist, comic book writer, and also comic book reviewer for www.BrokenFrontier.com, also website marketing coach for the Online Marketing Solutions company Push Traffic dot com. Incidentally, I am also the worst writer in the world.
So here's the skinny on something I just learned, for those of you trying to move to WordPress, or thinking of it.
There's WordPress.COM...and then WordPress.ORG
The .com version is a free blog, like blogger, and still has awesome SEO, but it's not terribly customizable. You have very limited options and overall it plumb isn't worth it. That was my attempted http://www.gilliansheart.wordpress.com blog. That's gone now. Already, yes. It had a life shorter than a lovebug. Sad, but moving on.
WordPress.ORG is the place to go. Download the latest version of WP.org at the site, onto your computer, then go buy some webhosting. Most of you will already have a hosting account, and if you don't go get an account with
DREAMHOST, because they rule, and as a gift from me here's a promo code for a whopping $97.00 any plan purchased - 97OFFANY
That's right, plug that promo code in and you'll get nearly a hundred bucks shaved off the top. A year plan costs $120.00, but with this code it'll only cost you $23.00. How's that for service? Basically, I'm now with DreamHost, and they're a wonder. They rule. Furthermore, now that I'm with them, I'm an "Affiliate", and I COULD be linking you to their site and earning $97.00 per person that signs up with them via me. Instead, I've opted to create a promo code that offers my entire possible profit to you, as a discount, so I earn nada, and you get the hosting you need to have an unbelievably powerful WordPress.org blog. You're welcome.
Once with Dreamhost, and so also with a webist URL name (www.Whatever.com), log in to your account, head down to "Goodies", then "One Click Installs". Make sure you choose to install "Advanced" and not "Easy", and choose WordPress under Advanced. Now choose the name of your blog. If it isn't the default www.Whatever.com, you can have it placed in www.whatever.com/blog Then Dreamhost auto installs WordPress.org FOR you!
Now you have a blog. Go to your blog + "/wp-admin" (so www.Whatever.com/blog/wp-admin) and log in with user/pass. Now you're inside your fully customizable blog. You can import all your Blogger posts, so you lose nothing, and WordPress.org is going to have people find you like never before.Next up will be learning about "Plugins" and how they work. Plenty of tutorials online for those, so you should be fine. Love you all, and hope to see you over at DreamHost and on your own WP.org blogs soon! Expecially you creators! You NEED this! Blogger will never put you out there the way Wordpress will!
Cheers. --Dave B.
P.S. - Yes, "Gillian's Heart" is the upcoming webcomic of mine. The blog will now serve as the blog to it, when the time comes...
P.S.S. - If you opt for the monthly Dreamhost plan (why the hell would you, paying every month, but just in case you're retarded and do so), you'll get $51 off the $60 price. Then pay monthly, which will add up. Don't do it. But if you must...that's FYI.