So, I took the plunge. Here is why I switched:
- Blogger is free. It costs nothing to get started. No monthly fee. No annual fee. It doesn't get any cheaper than FREE!
- Blogger is owned and powered by Google. It's easy to get Google's attention by using Blogger. Google knows what you are doing.
- Blogger allows me to use my own domain name. It was surprisingly easy to point my domain name www.georgesheldon.com to my blogger.com site. It even supports naked domain names (georgesheldon.com just as easily as www.georgesheldon.com). Total setup time was less than 10 minutes!
- Blogger does have free themes. Like I said, nothing better than free! I chose - so far - to use this simple layout. I might change it sometime in the future, but so far, I like the simple style.
- You can set up pages and not just posts on Blogger (I have two so far, and likely to add a couple more soon).
- Blogger has WordPress-like widgets - several of which I have activated. They are what makes this page layout what it is.
I am not regretting giving up a website that included its own shopping cart. Nothing wrong with that, but I spent too much time programming versus looking for more things, places, and people to photograph. Afterall, I am a photographer, not a programmer. Let me get back to my core mission: creating stock. And Blogger.com seems like it will allow me to do just that.