Visual story of WordPress growth

My mouth hurts to remember and give figures about tremendous growth and popularity of WordPress but there is no better way to check it than to see it in a single image.

By courtesy of WPthemes.co.nz we have this graph that shows, next to the curve of other CMS how Joomla, Drupal or Blogger, the different major versions of WordPress in a timeline where you can clearly see the growth and popularity of WordPress .

WordPress turns 10 years old • WordPress Help

 10th anniversary wordpress

It seems a lie, but what started as a conversation between two youngsters 10 years ago ]on January 24, 2003, today it has become the most popular, powerful and easy to use web creation system .

Well yes, it all started with a dilemma that was posed ] Matt Mullenweg about blogging software, then an 18-year-old boy who wrote on his blog :

My blogging software has not been updated for months, and the main developer has gone, I can only hope that at least it's okay.

What do I do? Textpattern seems to have everything I want but it does not look like I'm going to have a license with which I agree. Fortunately b2 / Cafelog is GPL, which means that I could use the existing base code to create a "fork", integrating everything I like about the things Michel is working on, if he were around. Work would never be lost, and if I were to disappear from the face of the planet for a year, the code I created would be available and free for everyone, and if someone else wanted, I could use it. I have decided that this is the address I want to take, now all I need is a name. Which will be?. Let's see, it would be nice if I had the flexibility of MovableType, the syntax of TextPattern, the malleability of b2, and the ease of configuration of Blogger. Someday, right?

And yes, he received a response from another young man Mike Little :

Matt,

If you are convinced to fork a b2 I would be interested in collaborating. I'm sure there will be one or two more from the community who would be encouraged. Maybe a thread in the B2 forum, suggesting a fork, could be a good start.

And that's how it all began. On May 27 of that same year the version 0.7 of WordPress came out, which you can still download and install if you're curious, like the rest of the later versions .

Today, 10 years later of that dilemma about blogging software, WordPress goes by version 3.5 and has become publishing software that, as Matt dreamed, is flexible, with a syntax simple, easy to modify and configure . It is the most popular content management system on the planet, and is GPL .

You can be a purist and think that until the first version you can not talk about the WordPress anniversary, but the idea was born – at least – a January 24, 2003.

Happy 10th Anniversary WordPress!

NOTICE : this publication is from two years ago or more. If it's a code or a plugin it might not work in the latest versions of WordPress, and if it's a news story it might be obsolete. Then do not say we have not warned you.

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How to migrate from WordPress to Blogger

Let's see, it's not that I promote it, rather you know that I usually recommend the opposite, but as you have to know everything in this life , and is part of the things that WordPress allows, let's see what would be the opposite process to the recommended one, how to migrate from WordPress to Blogger .

1. Export

The first thing is to export the entries, comments, labels, etc. of your WordPress (think about it, he would not do it, ah! What do you want to follow ?, OK, let's go …)

  1. Go to the window ' Tools -> Export ' from WordPress and save the XML file on your hard drive

Ea, you're done, remember that this is WordPress yet and in a couple of clicks you do almost everything. [19659007]2. Conversion

Unlike WordPress, which allows you to import from a large number of services, Blogger needs to be able to recognize the exported file, so we will have to convert it to something that Blogger can recognize.

For this we have to go to the application web that you will find in http://wordpress2blogger.appspot.com/ . There, in addition to the steps for migration (in English) you have a WordPress converter to Blogger. Simply upload your newly exported file and then click on the "Convert" button. Ojo!, The converter says it only works for files of less than 1 Mb, if your export file is bigger you will have to make a fix . However, I have uploaded a file of more than 2 Mb and it has worked, try to see if you are lucky, like me.

Once the export process finishes, the web application saves a file with HTML extension on your computer. , called ' blogger-export.xml.html ' that Blogger will recognize. Let's check it out.

3. Import

Now you have to go to the Blogger desktop and click on the "Create a blog" button or, if you already have it, access the Blogger import tool, choose the resulting file of the conversion, you fill in the captcha and press the "Import blog" button and wait for the green bar to finish moving.

At the end you will have created the entries, pages and comments, forget about categories and labels, that this does not is WordPress, and your blog on Blogger created in a few clicks.

And now, now that you already know how to migrate from WordPress to Blogger do not do it!

NOTICE : this Publication is from two years ago or more. If it's a code or a plugin it might not work in the latest versions of WordPress, and if it's a news story it might be obsolete. Then do not say we have not warned you.

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What is Blogger better than WordPress.com? • WordPress Help

 Blogger or WordPress

I will not try to compare pears and apples, mixing a blog platform hosted "in someone else's house" (Blogger .com) with the website creation platform that you can download in WordPress.org and install "in your own home", but if it's relevant to compare the blog hosting platforms of blogger.com and wordpress.com and, above all, see what you still have to improve on WordPress.com .

Redirect your domain

While on Blogger it's totally free on WordPress.com you have to pay $ 9.97 for mapping domain, that is, by redirecting your domain to your blog in WordPress.com and that it appears as if it were in your domain. To that you have to add (as is normal) the cost of the domain.

Image hosting

Although in principle WordPress.com offers 3 Gb of image hosting, compared to the stubby 1 Gb of Blogger, when you need more space the thing changes greatly. And is that Blogger offers 20 additional Gb for only $ 5 a year while on WordPress.com only 5 Gb more would cost you $ 19.97 per year, not to say if you want 15 Gb ($ 49.97) or 25 Gb (89 , $ 97) a barbarity.

Video hosting

Well, saving the quality distances between VideoPress and Google Video, we must admit that it is more expensive to pay $ 59.97 per year on WordPress.com than $ 0 in Blogger.

Advertising

Blogger does not put any restrictions on advertising, in fact it makes life easier with the widgets available for this purpose or making it easier for you to link your Adsense account to your blog. On the other hand, WordPress.com by default does not allow you to add advertising, but if the Automattic guys eventually add ads to your blog (it's your business model to be able to offer free hosting). If you want, in addition, that you do not show YOUR advertising, you must pay $ 29.97 per year.

Design

Although WordPress.com offers a good number of themes to customize your blog (currently 83 and up) , is not comparable with the huge amount of templates for Blogger that are available, many of them "ports" of premium WordPress themes to Blogger .

Popularity

Well, yes, it's true. Blogger is even more popular than WordPress. And this is because virtually everyone has a Google account, either through iGoogle, GMail or its huge number of web applications. For this reason, adding a blog in Blogger is a matter of 1 click most of the time, and is there in sight.

To open an account in WordPress.com you must first know the service, provide a mail account (which WordPress does not provide – it would be a good idea to give free wp.com accounts for example) and start "moving" your blog from the community tags or linking right and left (the usual).

you search Google "create blog" and the first non-sponsored link is from Blogger (what did you think?), so it is clear that this is also a facility for the new user.

It seems clear that when someone is going to create a blog for the first time what you will find in the first place is Blogger, and this weighs.

Well, sure there are more things that WordPress.com should improve to overcome Blogger but I do not know right now nothing else happens. Can you think of anything else?

NOTICE : this publication is from two years ago or more. If it's a code or a plugin it might not work in the latest versions of WordPress, and if it's a news story it might be obsolete. Then do not say we have not warned you.

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Move your blog from Blogger to WordPress

In this video, in English but simple to follow, you have the process of migrate your blog in Blogger / Blogspot to WordPress I hope it will help if you're still thinking about it. You have more detailed instructions in this post from Labnol .

The entry Move your blog from Blogger to WordPress published it first Fernando Tellado in Help WordPress . Do not copy content, do not say anything good about you to your readers.

Download content from your posts on your mobile • WordPress Help

Blueding a content download service in mobile phones has developed a couple of plugins with which to integrate this functionality in your blog, either Blogger or WordPress ]

What you get is that under each of your posts a new area appears from which to download post content on your mobile phone. For example, if in your post there is an image, a file MP3 even a link to an application for Symbian JAR or Windows Mobile then it will show a link to download each of those contents in your mobile.

I find it a great application for Podcasts or blogs on mobile, and also great application for other types of blogs, like Fotologs do not you think?

Change the Post Autosave interval

WordPress automatically saves posts at predefined intervals. This new functionality, included in WordPress 2.1 makes every 60 seconds automatically save the post or page you're editing as a draft.

It's a good idea, especially if of disconnection, because you know that your post will not be completely lost, but it is also possible that the default auto-save interval does not adapt to the tastes and needs of all bloggers.

Fortunately, you can change the WordPress autosave time and set your own time limit. To do this you must change the configuration of the constant called AUTOSAVE_INTERVAL and replace it for as long as you want. This constant can be added to the file wp-config.php which you already know is in the root folder of your WordPress installation. You just have to add a line similar to this:

In this example we have defined that auto-save the posts and pages every 300 seconds, that is 5 minutes. Of course, you can put it at the time you want.

Google Blog Converters – Freedom of Choice

Google Blog Converters is a new project Open Source that offers the ability to move blog posts and comments from one service to another. In the first version it offers Python libraries and executable scripts that allow conversions between the export formats of Blogger LiveJournal MovableType and WordPress ]

In addition to this, the source code includes seedlings to host these conversions in the Google App Engine . It is foreseen in the future to add support for BlogML as well as synchronization tools among several services that do not have their own import / export tool but that do offer APIs to access and modify the content of the blog. [19659003] This tool, although not yet for beginners or for trivial use, is an important advance and towards freedom of choice because it eliminates format restrictions, giving us back control of our content, being able at any time to choose the publication platform without fear of losing our original material.
If you want to try it you already have the source code ready for download. . You have the installation process on this page .