Here I am comfortably housed in my new home at Edublogs and I thought that my first post here would be to explain the reasons for my move.
- No ‘Next Blog’ – This has always been an issue in Blogger. If anyone clicks on Next Blog at the top of your blog, they could end up somewhere less than desirable within a couple of clicks. Edublogs is designed for education and there is no danger or possibility of this happening and no ‘Next Blog!’
- Attractive templates – Edublogs is built on WordPress technology and has a large number of templates (over 50) to choose from for your blog. It also allows you to make certain modifications to themes such as changing the image header. It was great to be given the exact dimensions of this header as well so I didn’t have to guess the desired size the way I did in Blogger.
- Great technical support – I have already posted a couple of questions to the forum and have had lightning fast replies. There is also a great blog that shows you how to do almost anything that you would need.
- Ability to embed all types of code – this was the one that stopped me from making this change earlier. Edublogs did not let you embed certain types of code such as iFrame used by a lot of web 2.0 tools due to security worries. They have recently changed this policy and I can now embed almost anything that I want to. I need to be able to do this on a blog that writes about Web 2.0 technologies.
- Designed for teachers – this is a blog tool specifically designed for teachers and the tools and the help are specifically molded to this purpose.
- Ease of moving – I was able to migrate all of my blog posts from Blogger with a few clicks. It was a very simple process to bring my content with me.
There are a few drawbacks to using Edublogs that I feel I should point out as well if you are considering the move:
- You are unable to edit the html of the templates which means that you are unable to put code from Google Analytics or other monitoring services into your template. UPDATE: Thanks to people who left comments and pointed out that you can use a built-in plugin to add Google Analytics. I still would like to be able to use other tools from sites such as MyBlogLog which do need access to the code so I’ll look forward to the addition of this feature to Edublogs.
- Edublogs is seldom listed as a blogger platform when trying to set up links between your blog and other web 2.0 services. I am still trying to set up a link to my Google Docs account – I’ll let you know how that goes (and how to do it if I manage it 🙂 )
Otherwise, I am very happy with my new home. The back end of the blog looks a little different to Blogger but doesn’t take too long to get the hang of. Instead of the ‘Layout’ tab in Blogger, you go to ‘Presentation’ in Edublogs. Posts are handled in two different tabs called ‘Write’ and ‘Manage’ rather than being under the one ‘Posts’ in Blogger. Basically, there are no major issues and I’d recommend the change.