Blog vs Directed Web Fiction Sites

9 years ago | Radhika (Member)

Hey everyone. With the development of Pandamian and my blook being published there, I find a lot of things in a blog that I can't seem to find with Pandamian. At the same time, Pandamian has a gorgeous look to it and easy commenting.
The only thing I believe I am missing is the sidebar in a blog. With the recommend to directories, blogroll, and subscribing there, I miss it.
Should I convert to a blog or stay with the gorgeous look?

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  1. Katherine (Member)

    Posted 9 years ago

    Since Pandamian is a work in progress, you could ask them to implement it. Such an implementation might not be too difficult. You could also ask them to just add an "html box" sidebar and you could put it in HTML yourself until they add a more modular system.

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  2. Jim Zoetewey (Moderator)

    Posted 9 years ago

    Pandamian will be including templating (allowing people to create the look they want). They haven't yet because templating is a challenge, and you can't put everything you want a site to ideally have into its first release.

    It's high on their list though. I'd say it depends on whether or not you want to wait for it.

  3. cassandrastryffe (Member)

    Posted 9 years ago

    I'd stick with what you have, or go to Dream Fantastic. Dream Fantastic offers gorgeous sites, and REALLY great setup for navigation. But, I lost almost 100 hits a day when I changed sites. So changing platforms is a big deal. Perhaps waiting and offering a suggestion or two would be a better idea.

  4. Alexander.Hollins (Member)

    Posted 9 years ago

    Remember that Pandamian is a beta still, features forthcoming. Sidebars are nice for things having to do with audience, ect, but right now, the point of pandamian is helping the writers, not generating crowds and income. That comes second.

    Cassandra, thanks for the plug! I'm hoping we've gotten your numbers back up for you.

  5. Chris Poirier (Moderator)

    Posted 9 years ago

    I just finished redoing my WordPress-based fiction website (, but I'm sad to say that the WordPress developers seem to have decided to downgrade category-based URL support, which makes WordPress much less useful as a general CMS. I've managed to keep my site together, for now, with some plugins and some hard choices about things that no longer work correctly, but my plan will be to move to something else in the mid-future.


  6. Ryan A. Span (Member)

    Posted 9 years ago

    I love my site for STREET, but I get the inevitable feeling that it's starting to age after more than 4 years in operation. There have been upgrades, but there are features that are simply out of reach. Pandamian would probably be my first choice for a move, but they're nowhere near ready with the functionality I'd need/expect, so we'll see how it develops.

    Still, I wouldn't in a million years use WordPress. I hate the way it looks, organises, and pretty much everything else. I find anything on WP very unpleasant to read. But then, I seem the only person on this earth who feels that way. :P


  7. Katherine (Member)

    Posted 9 years ago

    really? In terms of look, Wordpress is my favorite blogging platform. I find Blogger the most insufferable, personally.

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  8. noodles (Member)

    Posted 9 years ago

    Perhaps, but Blogger is great for us dumb bunnies who need big colorful buttons to tell us what to do.

  9. Chris Poirier (Moderator)

    Posted 9 years ago

    Ryan: you do realize WFG runs on WordPress, right? ;-)

  10. Ryan A. Span (Member)

    Posted 9 years ago

    Chris: Yes I do. Does that mean I can't hate WordPress? :P


  11. Sarratum (Member)

    Posted 9 years ago

    I use blogger, but I do a lot of my own coding so it looks much prettier than the typical templates. In terms of 'look', I don't see how anyone can hate wordpress or blogger, considering templates are customizable and very numerous. There is no -one- specific look for either of these platforms.

    But in terms of available widgets, features and customer service, I'm almost certain wordpress is better than blogger. If I had any clue when I started, I would have used wordpress. Ah well; cest la vie.

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  12. Alexander.Hollins (Member)

    Posted 9 years ago

    Ryan, you can do a lot with wordpress though, if it looks bad, its the designers fault. look at

  13. Miladysa (Member)

    Posted 9 years ago

    Blogger is great. It's free and easy to use.

  14. ubersoft (Member)

    Posted 9 years ago used Drupal, and I'm extremely pleased with all the things I can make it do. I'm not pleased with how it looks, but that will always be a work in progress I'm afraid. Still, the ability to classify, customize and tweak is invaluable to me.

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