‘Which platform should I choose?’ If you are planning to start blog writing, this is a question you must have pondered. And rightfully so. There are so many blogging platforms available today. But the major players are, without any doubt, WordPress and Blogger. The answer is personal, to be honest. What suits you may not suit another person. Hence, your choice depends on your needs and goals. That is what we are going to attempt now. Before starting a comparison between WordPress or Blogger, let us look at both these platforms objectively.
Blogger is a free blogging service started by Pyra Labs in 1999. It is a popular blogging platform since Google acquired it in 2003 and provides a free hosted blogging service alongside a free BlogSpot subdomain. You can choose to register a domain name with a third party and connect to your Blogger account.
- Quick and easy to set up
- Free of cost
- Free templates
- Google branding. Google takes care of hosting, security, and maintenance
- Integration with other Google features such as Google Analytics, AdSense, etc.
- Only support blogs. If you want an eCommerce site, look elsewhere
- Ownership. You don’t own your blog. Google does.
- Limited Features.
- Lack of control
Launched in 2003, WordPress is a free Content Management System that helps you create websites, blogs, or eCommerce stores easily. WordPress doesn’t provide free hosting. You have to choose a hosting plan, a domain name and then install and set up WordPress for your blog. Thanks to a massive community of users, WordPress provides access to several themes, tools, and plugins.
- The software is free to use
- Ownership. You are the owner of your blog
- Incredible customization options
- Great collection of themes and plugins
- Not limited to blogging
- Provision to add custom code to your blog
- Larger learning curve. Setting up a new website takes some time and effort to learn how the platform works.
- You have to purchase a hosting service and a domain
- Security and maintenance are your responsibilities.
Now let us dive deeper into some features and compare both these platforms based on them.
Control and Flexibility
With Blogger, all you need is a Gmail address. WordPress, on the other hand, requires more steps to start your blogging journey. Most of these steps take time, and some of them will cost you money as well. Hence if you want to set up a blog with minimal effort, Blogger will suit you. However, with Blogger, Google owns your blog. That means you have no control over what happens to your blog. Also, it allows bare minimum control over the look and feel of your blog. WordPress provides much more control over what features occupy your blog, though you have to pay for them. Countless free and premium WordPress plugins allow you great control over the features of your blog.
Design and Themes
Both platforms provide a range of free themes to choose from. If you want premium themes, WordPress provides them directly. All themes, free or paid, available in WordPress have undergone a strict screening process and are stable. WordPress also has themes categorized based on usage purpose which will aid you in choosing your theme. With Blogger, you have to purchase themes from third-party sites and use them. However, paid Blogger themes are comparatively cheaper than WordPress ones. While comparing, WordPress themes stand tall in terms of quality and overall customizations. Though there are some good themes available for Blogger, the number is far less compared to WordPress. Moreover, most Blogger themes are in fact templates which means all the pages in your blog will look the same
Both platforms allow users to customize their blogs. Blogger allows adding custom features by editing the blog’s HTML and CCS for free, whereas WordPress charges an annual fee for access to such customization. But the themes available in WordPress already have further customization options like colors, background images, and other visual elements.
Both platforms offer plugins that enhance the functionalities of your blog. Blogger allows you to install third-party widgets by adding the code directly to the HMTL, albeit at your own risk. You can instead make use of gadgets by Google which are safer. However, there are only a few gadgets to choose from. Some of them are already available by default. While this adds to the easiness of using Blogger, it also increases the limitations of using Blogger. WordPress on the other hand provides a plethora of plugins, over 55,000 free and even more for a premium. Basically, for anything you want your site to do, there is a WordPress plugin available to help you do that.
Security and Maintenance
With Blogger, security comes on the house with Google. You don’t have to worry about managing resources, traffic, or creating backups. However, this also means that if Google decides to shut Blogger down, you lose your site and there is nothing you can do to get it back. Also, it is good to note that migrating from Blogger to a different platform is a tedious task. With WordPress, you have to worry about all security and maintenance-related activities. You should install plugins that keep your website safe. Some plugins provide features like backup functionality and performance.
It is natural to have doubts creep up at different stages of learning a new platform and setting up your blog. Neither Blogger nor WordPress provides a dedicated support team to answer your queries. Blogger has a community forum where you can post questions to other users. Blogger also comes with extensive documentation and a help function in your Blogger Editor dashboard that directs you to Blogger topics and articles. WordPress also provides extensive documentation. However, WordPress excels with the WordPress support forum. It has the largest global community of users. That means you can get answers from countless topics discussed on forums as well as articles written that will give you a step-by-step guide.
To start with Blogger is free to use. It provides a subdomain, hosting, free theme, and security all for free. You can then choose to purchase a domain name or themes. Plus, Blogger will not run ads on your free site. It is built to be free. With WordPress the software is free, but you need to buy a hosting plan and a domain name which will cost you about $2.75 to start with. Further costs depend upon what addons you want for your blog. You may choose none and it is perfectly fine to do so. However, paid themes and plugins add more value to your blog which can lead to good returns if you aspire to monetize your blog.
The decision between Blogger and WordPress comes down to your needs and goals. Both these platforms have their purposes and have their advantages.
Blogger is for those who want to create a quick yet small blog that you can start writing on immediately. If you want a hobby blog, and don’t want to spend money on it or bother about technical specifications, Blogger is the one for you.
If your goal is to have a professional blog, that can be a career and make money for you in the future, then WordPress is your choice. WordPress gives the freedom to create any type of website. While it takes time to get used to it, the long-term benefits make it worth the time and effort. If you are unsure about your future and whether or not you want to pursue blogging as a career, WordPress would still be a better option as it provides the flexibility to upgrade at any time.
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