Blogger vs. WordPress

The wait list is scheduled to open May 9, so I will posting a few updates to the design site this week on the blog :)

I get asked this a lot, especially after I began accepting WordPress design orders a few weeks ago. Please bear in mind I am speaking of WordPress.org~ not to be confused with the free version – WordPress.com.

I hope this information finds you well, and to some it may not even matter. Maybe even most. For the few that are interested in the pros and cons of each blogging platform, I have laid out the unbiased details as best I could :)

Let me just say there is no ‘better’ blogging platform, as each offers great possibilities to a wide variety of bloggers.

User-Friendlyness.

Blogger is hands down, the most user-friendly blogging platform between the two. It is far more familiar, and you can get it going and posting in 10 minutes flat.

WordPress takes a bit more time – to set up domain, establish hosting, adjust your SEO options {more on this later}. Although, it is not as foreign as you might think. The terms are a bit different- for example in Blogger you have ‘gadgets’; on WordPress you have ‘widgets’. Same thing, different name.

The cost.

Let’s face it. Blogger is not only super easy to get going, but it’s also free. But the saying is true- you get what you pay for, or… don’t pay for. All your content is owned by Google, and believe it or not your blog is not in your complete control. Your posts, categories and comments are stored on Google’s server. Google has the authority to shut your blog down if they don’t approve of your content/ posts. Furthermore, you do not have the option of hosting images, making it necessary to rely on third party image-hosting like Photobucket if you opt for a custom design. Recently Photobucket claimed they had a blackout. Most of the custom blog designs on Blogger blogs were unavailable, as we had to wait for their server to get back up and running.

With WordPress, you pay for your domain and your web hosting. Domains usually run about $10 a year, and hosting usually runs about $5 a month. You do the math… it adds up quickly. However, all your posts, categories and comments are on your server and no one has the authority to report your blog, mark it as spam, or shut it down. You also have the ability to host all your own images, ruling out the need for a third party image-hosting site like Photobucket.

Search Engine Optimization.

It is a myth that your Blogger blog will appear first in Google’s search engine for the sole reason that Blogger is owned by Google. It is equally untrue that because you are using WordPress for your blog, that you will be ranked higher in search engines. Blogger has limited ways of ‘tagging’ posts, but if you title your posts correctly, you will achieve deceit search engine visiblity.

In WordPress there are several ways of tagging your posts and content, including many SEO plugins to help increase your blog visibility. All in all, WordPress offers more to the blogger who wants ultimate SEO.

Custom Domain.

Blogger has a super easy way to add a custom domain to drop the ‘.blogspot.com’ from your blog for $10 a year. In my experience, they do not make it easy to transfer your domain if you ever decide to switch over to WordPress. It does, however make your blogspot blog look a bit more professional.

With WordPress you purchase your domain through the domain registrar of your choice, and the domain is in your control.

Customizing Your Layout.

Blogger gives you free reign over your blog template, with access to customize your layout and edit the HTML code, if desired. They also offer free templates if you don’t want to mess with HTML.

WordPress offers a few free standard themes, and allows for full customization as well after hosting is purchased through a compatible web host. It also offers the unique world of plugins to customize your WordPress blog even more. Plugins can make your use of WP more convenient, allow custom title fonts, drop caps, slideshow presentations, just to name a few. There is seriously no end to the wide range of plugins available.

Pages.

Blogger made a fantastic move for bloggers when they decided to add the ‘Pages’ gadget to their blogging platform. It does however currently limit you to 10 pages, making it tough to decide which topic deserves it’s own page, especially for non-profits and small businesses.

WordPress offers unlimited pages. I almost died of happiness when I found this out. ;)

I hope you enjoyed reading my two cents on the two bloggy platforms. Like I said, they are both great, just in their own ways. :)

Have a question that went unanswered? Leave a comment & I’ll respond!

xo

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