The Great Debate: WordPress or Blogger?

by Mahesh Kukreja · 2 comments

in Blogging Tips, Tricks, Webmaster Tutorials

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It’s a long standing debate, choosing between hosting your blog through WordPress or through Blogger. And while there are several other platforms out from to choose from, these two are easily the most popular and well-respected of the bunch, and the two that have raised the most questions as to which reigns supreme for blogging. These two blogging platforms are vastly different from one another and each has their own advantages and disadvantages should you choose to utilize one or the other.

WordPress or Blogger

Blogger Advantages and Disadvantages

Blogger is owned by Google and it’s safe to say that just about anything Google does it does well. Blogger is no exception to this and has long been hailed as the top choice for beginners in the blogging area. Some of the benefits of using Blogger are:

1. It is extremely easy to use. Blogger has everything you need in a visually appealing and comprehensive dashboard so you don’t waste time having to learn any intricate steps.

2. You can easily make little money from it. Because it’s owned by Google you can easily set up an AdSense account to earn revenue from your blog. You also are able to monetize the website with no backlash from Google or Blogger.

3. It’s simple to buy your domain. At a certain point most people are anxious to make the switch from a web address to a simple web address. Blogger makes it easy to purchase the domain name and drop the “.blogspot” from your URL.

However there are always drawbacks and some of Blogger’s include:

1. Overload of users. Because it’s free and easy to use there are times when the Blogger server gets overwhelmed and all of the sites go down.

2. There is no true self-hosting. While you are able to purchase your URL you still don’t have a truly self-hosted website and you still have to adhere to the rules and regulations of the platform.

WordPress Advantages and Disadvantages

While Blogger may be to go-to choice for novice bloggers, WordPress has a highly respected reputation amongst veteran bloggers. Some of the advantages WordPress offers:

1. Two versions: free and self-hosted. WordPress has a site that offers a free blogging platform similar to the Blogger one and then also has a site that allows self-hosted blogs to use the WordPress platform.

2. Exceptional support provided. The WordPress community is vast and knowledgeable and always willing to help out if a user encounters a problem.

3. Easy to customize. There are plugins you can download for anything you could possibly want to do on your website; from maximizing SEO to ridding your site of spam, there really is no limit.

Like with Blogger, it’s not all high points though, and there are some disadvantages to choosing WordPress:

1. Not as easy to navigate as Blogger. Newbie bloggers can get frustrated trying to navigate around the WordPress website because it’s not as visually easy to understand as the Blogger platform.

2. You need to be a little tech-savvy to self-host. Getting your website set up and running with all the appropriate plugins can be a little tricky at times and requires some technical know-how, something that can be time-consuming and frustrating.

Depending on what it is you want to accomplish with your blog either platform could be a good fit. For bloggers who are blogging as a hobby Blogger stands out as an outstanding choice. But for those who are more serious about blogging for a business or as their job WordPress comes out on top. Which platform would you choose?

Author Bio

This Guest post is by Christine Kane, a graduate of Communication and Journalism. She enjoys writing about a wide-variety of subjects including internet providers in my area for different blogs.

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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Bhavik Shah March 15, 2012 at 2:21 pm

wordpress is best available cms..


Anny from MotoCMS April 4, 2012 at 6:18 pm

I vote for WordPress!!! Sorry but Blogger looks a little bit strange, as for me. WP is an old well-known platform for blogging. Moreover there are 100s and 100s ob WP plugins.


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