WordPress or Blogger: Which Platform to Choose?

There are currently millions of blogs on the Internet today discussing every imaginable topic. Each day there appears to be many new people starting up their own blog to express their views and opinions. One question I have seen frequently is regarding which blog platform should be used. There currently are several platforms to choose from, but there are two that probably make up the bulk of all blogs online today – WordPress and Blogger.

In this post I will discuss these two platforms, but not from a WordPress versus Blogger stance. I will provide information regarding each platform that will, hopefully, help you choose which one is better suited to your needs.


WordPress

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The WordPress platform is beyond the shadow of a doubt the largest platform for blogging. There are more blogs using WordPress than any other platform, and for good reason.

There are actually two flavours of WordPress available to you: free and hosted. You can sign up for the free version at WordPress.com. This version quickly allows you to setup your blog in a matter of minutes without having to worry about hosting. The downside to using the free version is you don’t have as much control over customizing your blog, such as modifying the code behind your blog. If you plan on putting ads on your blog, then you shouldn’t use the free version of WordPress as this isn’t allowed. If you like tinkering with code, and would like to place ads, then you should look at hosting a WordPress blog.

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Hosted WordPress blogs means you sign up with a host, and install the WordPress application on the server. From there you have full control over you blog, including changing the code. There are literally thousands of themes and plugins that you can use to give your blog the look and feel that you want. This is perhaps WordPress’ biggest strength – the plugins and themes.

With the self-hosted WordPress platform, you will definitely need some assistance if you are new to blogging. This is by far the most complex setup to get a blog online, and it is recommended that you do some research on how to setup a WordPress blog.

If you are looking for a blog platform that is easy to use, and allows ads, then you should look into Blogger.

Blogger

Blogger Logo

Now owned by Google, Blogger is probably the second most popular blog platform available today. Blogger does not have as many themes available for use as WordPress does, or does it have plugins. What it does have is ease-of-use.

Blogger is perhaps the easiest system to use when first setting up a blog. In a matter of minutes you can create a blog and publish your first post. For those that don’t care about customizing a blog, or don’t have time to fiddle around with it, then Blogger is the better choice for you.

Blogger is free and does allow you to place ads on your blog, which is great for those that would like to make some extra income without paying any fees.

Summary

While there are many blog platforms available to those that want to start a blog, WordPress and Blogger are by far the most used of the platforms. They are, however, completely different and which one to choose is usually a question that is asked on a frequent basis. The points below may help:

WordPress (Free)

  • Doesn’t cost anything.
  • Just signup and start publishing posts – no setup required.
  • Can choose from many themes, however, limited on customization.
  • Can’t display advertising on the blog.

WordPress (Hosted)

  • Complete control over all apsects of the blog.
  • Most widely supported platform with thousands of themes and plugins.
  • Can display advertising since the blog belongs to you.
  • Need to find and pay for a host.
  • Need to install WordPress on the host.

Blogger

  • Doesn’t cost anything.
  • Easy to setup blog.
  • Allows some customization using Blogger’s predefined tags, but not as customizable as WordPress.
  • Themes do exist, although not as many as those for WordPress.
  • Can display advertising.

In the end, however, it doesn’t matter which platform you choose. The platform doesn’t make a blog better. Writing good, unique content is what matters.

Have Your Say

  • Which blog platform do you use, and why?
  • Have you thought about switching platforms?
  • Do you believe that choosing a specific platform can make a blog successful?
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About Paul Salmon

Paul Salmon is the founder of Technically Easy. He is a an experienced PC user, and enjoys solving computer-related problems that he encounters on a regular basis.

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24 Comments

  1. Megan Ally
    Posted May 25, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

    Most countries in the third world never respects intellectual property rights. piracy is so rampant in asian countries.~,-

  2. Posted August 19, 2008 at 11:05 am | Permalink

    @Eden: That is true. I have no difficulty getting listed in Google. Even when I started it was very quick to get listed.

    An example is my wife’s blog. She did now work on getting listed anywhere, and sure enough I noticed all her pages were listed in Google.

  3. Eden
    Posted August 19, 2008 at 3:46 am | Permalink

    One thing you forgot to consider, and a big reason we have stayed with the Blogger platform although we’re stretching it to its limits is the fact that content gets indexed by Google almost instantaneously. And who can say if Google values content on their servers more highly than other blogs on the Internet?

  4. Tarun
    Posted August 14, 2008 at 5:13 am | Permalink

    I also stumbled your page..

  5. tarun
    Posted August 14, 2008 at 5:04 am | Permalink

    I have blogs hosted on both blogger and wordpress. Both are equally good, the choice depends upon the need of the user. Blogger gives you all the freedom that you want.
    you can play around with blogger themes, widgets, scripts.
    when it comes to employing scripts which require server tweaks than you have to go for wordpress.org hosted sites.
    I think for a beginner a blogger is the best option to try his or her hands. later one can move the blog to anyother service.

  6. Justin
    Posted August 12, 2008 at 8:43 am | Permalink

    Self hosted wordpress. I like the ability to add plugins.

  7. Lloyd Lopez
    Posted August 11, 2008 at 3:38 pm | Permalink

    WordPress for me. I’ve use blogger before when I started blogging. It was a good platform but the flexibility of WordPress was better.

  8. Sjeltur
    Posted August 11, 2008 at 7:07 am | Permalink

    I am spending about 25 euro a year on the host I am using; for that amount I also have my own extension for email. WordPress for free; and easy to install…..
    And I am owning my own content.
    AND I really have my own “webpage” instead of something.blogspot.com – which makes it for visitors less easy to remember.

  9. shaxx
    Posted August 10, 2008 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

    I am using self hosted wordpress for the reasons that you have given above.

  10. Dollar dude
    Posted August 10, 2008 at 5:16 am | Permalink

    I prefer blogger than wordpress for highest earning thro’ adsense…

  11. Bcarter
    Posted August 9, 2008 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

    WordPress, hands down. I don’t consider any other option. I have free hosting credits at GoDaddy that I use when I start a blog. When the traffic starts to get up there I transfer it to my reseller account.

  12. Anurag Bansal
    Posted August 9, 2008 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

    Blogger for me.
    I use a custom domain for $10 per year with Blogger. No problem at all whatsoever.
    Flawless integration, lots of customization possible. Finally I trust Google, at least for now.
    Tried WordPress.com but it is really very much owned by Mark. You can’t do that, you can’t do this. If I can’t even use a script, then why in world I should blog thru wordpress.com.
    Hosting thru wordpress.org is the only option but that looks tough to install and not so cost effective.
    I think for now I am good with $10 per year on Blogger with a domain from Godaddy.com.

    Finally,
    Looking for cheap, customizable option – Go for Blogger (free or custom domain)
    Have lots of money and is good with server and other technicalities – Go for wordpress.org.

    Thanks
    Anurag Bansal
    http://www.knowliz.com

  13. Posted August 9, 2008 at 12:18 pm | Permalink

    Having used both, I vote for WordPress. The WordPress plugins are my favorite feature by far. But for those getting started, there are many benefits to using Blogger. It is definitely easier to use and setup. The good news is, when you’re ready to switch from Blogger to WordPress, importing your posts and comments is a snap.

  14. Sahil Bhalla
    Posted August 9, 2008 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

    Have any of you tried out Weebly? Supposed to be very easy and very good?

    My blog; http://twisthis.blogspot.com

  15. Gargantua
    Posted August 9, 2008 at 9:42 am | Permalink

    I use Joomla on my site, and I love it. It makes it so easy to keep things organized and archived. And with the number of modules out there, you can customize it however you want. Better still, if there is something you want for your site, and there isn’t a module out there for it, designing your own or finding a willing person in the Joomla community to design it for you is a snap.

  16. Posted August 9, 2008 at 9:12 am | Permalink

    @Sahil: I agree that WordPress is more advanced and contains more options. Someday I may change to WordPress, but for now I’ll stay on Blogger.

    @CK: WordPress can probably be confusing, but can become more clear the more you use it. I haven’t used WordPress, but that is my guess.

  17. Posted August 9, 2008 at 4:13 am | Permalink

    I started with Blogger and have hung on to it for a long time. Tried WordPress but felt that it was as user-friendly and the myriad of options really confuses me so… Blogger for me!

  18. Sahil Bhalla
    Posted August 9, 2008 at 3:04 am | Permalink

    I think WordPress is more advanced than Blogger and it is as easy to use as Blogger. So therefore you should go for wordpress but at the moment I have blogger as my main blog.

    Check it out; http://twisthis.blogspot.com

    Sahil

  19. OdayPele
    Posted August 8, 2008 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

    According to Google TOS from above explanations, I still rely to Blogger to host my personal blog.

  20. Nathan
    Posted August 8, 2008 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

    WordPress on your own site

    like not on wordpress.com

    is SO much better than blogger

    i used blogspot.com

    and used wordpress.com

    wordpress most definately

  21. Posted August 8, 2008 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

    I have seen many people talk about Google owning your content on Blogger blogs.

    Here is a line from the TOS:

    “Your Intellectual Property Rights. Google claims no ownership or control over any Content submitted, posted or displayed by you on or through Google services.”

    I’m sure everything is debatable with regards to ownership.

    I wouldn’t mind trying WordPress in the future, however.

  22. Jodith
    Posted August 8, 2008 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

    I was a complete novice the first time I installed WordPress on a site. I followed the step by step directions. I did have to contact my host tech support to find out what the correct server name was (my host actually had it in their FAQs). It was quite easy to set up and I’ve had remarkably few problems with it.

    I highly recommend hosting your own over using blogger or free WordPress hosting. You get much more flexibility in developing your themes and what you install on your site.

  23. Beau71
    Posted August 8, 2008 at 10:59 am | Permalink

    I tend to lean towards using WordPress over Blogger. Just personal preference I imagine, or maybe my long history with it.

  24. Margaret
    Posted August 8, 2008 at 9:43 am | Permalink

    Blogger may be easy to use, but if you read your TOS, Google owns your content.

    I can’t tell you how many blogs I see that get closed down by google for violation of TOS. I see that although you have a custom domain, your comments are on blogger.com, which makes me wonder if that doesn’t leave you open to potentially losing that data at some point since it’s owned by Google.

    Self-hosted is the only way to go IMO if you are a serious blogger. No matter what blogging software you use, be it Drupal, Typepad, WordPress or Blogger, you leave yourself so terribly vulnerable to someone else’s perception of TOS violations if you don’t self host.

    I lost over 2 years worth of blog posts when WordPress.com closed down eyesp20.wordpress.com. It hurt terribly as there were so many original poems and articles I had poured myself into on that site. And there was absolutely no recourse. They would not return emails, nor evidently would they consider my removing whatever they found objectionable, so I learned my lesson the hard way.

    There are so many hosting packages out there that are very reasonable these days, it almost doesn’t make any sense to not have your own domain and host. Although shared hosting can still get you in some hot water, it’s still much safer than free hosting ever could be. You have so much more control over your own destiny.

    And, in reality, WordPress isn’t all that hard to use.

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