Blogger Vs WordPress; An Unbiased Comparison

If you’ve been in the blogosphere for a while now, I believe you should have heard about and made use of either blogger or WordPress.org if not both. or the benefit of those who do not have an idea about Blogger and WordPress.org; they are platforms used for managing, maintaining and updating a blog. The duo, are the most famous blogging platforms. While blogger is brings about hosted blogs, the latter brings about self-hosted blogs. It won’t be totally fair to compare the two blogging platform since they aren’t of the same category but then, some lies have to be debunked.

~ Eye Opening Tips For New Bloggers; Read this DO’s and DON’Ts before Starting Your Blog

I have read tons of websites comparing blogger and WordPress.org, but most of these blog sites have being somewhat unjust to blogger for reasons best known to them, and in this post, I will be doing a much more better comparison without slanting or favouring one over the other.

This post is geared towards bloggers in search of the best platform for their blog, whether for long term or short term purposes.

Blogger

Blogger

Blogger is owned by Google inc and gives users the leverage to create absolutely free blogs. The blogger blogs have three major built in features “AdWords (Campaign), AdSense (Earnings) and Analytics (found in Settings)”. Blogger offers users the ability to create up to 100 blogs, each having access to a free “.blogspot.com” subdomain which can be replaced with a custom domain.

Some Lies Worth Debunking

1. Blogger is for Newbies alone

Although many bloggers preach that blogger is only suitable for novice bloggers, but I’d like to debate that assumption; Blogger is simply meant for anyone who is comfortable enough to remain with her.

2. Blogger is not For you if you want to make Money

Sometimes, I wonder why anyone would make such assumption! Who says you can’t make money blogging on blogger? This my friend is absolutely untrue! There are lots of bloggers on the blogger platform making some 6 figures if not more with their blogs.

3. You can lose your blog at any moment

Hoho! This is basically not a just generalization. You can’t get beaten with doing what’s right. Yes you stand a chance of losing your blog, but only if you break a rule like “No porno blogging”, “No spamming” and more.

4. Blogger Blogs do not rank high in search engines.

For the benefits of new bloggers, this is yet another lie! Ranking high in search engines have absolutely nothing to do with your blogging platform but your ability to work hard.

Read: Why Blogger Is The Best Place To Blog For Free

5. You can create only 10 pages in blogger.

This is yet another untrue and old observation. You can definitely create more than 10 pages on your blog.

Now that I’ve gone over some Debatable beliefs, I’d like to go over the Pros and Cons of blogging with blogger.

Pros Of Using Blogger.com

1. Creating a blog on blogger is absolutely free. You do not need to pay for services.

~ How To create A Blogger Blog

2. Blogger’s interface is easy to understand for even a newbie. You do not need any technical skill to start blogging on blogger.

3. You can create and run all your blogs with one Google account.

4. There is availability of unlimited free official and custom themes as well as premium themes to choose from.

~ premium blogger themes on themeforest

~ Premuim blogger themes on Templateism

5. Blogger offers its users unlimited bandwidth. You can get as much traffic as you want without having to bother about using up your bandwidth.

6. Your blog is secured and unlikely to get hacked. So long your Google account is secured, your blogger blog is secured.

Cons Of Using Blogger

After the above listed advantages of using blogger, below are some downsides you should know.

1. You do not own your blog totally. Your blog being hosted on blogger is surely partly owned by blogger.com

2. Blogger has a not so friendly comment system especially for an anonymous commenter (this can be solved by using third party comment systems).

~ Replace blogger comment system with intensedebate

~ Replace blogger comment system with Disqus

3. Moving from other blogging platforms to blogger is almost impossible since blogger do not provide a clear importation system for users. You can only import blogger blogs.

4. Blogger has no plugins but only offer users its limited widgets with few that can substitute for some requirements.

5. Unlike WordPress, You often need third party applications to achieve some basic requirement’s like social sharing, SEO analysis and shortening affiliate links and the ability to sell on your blog.

WordPress

Do not confuse this WordPress with WordPress.com (Read more about WordPress.com and WordPress.org).

WordPress is undoubtedly the most recommended CMS and blogging platform, and it’s not hard to realize why most bloggers recommend and use it. WordPress has become so popular that most web hosting company made it a default application for customers. WordPress is a perfect choice for many business and blog owners.

Pros of Using WordPress

1. 100% Ownership of your blog. With WordPress, you have authoritative ownership of your blog and do not risk losing it. if you are bothered about not having full control, flexibility, and ownership of your blog, then WordPress is perfect for you.

~ Detailed guide on starting a WordPress blog with bluehost

2. WordPress offers you more than just a blog. You can create an online shop and sell your products with its free plugin, woocommerce.

3. There are several plugins available for you to choose from if you need certain features added to your blog.

4. There are lots of themes to choose from when designing your blog. You can either settle for the free one or buy the premium themes.

~ premium wordpress themes on themeforest

~ Premuim wordpress themes on Elegant themes

~ Choosing the right WordPress theme for your female audience

5. Unlike blogger, WordPress makes it possible for you to import your blog from other platforms.

~ How to Migrate From blogger to WordPress

6. WordPress has applications ready for managing your blog on your system, smartphone or tablet.

7. Although WordPress is used generally to create blogs, you can create more than just a blog. You can create a forum, an advanced website and even a social site.

8. There is this professionalism attached to WordPress sites. Because they often look stylish, classic and premuim looking.

9. WordPress takes seo seriously, which is why there are tons of plugins available for you to choose from in making your website seo friendly.

10. Having a WordPress site means that you can have a customize email address from your web host provider. This is very easy to achieve.

Cons Of Using WordPress.org

1. As mentioned earlier, WordPress needs a server to be hosted on, but the availability of several web hosting companies makes it so difficult in choosing the right web host for your blog.

~ How To Choose The perfect Web Hosting Provider

2. Unlike blogger, you are responsible for managing the security of your blog. This is one of the major issue of WordPress blogs as they are very much prone to cyber attacks

~ Simple Trick To Secure Your WordPress Website From Hackers

3. Bandwidth with WordPress is limited and it’s hard to know if the unlimited bandwidth advertised by most web hosting companies is actually unlimited because reverse is often the case when used.

4. The availability of themes and plugins makes using WordPress a great idea, but then they tend to be so many that you will need a proper research done to find the right ones for you.

5. WordPress needs annual investment. To maintain a WordPress blog, you need to keep paying for your hosting space.

6. To have a standard WordPress site, you have to spend good money in a good hosting company. If you’ve started with a cheap hosting plan, there will be need to upgrade to a better plan as time goes on. Thus you will need to make good money off your blog before each renewal process if you don’t want to spend your personal cash.

Verdict

The war between WordPress and blogger, two unequal platforms will go on and on, but your decision matters in choosing the best for you.

The simple advise I would give anyone looking for the best platform for their blog is, “if you want a very stylish looking blog with plugins and design flexibility and need no restrictions in the ownership of your blog, then WordPress is perfect for you (only if you have the right amount of money to host it). But if you just want to share posts, tips, etc. then Blogger should be perfect for you”. The Most important thing to note is that blog visitors sometimes do not care about your blogging platform but the contents in your blog.

~ How To Migrate From Blogger To WordPress

Some Solutions For Blogger and WordPress

As per design, you can always make your blogger blog look stylish with premium themes.

As per security for WordPress, there are lots of security measure you can take to prevent your site from brute force attacks. I have written about a basic security measure for WordPress.org blogs

25 Comments

  1. Wow! You know, everytime I search for the preferable platform to use between Blogger and WordPress, I ALWAYS find people branding WordPress as the better option. I once ran a Blogger blog but after an unsuccessful blogging adventure, I ported to WordPress. And I don’t have any regrets about that. But I love this post because it’s made me see a whole new side to Blogger. Perhaps, if I knew Blogger was this good, I wouldn’t have ditched it…. Perhaps.

    • Every platform has its pros and cons… They are all great, depending on your need.

  2. Hey there are using WordPress for your blog platform?
    I’m new to the blog world but I’m trying to get started and create my
    own. Do you require any html coding knowledge to make your own blog?

    Any help would be really appreciated!

  3. Annonymous

    Wonderful website. A lot of useful information here.
    I am sending it to a few buddies and also sharing in delicious.
    And obviously, thank you to your sweat!

  4. My friend was debating and asked for my opinion between this two, I get used with Blogger since way back then so I am still stick with it 😀

    From Bali to Cali – http://milkaapw.blogspot.com

  5. Michelle Paige

    Super informative post! I've been working on WordPress for years so when I decided to start a blog I didn't even think twice about using anything other than wordpress. Blogger sounds like it has some really great pros but not totally owning the site is a big nono for me.

  6. Veethee Dixit

    I have been a wordpress as well as blogger user. Although, it is necessary to debunk the myths but according to my experience, self hosted WP is the better choice!
    Regards: Veethee ” target=”_blank”>http://www.daintyangel.com

  7. cuppiesncream

    I'm a total WordPress addict and have never tried Blogger but I like the sound of the built in features from Google, I didn't know that!

  8. I am on blogger, so this post is helpful in making make the decision to move over to wordpress

  9. maykat

    This is a very good post. I went with WordPress in the end and I'm glad that I did, I'm very happy with it so far.

    Thank you for sharing, this is perfect for anyone starting a blog

  10. salomematsaberidze

    great article and comparison , I love wordpress that's why I'm using it now

  11. therecklessbabe

    I personally use WordPress and love it but haven't use blogger so I can't compare without being biased but I think some blogs are better for blogger and some for wordpress so it ends up by everyone choosing the right one for them and I think this is a great post for people to figure it out which one fits their blog better.

  12. lucicoo

    I used Blogger and it works great for me. You might have to work on it a bit but you got to do what you got to do.

  13. Thank you for this info! I have a blogger account and been thinking that maybe I should change to WordPress. Your post was very eye opening and gave the info that I needed.

  14. Sarah

    When I was first researching hosting for my blog reading posts like this were very useful! I am sure it will be for other budding bloggers!

  15. hellznails

    A lot of people bash Blogger but I used it for a precious blog and loved it. It's so easy to use and you can customise and monitise as much as you want.

  16. ktmommyscene

    I love wordpress, primarily for the flexibility and customization options for designers. And so many plugins!

  17. huntersjones

    You have some very valid comparisons of both sites, and mention a few things that I knew nothing about. Thanks for sharing! P.S. I love WP & find it so easy to use.

  18. Familyearthtrek

    What a great comparison and so helpful for those who are yet to decide! I am using wordpress and for now thanks to my webdesginer everything are under control.

  19. Seriously, every time I read this comparison, they recommend WordPress. This one is the best I read so far, thanks.

  20. I actually enjoyed reading the comparison between the two along with your points on each one.. blogger vs wordpress.
    I actually use wordpress on a hosted server and I love it.. it makes things pretty simple for me!

  21. rhianwestbury

    Great informative post, I do think blogger is great to start with as it's free and very easy to use, and to be honest if you have your own domain no PR is really going to know you're on blogger so you can still make money. But I am so glad I made the move to WordPress as it's easier to optimize and much easier to change themes and make your own x

    • yeah, Great choice! I will definitely recommend WordPress to anyone who have just enough Monet to buy a good plan.

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