Blogging has become an extremely popular mainstream phenomenon. Ever since links.net, which is widely accepted as being the first blog that was created by a Swathmore College student in 1994, the world of blogging has exploded and practically taken over the culture of the internet. Over the course of their short history, blogs have experienced almost superstardom growth.
From the early days of Live.Journal, blogging platforms have facilitated and transformed the blogging landscape. Blogger, which started in early 1999, would later become the single most influential platform to bring blogging to the mainstream. Then a couple years later in 2003 WordPress completely revolutionized the way information/content would be managed and stored. And within the same year the Adsense advertising platform made it viable for upcoming bloggers to earn a living through their blogs. Now the big debate is WordPress vs Blogger.
The Pro’s and Con’s of WordPress vs Blogger
Today, Blogger and WordPress are the major players in the blogging platform market place. The question is simply, which is better for your needs. In this article I will be comparing both platforms in-depth, with pros and cons of each, so you can decide which is better for your blogging purpose.
Blogger might be free but it isn’t autonomous anymore. It is owned by Google. Since you, the user, do not have ownership, and it is a free service provided by Google, they withhold the right to block your access at any time. While it is a great tool to publish your content and quite reliable, you should consider the fact that you don’t own all you data, when you’re planning on investing a lot time and effort into your blog.
WordPress provides you a hosting provider. The greatest positive of using WordPress vs Blogger is that your space/ site is yours and you own all the rights to it. Leaving aside the fact you cannot control the server end of things, you have complete autonomy on the website forefront.
As I mentioned earlier, blogger is completely a free service provided by Google. All you need is functional browser and gmail account and you’re good to go.
WordPress.org provides an open source blogging software. It is free, all you have to do is download it and install it on your website. However, to run your own website in the first place, you will need a paid hosting and a domain name. With WordPress.org, you own and run the entire show, you are responsible for security, maintenance, backup. This is not the case with running a blog on WordPress.com, which is the commercially hosted version of WordPress.org. This version if completely maintained and controlled by WordPress.com.
With Blogger, you can get your blog up and running within in minutes. The process to publishing posts is very simple and straight forward. You need not spend any time learning anything, simply log into your account, write your post and within seconds share it with your audience. Connections, to your Google account and even Adsense are built right into the system. So, you can start monetizing your blog from the very first day, considering you have an Adsense account.
If you get go for WordPress.org, you have complete autonomy of your website. You control all you files and reserve the sole right to publish affiliate links, other ads and anything else you like. However, the slight downside with a completely replete content management system like WordPress, is that it can take some time to learn all there is to running a powerful blog. You’ll spend precious time on picking a hosting and domain, installation, picking a theme and then finally getting down to the actual steps to publishing. While this may take some time for the absolute newbie, it pays huge dividends in the long run.
With Blogger, you really want to pimp out your blog, you must know some HTML and CSS. There are only a handful of templates to choose from and so you run the risk of aping every other blogpost blog out there. Apart from making a few minor tweaks to the width and layout of your blog, which might be pretty neat, you can’t really male any cool customizations without basic coding knowledge.
WordPress.org gives the freedom to choose from literally thousands of free and premium designs. There are very few limitations when it comes to design and customization. You can take your site to whole new level by adding different functionality through a variety of plug-in options. When it comes to trickin’ out your appearance, layout and design, there really is no competition as robust as WordPress.
It all really boils down to what you want to do and what your plans are for your blog. If you’re just starting out and looking to simply play around with no real money and time commitment, then I’d say Blogger is the better option for you. However, if you’re willing to spend some time learning and would like to maybe upgrade your website in the future to a greater possibility, then WordPress is the right option.
You should bear in mind that with Blogger, transferring your website out to a different platform does pose some inherent risks to your followers and SEO. This is not the case with WordPress, You can even move your site to another CMS without worry