I’ve been wanting to write a post about Blogger vs WordPress for quite some time as it obvious through reading various blogging forum that a lot people still don’t know what the different is. I understand completely if you’re a newbie and learning everything, but if you have been around for a while, then surely you must know the different between these two blogging platform. But anyway…
First of all, I work with WordPress 9 out of 10 time. This blog for example is hosted on WordPress, and I also do websites for businesses using WordPress. I’ve been using self-hosted WordPress site for over 10 years and I have been using Blogger before that so I’m not completely against either of these two platform. There seem to be a general conscience that for a blogger (not Blogger the platform – I can see this being very confusing!) or a business to be taken serious you need a WordPress site – and yes I do completely agreed. However if you just want a platform to write and to have it as a personal diary or an SEO blog then Blogger is fine in that aspect.
Here let me explain:
Blogger offers a free service where all of your content is stored on the Google servers, so you don’t have to worry about hosting fees, or even bandwidth. There is a limited amount of customization, but you can control the layout and design through Blogger’s simple editors and see your changes in real-time through the Template Editor. The actual writing editor (where you write the post) offers all of the basic functions you need to write the posts, as well as an HTML area for more advanced users. Photos are uploaded through Google Picasa, which is stored on your own Google account and not on your own servers. It also very easy to backup your blog and content through the Settings screen.
WordPress is a more complex platform. Before you install it, you will need to search for a web host that offers the space and bandwidth that your site need at a reasonable price. If you’re not familiar with web hosting,I suggest you read up on it and ask around for a good web host. My one advice is too choose a country origin host, IE; If you live in the UK choose a UK web host or if you live in USA choose a USA web host, I find if you encounter a problem then someone is more likely to help you straight away rather then waiting for day or two for a response.
Once you got a web host and a domain and you have also installed WordPress (this is usually done with a 1 click option your domain control panel); you’ll be greeted with a standard, basic WordPress template. Here is where it can possibly get complicated if you don’t know what you’re doing. If you want a different theme/template to make the site your own then may I suggest themeforest as they have thousands of different theme to suit every site, but this does come at a price.
Let look at actually creating a post, as that the whole point of setting up this site. From a newbie point of view, this can take some time and you could find yourself getting a little confuse with HTML additions and CSS codes. I wouldn’t worry too much, as there are thousands of WordPress plugins that you can add to your site, some of which include extra add-ons to save you the hassle of weird looking blog post. Plugins is what I consider to be the biggest beneficial to WordPress. You can pretty much find anything from SEO plugins to games.
WordPress is an amazing platform if utilized properly and by somebody who has the knowledge to use it. I do tell my clients that It can take a little getting used to, but is generally easy once you get the hang of it. I personally recommend it to all my business clients – but for someone who jumping head first into blogging without any real ideas, then Blogger might be for you.
WordPress does take a lot more time to customize and tweak, and if you don’t have any experience in this department and want your blog to look good, you might find yourself lost. The last thing I will mention with WordPress is it susceptible to hackers, now I don’t want scare you but It has happened to me. My last website which was part of my uni project was hacked into making me loose everything. It was a nightmare and taught me a big lesson. There are evil nasty bots that like to root round WordPress sites and attempt to crack an user passwords. It’s a pain in the ass to fix, so when you see an update notification on your dashboard/admin area – update it as soon as possible. Install the latest security patches and versions each time they come out, and make sure your passwords and do regular backups.
I ended up writing a lot more about WordPress then Blogger, so my advice is – go with Blogger if you’re looking for a free, easy customization solution.But if you have the experience and looking for a platform where you are serious about blogging and your business then go with WordPress.
If you start with Blogger and then find yourself wanting more control, you can always easily move over to WordPress.The decision is yours, but take the time to research both so you know what is the right platform for you.
My business website – www.nuttallmedia.com
1,480 total views, 85 views today