Table of Contents
- Blogger vs WordPress :
- Blogger :
- WordPress :
- Differences :
- Steps :
- Getting Started: Blogger Wins
- Pricing: Blogger Wins
- Design and Customization: WordPress Wins
- Features: WordPress Wins
Blogger vs WordPress :
Hey guys what’s up, So today We’ll compare Blogger Vs WordPress to help you make an informed decision on which is the best blogging platform for you. Specifically, we’ll evaluate how they compare in terms of getting started, pricing, design and customization options, and features. There are a number of blogging platforms, So we’ll reveal how you should make your decision to ensure. You get the best return on both your time and money investment. So, stay tuned to learn more. We’ve created a blog post that goes into a little more detail, We’ll also include a link to each platform, so you can learn more about each Content Management System, or CMS. Okay, Let’s go and compare Blogger Vs WordPress.
Blogger is a free online blogging platform created by Pyra Labs back in 1999 and was later acquired by Google in 2003. You can set up a free blog, which is hosted by Google as a subdomain of blogspot.com. Alternatively, you can purchase your own domain for a fee. It was one of the first mainstream blogging platforms and played a big part in the acceptance and accessibility of blogging. It’s one of the easiest platforms to use, and the process to get started is lightning fast. Blogger site cares about all the background processes necessary to host a blog, leaving you with the task of coming up with good content to publish.
WordPress started in 2003 as a sophisticated and well-architectured personal publishing tool. From its humble beginnings, it has grown to become one of the biggest blogging and website platforms in the world. Powering more than half of all sites online, from hobby blogs to prosperous 500 companies. WordPress first and leading, is a quality Content Management System (or CMS for short). A CMS makes it easy to create and publish content online, through a simple WYSIWYG (or What You See Is What You Get) interface. It is open-source, which means that no single group owns it, and it is free for the public to use, modify, or improve. WordPress has two versions.
WordPress.com, which is simply a hosted version and comes with few restrictions, and
WordPress.org, which is a self-hosted option and supports the WordPress software. We will focus on WordPress.org.
The biggest difference between these two platforms is control. Blogger creates a ‘safe’, but the restrictive environment for blogging, whereas WordPress opens up a world of possibilities. Either positive or negative.
In the following sections, we’ll explore the process of :
- Getting Started
The objective being, to give you a clearer understanding of the real differences between them, as well as illustrate how each of these platforms works. So, let’s take a closer look.
Getting Started: Blogger Wins
For Blogger :
It really couldn’t be any easier to start your blog using Blogger. The only prerequisite is that you have a Google account. If you’ve signed up for Gmail, then the good news is, that you already have a Blogger account! Head over to blogger.com, sign up, or log in, and you can immediately create your blog. Now you have to choose a template, upload some content, and start customizing the look and feel of your blog. When you’re ready, simply publish your content. You can also purchase a custom domain from within the platform.
For WordPress :
When we compared it to Blogger, getting started with WordPress will take a little more work. That being said though, it’s relatively straight forward. Firstly you will need to purchase your domain and set up your hosting account. We would recommend Bluehost, which will include a free domain. Follow one of our step by step tutorials on the wpw3schools website, or YouTube channel, where we walk you through setting this up with either Bluehost, Dreamhost, or Wp Engine. Once you have your domain and hosting ready to go, you have two options. Either install WordPress via your hosting provider’s one-click WordPress installation feature Or, you can install WordPress manually on your domain, or in your local environment, by downloading the WordPress software from WordPress.org, and following the instructions in the readme.html file.
The round one verdict?
Now how easy it is to get started with Blogger, this round doubtlessly goes to Blogger. However, the step by step tutorials is provided, for making getting started with WordPress very easy.
Pricing: Blogger Wins
Let’s take a review of Blogger Vs WordPress in terms of pricing.
For Blogger :
The major advantage of Blogger is that it is completely free! You do not have to pay to use the service, it comes with free themes and features, and as you host your blog on the platform you don’t have to worry about hosting, SSL certificates, or purchasing a domain. You will, unfortunately, connect with a URL that is also a subdomain of Blogspot, like, myblog.blogspot.com. However, you can purchase your own domain if you like.
For WordPress :
Let’s look at WordPress. WordPress itself is free to download and install, but before you get too excited with all these free blogging platforms, remember: While using WordPress is free, hosting your site is not. As we explained before, WordPress.org is self-hosted, which means it’s up to you to get a hosting provider, buy an SSL certificate. If you want to take credit card payments and purchase a domain name. To learn more, check out one of our free tutorials and the link are. We have put together a full breakdown of the costs, in our how much does it cost to make a website with WordPress article in this blog.
Free is doubtful to beat, and because of that Blogger wins this round. However, there is a real difference between price and value. If you’re considering starting a blog as a serious, and even commercial endeavor, you’ll want to invest in the platform that the industry pros use, which is WordPress.
Design and Customization: WordPress Wins
For Blogger :
Blogger has a limited set of themes to choose from the WordPress market. There are 50 (free) themes available and no 3rd party marketplaces. The themes are not the best quality, and can not compete with some of the themes available on WordPress, mostly those produced by the top and premium WordPress theme providers. You can also edit a theme in Blogger in almost any way you wish. Although the technical capabilities are much more limited than the open-source, a sandbox that is WordPress, you can mess around with the HTML, CSS and, add script if you’ve got the skills.
For WordPress :
Well, Design and customization is the home ground of WordPress, and very few other platforms can compete with it in this category. Due to WordPress is open-source, that’s why there is a huge community of contributors, who creates themes, plugins, widgets, and other tools to enhance the design and customization options for your blog. The sheer amount of themes, widgets, designs, and customization options are still unrivaled. WordPress itself has almost a thousand free themes, and there are many providers and marketplaces that offer a countless number of 3rd party themes. You can check out our best WordPress theme providers and marketplaces article, to explore this further.
WordPress is likely to dump any competitor in this space, because of the bulk of the active community of designers and developers. Because this is an easy win for WordPress. Now let’s look at Blogger Vs WordPress in terms of features.
Features: WordPress Wins
Blogger might be a little weaker than WordPress, but don’t forget that it’s a Google project, and has been around a while. It’s mature enough that it has a decent set of features, and most of what you’ll need to run a blog are catered for including things like Google AdSense account integration, Easy customization options, and Widgets or Gadgets (Google’s in-house widgets). As you’ll see, Blogger has also same the most important features. The biggest difference between bloggers and WordPress is that you can expect a large variety and range of choices in just about every aspect of WordPress. As you can expect from an open-source platform as big as WordPress, it comes with a huge range of features. To an extent, many features are based on the theme that you use, or the additional plugins you install into your site. Bottom line, for pretty good whatever you think of, there is also a plugin that does it or you can find a developer who can put it together for you. Some of the outs of the box features include eCommerce, social media integration, contact forms, plus much, much more.
Once again, it’s a knock out the win for WordPress. Ok, so let’s bring it all together. As you can probably tell by now, these platforms are drastically different.
Although WordPress is by far the more comprehensive option, it doesn’t mean that it’s the best choice for everyone. If simplicity and ease of use are important to you, and you’re not wanting to build a brand or a business around your blog, then Blogger will be a great choice. However, for other applications, WordPress will be the way to go. WordPress is like industry standard and the choice for most professional bloggers.
When is Blogger a better option than WordPress?
When you have no web designing or development experience and don’t want any technical worries. You want to get your blog up and running quickly without any fuss. Or You want a simple blog-only experience. On the other hand
When is WordPress a better option than Blogger?
When you have some level of web design or development skill, or you relatively comprehend and comfortable following step by step instructions. You have the time, money, and effort to invest in either starting up a WordPress site or employing someone to do it on your behalf. Or You have a long-term plan that may include expanding of your blog to incorporate an online store or a number of many other features.
And that’s our review of Blogger Vs WordPress. We covered some ground, and relatively quickly, but hopefully, you feel more informed and able to make a better decision.
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