When one wants to start blogging, there are two popular platforms – WordPress and Blogger. In this write-up, we take a look at the features and differences between these two, and which you should choose if you are new to blogging.
A great number of people have taken to blogging in a big way these days. Each one of them has a different reason to start off with a blog. For some it can have to do with marketing of products, or for other professional reasons. For others it can be about sharing their ideas and views.
Whatever the reason, when one decides to create a blog, the most confusing thing that they have to face, is the platform to blog. WordPress and Blogger are two popular platforms that provide a host of features to people who want to start a blog. But which of these two is better? Let’s take a look.
WordPress Versus Blogger
WordPress and Blogger are the largest blogging platforms on the Internet today, but there are other options as well. People may not necessarily own a blog, but they have certainly heard about these two sites, hence, by using these hosting sites, one can draw traffic to the blogs. Here’s a comparison between these two giants in the field of blogging.
Starting off a Blog
When you are a newbie to blogging and are starting a blog, you will be able to set up your blog and account on Blogger very easily. It takes only 15 to 20 minutes to set up the blog, and you will be able to start posting immediately. In case you would like to make your blog look different, then you can use numerous templates which are available for free.
On the other hand, starting off with WordPress can cause a headache if you are an absolute newbie and do not know what are you doing. The problem increases manifold if you are going to make a hosting site.
Customization and Usage
If you are looking forward to having categories to your blog and want to make it look like a magazine, then you will be disappointed with blogger, as it cannot be done. However, it is not the same with WordPress. You can add categories to your blog and you will also be able to display each of the category differently on the main page itself.
As a matter of fact, with the right plug-ins you will also be able to make a magazine-like portal with your blog. With Blogger you can add different tools to increase interaction on your site. There are also pretty themes and nifty little tools, which you can add to the core template.
With WordPress, you can also get themes, additional plug-ins, and advanced tools, which will help you to extend your blog way beyond a blogging platform. It can be looked upon as a user-friendly Content Management System (CMS) as well.
Most people who have used Blogger have had some experience publishing posts, more so if you are revamping the entire blog. For these criteria, WordPress wins hands down, as publishing is much easier with WordPress. But you may not opine the same if you have different features up there on your blog.
This another important point in the debate. With WordPress, you are the owner of your domain name, as well as the content of the blog. You have the liberty of blogging on topics closer to your heart, as well as everything under the sky. But do not forget the database is owned by WordPress itself.
On the other hand, you may not be able to exercise the same liberty with Blogger. Neither are you the owner of your content nor your domain name. The owners of Blogger are the owners of the content and they also have the liberty to shut down your blog without any warning.
Traffic and Search Engine Optimization
As far as traffic and Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is concerned, there is no difference between the two. Traffic certainly depends on the content on the blog.
There is a false propaganda being made about favoritism towards blogger, which is entirely wrong. The difference can be made about the number of sites, you can ping from Blogger and WordPress. There is a limitation to the number of sites you can ping from Blogger, whereas there is no such restriction on WordPress.
Where Would You Make More Money
If you want to start your own blog, a commercial blog to be more precise, then it makes more sense to start off with Blogger. This can be attributed to the fact that the money-making aspect and Blogger are both owned by the same company. If you start a blog with WordPress, it can be a little tricky and you will have to know how to promote your blog.
From these discussions, it can indeed be very tricky to decide which of the two is better. It will also depend on the kind of blog you are going to start. You may want to have a look at different blogs on both WordPress and Blogger and then make the decision for yourself. If you are looking at a commercial blog, opt for Blogger, else go for WordPress.