When starting a blog, one of the most important decisions you make is to choose a platform for your blog. We are going to talk about two of the best ones out there and try to help you out in deciding which one to go for; Blogger or WordPress.
WordPress is powering about 28 percent of the World Wide Web at present. Hence, even if you have not been blogging so far, you must have heard about the platform and also have come across a few sites that are built with WordPress.
On the contrary, Blogger is quite different from WordPress. Yet. It has made a bright spot on the Internet. Since Google owns Blogger, many bloggers rely on Blogger. The service is free, and all you need is a free Google account to come aboard with your first blog.
The most prominent points of difference between the two are as follows:
WordPress is beginner-friendly, yet you need time to learn WordPress development. Before publishing your first post, you will need to set up your WordPress accurately. Hence, users who do not have experience with this platform may go forth in the wrong direction due to a lack of knowledge. Installing WordPress for the first time is not hard, but the whole process is not as easy as setting up a Blogger account. With Blogger, you need to have a Google account, log in to Blogger, choose a template, and you are ready to run your blog, and publish posts.
Ownership & Control
WordPress is an open-source platform. Hence, you or anybody else can get it for free. From the moment you download the installation files, your WordPress site is yours. Even though you will have to be spending some money every month on hosting, you will be the 100 percent owner of your WordPress site. So, you can move it, change it, expand it, delete it, do whatever suits you. Even though Blogger is available as a free service, Google owns Blogger. Hence, people at Google can do whatever they wish to with the service. Google may decide to shut down Blogger any time they want, even though it is not quite likely to happen, yet you must not ignore the slightest chance. If that happens, no one will quite care or worry about your content. Google may also block you from accessing your blog without any warning/ explanation. Also, if you are not happy with the performance of the server or you want to make a few changes related to accessibility, Google does not allow you to do much.
When you look at the official WordPress themes repository, it offers you free products and thousands of template choices to choose from. If you spend some money, you will also get access to thousands of premium WordPress themes that have an even better look and also come with additional features that can add value to your blog. Devoid of whether you choose a free theme or a premium theme, you will have full control over it. Most of the themes come with a wide range of customizing options with which you can personalize your entire site. You can even modify the source code. Hence, if you know the basics of HTML and CSS, you can make changes to every part of your site. In this context, Blogger falls way behind. There are some excellent templates that you can apply to your free blog, but the choice is limited in comparison with WordPress. Blogger does not allow you to create a custom theme or modify an existing template in detail. Even if it gives you a few unofficial models, it is best not to use them because they are of poor quality.
Once you get used to the standard editors of WordPress, you will never be satisfied with any other blogging platforms. You can add new content in WordPress at any time using its Visual and Text editors. Adding new images and videos is also comfortable with WordPress, and managing media files becomes intuitive. You can improve both the editor and the media management systems because WordPress allows extensions. Several free and premium plugins will allow you to add components directly and also will enable you to reorganize Media Library if you wish to.
On the contrary, Blogger is solely made for blogging. Google makes it easy for you to start your first post and manage it seamlessly. All you need to begin is to log in to your Google account and open Blogger. If you have used Google Docs, the environment will seem familiar. A simple bar on the top gives you all the options allowing you to format text and add media.
You will need time to master WordPress. It is user-friendly for sure, but it has several features and options that you will need considerable time to understand thoroughly. In the context of support, you will get numerous materials online that will guide you. You will find official support forums with thousands of threads. But in case some complicated issue arises, you will have to sort it out yourself or hire a professional to sort it out. Will get no support with the self-hosted version of WordPress by default. Since Google owns Blogger, users may expect a lot of documentation from it. But it is not so. Even though you will find several documentation files, the support is minimal. You can navigate your browser to support forums, but it will not help you much.
Changing hosts anytime is quite common. Bloggers may decide to switch from one service to another at some point. With WordPress, switching posts is not a problem. You must know your way around the servers and WordPress, and moving data is not a big deal.
Additionally, WordPress allows you to export and import content from one site to another without posing any risk in regards to losing valuable data. With Blogger, you can switch from Blogger to another platform, but Google complicates the process. Also, while you transfer, you are risking your SEO. Blogger does not allow data-export even though Google stores your data for an extended period yet after you are done with them.
If you are asked to decide between Blogger and WordPress, the choice should be a no-brainer! Both platforms allow you to start a personal blog quickly, yet WordPress and Blogger differ from each other considerably. While with Blogger, you can start a free blog with just a few clicks, the platform is kept very limited. WordPress offers you a far more comprehensive and flexible platform.