WordPress.com vs. Blogger: Which is right for you?

Posted on March 28, 2013
Photo by zachstern via Flickr Creative Commons

Photo by zachstern via Flickr Creative Commons

WordPress.com and Blogger are two well-known blog hosting sites.  Both offer many of the same but different services.  WordPress has two types of platforms, which are WordPress.com and WordPress.org.  The latter you have to host yourself.  This post focuses specifically on WordPress.com, which is hosted by WordPress creators’ Automattic.  Both WordPress.com and .org are viewed as a more professional platform, whereas Blogger is popular choice amongst beginners.  There is no perfect answer to which platform to utilize.  Each individual is different.

WordPress and Blogger are both free but require a fee if you plan to purchase your own domain that gives your website a personalized Web address that doesn’t have “wordpress.com” or “blogspot.com” in it.  The setup time will depend on your tech savvy.  It may be a quick and easy process for some, while others may take a while.

To get started, on either site, create an account with the basic information (name, email, etc.).  Next is a step you might want to take into careful consideration, which is choosing your blog name.  Choose a name that says what your blog is about.  Once you have those ready, you can design the layout and start blogging.

Dashboard

WordPress: Their dashboard doesn’t catch the eye at first glance. However, it features more information than Blogger, such as the amount of current posts, comments, categories and more; Quickpress, which lets you create a post quickly; Recent comments; Recent Drafts; Stats; Your Stuff; and What’s Hot.

Blogger: Last year Blogger updated their dashboard design, which features your blog(s) and reading list.  The reading list makes it easier to view other blogs posts without having to visit their page manually.

Domain

WordPress: $13

Blogger: $10

Customizing Themes

WordPress: WordPress.com offers many free themes but there are also a lot of “premium” themes for a price.  Also, you don’t have as much flexibility with customizations as you would with Blogger.

Blogger: An unlimited amount of themes are available, which also allow you to edit HTML and CSS.

Image Storage

WordPress: You get 3 GB of storage space.  For anything more, you will need to pay for an upgrade.

Blogger: Picasa is the system Blogger uses for image storage.  You get 1 GB of space to start, but if you want more, you will need to pay.

Categories

WordPress: Categories and tags are used.  Tags are used to for the keywords your posts, whereas categories are a general grouping of post topics and are about your post’s subject.

Blogger: Uses labels, which is similar to tags.

Features

WordPress:  has widgets. There is a limited amount and they’re not available for all templates.  Unfortunately, with WordPress.com, there is no option to upload plugins.  The staff already includes a few such as Akismet Anti-Spam, social media buttons, and over a hundred others for you to choose from.

Blogger: Features are known as gadgets, which are an unlimited amount.  Gadgets also are available for all templates.

Monetization

WordPress:  Monetization is not available for WordPress.com users.  Wordpress does offer WordAds; however, it is only for blogs with high traffic.  Also, WordPress.com does not allow third-party ads

Blogger: Google AdSense is what Blogger users have to include advertisements on their blog.  Google servers will select relevant advertisements based upon your blog content.

Other

WordPress: An active and supportive forum is offered.

Blogger: Links with your Gmail account.
Overall, either blog platform is a great place to host your blog/website.  It is really based on your personal preference and what you decide would best meet your blogging needs.

What blogging platform do you currently use and why?  Will you ever consider changing platforms in the future?

 

 

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Along with interning with iFabbo, Dinah is also the founder of D.G.S.Beauty, a beauty, fashion, and health blog.

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5 Responses to “WordPress.com vs. Blogger: Which is right for you?”

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    Good overview. Both of these sites are really a fine place to start as you say yourself. I would only say that there is a big difference between these two and a self-hosted platform WordPress.org. It’s kind of like a difference between renting and owning a house. WordPress.org is definitely the way to go when you’re really focused on making your blog a success.
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