In the last article, you came to know about What is Blog, and how it differs from a website? Hope you liked that, and now you have decided to create your blog.
But now, you are confused; you want to make a debate about WordPress vs. Blogger. So, let me help you out in regarding this query.
I will go first with Google’s Blogger and then will move to both WordPress.com and WordPress.org after that; I will share the pros and cons of WordPress and for Blogger as well. And at last, will end up with the conclusion.
So let’s not waste more time!
What is Google Blogger/Blogspot?
Google Blogger or usually said as Blogspot is a product of Google. It is a Content Management System (CMS) and serves an environment which acts as a platform where anyone can create their blog for free.
Most of the newbies choose Blogspot as their primary blogging platform, as it doesn’t make a charge on them, everything is free, and it is good practice to go with it, just in case you don’t want to spend in the starting phase.
And now let’s know about WordPress
What is WordPress?
Just like Blogger, WordPress is also a Content Management System; it is a free and open source platform. You can create beautiful websites and blogs at it.
WordPress itself has two flavors:
Well, I have written a complete article between these two, and sharing everything here will extend this article, which isn’t a good practice.
But for the sake of information, I’ll be telling you in short here.
- WordPress.com is a free blogging platform, where you can quickly create your blog without even paying a single penny. It is just same as Blogspot, but it slightly different due to some limitations, and I promise we will discuss it too.
- Now coming to WordPress.org, it is also a blogging platform, which is open source that means you can edit the code the way you want, but costs some pennies for domains and hosting.
In short, you need some money to buy domain and hosting, and then only you can start. (This is entirely different from Blogger because we have to buy hosting and domain as well.)
Since, you know about Blogger, WordPress.com, and WordPress.org now let’s dig deeper and know about their pros and cons.
Pros of Blogger/Blogspot:
► Start with 0 investment:
You don’t need to pay any amount to create a blog at Blogspot. You get free hosting, to host your blog and a free sub-domain which is .blogspot at the end.
For instance, quencible.blogspot.com.
And this is how you can start your debate on WordPress vs. Blogger.
► Zero server downtime:
You already know Blogspot is a product of Google, they have secure and authoritative servers.
And fortunately, you host or create your blog on their server. So this is an excellent advantage that the visitors or you won’t see any server errors etc. No matter how much traffic you get, you will have a great running blog.
And this is how Blogger wins over WordPress in the debate of WordPress vs. Blogger.
► Drag and Drop:
For the ease of modifications, you can easily drag specific elements, or say you can drag and drop the whole blog.
For instance sidebar, some widgets, etc. this helps to minimize coding stuff and is useful for those who aren’t into the coding.
► Custom theme and domain:
Blogger permits users to upload their desired themes for free, that solely means you don’t need to upgrade to pro plans (not even exists) to upload themes.
You can even add custom domains that mean your blog quencible.blogspot.com can be assigned to a custom domain which is quencible.com.
All you need to do is, buy a domain.
► Free SSL Certificate:
But now Google has officially launched the free SSL certificate for a custom domain, means that we can have HTTPS enabled on our site for free.
So these were the advantages of Google Blogger/Blogspot, you can readily take these points whenever you think about WordPress vs. Blogger, What to choose?
Cons of Google Blogger
► Limited features available:
With a Blogger, you won’t get many more features. You are limited to few once, you can’t install any plugin, and if you want to, then you need to do that with the help of scripts or codes.
► Coding Know-How is required
Although we get drag and drop features, there are many customization where you need to make your hands dirty with code.
Like customizing comment section will surely need your dirty hands with code.
► No more sub-domains:
Even you have your custom domain installed; you can’t create any sub-folder or sub-domain. As you are using hosting of Blogspot, so you won’t get their control panel access, and as a result, you can’t create or install directories/folders.
► No email account:
Just like a subdomain, you are restricted to create your email account similar to your domain. For instance, email@example.com. You either need to buy that through Gmail or your domain registrar.
► Permanent suspension of the site:
When you create a blog at Google Blogger, you are accepting their terms and conditions and other privacy terms.
In case, directly or indirectly, if you disobey any of their policies, your blog may be removed permanently with and without prior notice, entirely depends on the conditions.
That’s enough to know before you create a blog at Blogspot.
Let’s know about pros and cons of WordPress.
Pros of WordPress
► Easiest handling:
As already told in Blogspot, you can drag and drop widget, similarly and even with more features, WordPress permits to handle your blog.
You can drag and drop here too, with more most comfortable handling like creating menus, setting header, footer, icons everything is more comfortable with live preview.
► No Coding Know-How required:
You don’t need to make your hands dirty; if you want to install a plugin, there exists a direct button to upload/install. To upload a theme, again a switch exists. You don’t want to do anything with code to customize your blog. (Exceptional cases may not be ignored.)
► Migration is easy:
Suppose you had a blog at Blogspot, and now you want to shift to WordPress, and you don’t want to miss all the data, or you don’t want to copy paste things. The WordPress helps to import and export all the theme settings/posts/pages etc.
You can easily migrate from any blogging platform to WordPress without any data loss.
This is how WordPress wins the debate of WordPress vs. Blogger.
► Customize Blog’s Nature:
You can setup dynamic and static pages for your blog with a live preview. That means you can create a static page for homepage and dynamic page for other pages as per your desire. Doing so will make a more professional blog.
► Add any no of plugins/themes:
To increase the functionality of your blog, you can do that with themes and plugins. You can upload any number of plugins for a better experience.
Cons of WordPress:
► Costs your pocket:
If you are using WordPress.com then you will be limited with few functionalities, else pay to increase functionality.
In case of WordPress.org you need to pay for hosting and domain, else you won’t be able to create a blog, and this will cost some amount.
► Hits of being Hacked:
Since you will be using your server or hosting, then there are much more chances of getting hacked, as the code of WordPress is available online, so many hackers may get into your site and can harm it too.
► Downtime is there:
If you have taken a hosting, then you must know that there are some downtimes like server failure, etc. It happens with about many hosting companies, they give about 99.99% uptime, but 0.01% is enough.
If you aren’t having great hosting, you must have to face these downtimes.
► Storage Limit:
In case of WordPress.com, you get limited storage, and you have to upgrade to get more storage. And in case of WordPress.org, you need to take storage from hosting.
► Stay Updated:
At WordPress, you need to regularly update the version of it, as newer version remove some security holes and are more powerful. But this is not the case only, as you have to update with few clicks manually.
Even it is possible that the plugin or theme you are using, are not being supported in the latest version so that you may suffer from it.
WordPress vs. Blogger, Who won? The conclusion.
Well, to be honest, both are the great platform to start. It is ultimately up to you with what platform you want to.
- If you are a newbie, it is recommended to start with Blogger, as it won’t cost anything and for learning purpose it will be best. And in case you want to go with WordPress, make sure you have some amount to invest.
- And if you want to start with a professional feel, you may either need to buy a good looking theme for Blogger and of course for WordPress. We may need professional looking theme unless we know how to code them.
- WordPress is a great platform to choose, but this is only good if you have some amount of money. If you want to give an agency/company/organization type feel to your visitors, you may go with WordPress; this is what I suggest.
Both the platforms are fabulous, and now you should know enough to make another debate on the topic WordPress vs. Blogger!
So that’s all for now. Hopefully, this article was helpful! Please do let me know if you are having any issues with the explanation or want to clear any doubt. I am down, waiting in the comment section and will reply as soon as possible to help you out.