What is the first reason people ask when they wanted to start Blogging?

Yes, that’s right! What Platform should I use?

I even had it too, when I started out.

The thing is that there are so many blogging sites out there.

Some are free and some are paid version

As all things, the free version has some limitation

Some of the most famous Blogging sites are:

  • Blogger
  • WordPress
  • LiveJournal
  • Tumblr.com
  • Blog
  • Weebly.com
  • Penzu
  • Squarespace and much more

Among them, WordPress and Blogger are the most used and the most popular ones.

So, which one should you use?

That is why today, let us differentiate between Blogger and WordPress

WordPress vs Blogger: At a glance

Blogger: Blogger is a pretty straightforward blogging site. it pretty simple and easy to use.

WordPress: With WordPress, there is a lot to it. You can tweak here and there with their Design, layout, etc

Blogger

Blogger was not originally built by Google, It was launched by Pyra Labs on August 23, 1999, and was acquired by Google on the February of  2003

It has been around longer than just about any other blogging software out there.

Setting Up & Ease Of Use

Blogger.com is often considered to be the easiest blogging Platform to start a new blog and the easiest to use for Newbie bloggers.

Setting up on Blogger is also super simple

It basically just takes 3 Steps:

  1. A) Enter the name for your blog.
  2. B) Choose a Blog Address (URL)
  3. C) Pick a Theme

After that start Blogging

That’s it. It’s that simple.

It is easier to use compared to WordPress although they are somewhat similar.

Pricing

Pricing is always a problem. But You don’t need to pay for Hosting on blogger.

You literally get Free hosting from Google

If you don’t buy your own custom domain name, your URL will be Yourdomain.blogspot.com

But if you want to get your own domain name, you’ll need to pay for that.

Customization

You can edit the theme templates, but compared to WordPress, it is much limited.

Unlike WordPress, There is no Plugin for Blogger to customize more.

Features

Blogger has far fewer functionality features and design.

However, The site offers a plethora of free templates

But, BlogSpot in terms of functionalities and SEO benefit has limitations to it.

It also definitely delivers a user-friendly interface with widgets that are easy to use and help them to become master at it.

Since the site is own by Google. it is very helpful for novice Bloggers because of it has built-in features, like Adsense, Analytics, and Adwords.

You can have a peace of mind from your Blog being hacked by a hacker.

Did you know that If a website gets too much traffic or experience a sudden increase in site traffic, normally your hosting company will slow down your website or either downgrade it?

With Blogger, You don’t need to worry about hosting, maintenance, uptime, backups and all those stuff.

However, You just get a mere 1GB Of Free space

Even without much or even 0% technical know-how, you can still somehow manage to figure it out.

As of May 2018 Blogger powers 0.8% of the websites online

Blogger may not get the same massive user base as WordPress.com but it still does the job well!

If you are a type of Blogger that is creating a blog just for wanting to write. I would say it is 100% the best platform for you.

Recap Of Blogger.com

  • Very Simple to get started
  • Super Easy to manage and use
  • Free of cost
  • No installation issues
  • No Downtime since it is Hosted by Google
  • Options to Promote with Adwords and monetize with Adsense

WordPress

There are 2 Version Of WordPress

  1. A) WordPress.com
  1. B) WordPress.org

WordPress.com:

With this version, you don’t have to download a software, pay for your hosting, or manage a web server.

WordPress.org:

With WordPress.org you have to pay for your server or hosting for your website. You have to install the free WordPress software on your own web server.

But for this post, we are gonna go with the .org version. But they are basically the same in most areas.

Ownership

With Blogger, you can create a Gmail account and basically create a Blog but the thing is that you don’t have access to the server.

So, Google has the right to close the account anytime

But with WordPress, you are the total owner of it.

You can install, uninstall it. whatever you want to do.

Heck you can even share whatever data you want with the third party as long as it doesn’t go against the policies.

Customization

WordPress is 99% more customizable compared to Blogger.

You can install whatever plugins you want.

Design, layout, sidebar, widgets everything is customizable

Appearance

There are some good themes or templates in Blogger but not as good as WordPress have.

There are literally thousands and thousands of good looking awesome free themes out there

Not hating on it, but most of the blogger templates looks boring and outdated

You can design your own layout, that means whatever you have in your mind, you can give it a shape.

Must read: 35 Free Amazing WordPress Themes

Security

As we have discussed in Blogger that security is not much of a concern unless you display your sensitive information out there in the public.

That means all the blogs created in it has the best protection.

But with wordpress it is not the same.

You need to take some extra steps to secure your Blog

On a nutshell here are some ways to secure your Blog:

  • Secure the login
  • Password Optimization
  • Back-up your Blog
  • Install trusted plugins Only and much

For more detail guide, on how to secure your Blog, click here.

Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

WordPress is very much far ahead in this game compared to Blogger

In wordpress there are many plugins that can help to improve your blog’s SEO

Here is a detail guide on How To Start A Blog

CONCLUSION

Although Both have their own pros and cons, they are still dominating the Blogging industry.

If you want to take your Blogging career seriously, i would recommend to go for WordPress

But you can also use Blogger too. Just saying because WordPress has much benefits

Either you are WordPress or Blogger, it is quality that matters

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