A question we get asked all the time by new bloggers is “which is best: Blogger or WordPress?” First of all, both are amazing blogging platforms that are widely used by bloggers all around the world. Since we design for both platforms, we have a pretty good understanding about the advantages and disadvantages of each and hope this post will give some clarity as to which platform is right for you.
Please note: in this post when I say “WordPress”, I am specifically talking about the self-hosted version of WordPress, not the free WordPress.com version. Learn more about the differences between WordPress.com and self-hosted WordPress here.
- free to set up and use
- user-friendly interface that doesn’t require any tech skills
- hosted on Google’s servers so you’ll rarely experience down time
- less-likely to be hacked
- gadget options and features are limited
- limited room for growth
- limited image storage space (if you exceed the 1GB limit, you have to pay for additional storage space)
- you don’t actually own your blog –Google owns it, which means they can remove it at any time if you violate their terms of service
Self-Hosted WordPress.org Pros
- quick to install
- beginner and advanced friendly
- extremely feature rich and flexible
- constantly updated/improved
- thousands of plugins are available to help you grow and expand your site
- SEO friendly
- thousands of theme options are available which can help you create a very professional looking site
- you own your site and content
Self-Hosted WordPress.org Cons
- there is a small learning curve
- requires you to purchase a domain and a hosting account with monthly or yearly hosting fees
- more vulnerable to hackers (learn how to protect yourself here)
- you are responsible for spam control (Akismet is a good plugin for this)
- you have to do your own back-ups and updates
- you have to be more tech savvy or be willing to hire someone who is
Blogger vs WordPress…so which is right for you?
In short, if you have a tight budget or are just starting out and not entirely certain if blogging is for you, then Blogger is probably the best option for you. It allows you to get some blogging experience under your belt before you jump into the big leagues with the time and expense involved with a self-hosted WordPress site. If you find yourself needing more in the future, there is always the option to move over to WordPress after you’ve established yourself as a blogger. Designer Blogs offers Blogger to WordPress migrations and can help you with this if/when the time comes.
If you have aspirations of becoming a professional blogger and/or earning any type of income from your site, then a self-hosted WordPress site is the best option for you. If you are building a feature-rich blog like a DIY blog, recipe blog, fashion blog, etc, and plan to add recipe pages, portfolios and galleries, then again WordPress would be the better choice for you. The best thing about WordPress is that it provides your site with endless possibilities for growth.
SET UP HELP: to set up a Blogger blog, visit www.blogger.com and follow the set up instructions. To set up a self-hosted WordPress blog, follow this step-by-step tutorial: How to Start a WordPress Blog in 4 Easy Steps.
A personal example:
I have my family blog set up on Blogger and it has been perfectly sufficient for my needs. I don’t need a lot of bells and whistles and also don’t have a need/desire to profit from it in any way, so Blogger has been the right platform for my family blog. In contrast, I originally set Designer Blogs up on Blogger, but quickly realized Blogger just wasn’t cutting it and have since moved it over to self-hosted WordPress. I intended to profit from Designer Blogs from the very beginning, so starting out on self-hosted WordPress would have been the better choice. Making the switch from Blogger to WordPress has allowed me to expand the site in ways that would not have been possible had I remained on Blogger.
That’s my story. Now I want to hear yours!
Do you use Blogger or self-hosted WordPress? Why has it been the better choice for you?