Should I use Blogger Blogspot or WordPress as a platform for my new project is an often asked question from newbie bloggers. I got this Blogger vs WordPress question recently:
I hear that many are moving their sites over from Blogger… is this true and if so, why? Should people using Blogger for their business site consider swapping over?
I don’t know exactly how many Blogspot users move to WordPress but I do have some advice on what platform to use for a professional or business presence as it is best to make the correct decision in the beginning and not have to make some big changes to your platform a year in your blogging career. Making big changes after your site has been established might mean a loss of search engine rankings or a drop in traffic so making the correct decision at the start is important.
First of all I just want to note that whatever platform you use for your site you have my full support. Blogging is such a nice activity and a great way of spending your time and I recommend it to everyone. It’s a great time for being a blogger these days as there are several blogging platforms that all allow you to start a blog, get the word about yourself out there and build an audience. So I’m very happy you’re considering to blog and encourage you to do so in hope that you will get to experience some of the great benefits of blogging.
Let us take a look at Blogger and WordPress and the differences between the two.
Blogger Blogspot – Nice place for your blogging introduction
Blogger admin look is clean, loads fast and makes a streamlined blogging experience. The layout is easy to set with a click and drag rearranging of different elements. There are different design templates and you can also edit the templates via HTML. The variety of templates is not the greatest though so it might be hard to get something that is very unique without a lot of HTML coding. Same is the case with plugins as Blogger doesn’t have a wide range of plugins either but it does have gadgets that you can use to improve your sidebar, footer and other areas. The lack of plugins means that if you do want some advanced features and customisations you do need HTML and coding knowledge.
Good thing about Blogger is the Google product integration and ease of use. Your Blogger site can be easily integrated with your Google Adsense account so you can add banner ads to your blog and start making money from your visitors. It is also very simple to integrate your site with your Google+ account if you wish to do so.
When you host your site on Blogspot, you don’t own your site, Google owns it. In case there are issues like someone reporting that you use copyrighted material like pics or videos, Blogger may shut down your site. Same can happen if the algorithm thinks your content is spam. Most blogs won’t be affected by this but it is important to be aware that you do not have the full ownership of the site before making your decision on what platform to use.
My conclusion is that Blogger is a nice place to start your blogging adventure and see what blogging is all about, but it is limited. If you have bigger ambitions like creating a professional web presence or building a business, it is not the optimal long term solution.
A more flexible web presence thanks to WordPress
For beginners there is a bit of confusion surrounding WordPress so let’s clarify that first. Note there are two WordPress versions: WordPress.org, the home of the software, and WordPress.com, the hosted site. The difference between the two is like owning or renting a house. The self-hosted WordPress.org is where you actually own your house (you own your blog) and this is the preferred option. WordPress.com is more like Blogger. If you want the full run down on the differences between .com and .org click here.
WordPress.org is the way to go if you want a flexible solution with many different design and functionality options, room to grow and expand your blog. It is also the platform to go for if you want freedom in terms of control, flexibility and ownership. What’s great about WordPress is that it’s an open-sourced software with a large community and a wide range of templates and plugins to help you create unique looking blogging presence. There’s a plugin for anything you want to do that allows you to make changes and add features without needing any coding skills.
I have experienced many wonderful benefits achieved by having my own site and this has made an amazing difference for me. I run most of my projects on WordPress.org. There is a great value in being serious about your site and having the complete control and ownership so that is why I pick WordPress.org as my preferred blogging platform.
Starting with WordPress.org
For the easiest possible install of a WordPress.org, I recommend using Bluehost as you simply click on 1-button to install WordPress and also get a domain name and hosting for cheap. It literally takes 5 minutes to have your blog ready online and no tech know-how is needed. Watch my video for step-by-step guide on installing WordPress below.
Go here if you’re looking to move from Blogger to WordPress.