This has been a long time controversial question. Which one is the best? WordPress or Blogger. Let’s take part in the controversial argument in this post.
So, what are WordPress and Blogger?
For, all those beginners who are unaware of what are WordPress and Blogger, I will explain in simple words. Both WordPress and Blogger are blogging platforms. Blogger belongs to Google. WordPress is an open source software.
Let’s check out some key features of WordPress and Blogger.
WordPress is generally a software which can be installed on a server. You can download this software here. Once, you download the software, you will have to install on a server. But, it’s difficult to maintain a server. Hence, people prefer installing WordPress on a web hosting.
WordPress also comes with a hosted version, made by Automattic. It’s called WordPress.com.
Blogger is created by Google and that’s why many people use Blogger. This makes it easier to get approved by Google Adsense. It gives you an easier integration with Google+.
OnlineRockersHub was initially at Blogger. Could you believe it?
Yes, the subdomain is still working. You can check it out www.onlinerockerswix.blogspot.in. I migrated from Blogger to WordPress due to various reasons, which I will cover up in the later part of this post.
Let’s start Comparing:
These are some key features to be considered at Blogger and WordPress. Now, let’s get into the feature comparison. In this article, we will compare the following features:
- Widgets and Plugins
- Social media
- Future products and Updates
When it comes to security, WordPress requires a lot of effort from us.
This is because WordPress sites have been easily hacked. The reason behind this that the admins of the website don’t configure their sites for security. You need to use certain plugins like Wordfence, Loginizer, ithemes Security etc.
When it comes to Security, Blogger is the best ever. This is because the blogger’s account syncs with the blogger’s Gmail account.
You can have two-factor authentication also, thus making your blog/website more secure.
Google has nailed it when it comes to security.
Widgets and Plugins:
Blogger is basically an HTML site. It gives you the full rights to edit the HTML of your site.
But, it becomes difficult when you wanted to have advanced functions on your site. Blogger does have some widgets, but they are also limited to their functions.
Blogger does not have plugins feature.
WordPress plugins make it everything automatic. You can use any number of plugins. If you are a developer, you can even create a site-specific plugin.
It’s difficult to optimize your site for Search Engine at Blogger
Blogger is a simple HTML site. It does not have many SEO features, like the featured image, difference excerpts and featured image for social media, readability test, keyword density checker etc.
WordPress by default solves many Search Engine related issues for your website. It does have featured image facility, custom excerpts etc. Apart from that, you can check Keyword density, readability, etc by installing the Yoast SEO Plugin.
Google Adsense is a big reason for beginners choosing Blogger. Because it is comparatively easier to get a Google Adsense approval with Blogger. Since Blogger is a hosted platform, you will be getting a hosted Google Adsense account. If you need help with Google Adsense, this eBook will be helpful for you.
Getting an AdSense with WordPress is not an easy task. This is because Google has laid down strict rules.
Why so much strict rules?
As years went on, many people started applying Adsense account with the low-quality website. But, Google wants to keep up with its quality. Only then it can maintain its reputation. So, Google has brought many restrictions.
Unlike Blogger, WordPress sites are hosted on different hosting platforms. So, you will have to get an Upgraded account of Adsense to use with WordPress.
Configuring your blogger blog to social media services like the Twitter card and Facebook Open Graph is a tedious task. Sometimes your blog images look awkward in social media. This is because of the difficulty in configuring Facebook Open Graph and Twitter Open Card, Google+ is the only social media which easily integrates with blogger.
With Yoast SEO plugin, you have full control over the social media. Configuring Twitter Card and Facebook Open Graph is a cake walk.
On Blogger, you can choose only on these two commenting systems:
- Blogger commenting system and
- Google+ commenting system.
You have got an advantage of using Google+ Commenting system because your comments will get integrated with Google+. This integration with Google+ can boost your SEO.
WordPress has impressive comment features, unlike Blogger. This is because of the wide variety of commenting systems available for WordPress. You can use the Disqus commenting system, Simile based comment system called Vicomi, Google+ commenting system, Facebook commenting system, default WordPress commenting system or WPDiscuz etc.
Blogger is completely free. It is free forever. Blogger websites will come with a subdomain by default. Hence, you don’t have to spend on domains. However, if you wish, you can point your subdomain to a custom domain.
If you wish to point out your subdomain to a custom domain, I would recommend you to purchase a domain from Namecheap, because it is cheap and reliable.
WordPress is a little expensive. WordPress will not come with a subdomain. So you will have to spend for the custom domain, hosting, etc. And if you wish you to use a premium theme or premium plugins, you will have to spend more. I recommend you to get a good hosting packing from one of the following hosting providers:
With blogger website, you do not own your website.
You heard it right, You are not the owner of your site. Google owns your website. When Google finds that, you have violated any of their rules, Google will delete your website any prior notification. So, you can’t trust blogger when it comes to ownership. Here is a sad story where Google Killed an artist’s 14 years of work.
You own your WordPress site. Whatever happens, you own your website. This advantage had caused a lot of people to move from Blogger to WordPress site.
Blogger has a Product forum. The support system is very poor. Only a few experts are available on the forum and they reply to your query only once in a day, because of the huge number of queries they receive. Moreover, you cannot even send an email to any of them, if you need instant support.
Blogger’s support system is an outdated one.
The mighty WordPress is an Open Source software and WordPress has been powered by thousands of plugins and themes and each of them has their own support forum. The support forum is so active that the developers try to help you out as much as possible.
Blogger offers two types of accounts.
- One is the admin and
- the other is the author.
Blogger has a limitation that, only 100 authors will be allowed for a website. And moreover, these authors can publish without admin’s permission. So, this is dangerous. If any of your authors are angry at you, he can publish malicious contents and makes your website violate Google’s Rules. Hence, it may even result in your website getting banned.
Blogger is risky when your website contains many authors.
Unlike Blogger, WordPress offers various types of accounts like a contributor, editor, admin, subscriber etc. You can offer contributor accounts to your authors and hence you will have the rights to take the decision whether a particular post can be published on your website or not. And, there is no limitation on the number of authors on your website.
WordPress is the best for multi-author websites.
Some of the WordPress sites go down often. This happens because they host on a server not suitable for its site.
That’s why I recommend you to get a hosting package from any of the following services because their servers are maintained well with excellent resources.
Blogspot subdomains are hosted on Google’s server, which has high-quality maintenance. Hence, downtime is rare.
Migrating from Blogger to any other platform is a difficult task. Sometimes, while migrating you may even lose your SEO. This can lead to a loss of traffic. This is because of the permalink structure in Blogger and other platforms vary.
Migrating from WordPress to any other platform is so easy. This is because of the flexibility in changing the permalink.
Wordpress is portable to any platform you want.
Future products and updates:
Blogger platform is updated rarely. One of its services is Feedburner. It was updated over a decade ago. Anyone who wishes that their website should last long, will not choose Blogger.
WordPress is updated often. They have been constantly updating their services based on users response. Also, their plugins and themes are updated regularly. Hence, you can expect your website with great features with upcoming years.
The following table will quickly summarize this comparison.
|Security||Tight security||Need to configure|
|Widgets and Plugins||Widgets limited.No Plugins.||Have widgets and Plugins|
|SEO||No control||Full control|
|Adsense||Easy to get||Difficult to get|
|Social Media||Not suitable||Suitable|
|Comments||Limited||Various Commenting systems|
|Expense||Free||Purchase hosting and domains|
|Ownership||Google owns it||You own it|
|Downtime||No downtime||Depends on hosting provider|
|Future Products and Updates||Rarely updated||Updated often|
I started OnlineRockersHub at Blogger. The only reason I started at Blogger is that it is free. At some point, I realized that I did not have any control over the SEO and it was a little tedious to maintain with it. I was unaware of whether my links were broken or not. I had edited my HTML sometimes, and I always had a confusion, whether the code is right.
And also, getting traffic at Blogger is not an easy task. Blogger dashboard shows that the page view of a particular day is around 100 and Google Analytics shows that the number of page views was only 30 that day. So, I decided to move on to WordPress. Blogger stats counted even the bots visit and it really frustrates.
Ever I since moved to WordPress, I was very happy with the availability of so many features. I can install as many plugins as I want. I had full control over the SEO. Only after moving to WordPress and using the Yoast SEO plugin, I came to know that most of my content at Blogger did not satisfy the basic SEO requirements.
Yoast showed red signals for most of my posts. I had to further edit those contents and make it search engine friendly. Also, I had full control over the sitemaps. I could choose which post or page should be indexed and which one not. And one more thing is that the site stats synced with Google Analytics. This is because WordPress did not count bot visits and it made me easy to analyze my website.
I compared and realized that my blog is placed in higher positions is Search Engine while I am on WordPress than in Blogger. So,
For me , WordPress is great , because it boosted my SEO.
From the above comparisons of Blogger vs WordPress, it is very well clear that. WordPress defeats Blogger in this battle. But that’s not over. This is applicable only to the professional bloggers and for business websites.
If you are a beginner and you are in half minded whether you want to start a blog or not? Will blogging suit you? I will suggest you go with Blogger. Blogger is not too bad. It is a completely free platform. You need not waste your money just by buying hosting and domain for a career, which doesn’t suit you. You could try blogger, realize whether blogging suits you and then move on to WordPress if you are serious about blogging.
Which blogging platform are you using? Let me know in the comments section.
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