It’s easy to decide what you want to make a blog. You probably already have ideas on what to write and how everything should look. Maybe you know something about blogs, marketing, and website development, but if you haven’t worked on your own website, it’s likely that you still don’t know which platform to choose.
You may have heard about them from friends and colleagues, or you have already looked for comparisons – WordPress and Blogger are certainly some of the most popular blogging platforms. So the question is; which one should you use for your first blog?
What are WordPress and Blogger?
WordPress works on 28% of the world wide web and is not a stranger to most people. Even if you do not have a blog yet, we are absolutely sure that you have heard about the platform and even stumbled upon several sites created with its help. Since we have already talked about WordPress, please look at what WordPress is and why it is so popular.
Blogger, on the other hand, is somewhat different, but still finds its place on the Internet. Since it is owned by Google, many bloggers decide to trust Blogger. The service is free, and all you need is a free Google account (which you probably already have) to launch your first blog. But, as is now obvious, Blogger and WordPress have their own differences, which is why we decided to put together this article.
Before we start comparing Blogger with our own version of WordPress, we suggest taking a look at the video in which WordPress.com compares with Blogger, so you have all the versions.
Both WordPress and Blogger can be marked as simple. But if someone else hasn’t prepared WordPress for you, things get a lot more complicated than having a Blogger account.
Although convenient for beginners, learning WordPress takes time. Before you can post your first post, WordPress must be properly configured. Thus, one who does not have experience with the platform can go in the wrong direction. It’s not so difficult to install WordPress even for the first time, but the whole process is not as simple as setting up a Blogger account, which takes just a few clicks.
Blogger couldn’t be simpler. If you don’t already have a Google account, you just need to register it. Then log in to Blogger, select a template, and you’re ready to start blogging and posting.
Ownership and control
Before you start blogging, it would be prudent to rethink the importance of ownership — do you want to own your blog or let others control it?
WordPress is an open-source platform that means you and anyone else can get it for free. Once you download the installation files, it becomes your responsibility. From the very moment you start hosting a site, you feel that it is yours. And it is true. Even though you are likely to pay a few dollars per month for hosting, the site is still 100% yours. Thus, you can do anything with it – move, expand, change, delete, etc.
As a free service, Blogger is the property of Google. This means that the guys in the company can do whatever they want with the service. While this is unlikely, it’s still possible that the tech giant will decide to close Blogger. And in this case, no one will care about your content. How do you feel? In addition, for no reason, Google may block access to your blog.
Also, if you don’t like how the server works, or you want to change some aspects of accessibility, Google will not let you do much. The control is in their hands, and you can simply hope that their decisions will have a good impact on you.
You may not be a web designer, but one of the most interesting parts of creating a blog is choosing its appearance. How can Blogger and WordPress help you make your site appear?
Just by looking at the official WordPress theme repository that provides free products, you get thousands of templates to choose from.
If you decide to spend a few extra dollars, there are thousands of premium WordPress themes that look even better and have additional features that will push your blog into a new league.
Regardless of whether you go on a free theme or buy a premium theme, you can still fully control it. Most themes have a wide range of settings to personalize the entire site. And the big part is that you can change the source code. So, if you know something about HTML and CSS, you can change every part of your site. Even if you are not qualified enough, you can always hire a professional designer to make changes for you.
Compared to WordPress’s own version, Blogger is far behind. Although there are many templates that you can apply to your free blog, the choice is pretty limited compared to WordPress. And as soon as you select a template, you can only play with a limited number of customization tools. Do not get us wrong; The settings that come with Blogger are user friendly and relatively useful, but they may not apply to WordPress.
If you plan to create your own theme or modify an existing template in detail, you can forget about it – Blogger simply does not allow this. Although there are some unofficial Blogger templates, it’s usually best not to touch them, as in most cases they are of poor quality.
Blogging is all about content management. Before you start writing your first post, make sure that the platform you are going to use is well prepared for blogging. It makes sense, right?
WordPress has it all. Once you get used to the standard editors, all other blogging platforms simply will not be able to compare them. Using visual and text editors, it’s nice to add new content to WordPress anytime. Text formatting is natural and takes only a few articles, until you can relax and get to know both editors in detail. Managing multimedia files is also intuitive and easy to add new images and videos.
But since WordPress allows extensions, you can improve both the editor and the media management system to your liking. Many free and premium plugins allow you to add materials directly to the editor and, if desired, reorganize the Media Library.
WordPress makes the blog ideal for both regular authors and more experienced users who can use HTML and CSS code directly from a text editor.
As the name implies, Blogger is designed for blogging. So it makes sense that content management is done right. And indeed it is. Google made it easy to start your first post and manage it without a problem.
To start writing, just log in to your Google account and open Blogger. If you used other Google documents, the environment will look familiar.
Blogger lets you enjoy writing. A simple panel at the top shows all the options that allow you to format text and add multimedia.
Even experienced users need help from time to time. No matter how much you know about WordPress or Blogger, we are sure that you will need support at some point.
It takes time to master WordPress. Although WordPress is very user friendly, it is full of features and options that take time to understand. But when it comes to support, you can expect a lot of online materials to help you. Regardless of whether you open the official articles that talk about how everything works, or browse one of the many websites dedicated to the platform, you are likely to quickly find the answer to your questions.
There are official support forums that contain thousands of topics. But when it comes to more complex tasks, you will either have to solve problems yourself, or hire professionals. Unfortunately, the default version of WordPress for hosting is not supported.
As Google suggests, you can expect a lot of documentation for Blogger. But, unfortunately, this is not so. Although there are documentation files that can be found, support is pretty limited. You can even navigate your browser to support forums, but don’t expect much from it.
Although you have to decide where to start your blog, this does not mean that you should always be hosted on the same server or even use the same platform. Changing hosts is not unusual, and many bloggers decide at some point to switch from one service to another. So how do WordPress and Blogger behave when it comes to exporting content to another location?
Switching hosts using WordPress is not a problem. You will need to understand servers and WordPress, but moving data is not a big problem.
In addition, WordPress allows you to quickly export the contents of one site and quickly import it to another without the risk of data loss.
While it’s possible to migrate from Blogger to another platform, Google has made the task very difficult. The process of exporting a blog from a service is slow and complex. In addition, by translating, you run the risk of SEO. Blogger allows you to export data, but the truth is that Google stores your data for a long period of time, even after you finish it.
The choice between Blogger and WordPress should be simple. Although both platforms allow you to quickly create a personal blog, WordPress and Blogger are very different.
While Blogger allows you to create a free blog with just a few clicks, the platform is very limited. This is just enough for those who want a simple blogging experience without many options. But with Blogger, it’s almost impossible to do anything else.
WordPress, on the other hand, is virtually unlimited. Not only can you start a blog with it, but you can create any type of site that comes to your mind. You can even turn your blog into an online store, supplement it with thousands of plugins and themes, and it will always be under your control.
If you are ready to learn WordPress, we highly recommend choosing it as your starting platform.
|Simplicity:||Beginner-friendly with a learning curve||Just a few clicks until your first post|
|Templates:||Tens of thousands of extensions||Very limited options; can’t customize templates in detail|
|Content Management:||Revisions, autosave, custom HTML…||Much simpler document editor|
|Support:||Community, pay for support||Support forum, basic documentation|
|Portability:||Quickly export and import content, switch hosts and platforms||It’s hard to switch from Blogger to another platform|
|Ownership and Control:||You own the blog, complete control||Google owns it, limited control|