Can’t decide which to choose WordPress or Blogger?
Whether you are starting out or switching platforms, this article/lists compares the two services.
Free accounts, and no limit, no payment on bandwidth (when viewers look at your blog).
Simple editors and HTML accesss.
Both get into searches easily, with Blogger having an association with Google.
A few things both have:
So let us clarify first some confusion about WordPress:
WordPress.com –> a free blog site that you use the software on (what you would use on the site). No AdSense or scripting allowed.
WordPress.org –> you use the software on your own hosted site/domain you pay for. You can use AdSense and scripting on this.
Here are my lists of BASIC comparisons for beginners.
You can have multiple blogs on one account or link blogs together on one membership.
Can use any email service to open a blog.
Free stats come with your blog in the control panel. Stats include how many times posts have been viewed, times they have been looked at, and long term stats plus more tools.
A non-Java stat can be added to an HTML box on the sidebar but you get limited results.
Having stats on the control panel is very convenient so you don’t have to check into another account to view them.
To add an HTML box to WordPress sidebar –> in your control panel go to Appearance then to Widgets.
Select “Text” widget then drag and drop into your sidebar.
Open it up, name it, and add your text, code, or links.
Wordpress does not support Java Scripting.
Some templates allow banner customization while others don’t but plenty to choose from and they are adding more.
All templates come with a fixed font per template that cannot be changed unless you change them in the HTML edit OR buy annual CSS access and change it there as well as customize.
Domain allowed if you buy CSS access.
You can also have pages at your WordPress blog in addition to your blog. Pages come with neat/clean URLs and can be nested.
Page URLs can be customized.
Pages or blog entries can be password protected.
Contact Page code provided and emails are sent to the email address associated with your site.
Also, with pages, you can create galleries with thumbnails. (downside: no multi-uploads)
Spam control Akismet built in with comments (first time posters/commenters will be in approval que).
Comments can be edited by blog owners (take out naughty words or URLs).
Commenter’s can leave their URLs and Email addresses, a plus if you are running GiveAways.
Widget selection (limited) for the sidebar so you can include a blog search.
Polls can be added through Poll Daddy — you will need to sign up for an account.
Pre date future entries, scheduled posts, and back dated posting.
Sticky posts (keep an important post at the top of your blog.)
Can make your blog private up to x people.
AdSense not allowed.
Ads sometimes indiscreetly appear on all free blogs. You can pay annually ($30) to have them removed.
You can also pay for upgrades in storage (varies) or customizing CSS ($15).
There are more advanced features (free and paid) associated with WordPress than Blogger, that you can use later as you progress through your blogging experience.
WordPress in 2010 offered many new templates that included customizing backgrounds with your own images, and customizing footers, or sidebars.
They also added optional sharing buttons and email sharing/subscriptions when someone posts a comment on a blog you commented on to keep the discussion moving like a conversation.
Sharing buttons show by default unless you unclick them before you publish or update. You would have to go through all former posts to change that default if you wish not to allow sharing.
Short links for posts are available.
Overall – WordPress is extremely reliable with more uptime and offer improvements or upgrades all the time, latest is adding Twitter to your sidebar. They also have a fabulous help forum.
Blogger/BlogSpot — associated with Google/gmail (need gmail account).
No costs or costs for upgrades are associated with Blogger/BlogSpot.
More than one blog can be on an account.
Blogs can be public or private, which allows you to close your blog temporarily if you have to.
You can add adsense to your Blogspot blog in HTML boxes.
Allows plenty of customizing (free) on your CSS template (most two columns) no matter what you choose, no ads, and allows various scripting.
The Minima is the easiest template to work with and the one most people choose to add a third column (requires tweeking the CSS).
Many template codes to use from other services (with branding) that offer copy and paste codes to drop into your HTML layout box.
The Cutest Blog on the Block | Shabby Blogs | *Cute n Cool Blog Stuff*
Pyzam | Blogskins
More sophisticated templates: Blogger Tricks
8/10 Stats now available with every blog in navigation tabs. You can also have another third party application and add the codes.
Google analytics can still be used.
Use Google documents/files with your account, make public or viewers must be signed in with Google to view them.
Create a contact form in Google Docs for your blog – WordPress provides a code for your contact page.
Ten pages associated with your blog but you can create static pages or use Google Sites with your blog by linking those pages up to your posts. (Google Page Creator is due to close late 2008, Google sites replaces it.)
Can use your own domain name without a Blogger sur-fee.
Drop and drag system for customizing although to add more customizing, you may have to change or add coding (had to do this to add an HTML box under the banner).
Upload and your image is stored at Picasa, a program you must download to use.
Polls can be created on your site as an element/widget selection.
Pre or post date entries, scheduled posts, sticky post (but you must date it to the future to stay to the top, then it falls into proper place when the date comes and goes.).
Auto-posting – select a time and date in the future and the post automatically posts.
Post by email – can even post to your blog if you are having problems logging in!
Drafts — write it now, post it later — always check the date for the URL — I have found that if not pre- or post dated properly, you get the date that you created the draft on.
Select fonts and size per entry — not fixed with a template choose like WordPress.
Comments –> can be changed to your own wording! “Have your say” “Talk to Me”, etc.
Comments can be a pop up box or on a page. (Everyone gets the same choice at WordPress)
Comments can have text from the blog author when people open up the comment box.
Comments do not have email boxes, can be opened, moderated or use word verification, cannot be edited.
8/10 — Possible spam comments get filtered and you can delete them.
Overall — more control over comments at Blogger/Blogspot than at WordPress.
Blogger is nice with the customizing and all the scripting they allow but they do shut down a lot for service and there are the infamous Blogger Burps.
Burps take a long time to be fixed.
Sometimes you can be visiting, then try to comment when you get the blank page and troubles.
Blogger has a help forum also but you wait a long time for a reply or help.
Issues I have run into:
At the present time, I cannot add a second author to my blog due to “internal error”. So it is a wait and see, like so many other people.
At the present time, I have an entry which the font will not conform to standards set and I can’t seem to change it (a burp for me) in an edit with or without the HTML box.
The Fix – I had to open a new blog and import all the posts from the one giving me trouble.
Also Post dated an entry but it did show up in the present time in my RSS feed. Not a happy camper with that.
One of my blogs I started — all of a sudden, I could not view it but had access to everything else. The error message would also change. One month later, still no access although I posted several messages on the official message boards with no reponse after a week. (Immediate help/support at WordPress.)
Many people start on Blogger but migrate to WordPress and “don’t look back”.
However, just for fun, I did a Google Fight with WordPress and Blogger and the difference was one million more for Blogger, but then again, Google owns Google Fight.