Want to publish your own online site, but can’t decide which website-building platform to choose?
As the site owner, choosing the best platform for your website is a crucial task as a good platform can make your life easier as you build your dream website, while a bad one can make everything arduous.
Two of the most popular services for up-and-coming bloggers are WordPress and Blogspot, also known as Blogger.
WordPress and Blogger are among the most commonly searched-about platforms online, and it’s not surprising given that they are two of the most dependable platforms out there.
So, which one should you use for your site?
Read on to know more about WordPress and Blogger and find out which one is best for you.
About WordPress and Blogger
WordPress is a full-featured open-source web content management system (CMS) founded on 2003 by Matt Mulenweg and Mike Little.
It is based on PHP and mySQL and can support a wide range of sites, from personal blogs to forums and online stores.
Currently, WordPress remains the most widely used website management system on the internet, with over 60 million websites globally.
On the other hand, Blogger is a free Python-based blog-publishing service. It was launched by Pyra Labs in 1999 and eventually acquired by Google in 2003.
Google hosts all sites built on Blogger via the subdomain “blogspot.com”.
With the introductions over, let’s begin the head-to-head comparison between two of the most commonly used blogging platforms on the web.
Round 1: Starting Up Your Site
To get started on WordPress, you will be asked to register and describe the website you’re planning to build. After that, you will be required to choose an address and domain name for your website.
WordPress has plenty of domain names to offer, and of course, the free domain “wordpress.com” is always available.
You will then be asked to choose a plan, ranging from a free, basic plan for blogs to other costlier plans for business sites. Once you finish, your site will be created and you will be taken to the website manager.
Starting up on Blogger, on the other hand, is simpler and easier to do.
On Blogger, you just need to register your Google account and create a free profile, and then choose a title, address, and theme.
After that, your blog will be launched and you’re free to start writing your content.
Round 2: Features and Functionality
Blogger has all the basic features you need to build a blog. It makes use of a “what you see is what you get” or WYSIWYG editor and you can easily preview the edits you make.
If you want to tweak more settings, you can move to the HTML editor to change your site’s appearance.
Not well-versed on HTML?
You can simply choose among several layouts and themes on Blogger and customize them or upload a third-party theme yourself.
Blogger also has a feature called Gadgets, which are like plug-ins you install on your site for better functionality. These include AdSense, which allows you to monetize your site, and Blog Search, which allows you to add a search feature.
WordPress, however, has so much more features and customization options to offer compared to Blogger.
WordPress allows you to build and shape your own full-fledged website with thousands of themes and plug-ins to choose from.
To date, WordPress already has over 50,000 plug-ins for formatting, appearance customizations, payment collection, search engine optimization, backups, subscription services, and more.
The vast selection of features allows users to be more creative in personalizing their website based on their preference and target market or audience.
Round 3: Costs and Other Charges
Blogger is entirely free of charge. No start-up cost is required to run a website on Blogger, and Google will host your site for free.
If you do want to purchase your own domain name, you may do so at a small cost of $5-15 per year. Otherwise, you can stick to the default blogspot domain.
Like Blogger, WordPress also offers free services. You may opt to register under the free domain, wordpress.com, and the free plan with basic features.
However, WordPress also offers good deals for domains, which you purchase immediately on sign-up, as well as several paid plans with more features. Pricing for WordPress’ paid plans is as follows:
- Personal: $4/month, with free domain for one year, removal of WordPress advertisements, and email and live chat support. This plan is best for personal use.
- Premium: $8/month, with advanced design customization, video support, and option for site monetization. This is a good choice for entrepreneurs and freelancers.
- Business: $25/month, with Google Analytics, unlimited access to themes and templates, unlimited storage space, and option to remove WordPress’ branding. This plan is ideal for small businesses.
The higher paid plans also get more space on top of the 3GB storage included in the free plan. All plans are billed annually.
Other charges on top of these plans include premium themes and plug-ins, which you can purchase to further extend your website’s functionality.
Premium themes and plug-ins cost anywhere between $5 and $200.
Round 4: Site Ownership
WordPress, being open-source, gives you full ownership over your website.
Your site will only be subject to the terms and conditions of the web host you picked, but apart from that, you are completely in control of what you choose to do with your site.
If ever you run into trouble with your web hosts’ terms, you can always easily shift to a different web host.
Meanwhile, websites on Blogger are under Google’s servers.
You are given the ability to create and customize your own website, but it will always be subject to Google’s terms and conditions.
Unfortunately, in the event that Google chooses to shut Blogger down, your site will be brought down as well. If you’ve violated Google’s terms, your site will be penalized accordingly.
Round 5: Online Support and Community
WordPress has a large community forum with support services to assist you whenever you run into problems in your website.
You can also ask your web host provider for further assistance, although WordPress’ free and commercial services are often enough to solve the problem.
Most are due to plug-ins and code glitches anyway, which WordPress can easily address.
Blogger, in comparison to WordPress, is relatively glitch-free. Most sites on Blogger run smoothly and require no assistance, owing to their simple interface and limited functionality.
If ever you encounter an error, you can always make use of Google’s support center, although it is not ss comprehensive and hands-on as WordPress’ services.
Discussion: Which Is Better?
Now, let’s analyze how WordPress and Blogger fared in each of the categories discussed above.
Round 1: Blogger
On starting up your own site, both sites showed a simple and easy-to-follow set-up that would probably take less than 15 minutes.
Despite that, Blogger upstaged WordPress this round with its more straightforward startup process.
You just need a few clicks and your blog will be up and running in a jiffy.
Round 2: WordPress
WordPress, however, completely steals the spotlight on functionality with its vast array of themes and plug-ins.
Blogger offers all the essential tools for building your site, but you can’t really get far with them.
At least, not like in WordPress, where you have way more freedom in site-building. For this round, WordPress wins hands down.
Round 3: Blogger
In terms of cost, the winner is the blogging platform that won’t cost you a cent – Blogger. With Blogger, you can start your own blog with zero investment and with full access to all of Blogger’s features.
WordPress, on the other hand, only allows you to explore its premium services with the paid plans.
The premium themes and plug-ins also aren’t free of charge, and when summing it all up, you’ll realize that running a full-featured site on WordPress can cost you quite a sum of money.
Round 4: WordPress
WordPress re-emerges as the victor when it comes to site ownership, as it gives you free rein over your site with no fine print whatsoever.
It simply helps you construct your site and provides you with hosting plans.
Blogger, which is controlled by Google, loses in this round.
Round 5: WordPress
For the last round, WordPress beats Blogger with its quality customer support service, which the latter does not have.
However, to be fair, this is a reasonable trade-off since being open-source makes WordPress inherently prone to errors.
The Final Verdict
Having said all that, it’s time to announce the final verdict. Based on the points garnered, WordPress emerges as the rightful winner of the match.
WordPress might be costlier and relatively more complex to navigate, but these are outweighed by the limitless flexibility and potential that it can offer.
On top of that, WordPress allows you to fully take charge while providing support when needed.
That is not to say that Blogger is completely inferior to WordPress as a blogging platform.
If you’re a first-time blogger who prefers a free, easy-to-use, no-frills blogging platform, Blogger is definitely worth trying.
It won’t get you far when it comes to site functionality and customization, but the essentials are there.