Although there are a few different blogging platforms Wordpress and Blogger are the two most commonly used.
All of the Live. Love. Blog Editors use WordPress for their own blogs and this blog is also on WordPress. It is easy to use and offers lots of possiblilties to the user, you can also customise your blog with a custom theme.
For anyone thinking about starting a blog, or for anyone thinking about making the switch, here are the pro’s and con’s for each platform.
You must be self hosted to have your own url and this costs.
Can be daunting at first
You own your content (Brands love this!)
Thousands of plugins
Endless possibilities for your own layout and design
Performing backups and keeping your blog secure is your responsibilty
At risk of ‘down time’ if host servers go down
You can have your own url with no extra costs
Easy to use
Google owns your content (and can shut you down at any point)
Limited options for design unless you pay someone
Very secure- you have the power of Google behind you
No ‘down time’. ever.
If you run your blog as a hobby, then Blogger is probably the platform for you. It is reliable, easy to use and you can have your own url at no extra cost. It comes at a cost though, your site and content belongs to Google, they are free to distribute it as they please and if they should decide to shut you down, then they can.
If you want full control, make your site look and work the way you want, then WordPress is for you. You do need to find a web hosting company, but your content will be your own and this is something companies look for when they are looking for bloggers to work with. You can monetise your site and run it like a business. The possibilities are endless!