WordPress vs Blogger?

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.

wordpress vs blogger

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.

WordPress

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

Blogger

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 widgets

Limited options for design unless you pay someone

Very secure- you have the power of Google behind you

No ‘down time’. ever.

 

The bottom line

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!

Which platform are you on?  Are you happy with your platform?

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8 comments on WordPress vs Blogger?

  1. mrs Tubbs
    June 12, 2015 at 1:12 pm (4 years ago)

    A happy blogger Blogger! I looked at self hosting and decided against it – too much hassle and expense! I’m not technical so there’s no point in having a load of WordPress plugins if I don’t know how to use them. (But when I had my refit, I cheated and paid for someone to do it for me!)

    There’s pros and cons for going both hosted and self-hosted. If you’re just starting out, it might be worth going hosted to start with, just to see how you get on. Most bloggers give up in the first year or so. Once you know you’re committed, then go self-hosted if you want.

    Even if you’re hosted, you still have to back up your blog and template every so often. And while Hosted gives you a URL, if you want a swanky one, you buy and install it.

    I’m not sure how important your hosting system is to brands if your audience is the right fit for them. Having come to blogging via reading beauty blogs, the pro-bloggers are fairly evenly split.

    This is an excellent site, all my blog info in one place! Thank you. I can see many hours being spent here!

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  2. Elizabeth (Wander Mum)
    June 12, 2015 at 7:42 pm (4 years ago)

    I’m a WordPress girl too…and I am pleased to hear I own all my content… had no idea about that re Blogger. I do find when I visit a site using Blogger it’s not so user friendly to leave comments.There’s a lot to get to grips with using WordPress but I think it’s brilliant the amount of plugins you can use. I love it. And I also love this site. Brilliant idea…well done for putting in the hard work. It’s going to be an invaluable resource for so many! x

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    • Aby
      June 14, 2015 at 5:11 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you so much, we are glad you like it and hope you love what we have coming up x

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  3. Mum in Brum
    June 18, 2015 at 12:44 pm (4 years ago)

    Some great tips here! One thing I’d add is the difference between wordpress.com (fully hosted) and wordpress.org which is the self-hosting platform. My blog is wordpress.com and it took me ages to understand why I can’t add plug-ins etc – I wouldn’t want others to make the same mistake. All of the info about the difference between the two can be found here: https://en.support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/ Fantastic blog – I can see me frequenting it far too often! 🙂

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    • Katy
      June 20, 2015 at 9:09 pm (4 years ago)

      Ah yes, must add that in thank you!

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    • Aby
      June 25, 2015 at 3:34 pm (4 years ago)

      Ah thanks for that x

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  4. Lucy (Hello Beautiful Bear)
    July 1, 2015 at 2:33 pm (4 years ago)

    Brilliant website, very very useful. I have been debating whether to switch to WordPress for a few weeks now as I’d like to utilise the plugins but being on my maternity leave, I can’t justify the cost of being self-hosted as I’m losing so much of my salary on SMP. It’s something that I can look at in the future though I suppose!

    Thanks for the article, it’s been a great help!

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    • Aby
      July 14, 2015 at 8:18 pm (4 years ago)

      Have a little look as my hosting is only £2.99 a month, so it isn’t too much x

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