WordPress.com, WordPress.org… What About Google Blogger?

by on March 4, 2012

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WordPressI came across a great new article on ProBlogger that was comparing WordPress.com to WordPress.org.  There were some great points, and I believe they were trying to stay on point with the WordPress products, but while I was reading the comparisons between the WordPress platforms, I kept asking myself, why not Google’s Blogger?

Google's BloggerBlogger used to be known by the name of BlogSpot.  There you would get your web address as www..BlogSpot.com.  In fact the urls still do use that format, but Google rebranded the name to Blogger…  giving it that subtle hint of branding to let generic users understand what the platform is all about.

My first point, outside of the points made in the other article, is the matter of professionalism.  Use a free blogging platform or a more professional approach?  Some think it’s more professional to use a self-hosted website.  But if done right, you can create a professional presence using either Blogger or WordPress.com.

If you’re new to blogging and want to see what it’s all about and you think you might be able to make a difference to a few people, or just “talk” about stuff you want to read about.  Then the free platforms are your best approach to the concept of blogging.  At least at the start of it all.

#1 Point:  Blogger and WordPress make it so easy, it’s ridiculous.

Today I started up a WordPress.com blog… You sign up, you sign in, you name it, you choose some options and they immediately start asking you for some options that can cost you money.  IF I were to take them up on their fee-services or suggestions, I’d already be out just over $100.

To be clear, you don’t need these options and have your completely free blog on WordPress.com in minutes.  Pretty cool, pretty  easy.

So now I have an address, of www.brusimm.wordpress.com.  Woo hoo!  Oh goody, another blog.

I now have the option to choose between 9 themes.  I went with the basic right now of the “Twenty Ten” option.  They say it’s customizable… cool.  And there I am… ready to go.

It’s a bit weird because it looks so much like my other WP hosted interface… and yet, there are diffs.

Any way…


A real quick distinction:

WordPress.com is the free interface that you sign into and start writing.  It’s hosted by WordPress.com (Automatic) and is maintenance free.  WordPress.org is the entity behind the software you install on a website where you pay for hosting and bandwidth.  You also need to have bought your own domain.  Most of that is pretty simple, but can be costs you aren’t interested into accruing plus some nuances of a technical nature you may not want to tackle.  Because once you’ve done all the setting up for a self-hosted blog, it’s all on y0ou as you sign into you WordPress installation and you administer pretty much EVERYTHING.

WordPress.com is the easier of these two.

Themes

The article says you have a limited amount of themes.  Blogger provides dozens of templates.  You can find dozens of templates that are all customizable.

IF You’re Financially Based

If you want to monetize your blog, you will run into a huge wall over on WordPress.com while Blogger invites you to pepper up your posts.

And Blogger has come a long way since its old days.  You can change many things including how it appears…  You can actually pull off some of the features that make a blogspot blog look like that.

But how serious are you about your blogging?

I know some that scoff at the free platforms.  And rightfully so.

With your own WordPress installation on a self-hosted platform, the sky is the limit.  But you do have to maintain it all yourself.  So when there are problems, it’s on you.  Over the last few years, I’ve found myself making changes that create the infamous ‘404’ message or ‘database not found’ message.  Those are gut wrenching moments when your website is a white page of nothing.

With WordPress.com or Blogger, the only outages you’ll experience will be when THEY have issues.  They don’t have that many and if you’re patient, you’ll get through it.  It seems hard to break Google’s Blogger.

And as I took note, with WordPress.com, it looks like you could pay to have a domain point to you blog.

With Blogger, it’s all free.  There are options to point your purchased domain to your blog on Blogger.  And then you don’t even see the blogspot address.  For example…

Here’s my newly created WordPress.com place:

http://brusimm.wordpress.com/   Notice the path, with the wordpress.com in it?

Then there’s my blogspot place that I loosely ramble at,

http://brusimm.blogspot.com/

Then there’s my self-hosted website…

http://brusimm.com/  Oh.., wait… what am I doing… You’re here now reading this article!

I used to write about everything over there here.  But as traffic started getting crazy, I started noticing some issues.  Nothing big, but it was annoying me.  (It’s the curse of a shared server when you self-host)  Plus I was breaking rules over there here and combining multiple subjects under one domain.  They say that’s a huge no-no.  Plus you can run into some interesting personality conflicts trying to explain what domain people should visit.

So!  I then broke out my entertainment venue to

http://www.cinemastatic.org/ and my NASCAR stuff to  http://nascar-bits-and-pieces.com/  .

And unless you look REAL close, can you tell it’s a blogspot hosted blog?  Here, check out the redirection that Google’s Blogger allowed me to use:  http://www.cinemastatic.blogspot.com/.

Pretty cool huh?

And unlike WordPress.com, you can run ads that could make you money on your Blogger platform.

Plus, with Blogger, you can mail it in, aka, when you set up in incoming email address, you can write your posts in an email and mail it in.  But that’s more for the GOOD writers, who don’t need editors or you’re good are reviewing your own work!  LOL.  (To be honest, I should turn that feature off, but the ease of being able to pop a post a moment’s notice is to awesome!)

Ah, upon quick review I see that WP.com does allow posting by email… that’s cool.

I’m not bashing WordPress.com‘s free blogging platform.  It’s pretty smooth to use.  And I’ve seen where it’s not cool, on a professional level, to user the free platforms.  But I know of some HUGE websites that use Blogger as their business platforms.  I can only presume the same for WP… So I’m not too worried there.

If I start getting close to 50k hits a day, maybe I’d consider it.  Plus, you are in control of your own world.

Here’s my Final Thoughts on WordPress vs Blogger

In the beginning, you’re going to be finding your voice and discovering if you want to do this blogging thing.  It can be time-consuming and it can be frustrating dealing with other facets of the industry.

I came at this thing all wound up and ready to go.  After spending a few years using a WordPress installation based blog, I converted back out to some Blogger addresses.

It just feels funner!  LOL, yes, more fun, or funner!  It’s easier to interact, it’s easier to choose or make widgets for your blogger beast… it’s easier to just fire it up and go.  It’s easier to tackle the spammy comments like when Dish Network send their staff out to spam comment sections.  It’s not easier to post images to it… but when you get used to it, it’s fine.  If you use images.

I won’t recommend one over the other, but I will say

Why I use Blogger over WordPress.com…

Blogger allows me to run ads in my site.  Blogger has a ton of templates and options within those templates. (I can’t imagine WP doesn’t).  And Blogger DOES NOT run their own ads on my website like WordPress.com has been noted to do.

I’ve also noted something rather fascinating, for the SEO minded folk… I’ve broken some Google-focused SEO rules in my Blogger site and it let’s me know when something isn’t allowed.  Something I would not have seen in my self-hosted site.

To each his own, but that’s my take on the issue from here.

If anyone else has other good comparisons between these two or three options, would love the input..

Check out the well written comparison on ProBlogger about WordPress.com versus WordPress.org.

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