WordPress or Blogger? WordPress vs Blogger (Blogspot)

WordPress or Blogger? WordPress vs Blogger / Blogspot vs WordPress

WordPress or Blogger? WordPress vs Blogger: The Fight!

Blogger (Blogspot) and WordPress are the two most popular blogging platforms on the Internet. If you’re a netizen then most probably Blogger (or Blogspot) needs no introduction. But I bet it’s because Blogger is owned by Google so it’s almost everywhere. Blogger offers .blogspot.com address and WordPress.com offers .wordpress.com address. You must be familiar with blogspot addresses since it’s 100% free and most Google users own a blogspot blog. But I’m not sure whether you have heard about WordPress.

WordPress is the Big Daddy of Blogosphere. WordPress is the most popular Content Management System (CMS). It is a state-of-the-art semantic personal publishing platform with a focus on aesthetics, web standards, and usability. The word “WordPress” may not be as popular as “Blogspot” but I bet your favorite blogs are powered by WordPress.

Blogger & WordPress – Pros and Cons

WordPress and Blogger are the most popular blogging platform and both have its own advantages and disadvantages. Blogger is owned by Google. WordPress is an open source and free blogging software.

Blogger Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • It’s 100% free and is owned by Google.
  • It’s extremely easy to setup and manage a Blogspot blog.
  • Publishing contents is straightforward.
  • You can use your own custom domain name if you own one.
  • Allows you to display ads like – Amazon, Google AdSense etc.
  • Built in social networking features.
  • It’s very reliable since Blogger is powered by Google.
  • No need to backup databases.
  • Yours posts are automatically indexed by Google.
  • 100% ad free.

Cons:

  • Only 1 GB storage.
  • You don’t own the blog.
  • No FTP support.

WordPress: WordPress.com & WordPress.org

WordPress.org is an open source and free blogging software. WordPress.com is the hosted version of WordPress.org. Anyone can download WordPress software from WordPress.org and install on their website for FREE.

WordPress (via WordPress.com) offers a free version with limited features as well as a paid version with premium features. But I recommend the self-hosted WordPress.org which is every professional blogger’s choice. It’s the self-hosted WordPress.org that really rules the blogosphere.

If you choose the free WordPress.com blog then the features are limited and you will have only limited control over the blog. Also, most of the themes and plugins support only the self-hosted WordPress platform.

WordPress Pros and Cons (FREE Version)

Pros:

  • WordPress is simple to use however it takes some time to get to know it’s interface. Once you learn it’s very easy to navigate.
  • It’s 100% free.
  • It’s very Search Engine friendly.
  • No need to backup databases.

Cons:

  • WordPress releases frequent updates so you have to update the software every time they release a new version (but it requires only few clicks).
  • You don’t own the blog.
  • You are not allowed to monetize your WordPress.com blog using Google AdSense, Chitika, Amazon, banners etc.
  • Limited support of themes and plugins.
  • No FTP Access.
  • Displays ads unless you buy opt for ad-free version which costs $29.97 annually.

WordPress.org Pros and Cons (Self Hosted)

Pros:

  • WordPress is very flexible since it’s open source. So you can customize your blog the way you want.
  • You own the blog and you have full control over your blog
  • You can install any themes or plugins. There are tons of free and premium WordPress themes and plugins.
  • It’s search engine friendly and you can set your own custom meta tags.
  • It takes just minutes to setup your blog.

Cons:

  • You have to buy a domain name and web hosting plan.
  • You have to take regular backups of databases.

WordPress vs Blogger / WordPress vs Blogspot

WordPress vs Blogger / WordPress vs Blogspot

FeaturesBlogger (FREE)WordPress.com (FREE)
You get a.blogspot.com address.wordpress.com address
Can you map your own custom domain name?Yes (FREE)Yes ($10/year)
LanguagesSupport nearly 50 languagesSupports over 120 languages
CustomizingYou can edit the HTML, Colors or CSS file without any hassle.No
Use your own theme?YesNo
CategoriesLabels. It acts as categories and tags.Supports both categories and tags.
Mobile Access?YesYes
Storage1 GB3 GB
Ad free?YesNo
Can you display ads?YesNo
Can you add scripts?YesNo
Search Engine OptimizedYesYes
Google Analytics Allowed?YesNo
Can you password protect posts?NoYes
Can you edit comments?NoYes
Importing posts from another platformOnly from another blogspot blogCan import posts from Blogger, WordPress, TypePad, and more.
Team BlogsAdministrators and non-administrators only.Administrator, Editors, Authors, Subscribers, and Contributors.

Why You Should Choose Self-hosted WordPress Platform?

WordPress or Blogger

When you setup your blog on Blogspot, you don’t actually own your blog, Google owns it. Google have the right to suspend any blog hosted by Blogger. If they think that you’re spamming or using copyrighted material then they will shut down your blog. Google has shut down so many popular blogs in the past. Read: (Google Shuts Down Popular Blogger After Publishing Controversial Post & Blogger Account Disabled). It can happen to you if their algorithm thinks that you’re spamming or if you’re violating any of their terms.

If you’re serious about blogging and wants to setup a professional blog then a self-hosted WordPress is the right choice that’s why 90% of all business blogs are powered by WordPress. Most Blogspot users move to WordPress once they have established their blog. But If you’re a newbie then I would recommend Blogger as it’s easy to setup and 100% free. When you’re ready you can switch to WordPress.

So, WordPress or Blogspot? Which is your choice and why?

  • NewsGeek

    Awesome explanation..Great stuff. I am using both the platform for the blogging but after reading your article I am able to know that WordPress Blog Customization is easy to handle compare to the Blogger. Because you manage it by own…

  • http://seoaffiliateblog.info Vnalazy

    I choice both, because It’s need for my website ( wordpress CMS)

  • http://www.olayaherreriayforja.com muebles de forja

    Normally I don’t read article on blogs, however I wish to say that this write-up very pressured me to take a look at and do so! Your writing taste has been surprised me. Thank you, very nice article.

  • http://www.seohostings.ca Anita Johnson

    Blog commenting is one of the important way to get backlink and it helps to get a good position in google page ranking.

    Thanks wordpress

  • http://www.60secondcms.com/simple-cms/ simple cms

    I prefer to use both because it is useful for the cms of my website.

  • http://freelancequyn.blogspot.com/ Lynda Mama

    WordPress very good, SEO good, Blogspot is Free

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    Is Blogspot Not Seo Friendly And I Had Not Any Knowledge About Only 1 Gb Space Of Blogger.

    Can We Raise Space In Blogger ? If We Need

  • http://wartrolexposed.blogspot.com Buy Wartrol

    This is awesome. I have a few WordPress blogs and blogger blogs, I must say having to pay for hosting has become costly for me, and I have had incidences where my accounts were suspended, and I lost rankings for them. For those without the budget, I say Blogger works for me.

  • http://richardcummings.info Richard Cummings

    Great comparisons of Blogger vs WordPress. To anybody who wants a serious blog, I recommend getting your own domain name and using WordPress. I know of a couple of situations where Blogger just “took down” sites because they did not like the content. You put your heart and soul into your blog…it is not worth the risk to have someone else in charge of it.

  • http://www.imvignat.com Vignat Vora

    Good comparison with good parameters. However, I would definitely prefer WordPress.org , as it is far better than Blogger in terms of Flexibility , customization , SEO and other things. When it comes to security, Blogger gets 9/10 , where WordPress gets 7.5 / 10.

    • http://www.maheshone.com Mahesh Mohan

      Yes, Blogspot wins when it comes to security. After all its managed by Big G.

  • Neil

    Security?? Google??
    You do understand that Google can take your blog down for no apparent reason with no warning and no recourse right? I found this out by doing some reading after they took my Gmail down for two weeks.
    NO number to call, no customer service to contact, no remedy and no compensation.

    • http://www.maheshone.com Mahesh Mohan

      Blogspot is secure from attacks or hacks since it’s not open source and is managed by Google.

  • http://www.hortongroup.com/web-hosting tyler

    Blogspot has better security, but wordpress is more flexible

  • http://www.agenciadeviajesperu.com/ Agencia de Viajes Peru

    In my opinion WordPress is more versatile, but blogger rank up faster, for these reasons both have strengths and few weaknesses. Lorenzho

  • bethany

    i use blogger and tried to switch to wordpress, and i found wordpress *way* less flexible to use! the choice of themes was limited, and there was no ability to choose fonts or colors…. if you like to play with design, blogger is much easier….

    • http://www.maheshone.com Mahesh Mohan

      You’re talking about WordPress.com right? Then yes, it’s features are very limited when compared to blogspot. But once you try a self-hosted WordPress you will never go back to blogspot.

      • bethany

        good point, mahesh…. a friend has asked me to help him set up a blog and we are going to start with wordpress.com (since he’s on the learning curve now) — he’s not as into the design, more into the content, and then later we may move him to the .org, so i’ll get to see the difference….

        thanks for responding! also — what does it mean for a blogsite to ‘own’ one’s content?

        • http://www.maheshone.com Mahesh Mohan

          You can wait for my next blogpost.. it’s an Ultimate Resources for Blogging and is primarily for beginners covering all aspects of blogging.

          And, if you want to go for WordPress.org now itself then check out http://www.minterest.org/free-wordpress-blog/.

        • http://www.maheshone.com Mahesh Mohan

          If you start your blog on Blogspot or WordPress.com then technically you don’t own your blog. They can suspend your blog anytime if they feel that you’re violating their terms.

          • bethany

            thanks, mahesh! :)

  • http://www.wordpresscustomization.info WordPress Customization

    Really a great information and This is one of the best blog I have come across about the Comparison between WordPress VS Blogger. Thanks a lot.

  • http://www.scriptsplash.com Unni Kris

    I host my blog on blogger and find it very easy and flexible to use. What i think is lacking in blogger is SEO and good Plugins. WordPress.org provides you numerous plugins for all types of activities with the simple installation. For the same in blogger, you will have to edit your template or write some javascript/html. So, i am planning to move my blog to WordPress, but not sure how it will affect my current post bookmarks/backlinks and search rating.

    • http://www.maheshone.com Mahesh Mohan

      You can migrate your blog from blogger to WordPress and then re-direct all your traffic to your new blog. So you won’t lose much traffic. Check out http://www.minterest.org/free-wordpress-blog/ if you want to migrate your blog to WordPress for free.

  • Joel

    Hi!

    Again about the so-called «ownership» of one’s blog, does that mean that google owns the copyright of the original material published on a blogspot blog? Therefore, when a longtime blogger gathers his/her best pieces to publish it in his/her personal name, they would have to buy thair copyrights back to google?

    • http://www.maheshone.com Mahesh Mohan

      Hello,

      It’s not the copyrights or ownership actually. Since the content is hosted by Google or WordPress.com we don’t have the control. If they feel that we are violating their terms of service or something like that then they will simply shutdown the blog.

      Check out http://articles.businessinsider.com/2010-01-03/wall_street/29995435_1_google-blogger-spam AND http://richardcummings.info/moneymakerinfoblogspotcom-blogger-account-disabled-then-re-enabled-causes-frenzy/

      Thanks!

      • Ron

        Great articles and comments. It’s important to remember, if your site has been found to violate Google’s ‘rules’, your blogspot site can be deleted. If your WP.com site is subject to the same violations ….. De-indexing can occur… both sites are ‘dead’.

        • http://www.maheshone.com Mahesh Mohan

          Yes, that’s why a self-hosted WordPress blog rules the blogosphere. Write great content and stay away from spamming… Traffic and income will follow.

          • http://justclickin.com MJ

            Thats right Mahesh…

            But nowadays people don’t have much patience they just want to reach the top in a month and end up violating rules.

            Its always better to concentrate on quality work first and the rest will automatically follow.

            Cheers,
            MJ

  • bleu

    i’ve never used blogger or wordpress and but i’m thinking about creating a blog but i’m not sure which one to use. there are some blogs i like that are ran by blogger and i was wondering if i could still follow them if i had a wordpress? this is probably an odd question lol.

    • http://www.maheshone.com Mahesh Mohan

      If you’re really serious about blogging then go for self-hosted wordpress blog or else go for blogspot. And if it’s just fun then you can consider Tumblr as well. You can contact me if you want me to setup a wordpress blog for free.

  • http://www.pcandtech.com Lakshay Goel

    Is blogger being Google’s own product an advantage for SEO? Are blogger websites good for SEO?

    • http://www.maheshone.com Mahesh Mohan

      Blogger or Blogspot blogs are not so good for SEO since it can’t be customized the way we want. The best part is its free and we can monetize the blog with ads which is not possible with most free blogging platforms. If you’re serious about blogging then go for a self-hosted wordpress blog itself.

  • http://www.maherhackers.com/blogger-wordpress-2012-better/ Wordpress Rocks

    It’s really helpful bro… Thanks!

  • Miriam

    The most helpful of the “compare and contrast” discussions for me. You brought out key features like the ad-free environment of Blogger and the greater storage of WordPress that no one else made so clear. Based on this, I think I am going to start on Blogspot and, if and when I mature into a serious blogger, grow into a self-hosted WordPress site. Thank you!

    • http://www.maheshone.com Mahesh Mohan

      That’s right Blogger.com is a nice place to kick start a blog and you can switch to WordPress later. And if you’re really serious about blogging now then you can contact and I’ll help you to setup a blog with web hosting for free. :)

      – Mahesh

      • Miriam

        Thanks so much, Mahesh. Much appreciated. I think I am a “baby” in the land of blogging and need to start and see what it feels like. As soon as I get a feeling for that experience, I hope I can learn quickly, I will be in touch and get some advice for starting the more sophisticated approach. I’ll post my startup blog link once I have it. As for now…we are watching a major hurricane approach landfall in our state in the US, New Jersey! Send good thoughts our way.

        • http://www.maheshone.com Mahesh Mohan

          Sure sure.. You take care…

          – Mahesh

      • Avinash

        Hi Mahesh. I am looking at setting up my own blog and was wondering how i could do it free on my own domain. Could you please help?

        • http://www.minterest.com Mahesh Mohan

          Yes, it’s still possible (but for limited bloggers). I’ll get back to you via email.

          • Avinash

            Thanks :)

  • http://kevinsmarketingblog.com kevin

    WordPress is the best and always will be for a very long time to come…self hosted wordpress of course. And although there are some technical issues at first it’s much well worth investing in. Think about it…would you leave all of your hard work and time to a blog that you ultimately do not own?

  • http://yokylie.wordpress.com/ I want move

    I want to move to blogspot, because we can’t monetize our wordpress.. That’s shame..

  • Abdullah

    Is it possible to use Blogger for streaming live video?

    • http://www.maheshone.com Mahesh Mohan

      Have you tried by using iframes?

  • http://techgyo.com Sreejesh

    I first started using WordPress in 2009 out of curiosity, then when I started a tech blog in 2010 I began with blogspot then when I learned about the customization opportunities of WordPress and its SEO friendliness and moved to WordPress after 4 months of using blogspot.

    But right now in 2012, Blogspot has received a lot of updates and new features, I should say its much more convenient and simpler now than years before.

  • http://voiceofavillagegirl.blogspot.in/ roopz

    I like simple things and so I love being a blogger at blogspot :)

    • http://www.maheshone.com Mahesh Mohan

      Yes, I agree! Blogspot’s simplicity and Google’s infrastructure is definitely worth to mention but still nothing can beat the flexibility of WordPress. My sister own a recipe blog at http://www.yummyoyummy.com/ hosted by Blogspot even she is not migrating to WordPress. ;)

  • http://chaitanyavs.wordpress.com/ chaitanya

    Very informative, and completely answers the questions I-a new blogger- was asking myself about whether I should stay with WordPress or move to Blogger. Looks like wordpress has a lot more pluses to make up for the restrictive themes. Thank you!

    Look forward to read more such informative posts from you.

    • http://www.maheshone.com Mahesh Mohan

      No problem! If you’re serious about blogging and would like to migrate to WordPress then I can offer a free web hosting and domain name (for one year).

      Thanks!

  • http://www.getlifetips.com Indira Priya

    My take is blogger for hobby bloggers and professional bloggers as well who don’t have funds to pay for hosting and domains.WordPress should be preferred when one can pay for hosting and are sure about keeping it up (maintenance ) and all.Sure word press gives you more flexibility but for some cost.If you are looking for some free stuff blogger should be your first choice.

    • http://www.maheshone.com Mahesh Mohan

      Yes, exactly.

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  • http://jambhu.blogspot.com/ Timnas Indonesia

    Think about it… would you leave all of your hard work and time to a blog that you ultimately do not own?