Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Blogger Or WordPress - How They Compare

Bloggers: Should You Use or WordPress? (also known as Blogspot) and WordPress are the two most commonly used blogging platforms today. was a pioneer in the blogging industry, allowing users to set up accounts and blog for free beginning in 1999. was purchased by Google in 2003, which enabled it to grow using Google's resources. Today, has an undisclosed number of millions of users blogging on their system.

WordPress began in 2003 as the successor to another (now relatively unknown) blogging system. It has since become the blog platform of choice for most blogging professionals. There are currently over two million people who are active users of, and there are millions of others who have downloaded various versions of the WordPress code.

Using the Blogger setup mandates that your blog be hosted on their servers. In comparison, blogs running on WordPress' platform can be hosted at, or the WordPress software can be downloaded and used on your choice of web hosts. Below are some of the key features of versus the two versions of WordPress setups. Features

Free hosting for up to 1 GB worth of space

Blog content is maintained on web servers

Ability to choose and customize templates (limited flexibility)

Easy to get started; easy to use

Upload and store image files and video files Features

Free hosting for up to 3GB worth of space

Blog content is maintained on web servers

Ability to choose and customize templates (limited flexibility)

Easy to get started; easy to use

Upload and store image, video, and other (limited) file formats

WordPress Self-Hosted Features

Blog content is maintained on user's preferred web host

Nearly unlimited ability to choose and customize templates and widgets

Takes some technical ability to setup and configure

Files support limited only by web server, which likely means virtually unlimited

Who Uses Which

A quick perusal of a few the various blogs running on the domain versus those that use one of the WordPress setups (accounts on and self-hosted blogs using WordPress software) indicates that is more commonly used for people who blog about their families, pets, and other personal kinds of topics. Compared to WordPress users, users are typically not "professional" bloggers, although there are plenty of Common Joe bloggers who monetize their Blogspot blogs and make a living doing it.

Self-hosted WordPress blogs lean more toward professional entities who have an IT person or department who handles their maintenance. They are often more formal. Because is similar in its functionality to, blogs using are similar to Blogger blogs in content, naturally more casual or personal than self-hosted WordPress blogs.


Blogspot accounts are free. So are accounts on However, if you want to do any significant customization of your blog, you'll have to pay to upgrade to their Custom CSS membership, which costs $14.97 per year. accounts can be upgraded to give you additional disk space($19.97/year for 5GB up to $89.97/year for 25GB), unlimited user accounts for your blog($29.97/year), and the ability to add videos ( naturally has this support built in.) to your blog ($59.97/year). If your blog runs on the WordPress platform downloadable from, your costs are dependent upon your hosting account, which could cost as little as $5.00 per month or as much as hundreds of dollars monthly.


Because WordPress is open source software, it gives experienced bloggers much more flexibility when it comes to customizing a blog. When you download and install WordPress, you have full access to the database and the PHP, CSS, and image files that comprise the WordPress blogging platform. In contrast to Blogger's platform, having development access to the entire system allows users to be as creative as they want to be. This flexibility does not exist to nearly the extent with accounts that are hosted on One bonus that does provide is the ability to host files other than simply images. MS PowerPoint files, Word (.doc) and Open Office (.odt) word processing files, and PDF files can be uploaded and stored for use on a account.

Although Blogger allows and encourages users of their setup to customize their blogs adding Google gadgets and changing layouts, I've found that there is a lot of guesswork involved when trying to figure out how to manipulate their XML schema, which is used to customize templates beyond adding gadgets and changing layouts. When I customize blogs hosted on Blogger's system, I often feel like I'm abstracted from their lower level setup. Some of Blogger's XML tags are documented, but that documentation is sparse. When I'm customizing a Blogspot blog, it's as if I'm throwing my work over a wall, and then checking to see what I get back. This interface can be frustrating.

A comparison that is noteworthy between each of these blog platforms is the ability to categorize posts. Greater flexibility exists with both blogs and self-hosted ones using the WordPress software than with Categories are created using Labels on blogs. This setup does not allow for sub-categories on Blogger account. Sub-categories are a natural part of both and self-hosted WordPress blogs.

Ease of Use

For the layman blogger, getting started with blogging on Blogger's platform is the simplest of tasks. You simply create an account, choose a template, and start writing away. The interface is very straight forward for users of Blogger. are similar, slightly more complicated. WordPress self-hosted blogs require a user to download the software, upload it to a server, configure database settings, and run the installation program included with the software. This process is pretty straightforward for someone with IT experience, but for most other people it is a little intimidating.

Once a blog is setup with any of these platforms, using it is simple enough regardless of which one you choose. However, of all the interfaces, is probably the easiest to understand and navigate.

Security and Updates

WordPress has had a history of vulnerability to hacks. To minimize that risk, it is recommended that users of WordPress be vigilant about maintaining their sites. Specifically, WordPress blog owners hosting their own blogs are encouraged to keep up with current updates.

Blogger users can essentially allow the Blogger development team to worry about hacks. Because the blog data is kept on Blogger's servers, there is much less likelihood that Blogger sites can be hacked.

Which One's Best for Me

If your intentions are simply to publish your information to the world without hassling with intense customization and continuing updates, is the way to go. Because most run-of-the-mill bloggers fit into this category, Blogger has the largest number (although nobody knows how many that is) of blogs in the Internet today.

If you have the resources and desire to be more sophisticated in your blogging habits, WordPress is what you should use. Accessibility to the inner workings of WordPress allows it to be used for much more than just a simple online journal. I recently talked to someone who told me his company uses WordPress software as a content management system, performing many of the functions of a CMS such as Joomla.

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  1. This is a great post I have to say. SO much info in there! Thanks for sharing.

    I have been using blogger since I find it more user-friendly. Although, many recommended me to shift to Wordpress since blogger has been deleting blogs lately. I don't want to happen to mine of course.

  2. Great post! I love wordpress because of all the plug-ins available :)

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  3. Thank you for the excellent comparison. I am trying to get a fan site going and have had the opportunity to compare these two. I agree blogger is quicker, more intuitive and more customizable than I put the same content up in both options. I have had a blogger site up for 8-9 days and it still hasn’t shown up in google searches. The site showed up overnight! So I have a conundrum. I like the look and flexibility of blogger better, but I’m really frustrated by the invisibility to search engines. I agree that sites are more professional and elegant. But I want something a little more colorful and energetic, and that seems easier with blogger. The sites, fyi:

  4. I'm using free WordPress account for quite some time now and I figured out that getting reseller hosting services is much better. I can do anything with my website when I put my website on a web hosting.

  5. Customizing blogs hosted often feels like I'm abstracted from their lower level setup. Some of Blogger's XML tags are documented, but that documentation is sparse.
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  6. I have been using Blogger since I was a young girl for my personal blog. When I created a blog as a seo reseller, I tried using Wordpress but I find it a little complicated so I stayed with Blogger. Although I visit sites from both platforms, I still favor blogs in Blogger.

  7. I like Wordpress more because there are less spammers there. Although I find it easier to blog using Blogger. I use it for my personal blog. email filtering



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