We’re well aware of what a blog is and how to create one for free.
In one of our previous articles, we have also discussed the key blogging platforms WordPress, Blogger, and Tumblr. In most cases, a blogger either chooses WordPress or Google Blogger as their preferred blogging platform.
Let us evaluate the better blogging platform between the two, beginning with Google Blogger.
What Is Google Blogger/Blogspot?
Google Blogger, normally referred to as Blogspot is a product of Google. It is a Content Management System (CMS) and is a platform where one can create and blog for free. Most beginners choose Blogspot as their primary blogging platform not just because it is easy to use but also because the platform is also free to use.
What Is WordPress?
WordPress too is a Content Management System. It is free to use, an open source platform. We can create beautiful blogs and websites through it. WordPress is of two types – WordPress.com and WordPress.org. WordPress.com is a free blogging platform, where we can quickly create our blog without even shelling out a single penny. WordPress.com, on the other hand, is similar to Blogspot in most aspects but has a few limitations. WordPress.org is also a blogging platform, which is open source i.e. we can edit and play around with the codes to suit our needs. However, unlike WordPress.com, if we use WordPress.org, we do need to spend on domain and hosting. In this aspect, it is also different from Blogger as Blogger too is completely free.
Advantages Of Blogger/Blogspot
- Zero Investment
We can start with zero investment. We don’t need to pay to create a blog at Blogspot. We get free hosting – to host our blog and a free subdomain i.e. .blogspot. For instance, bpmpl.blogspot.com.
- Zero Server Downtime
Zero server downtime. We know Blogspot is a product of Google, and Google has secure and robust servers. We create and host our blog on Google servers. This means we or our visitors won’t encounter any server errors. Doesn’t matter how much traffic we generate, we always have a great running blog.
- Drag And Drop
To modify we can easily drag specific elements or we can even drag and drop the whole blog like sidebar, widgets, etc. This minimizes coding requirement and is extremely helpful for those who aren’t into coding. This is how Blogger scores over WordPress.
- Custom Theme
Blogger allows us to upload our desired themes for free. This means we don’t have to upgrade to any pro plans to upload themes. There are no Pro plans that are available on the Blogger platform.
- Custom Domain
We can even add custom domains. This means our blog bpmpl.blogspot.com can be assigned or transferred to a custom domain, for instance, bpmpl.com. All we need to do is, buy a domain.
- Free SSL Certificate
If we are using Blogspot sub-domain, we get the https enabled by default. However, when we add our custom domain, then HTTPS changes to HTTP and we are required to add the SSL Certificate again. Now Google has officially launched the free SSL certificate even for a custom domain, that is we can have the https enabled on our site for free.
Disadvantages Of Google Blogger
- Limited Features
With Blogger, we don’t get many features and are limited to a select few. We can’t install any plugin, and if we want to, then we need to do that with the help of scripts or codes.
- Coding Know-How Is Required
Blogger has drag and drop features. However, when we need to customize, we are left with no options but to code. For instance, customizing comment section will need us to code.
- No Subdomains
Even though we can have our custom domain installed; we can’t create any sub-folder or sub-domain. This is because we are using the hosting of Blogspot, as a result, we won’t get their control panel access. Therefore we can’t create or install directories/folders.
- No Email Account
We are not allowed to create our email account/s with our domain extension on Blogger. For instance, [email protected] For having domain specific email ids, we are required to either buy them through Gmail or through our domain registrar.
- Permanent Suspension Of The Blog/Site
When we create a blog at Google Blogger, we accept their terms and conditions and related privacy terms. If we do not comply with any of Blogger or Google policies either directly or indirectly, our blog may be removed permanently with or without prior notice.
Now let’s discuss WordPress –
Advantages Of WordPress
- Ease Of Use
WordPress allows drag and drop with more features vis-a-vis Blogspot. We can drag and drop menus, header, footer, icons – drag and drop are very convenient and we can even preview the change before deployment.
- No Coding Know-How Is Required
No Coding Know-How required. Only in exceptional cases, coding knowledge is required. However, we can carry out most of the tasks without any knowledge of coding. For instance, if we want to install a plugin, a direct button is available to upload/install. To upload a theme, again a button is available. We don’t have anything to do with codes to customize our blog.
- Migration Is Easy
Migration is easy. Suppose we blog at Blogspot and want to shift to WordPress. In such a scenario, we don’t want to copy paste data and more importantly, we don’t want to lose out on any data. WordPress helps to import and export all the theme settings/posts/pages etc. We can easily migrate from any blogging platform to WordPress without any data loss.
- Easy Blog Customization
We can setup dynamic and static pages for our blog. This means we can create a static page say for our homepage and a dynamic page for our other pages basis our requirement. Thus we can have a more professional blog.
- Add Any Number Of Plugins/Themes
Add any number of plugins/themes. To increase the functionality and enhance the user experience of our blog, we can add or remove any number of plugins.
Disadvantages of WordPress
- Weighs Down On Pocket
If we are using WordPress.com then we have limited functionalities. We are required to pay to increase the functionalities made available to us. In the case of WordPress.org, we need to pay for domain and hosting, otherwise, we won’t be able to create a blog.
- Chances Of Being Hacked
We are required to use our own server for hosting and this increases the chances of being hacked. Since the code of WordPress is easily available online, hackers may get into our site and harm it.
- There Are Downtimes
If we have bought hosting, then we already know that there are some downtimes like server failure, etc. It happens with most hosting companies. These hosting companies guarantee about 99.99% uptime, but then that 0.01% is enough to negatively impact the blog/site.
- Storage Limitation
In the case of WordPress.com, we get limited storage, and we need to upgrade to get more storage. In the case of WordPress.org, we need to take storage from our hosting company.
- Frequent Updates
At WordPress.org, we need to regularly update to the latest version, as the newer versions remove some existing security holes and are more powerful. Though we need to update with a few clicks manually.
Our Take –
Both of these platforms are fabulous. Both the platforms are great to start up with. It may also be required to buy an appropriate theme for Blogger/WordPress unless we know how to code it. If we are new to blogging it is recommended that we start with Blogger, as it is the best platform for learning the intricacies of blogging and doesn’t cost a dime. We can learn to blog by creating a blog at Blogspot and then if required can move or migrate to WordPress at any point in time without any data loss. If we want our visitors to experience a professional look and feel, we recommend going ahead with WordPress.org, although it does cost us, we would have excellent and exciting features.
Hope, this article was helpful! Leave us a comment if you want us to discuss any specific point pertaining to this topic or if it is needed that we write on any specific blog topic. Bridging Points Media provides designing and development services for both of these platforms.