Which Platform is Best for Newbies: Blogger or WordPress?

Blogger or WordPress? This post looks at two very popular free hosted blogging platforms – I was recently asked that if I had to start a blog from scratch and had no idea which was the best platform to choose, which platform would I use out of Blogger or WordPress assuming they were both recommended to me.

Well, both these platforms are awesome in their own rights without going any further, but before we get down to choice let me highlight some of the pros and cons of both platforms.

blogging platform, blogger or wordpress

Blogger.com

http://www.blogger.com

Let us start with Blogger… Blogger is probably the most popular blogging platform on the web, please correct me if I’m wrong otherwise… It was founded by American entrepreneur Evan Williams who also happens to be the creator of Twitter. Interestingly enough Evan Williams also invented the term ‘blogger’. Blogger or more commonly known as BlogSpot is now owned by Google and has been since 2003 and is used by millions of bloggers of all levels from around the globe.

Google Blogger is an extremely user friendly platform which is why it attracts many users. Newbies are drawn to blogger because it’s relatively easy to setup, add content to and monetize with Google AdSense and Amazon affiliates.

Users are able to use their own domain name and customize the look of their blogs theme to how they want it to look.

However unfortunately even with the new recent updates and improvements made to the Blogger dashboard, it still lacks the tools and features that WordPress has to offer. OK so here is a rundown of the pros and cons of using blogger as a start-up platform for your blog.

Pros

  • It’s Free
  • It’s easy to setup and use
  • Available in 50 languages
  • You can purchase or transfer your own custom domain to your blogger blog for free
  • You get built in visitor stats
  • It’s easy to monetize with Google AdSense, Infolinks and Amazon Associates
  • Blogger is powered by Google
  • You can somewhat mildly customize with themes

Cons

  • Limited premium themes
  • Although you can, it’s not that easy to customize themes unless you’re a code wiz and are familiar with HTML and CSS
  • Commenting feature a bit of a let down at times.
  • Spam filter has no editing features
  • Expandability limited without use of plugins
  • Some people find it hard to view a BlogSpot powered blog as a professional blog…
  • BlogSpot blogs have notorious security issues, hackers still love hacking into Blogger blogs

WordPress.com

http://www.wordpress.com

WordPress was founded by internet social media entrepreneur Matt Mullenweg in the 2003. WordPress.com alone is home to around 350,000 bloggers.

WordPress.com has become extremely popular because of both its complexity and ease of use, but yet remains one of the most powerful free hosted blogging platforms on the web.

Here are rundowns of the pros and cons of using WordPress hosted as a start-up platform for your blog.

Pros

  • It’s almost free
  • Powerful and attractive dashboard that is easy to navigate around
  • Easy to use, no coding knowledge required…
  • Available in 120 languages
  • Theme editor available (paid service)
  • Built in visitor stats
  • Options for SEO
  • Accessible anywhere, even from space… (well maybe not)
  • Purchase your own domain or transfer (paid upgrade)
  • Powerful spam filtering and comment moderating system

Cons

  • Too many paid for services / upgrades required i.e. custom designs and custom domains etc
  • No third party scripts allowed, that means no AdSense, Infolinks or Chitika…
  • Template editing isn’t free
  • WordPress use their own WordAds system which you can use to monetize your blog, should your blog qualify that is…

Blogger offers 1GB of image hosting space provided through Picasa web albums whilst WordPress users can get up to 3GB plus more on upgrade.

So which platform to use, Blogger or WordPress?

So you’re now thinking which platform should you use, Blogger or WordPress? It’s a tough one as I see both platforms great in their own respects; I would actually be more inclined to use WordPress.com even though there are optional premiums and limitations with monetization. I’d choose WordPress because it offers more options for expandability, monetization wouldn’t be something I would be interested in when starting out in any case.

If this is your first ever, ever blog and you have no idea where to start and don’t wish to get involved in too many complications, then I’d go for either platforms, I know this isn’t a great help perhaps but both are great blogging platforms. If you want a little more from your blog then definitely go for a WordPress.com blog.

If you’re feeling energetic and want to host your own blog entirely then maybe you might want to consider going down the self-hosted avenue. Let me know your reactions, thoughts and experiences on the top two blogging platforms below in the comments section. Tell us which platform you prefer to use outside of self-hosting Blogger or WordPress and why.

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  • http://webincomejournal.com Chadrack@SEO Blogging Tips

    Hi Fabrizio,
    This is truly a insightful post on these two blogging platforms. Personally, I did not really use wordpress.com much. When I signed up for an account early in my blogging career I did not know much about blogging and some of the rules. But I soon realized that I was not allowed to monetize my content with Adsense. That simply put me off. I did not want to “waste” my time creating content, driving traffic and not having a way of gaining a return for my work!

    Besides, blog was later suspended because I was linking to a particular affiliate program which I was also promoting then. From the email I received suspending the account, I discovered that wordpress.com discourages accounts created with the purpose of building links to other websites. My blog that was linking to a particular website was seen as a violation of their terms and so it was removed!

    For me wordpress.com has too many limitations. At the time I was also blogging on blogger and when I got to know of the limitations of wordpress.com, I simply stayed with blogger. I think blogger is better for a newbie who wants to build a business with his blog. Yes, without some knowledge of html customizing blogger is a little difficult, but you can always choose to make do with the different templates it offers. Stay with blogger and when you make some money, get a self-hosted wordpress.org and then move your blog!

    Thanks for sharing.

    • http://www.magnet4marketing.net Fabrizio Van Marciano

      Hi Chadrack thanks so much for dropping by and contributing with your experiences on the two platforms. I must agree having thought about the hard work you put into your blog just not to get anything back from it as far as monetization is concerned and that’s where Blogger is much suited.

  • Samantha Wright

    Bother are exceptional platforms though I have to agree that when it comes to blog monetization with AdSense and Amazon I would be so much more encouraged to use blogger.

  • http://www.dcnashvillerealestate.com/ Murfreesboro real estate

    Given the two choices I do not know which one I would chose. This is because both are good depending on what you want out of your blog. For any person planning to start up a blog, they should do research on both and know which one will work for them.

  • http://zestah.com/ Joy Cebu

    But I would just say that wordpress blog somehow gets more visitors faster. And I was able to customize it more so it became prettier by design.

  • http://www.metalimagination.com/dogs.html dog sculptures

    Undoubtedly wordpress is cool but it can be daunting sometimes when you have no idea how to play with the plugins. I have used it before and literally i had to spend 2 nights in figuring out the interface. On the other hand, i felt much comfortable on blogpost as it wasn’t that much complicated to understand. But in terms of SEO points, wordpress is the best.

  • http://www.freeonlinecouponsguide.com Steve@Free Coupons

    The amount of themes available and flexibility make it WordPress for me. I researched Blogger and found it to be very limited in comparison. Both have their advantages, you did a good job of pointing those out. Highly recommend WordPress for blogging.