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Lifestyle Blogging Tips – Blogger Or WordPress? The Comparisons

Blogging Tips
Tuesday, 23rd September, 2014

Blogger vs WordPress.com vs WordPress.org

Something which is asked a lot for new bloggers who are either looking to start a blog or thinking of switching their platform is: What is better, Blogger or WordPress? Here I’ll talk about Blogger and both versions of WordPress, which is the self hosted option (.org) as well as the WordPress platform (.com).

Over the past few weeks I’ve looked at why Blogger is better than WordPress, and I also wrote about why WordPress is better than Blogger. Here I will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each platform.

The advantages and disadvantages of Blogger

Blogger Advantages

  • Free & Easy to get started – You can get started with a blog in a few clicks, and don’t have to spend a penny!
  • Customise The Look – There’s plenty of themes and layouts for free, buy premium ones or code in your own with CSS/HTML
  • Run Adverts – You can run Google AdSense, a huge ad programme and earn money. You’ll be able to run other ads too if you want to earn some money through your blog.
  • Concentrate on blogging – There is no need to worry about uptime, server settings, latest software or anything as you are on Google’s servers.
  • Speed & Security – Being on Google’s servers you’ll enjoy their speed and security levels, and don’t have to worry about securing a server.
  • Large Community – There’s a very large community which means you can easily network with fellow bloggers, comment on their blogs and more.
  • One Login, All Google – You create an account with Google for Blogger, and can use all the services such as Gmail, AdSense, YouTube, Webmaster Tools and more
  • Easy To Grow – Whether you have 100 visitors or 10,000 visitors it doesn’t matter, your blog will still work in the same way, there’s no need to upgrade

Blogger Disadvantages

  • 1MB Page size Limitation – On the homepage and other archive pages you’re limited to a 1mb page size – This should not be a huge problem, but it’s a limitation of the service.
  • Less Control – All you can do is blog, there are not many bells and whistles, you get far, far less control over how you can run your blog.
  • Less Features & Freedom – Other platforms such as WordPress are open source and let you install plugins or custom code in your own features, you can’t do this on Blogger.
  • 1GB Picture Storage – If you’re taking a lot of pictures you will only be able to store up to 1GB of them on Blogger.
  • Permalink Structure – You must use the Blogger permalink structure, which means no true categories, and each post URL includes elements of the date.
  • SPAM – A large community is good, but there can be a lot of spam.
  • Deletion Of Account – You could have your account deleted if you don’t follow their rules,

Ideal For – Those who want to start blogging with no experience; Those who just want to concentrate on blogging; Bloggers with no willingness to learn about the web
Not For – Those who want something very custom; Those who want a lot of additional features for their blog; Those who want coding flexibility & ability to control every aspect of their blog

The advantages and disadvantages of WordPress.com

WordPress.com Advantages

  • Use Of WordPress – It’s a great piece of software to use, it’s FREE and you can get up and running pretty quickly
  • Themes – There’s a few ways you can change the look of your blog to make it your own
  • Concentrate On Blogging – WordPress.com look after the servers and everything in between, letting you focus on your blog
  • 3GB Space – Lots of space for pictures
  • Integrate social media such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn And Tumblr
  • Large Community – Easily get comments from others & comment on other’s blogs too
  • A few features including stats are built in
  • Upgrade to a paid plan and get more features; £70/year or £210/year which includes no ads, premium themes, more customisations, ecommerce, unlimited space & more!

WordPress.com Disadvantages

  • No premium features or themes included.
  • To unlock more features you have to pay for them (as mentioned above, you can take this as an advantage or disadvantage).
  • WordPress ads will be displayed randomly on your posts (in the free version).
  • You can’t run your own adverts including AdSense, BuySellAds or any other ad network.
  • You can’t take advantages of the huge catalogue of WordPress themes or plugins.
  • No FTP access or access to files
  • Deletion Of Account – If you don’t follow their TOS or break rules, you could face your WordPress being removed or deleted.

Ideal For – Those looking for an alternative for Blogger; Looking for a free blogging platform; No blogging/coding experience required
Not For – Those looking for complete control; Want to earn money from ad networks; Want lots of custom options; Access to files

The advantages and disadvantages of a self hosted WordPress

WordPress.org aka Self Hosted WordPress Advantages

  • Free, powerful, open source software – Run the amazing WordPress on your own hosting/server.
  • Huge Community – Get help from the huge community of WordPress users.
  • Unlimited Everything! – You’re only limited by your imagination and the quality/resources of your web hosting/server.
  • Full Access – FTP access, edit files, edit server config and more!
  • Custom Design – CSS/HTML access to every file, customise the look of your blog.
  • Plugins – A huge number of plugins (add ons) available to enhance your blog.
  • Run ads or anything you like, as long as you stay in your hosts TOS you’ll be fine.
  • Edit htaccess – Control a lot of things via htaccess including banning unwanted visitors and spam.
  • It’s 100% Yours! – Every aspect big or small can be changed, if you can think of it, it can be done.

Self Hosted WordPress Disadvantages

  • Your blog is only as good as your host – There’s good and bad hosts out there.
  • Web hosting costs money, so this is not an option for those looking for something for nothing.
  • Pay As You Grow – When/if you blog grows, you may need to move up hosting plans which will cost more and more as you get bigger and bigger.
  • Learning Curve – You’ll have to learn the basics to get the benefits out of a self hosted option, and to fully utilize the power of a self hosted WordPress you’ll have to learn as you go if you don’t already have the knowledge.
  • A huge number of options – The limitless features can be overwhelming for some, and you may get distracted with what WordPress is capable of, moving your focus from writing your blog to that.
  • Maintenance – You’ll need to look after your WordPress, security, settings, files and in some cases hosting/server you’re on.

Ideal For – Those who want the ultimate control for a blog, with endless possibilities, a ton of features and more
Not For – Those looking for something totally free; Those with no knowledge or an unwillingness to learn the basics of running a blog/web site, including editing files.

Final Word

Hopefully those advantages and disadvantages I have outlined will makes things more clear so you can pick the perfect platform for you to blog on. Remember, you can always change your mind, and even move your blog between platforms. There is no right answer, it’s down to personal preference, how much experience and knowledge you have, and what you’re looking for when choosing your blog software.

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Michael Adams is the founder and editor of Michael 84, blogger and T-shirt designer from Newcastle, UK. Sharing men's fashion tips, style advice and lifestyle information for all guys.

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