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Why Blogger Is Better Than A Self Hosted WordPress

Blogging Tips
Tuesday, 26th August, 2014

Reasons why Blogger Is Better Than WordPress

I LOVE WordPress, it’s the software this blog runs on, and it’s something I have used for over 10 years. I love everything about it; Free open source, a large, cool and helpful community and it’s just amazing software! If you asked me what the best software for running a blog or CMS (content management system), it would be an easy answer, WordPress! 😀

So if I think all of this why am I going to tell you why I think Blogger could be better? Easy – Although WordPress is amazing, it is not for everyone.

I have read a lot on other fashion and lifestyle blogs that are giving tips and advice and talking about how great WordPress is, and how it’s the only way. They are right about one thing, it is great, but it is not the only way. Some people are on Blogger and are thinking of changing to WordPress, and some want to start out and don’t know where to begin. First I would say read my blog on How To Start A Fashion Or Lifestyle Blog, and then consider Blogger as well as the other options.

People who have been on self-hosted options such as WordPress are trying to convince people that if they make the switch they’re blog will instantly become better and they’ll get millions of visitors. I must tell you it does not work that way.

Why would you choose Blogger over a self hosted WordPress?

It’s Free

This is a no brainer. Blogger is free to set up and run, whereas self hosted options such as Joomla and WordPress are free, you will need web hosting which you’ll need to pay for. The costs are varied, it can be low, but it can soon mount up if your blog blows up, as I’ll go into below.

Easy To Get Started

It’s really easy to get started on Blogger, a couple of clicks and you’re done. Search through a couple of free themes and add your own mark on them. Most designs are not as elaborate as WordPress, but there’s some good ones out there, I’ve seen a couple of lifestyle blogs on Blogger, and it’s hard to tell just by looking at the layout.

Fast & Reliable Google Servers

Getting web hosting it not too difficult, but finding good, reliable hosting could be hard. You may face downtime, outages, support issues and a whole host of more bad things. Blogger is on Google, so you’re backed by their reliability and fast servers and there’s less to worry about.

Security

If you’re on Blogger all you need to worry about is securing your account, that’s it! Having your own hosting means you are responsible for almost every aspect (not server side if you’re on shared aka cheap hosting). You have to secure your WordPress user account, but also have to secure you whole WordPress, all the files, your whole web account which may include other software/scripts/apps on your server, and plugins you install. You have to make sure everything is up to date, depending on the type of hosting plan you have this may even include PHP, MYSQL, and more.

Speed & Optimisation

The load time and speed of your blog is important. As mentioned your Blogger will be on Google’s servers, so will be rather fast all the time. Your WordPress may not be quicker, and you may have to do things to optimise the code or your server to make it go quicker. Things such as plugins and resource intensive themes can slow it down.

One Login For All, Ease Of Integrating Google’s Other Services

You probably use some other Google services, which could be YouTube, G+, G Mail, AdSense, Adwords and Webmaster Tools. Since they’re all under one hood, integration of these is made easy.

It’s easier and cheaper to grow

If you get 100 visitors a month, or 100,000 visitors a month, it does not matter on Blogger. You don’t need to worry, there’s no limit on the number of visitors you have. If you have a self-hosted option, then you’ll find out that if your blog grows large, you’ll have to move to a large hosting plan, which will cost you money, and in some cases you may need to manage the actual server, or pay for someone to manage it for you. If you get large spikes in traffic your hosting company may tell you that you need a bigger plan, or even temporarily shut down your website if you’re using too many resources. This can happen if you’re on cheap shared web hosting, typically less than £10/month.

Huge Blogger Network

There’s a huge blogger community, and you can comment on other blogs using your Blogger credentials, and your fellow bloggers can comment on yours. The integrated Blogger search bar means people can search for your blog posts within other blogs, and you can get visitors utilizing this.

Blogger – Concentrate on blogging

You almost certainly want to start a blog because you want to do exactly that, blog. Using Blogger will let you focus completely on that, without worrying about whether you’re WordPress is optimised enough, secure enough, or becoming obsessed with the huge inventory of great plugins WordPress has. Blogger gives you the fundamentals of writing, and let’s you concentrate solely on that. Of course Blogger has some problems, and limitations too, but if you’re just starting out it’s a platform which allows you to just do exactly what you want to do, with no experience, for free.

Final Word

As mentioned I love WordPress, and I do recommend it, but go into it with your eyes open, if you’re already a Blogger user thinking the grass is greener on the other side it may not be. These days WordPress self installs are really easy, a lot of web hosts have “1 click installs” and even if they don’t it’s simple enough to download and set up WordPress. WordPress now also has auto updates, which is a good addition for safety. However you should realise that you are responsible for your whole web hosting account, and not just your WordPress blog; If you grow to a large size then be prepared to pay for larger hosting plans, servers and spend time looking after your server, or pay someone else to.

Being hosted on a platform such as Blogger let’s you focus solely on blogging without having to worry about anything else. Buying a domain is highly recommended but it’s not actually required, so you can get started at absolutely no cost, and if you get serious somewhere down the line you can take steps from there.

There’s plenty of large blogs currently on Blogger, check out The Londoner, and Zoella to name a few, and others who’ve started out on Blogger but moved on. Remember if you feel you want something more advanced with the ultimate creative freedom WordPress has, you can always move you blog when you’re ready.

No matter which platform you choose you have to put the work in, there is no magic answer which will get you to the top of Google or get thousands of visitors overnight. Don’t be the blogger looking for the quick fix thinking owning the greatest tools is the key to success, using the tools you have at your disposal effectively is a far better way of going forwards rather than standing still.

Next time out we’ll look at what’s amazing about WordPress, and why you should consider choosing that software when wanting to start a blog.


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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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