Whether you’re thinking about setting up a blog, or already have one, at some point you would have wondered which platform you should use. For me personally I only considered WordPress or Blogger (aka Blogspot). In the end I decided to use Blogger. I was on that platform for around 2 years, and then about 7 months ago I decided to move to WordPress. Now that I’ve experienced using both I thought writing a comparison post might be beneficial to some of you guys. Before we start, I must point out that when I talk about WordPress, I’m talking about WordPress.org not WordPress.com. Just like Blogger, WordPress.com is free (to a point), but after setting up an account I quickly realised it wasn’t for me. I have lots of reasons why, but to sum it up briefly; it’s too restricted for my own personal requirements. But before making the final jump, and moving to WordPress there were a few differences that I needed to consider….
Blogger is free to use, but WordPress isn’t. The main charges are for hosting and your domain name. Without these you cannot use WordPress. Other costs could include things like WhoisGuard (highly advisable) and a blog template, but these could also be used on Blogger too. Just to put this into perspective – when I moved over to WordPress I bought a package from NameCheap which cost around £40.00. On top of that I paid for a new blog design and migration services which was around £100. I’m really glad I bought my domains (I have a few!) from NameCheap as they offer free WhoisGuard.
Ease of Use
When I was a beginner Blogger was easier to use than WordPress, because I didn’t need much technical knowledge. However, personally I think it’s quite limited in terms of modification and what you can install. Unlike Blogger, when it comes to WordPress the world is your oyster! You can modify your website until your heart is content. For those that have a slightly tech savvy brain, or at least the willingness to learn, then WordPress is definitely the way to go. I often find myself editing the HTML, but I don’t really class myself as a beginner anymore so moving was a no-brainer for me.
Personally I think that blogs on WordPress look so much better than those on Blogger. WordPress is fully customisable, meaning you can totally change how your website looks. I found it really difficult to differentiate Carly’s Beauty Blog on Blogger, whereas on here I make changes almost every week. WordPress is continuously updating it’s features, and overall I think everything looks much slicker.
When my blog was on Blogger, I didn’t own it. Google did. That essentially meant Google had the rights to everything I put on my blog, and if they decided to shut it down, or cut off my access they could. Don’t get me wrong, I love Google, but I wanted to own my site. Moving my blog to WordPress means it’s all mine.
The Future of the Blog
For me this was the most important factor to consider. I absolutely adore blogging, and I knew one thing was for sure – I was going to be doing it on a regular basis for the foreseeable future. When you’re that passionate about something, and there’s plans in place to up your game, you have to make sure you’re using the right platform. As I said previously – I needed my own site, it had to be fully customisable, and I wanted it to be of a really high quality. These were the main reasons I decided to move my blog from Blogger to WordPress.
The Outcome? The honest truth is I haven’t looked back since making the move. I love the fact I have complete control over my site, and that technically I can edit it in any way I want. It’s kinda weird, because until I started writing this post today I haven’t actually thought about Blogger at all. Usually when you move over to something new there’s a few features you miss, but I honestly can’t think of anything at all!
If you’re about to set up a blog I would seriously consider the points I’ve made in this post. For those of you that see it as nothing more than a hobby, then Blogger could well be for you. If you’re planning on making it a business, then personally I would consider using WordPress. However, many pro-bloggers are on Blogger, and it seems to be working fine for them. Just remember that if you do find you’ve chosen the wrong platform, it isn’t the be-all and end-all. However, I would be lying if I said migration wasn’t without it’s problems! As Carly’s Beauty Blog is about being honest I’m going to write a post about that later on!
If you’re a blogger which platform do you use? Have you ever thought about changing?
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