I went to my friend and borrowed his card (and money too which I gave him later) to purchase the domain and hosting. Here, I don’t want to lie to you, guys! I bought my domain and hosting on Black Friday deals (It helped me to save a lot). And, now I have poured all my efforts to flourish it.
Nice story, Huh?
Let me come to our main topic. The WordPress vs Blogger. I told this because you should not get back only because of money. Investing a few bucks for yourself isn’t a big choice. If you’re serious about your future and want to work online then you should consider it a small investment for your bright career.
Being a free platform, Blogger.com may be a lucrative offer for many people, who are willing to work online. So here I have answered the question, ‘why one should move on the self-hosted WordPress site?’ You’ll get the detailed comparison for self-hosted WordPress vs Blogger.com and the pros and cons of both platforms. I’m sure that you will be able to decide the best platform should you choose for your blogging career when it comes to self-hosted WordPress vs Blogger.com.
Important: Please note that this comparison is self-hosted WordPress.org vs Blogger.com and, not WordPress.com vs Blogger.com. WordPress.com is owned by Automattic, Inc. [US] and you will get blog name as subdomain example.wordpress.com against Blogger’s example.blogsopt.com
1) Ownership & Pricing:
Blogger was created by PyraLab and later on Google purchased it and currently Blogger (a.k.a. blogspot) is blogging service owned by the Google. It is available for everyone at free of cost. Google provides you online identity i.e. subdomain on blogspot.com and hosting both for free. It’s reliable and quite secure (see https:// before your subdomain) to publish your posts and media contents online.
But the freak is that you are not the owner of your blog, it’s owned by Google. No issue, as it provides the complete free solution for your blogging needs. However, Google can shut down your access or the complete system anytime (though it is not still looking to happen).
On the another side, WordPress is also a free platform to start your blogging career but you’ll need to purchase the domain and web hosting to install the WordPress. The WordPress is open source CMS (Content Management System) provided by WordPress.org.
By using WordPress, you have ownership of all your data and can control all functions regarding your blog/website. You are free to run or shut it down anytime or move to another web host, which is not possible for Blogger.
2) Control And Flexibility:
The Blogger is a platform for novice webmasters to learn or test their skills, however, the advanced bloggers can also get benefits from this platform. It is nicely tuned to achieve greater control of overall functions and even a newbie can easily control nearly all aspects of his blog. But it lacks the flexibility as that expected. With limited tools and functions of blogspot blog, you can perform only a few specific tasks like blogging, sharing media contents or writing some posts. Still, there is no way to expand the features of blogspot to add more flexibility.
WordPress has taken care for this allowing more control and flexibility for added functionalities. You can add new features to your blog/website by configuring the particular plugins available in WordPress plugin library. There are more than 45 thousands of plugins in WordPress plugin library itself and even more, plugins can be obtained from the third party sources.
Plugins allow you to modify and expand the existing or default functions & features to your blog. You can add e-commerce store, accept payments, create your portfolio etc. on your website. For personal blogs, you can consider free blogspot blog to be handy. But if you serious about blogging career and want to earn money from it then you should consider WordPres as your first choice. For businesses, no other solution is found useful as the WordPress.
In long term run, WordPress is far better than the free Blogger.
3) Look And Appearance:
In the comparison of WordPress vs Blogger, this factor is also very important, If we consider the look and appearance or customization possibilities, definitely WordPress has edge over the Blogger.
Blogger provides very few templates (around 34) by default to use for customization. It’s still easy to edit & modify the templates in Blogger and you can easily change the font, color, and layout of your blog in few minutes. There are some unofficial templates available on the web but performance is not up to expectation.
While for WordPress, there is no limit with customization. You can choose any one theme from thousands of free or premium themes for your website/blog. You can modify the color, font, layout, background to any custom level. Not to exaggerate but the WordPress has unlimited possibilities to create a stunningly beautiful website, no matter what about it is. Just find a beautiful theme as per your requirement and choice from a free or premium collection of high-quality themes and start to impress the people from then.
If you want to move the custom domain or even switch the Blogger, then what will you do? Moving from Blogger to a different platform is a complicated and you need to export your all data into the XML file, then download it and upload to the different platform. It needs a tech savvy.
Consider the loss in SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and your ranking or followers during this move. Even Google keeps the data on its server for a long time (around 90 days)
For WordPress, there is a good news for you and you can move your site to any platform you want. Moving on the new web host or even newer CMS is also possible without compromising SEO. The WordPress offer more SEO benefit when we compare WordPress vs Blogger.
As I said earlier above in this article, Google provides you SSL configuration with your blog for free. (See, https://standard14.blogspot.in/ my niche blog based on Blogger). It means you are under the roof of Google’s robust security platforms. You don’t have to worry about backups, managing server or security issues like getting hacked.
For the WordPress is up to you. As it is open source CMS, it’s better to take care of yours before any serious issue. Though WordPress is the quite secure platform, but you’re responsible for your security and data backups, since you are using the self-hosted platform. Don’t worry, WordPress has a number of high-quality plugins to take care of this like Wordfence or VaultPress etc.
Even Blogger is service provided by Google, it has limited options for support. All support is documented and very less time you will have live interaction support. Though there is no need for highly integrated support solutions for such easier platform, but you’ll find very few resources or forums for Blogger.
Where for WordPress, you will get nice support service from the active community of users. As 27% of the web uses WordPress and over 60 millions of people are using it, you will not be stuck anywhere in between. You’ll find a lot of online resources and documentation in the form of text or media, active community forums, and direct chat from the experienced users and web developers to get rid of your problems. Apart from this, you can avail the premium support if you’re willing to pay for your blogging career. Many companies will provide you this facility of premium support.
You may have seen most of the people are here online for earning money. Even you and me also. As blogging can be a full-time career, you should not take this very lightly. Playing smart move today is better than regretting in the future. You have all resources then why are you waiting to take one step ahead.
Let me explain this in a simple way. Though Blogger is nice, it has limited sources for monetization. You may get the early approval for Google’s advertising network i.e. Google AdSense. You can monetize your blog by other several ways also like affiliate marketing or place other ads on your blog. But it may look less authority as it’s free. The another one point worth mentioning is Blogger has a very long time for the significant upgrades and so future policies depend on blessings on Google or it can be shut down anytime like the Google’s other popular services like Google Reader, Adsense for feeds.
While WordPress is the open sources CMS and not depends on a single company or individual. The whole empire of WordPress is based upon the active community of millions of users and developers. It means you are free to do what you want to do with your blog and how to monetize it.
You can also use Google AdSense for your blog. The same advertising networks like infolinks or Chitika can be helpful if you have decent traffic visiting your blog daily. Affiliate marketing, selling downloads like PDFs, courses, software or services like web development, you can monetize your blog. You have unlimited possibilities to earn with your WordPress Blog. You can choose one or more accordingly.
Now, you have read all the information about both blogging platforms and there pros and cons. After this detailed comparison between the WordPress vs Blogger, you may have decided to go with a self-hosted WordPress blog/website. Don’t bother about it. Your first step here is the first step for your success.
I hope it has cleared your doubts. Still confused? Go with Blogger, if you are the novice or hobby blogger willing to write occasionally. Otherwise, start creating your own professional blog now to earn money online.
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