April 29, 2017

WordPress versus Blogspot Pros and Cons.

WordPress over Blogspot? Or Blogspot over WordPress? These two dominate the blogging platforms on the internet. If you are just thinking of making a blog of your own, you might be torn on which blogging platform to pick among the hundreds of them offering equally amazing features.

I will be concentrating on the two famous blog platforms. I’ll try to give you my pros and cons of both sites so that you’ll be able to decide what’s best for you.

Let’s start with the Pro’s and Con’s of Blogspot or Blogger:

Blogger is powered by the giant search engine Google and basically the first choice of most newbie bloggers because it is easy and simple to use. Here are the other advantages of using Blogger.

Pros of Using Blogspot:

1. It’s 100% FREE. From signing up to the customization of themes and plug-ins, you wont be spending a single penny.

2. It’s features are simple and easy to use. Creating a blog with blogger is fast and easy. The format and lay-out of the blog is easy to navigate. You don’t need to be a programmer to use blogger because it only requires some basic HTML coding if you want to customize your posts.

3. Easy Google Analytics set-up.  You can add the google analytics code to view your site’s statistics.

4. Easy to Customize.  You can easily customize your blog with blogger as it has an option of allowing you to move some gadgets , change your theme in seconds, make some color and font style adjustments quickly without the fear of losing or altering the HTML .

5. With blogger you can get free domain name hosting so you won’t be worrying about site and database crashes.

6. It has a built in 1G free photo space powered by PICASA.

Cons of Using Blogspot:

1. Customization features are limited.

2. If you are into SEO, and want to optimize your site more, blogspot is not the ideal platform for you as it lacks heading options and other tagging tools used by SEO’s.

3. Although Blogspot is improving in terms of its appearance, many new templates are already available, people especially bloggers still find it is not that professional looking as WordPress.

4. HTML coding is done manually. It would take you time to individually input the HTML codes you want to add on your post or page, unlike other blog platforms whereas it is already given or has an available shortcut key for it.

As for WordPress, we will be discussing the free hosting site which is WordPress.com and not WordPress.org. The differences between wordpress.com and wordpress.org have already been discussed on my previous post.

WordPress fans enjoys this blog platform because of these reasons:

Pros of Using WordPress:

It’ 100% FREE.

2. More options for customization, offers hundreds of useful plug-ins to choose from to make your site attractive.

3. Variety of professional looking themes is available to match your site’s niche. Spam, security backup features and easy tagging attributes are also offered.

4. With All-in One SEO pack excerpt section allowing you to make your site competitive and search engine friendly.

  • 5. Has exclusive monitoring  of site’s statistics.  No need to add to add a code.
  • Also  allows optional paid upgrades if you want to access their premium features.

 

Cons of Using WordPress:

 

1. Since most of the many blog platforms are free, the options for plug-ins, widgets and themes are limited to their offers. You can’t design your own site unless you use WordPress.org which is a paid platform that allows you to customize your site in the way you want it.

2. since it is a self hosted site, expect that your site will crash and wait for admin to fix it in their own time.

3. Customizing your theme is restricted and the CSS feature is in a default mode.

4. Need to know HTML more, as adding HTML in changing lay-outs and widgets in WordPress is pretty  overwhelming.

5. Not compatible with Google Analytics.

There you have it! The Pros and Cons of either Using WordPress or Blogspot.  To sum up, these two free blogging platforms are perfect for people who enjoy blogging by sharing ideas with friends and colleagues, or by simply just hangin around to have some fun. As long as you keep your posts updated and that your number of visitors and friends are growing, any of these will be a good choice.

But if you blog to make money online, a self hosted blog is not ideal. You need to have a blogging platform that will allow you to have a complete control of all its features and no restrictions on plug-ins, widgets and other customization you want to put on your site.

What is the difference between WordPress.Org and WordPress.Com?

As the cliché goes, “if you don’t have an online presence, it seems you don’t exist at all.” That’s why almost every company nowadays has their own company website aside from their physical business building.

Having a company website offers a global visibility of your products and services thus the higher the chance of gaining more profits. But for those companies or businessmen who are also targeting to create a website of their own, deciding on the type of blog or site platform to use is indeed a tough and mind bugling decision.

There are numerous blog platforms that are available online and all of them have different amazing features to offer. One of which is WordPress. But WordPress has two forms and it somehow cause some confusion to web marketers on the distinction between the two, thus can’t decide on which of them is the best: WordPress.com or WordPress.org.

 

To clear things up: Let’s define each:

 

                          What is WordPress.org?

Based on the WordPress website, WordPress.org is the main software that provides in creating a blog, but it doesn’t offer to host your blog on the net. You will need to pay for a different hosting provider to have a domain name and to host your company blog. This is a paid a platform, thus provides you with ultimate customization or any plug ins that you need for your company site.

         What is WordPress.com?

WordPress.com is the subset of WordPress.org. It is their Open Source Software that offers free blog creation and free sign-ups, but since it is free, it has limited access for customizations and other tools.

Still Puzzzled? Let’s get into the details by weighing the Benefits and Limitations of the two:

 

 

Benefits of WordPress.com:

 

  • It’s Free and Easy to Use:  All you need is your email address and sign up for an account, and presto! You have your own blog!
  • No software to be downloaded or pay for hosting your site.
  • Everything from the theme, upgrades, spam security, backups feature, and etc are available.
  • Allows you to monitor your real time traffic stats, comments, post rankings, and other special features not available in most free blog platforms.
  • Offers optional paid upgrades if you want to access their premium features.
  • No technical knowledge on coding require

 

Limitations of WordPress.com

 

 

  • Limited options for themes, plug-ins and widgets
  • Running a custom theme is restricted. CSS is in default mode, but if you want to access the full CSS editing tool, you can pay for the upgrade version.
  • It does not permit to include any advertisements on the blog
  • If you want to switch to WordPress.org in cases that your blog becomes popular and want to monetize it, you will get a new domain name and URL address.
  • No RSS Stats and not compatible with Goggle Analytics


Benefits of WordPress.org

 

 

  • Unlimited access for uploading themes and plugins
  • Ultimate control on code changing if you are a programmer
  • Offers, automatic ping, multiple authors access, sidebar widgets, custom themes and other plug-ins
  • Income Opportunity by allowing advertisements, shopping carts and third party sales to put into your blog.
  • You can customize your domain, email address and etc.
  • You can sell it if you don’t want it anymore.
  • You can have a great community and can establish a good business standing later on.

 

Limitations of WordPress.org

 

 

  • Doesn’t host your blog for you, thus you need to pay for a good web hosting provider to host your blog. So if you don’t have a cash, let’s say $100 a year to compensate for a hosting site that assures you of generating high traffic, you will resort to wordpress.com, because it is free.
  • You need to be technically minded to set up and run the site and of course to maximize the options offered.
  • You’re responsible for everything, from handling back-ups, stopping spam, and upgrading a new software manually if there’s a new version that comes out.

To conclude:

Choosing between WordPress.com and WordPress.org, depends on your purpose. If you want to establish a long term goal for your business, then you have to choose the platform that can give you unlimited access to all your desired look and feel of your site and that you can call it as your own. But you need to be willing to sacrifice a little and be open to the fact that you need to pay a small host fee for the other.

Thanks for reading,

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