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.