WordPress vs. Blogger — The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

Posted on October 13, 2014 by in Resources | 38 comments

WordPress vs. Blogger — The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

As the world of the internet has grown, both the potential and popularity behind blogging has skyrocketed. As blogging became a growing trend, new genres of bloggers began to appear on the scene. The traveling blogger, the causal blogger, the professional blogger, and so on.

All these bloggers wanted the same thing: an easy way to manage and place content on the web. Thankfully, some rather brilliant people have stepped in and filled the gap.

Over the past few months, the Elegant Themes blog has covered multiple ‘WordPress Versus…’ topics. Today’s post will take a look at the comparison between the self-hosted WordPress.org platform and the free Google blogging platform, Blogger.



Although I now work exclusively with WordPress, the very first blog I ever started was built on Blogger. Needless to say, the platform still holds a small, but meaningful, place in my heart.

The company started out in the late 90’s, and after some up’s and down’s, they were eventually bought out by Google — the rest, as they say, is history. Since that buy out, Blogger quickly rose as one of the most popular blogging platforms on the internet and it continues to be one that many people turn to when looking to start a blog.

But the real question about it should be, is Blogger really the best option? The answer could be yes, or no, but that’s really up to what you need.

Let’s take a look at what that Blogger platform has to offer.

The Good

Free To Use

Ah, free — don’t you just love that word? The fact that Blogger is a free platform that takes a few minutes to get started is no doubt a large factor behind its success.

And since Blogger is directly connected to Google, if you currently have a Gmail account (which nearly everyone does nowadays) then you already have a blogger account.

To start a new blog, all you have to do is log into your desired Gmail account, go the Blogger site, and click the orange button that says, “New Blog”.

Simply give your blog a name, pick your .blogspot.com URL (yes, Blogger give blogspot.com domains… strange I know, but whatever) and a template, and you’re good to go!

The Task Of Blogging Is Made Very Simple

Blogger was built with one task in mind: blogging. And they’ve made that task pretty easy. After you take a minute or so to set up your blog, you can dive right in and write your first post.

Image of Post Editor In Blogger

Image of Post Editor In Blogger

The options you have to create a post are rather forthright.

For the font, you have your basic web font options: Arial, Helvetica, Georgia, etc. For subheadings, your options are also simple: Heading, Sub-Heading, Minor Heading; adding lists, links, pictures, and video is also pretty simple. As an added bonus, you can also add Labels that are somewhat like WordPress tags, and even schedule your post for a later time.

All of this means that you don’t need to spend a lot of time learning a new system. Just login to your account, write your post, and then share it with the world.


Adsense and Google Plus Is Built Right In

Another nice feature about Blogger is that you can start monetizing your blog from day one — assuming that you have an Adsense account, that is. Even if you don’t have one, setting things up through Blogger is simple, and free.

Blogger and Adsense

Easily integrate Adsense in your Blogger blog

Additionally, connecting your Google account to your blog is something that is pretty much taken care of. Since Blogger is owned by Google, they’ve made sure that these connections are simple.

Unlike WordPress which uses Widgets to display certain apps in designated areas, Blogger uses what they call, Gadgets, that display buttons or apps in widget-like areas

Gadget Areas highlighted in blue

Gadget Areas highlighted in blue

The only major difference is that you can only use the Gadgets that are given in Blogger, however, they do have the basic Google oriented Gadgets for your Gadget Areas:

  • Google Plus Button
  • Google Plus Badge
  • Adsense Boxes for monetizing

Another plus is that you can you can even add Google Analytics on your Blogger site to really track the traffic and conversion on your site. There are a few more Gadgets that you can choose from, but in all honesty, it’s all very limited.

The Bad

You’re Going To Look Like Every Other Blogger Site

When it comes to templates, the options given by Blogger are both slim, and frankly, just plain hideous. (*cringe*) You have only seven templates to choose from, and even though each one has only few different design options, they’re all a bit clunky looking and not that pleasing to look at.

Now don’t get me wrong — the drag and drop options for the Blogger Layout, and the ability to easily change the width of the blog using slider options is very nice. Outside of that, though, making customizations to your blog in order to make it stand above the rest is going to be near impossible if you don’t know HTML and CSS.

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Image of Advanced Options in Blogger Temlate Designer

The Advanced Options in the Blogger Template Designer (pictured above) area allow you to make changes to the template that you chose. Although this area does give you some nice mouse-click control — perfect for someone who has no web design knowledge —  you’ll still be stuck with a template layout that always looks the same as everyone else.

There are sites out there that offer free Blogger Templates to help give you a blog that looks a bit more unique, but it can be tricky to upload them. And if your blog has some content on it already, there is a chance that a new template from one of those sites will wipe everything clean. (Ouch!)

Limitations Galore

Blogger has a lot to offer: it’s free, it’s easy to use, and you can start a blog in under five minutes — two thumbs up on that front. But, that still doesn’t change the fact that it is hampered by a ton of limitations that make it just plain unsuitable for a business driven website.

No Comment Moderation. Comments can be a huge part of blog’s success, or its failure. With Blogger, there is no area in your dashboard to control your comments. The only options you do have are to either allow the comments on you blog, or not. And if you want to reply to comments, you’ll have to go to each individual page or post to do so. If your site gains some traction or popularity, this task will quickly become time consuming.

Only 1GB Worth Of Picture Storage. Yes, you read that right: 1 stinkin’ gigabyte worth of photos. Yikes! The Blogger Help page does state that “if you’ve upgraded to Google+, your photos will be stored in Google+ Photos, where you have 15GB of storage space shared with Gmail and Drive”, but that’s still not very much.

The only good thing about using Google Drive is that only photos that are larger than 2048 x 2048 count towards that limit; therefore, if you stick to using photos that are under that size, then you can technically have as many pictures as you like without any worries. Unless of course, Google decides to change their rules down the road — which they always do — and then you’ll be in a bit of a predicament.

Page Size Limit Set At 1MB. Just one more major limitation to deal with. Do you know how many megabytes are in a gigabyte? Only a thousand, and you only get 1 measly little megabyte for each of your pages. A single decent sized picture could easily eat up a quarter of that megabyte…

The other thing that Blogger mentions, is that even though “individual posts do not have a specific size limit… very large posts may run you up against the page size limit.” So, essentially, what they’re getting at is that your posts shouldn’t be more than 1MB either. This limitation is a huge drawback and one that really shouldn’t be ignored.

The Ugly

Ran By Google, Owned By Google

Now for the biggest downside of all. All Blogger sites are on Google servers and not something that can be self-hosted. As that is the case, Google has the final say and overall control over your blog. What does that mean?

It means that they can flip the switch on your blog at any moment with no warning whatsoever. The blog you build on Blogger will never really be yours, and that lack of ownership is perhaps the biggest reason why to not use the platform. Though the chance of having you site shut down is slim, the fact that someone else holds the key to your digital kingdom is a bit unnerving, to say the least.

Obviously, Blogger can be a great option for a lot of people, but if you plan to build a sustainable online business (i.e. affiliate or niche site) than this platform would be a pretty shaky foundation to build it on, and it should be avoided at all costs.



From both a user and technical standpoint, WordPress is the easiest Content Management System (CMS) to learn and use. What is more, its innate functions can be expanded and built upon to create something even more complex but equally amazing.

There’s certainly a lot to love about WordPress, but it’s not for everyone. If you’re trying to decide what blogging platform and have WordPress in the mix, then be sure you know exactly what you’re getting in to.

The Good

Your Site Is Yours

The biggest advantage to using WordPress over a platform like Blogger is that you truly own all the rights to your website — assuming nothing on your site is copied from someone else’s work, that is. (*wink*) Although your site is technically hosted on a server that you really can’t own outright, control over everything else that happens on your blog is in your hands. That stamp of ownership is generally enough for most to choose WordPress for their blog.

Easily Take Your Site To The Next Level

Image by Author shumbrat via Shutterstock

Image by Author shumbrat via Shutterstock

One reason for WordPress’ profound success is no doubt linked to the potential that the platform offers. You can use it to build a simple blog, or to build a highly profitable business. And even if you start out with zero expectations of your blog, you can easily take it to the next level if you realize that you’re sitting on a digital gold mine of your own making.

You can grow an email list, promote affiliate links or place ads on your site for profit, use WordPress plugins and services to supercharge your site, and more. Really, when you build a site on WordPress, the only limit you have is the one you set.

The Bad

Takes Time To Learn

Image by Author Tomnamon via Shutterstock

Image by Author Tomnamon via Shutterstock

WordPress is a full fledged Content Management System; therefore, it’s features are much more extensive than Blogger. As that is the case, there is going to be more to learn.

If you’ve never built a site on your own, you’ll quickly realize how time can get away from you as you do your best to learn everything entailed in running a WordPress powered blog.

You need to pick a host provider, learn to install WordPress, spend the time deciding on a theme, and then you have to learn how actually to use WordPress. Don’t get me wrong — it’s worth learning, but some may not like the hassle.

Demands A Lot Of Upkeep

Just like a car needs you to spend the time maintaining it, your website needs your attention when it comes to keeping it running. There are back-ups, WordPress updates, theme and plugin updates, keeping the comments on your blog nice and tidy — and that doesn’t even begin to cover the time it takes to write and edit posts.

The Ugly

It Can Get Expensive

Even though WordPress offers large advantages, the truth is that it’s going to cost you money. The cheapest of hosting can easily start at a hundred dollars per year, and truthfully, you’ll end likely end up spending a lot more.

This can certainly be money well spent, but it may be out of budget for some. For a nice overview of what it can cost to run a WordPress site, check out the post below:

Things Can Still Go Wrong

WordPress is great, but it is by no means perfect. Updates can wipe a site clean; hackers can virtually bomb your site; host providers can get hacked.

You can put as much time and money in to your site as humanly possible, but that doesn’t eliminate the danger of it completely going up in smoke. There are ways, of course, to make sure that total loss of your site doesn’t happen — the biggest one being that you should always, always, always back up your site on a regular basis.

In Conclusion

To be entirely honest, it is rather difficult to compare Blogger and WordPress. Both have blogging at the forefront, but they’re two very different types of blogging platforms.

With Blogger, simple blogging as its core function, but WordPress is a powerful Content Management System that happens to include blogging as a main feature.

If I had to break it down, Blogger is perfect for the casual blogger who simply wants a creative writing outlet and who’s not looking to turn their blog into something more substantial. It’s a pretty easy system to learn, and it lets people share posts and pictures on something with their name attached to it. For this kind of blogger, WordPress would be an expensive version to free — although, I wouldn’t exactly call it a waste of money.

Many bloggers start with small expectations when it comes to their blog, but when they realize the potential within their blog, they quickly realize that they need something that offers them more control than what Blogger does.

Starting out with WordPress not only gives you that ownership that is so lacking with Blogger, but also sets you on a foundation that you can easily build on if the situation calls for it.

On the flip side, though, WordPress has a substantial amount of features and functions that Blogger doesn’t offer, which means that new users will have to learn the ropes, and this may not be something they’re interested in doing. Plus, it can be costly. After you pay for hosting, your URL, a theme, and other WordPress powered services, the price tag can be rather high for someone who never plans to see a return on their investment.

Each platform has their pros and cons, but at the end of the day, WordPress seems the most logical choice; however, Blogger can still be the right choice — it all depends on you.

As someone who has used both platforms extensively, I will always recommend WordPress over any other blogging platform, but again, the choice is yours.

If you’re trying to decide on a blogging platform, or another platform to build your website on, then be sure to take a look at the comparisons that we have up on the Elegant Themes blog:

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  1. My first blog was built on Blogger and then when I set up my website, I created my second blog. I still maintain both (did not have the heart to let go of my Blogger blog) but write about different themes and subjects on both. It is frightening to know that Google can take away your blog and the best thing to do is maintain copies of the blog posts and as you rightly pointed out, Ariel, move to a more sustainable platform if you intend to use your blog for business.

  2. It’s been ages since I last compared the two free versions, but I remember being quite miffed that I couldn’t put in custom code into a sidebar widget in WordPress. Blogger allowed pretty much any code for sidebar widgets. HTML, javascript, Flash. You name it. It prevented me from using it for quite a while because there were certain things I really wanted in WordPress, but eventually switched over for some unknown reason.

    Needless to say I haven’t posted a Blogger post since 2011, and since becoming a web developer I’ve been using WordPress professionally for a few months now. Overall I’m happy, though discussing WordPress from a development standpoint is another topic.

  3. Hmmmm, I am pretty sure that blogger allows for comment moderation…

    • Yeah, I agree with you. Blogger allows for comment moderation.

      • I Agree. After being on Blogger since it was really Blogger, and not Google’s Blogger, I can’t see abandoning all the posts I have made since 2004. I don’t know about WordPress, but I do see that Blogger increases my website’s performance on Google search, I’ve seen it happen and know that Google is not gonna abandon it.
        I just wish it worked better. It’s obvious that the staff at Google have put very little programming into it since they bought it. If they wanted it so bad, why didn’t they completely redesign it?

  4. I’ve enjoyed this series of WordPress vs the World comparisons you’ve done in recent months but this one misses the mark fairly badly. It does so because you didn’t compare apples to oranges.

    It would be highly *relevant* to compare Blogger with WordPress strictly as a blogging platform (which is what Blogger positions as) without any intent to carry out eCommerce or any other commercial activities. Viewed strictly as a blogging tool or platform, Blogger has a number of advantages over WordPress, particularly in terms of upkeep. I maintain seven WP sites for myself and clients and I have absolutely had it with trying to deal with the increasingly complex nightmares of WP site maintenance.

    For a site that is expected to do far more than blogging — whether for photo portfolio presentation, eCommerce or membership sites, among others — then the appropriate comparison is really between WP and Google *Sites*, not Blogger. But if you try to limit WP to be used strictly as a blogging platform, you find yourself dealing with a huge amount of cruft whose purpose has nothing to do with writing, editing, publishing, sharing and promoting editorial content from a single author (or, for that matter, from a team of authors).

    WP started out as a damn good blogging platform. Its developers quickly transformed it into a full-blown Web-based CMS that, almost accidentally, can be used to blog. Meanwhile, the host of new blogging tools like Ghost as well as the continued workhorse that is Blogger continue to serve as powerful, usable, stable blogging tools. Like me, I suspect more and more bloggers are beginning to look at the downside of WP upkeep and looking for something more focused.

    BTW, the idea that Google could wipe your blog off their servers is a bit of a red herring. Google apparently last shut down a small handful of blogs in 2010 in response to copyright violations under the DMCA but so did dozens of Internet hosting services. Violations of their TOS can bring your site down; same with other hosts (and in this case, blogspot.com, a Google property, is the hosting service).

    i’ve at least never heard of a Blogger blog being taken down by a malicious spammer as happens all the time with WP blogs.

    I am looking to move my non-commercial pure blogs off WP and onto some other platform. I haven’t chosen Blogger, but it is very high in my current rankings. So is Ghost.

    In the future, when you do comparison reviews, I’d appreciate you comparing the two products or services on the same basis. Slamming Blogger because it’s not up to the commercial-site tasks of WP is not a fair or useful observation, regardless of how true it is.

    • Hi Dan,

      Thank you for taking the time to post — you mention some valid opinions regarding Blogger and WordPress; however, some of the points you mentioned are ones that I feel I touched on.

      Towards the end of the article, I do mention how difficult it is to compare the two because of how different the platforms are: Blogger is best labeled as a strict blogging platform; however, WordPress is a Content Management System and thus a much more robust (perhaps even complicated at times—depending on your level of skill) platform that happens to have blogging as a main feature.
      For someone looking for a platform that presents little hassle to setup and run with, and who just want something simple, then Blogger is a great option.

      Since WordPress has more options as far as expansion, it would be best to use for business purposes; however, many casual bloggers that I know prefer a self-hosted WordPress site themselves. I would certainly never slam Blogger as it can be a great option for many, and many have found great success using it—can’t argue with that. To limit the comparison of the two to strictly “blogging”, I feel, would have given a less rounded approach to the platforms. But I do appreciate your thoughts on the topic. 🙂

    • I’ve been on WordPress.com for some time and I have on occasions had little niggles, but in general I have managed to handle things quite easily, even though I’m sure that a web master with just a little bit more savvy than I have could probably do things a little bit better, however I was wondering what you meant about the difficulty of “up keeping” WordPress, Does that apply to dot com and are there things which I could be doing to improve my blog or are you referring to dot org?

  5. I agree, blogger doesn’t have the best looking templates, but I’ve found ways around it….
    I just bought a Blogger Theme online, and now my blogger site (am-rant.com) looks awesome, and is responsive. I personally think that it would be nice for Google is provide additional templates that look nice.

  6. I see many blog/sites which look and function identically to WordPress but on Blogger. This is a very valid comparison to many long time web designers. I am very focused on blogging and CMS features for small creative businesses or individuals.

    Convincing ppl to move from Blogger to WP is not easy. I’d love tips to share with a very non-techie public.

    I don’t know about the lack of customization because some Blogger sites are very sophisticated looking. In many cases, appearance, features and functions are very similar.

    NOT all Blogger sites look like they using Blogger. IF you want to customize ANY site, you have to know CSS. What’s the pt of bringing that up? No way around that, other than which is easier to input CSS? My experience in the past was WP is easier to customize, which is one reason I left Blogger yrs ago.

    I STUDY this, really look at design and customization from an end user POV, plus I check out plugins. I don’t compare lines of code, but wow, do I look at images, layouts, features, under a magnifying glass.

    I’m talking about mostly “mommy bloggers,” some VERY successful using Blogger. They blog about crafts, food, and various do it yourself things. Plus some photographers. Don’t poo poo them; some are making good money and are very influential. BUT I think they are leaving money on the table because w/WP, they could add some needed features.

    I recall when Blogger shut down LOTS of creative but perhaps controversial blogs. Another reason to host your own!

    I have no problem with comparing these two platforms. I have a pal who covers all thing LA in a Blogger site she started yrs ago. I’d love to move her files to a better designed, with a few more features WP blog/site. She doesn’t have cool galleries with light tables which turn into slide shows, her items are not organized by categories, plus I’m sure she’s missing out on some functionality which could benefit she and her growing readership.

    No idea how to convince her WP would benefit she and her readers. Oh well, lead a horse to water. But most ppl don’t know, don’t care. They think Wix is the best.

    “Slamming Blogger because it’s not up to the commercial-site tasks of WP is not a fair or useful observation, regardless of how true it is.” So the author can’t speak the truth?

    How many people MERELY blog with NO commercial aspects? I can’t think of any. I live online. Most everyone is promoting something or might in the near future.

    Why not add a commercial aspect? Blogging is hard work for most. Why not make a few dollars if one can w/commercializing something relevant to one’s blog?

    I don’t want to go head to head w/ppl. If you disagree that much, write your own blog. Don’t criticize the valid points of this author. To each his or her own.

  7. We all have to take care of our car, our homes, our bodies. Air in tires, gas, tune-up, oil-change … sweep, wash dishes, take out trash … bathe/shower, wear clean clothes, eat, shop for food, prep, clean up just to keep body, home, car going.

    But somehow our web site is supposed to work by itself. We want all kinds of features, functionality, bells and whistles, but object to the maintenance. I just started using ManageWP. Not a plug for it, but there are programs finally to help us update info.

    It’s the nature of the beast there’s updates, things fall off as they are discarded and not updated (plugs and themes).

    “Things fall apart, it’s scientific,” Talking Heads, Wild Wild Life.

    BUT if all someone wants is an online diary, only a way to blog, then by all means, use something else. But Blogger has not been used only for blogging by many for a long time. That’s all. Whatever you use, have fun!

    “Life’s too mysterious to be so serious!”

  8. Impressive article 🙂

  9. Great Article..
    But sadly Blogger has limited option.. 🙁

  10. Why do you start by saying that “WordPress is easy to learn” and you then continue and list a number of reasons why it’s “hard to get into WordPress at first”. That’s a contradiction in my personal opinion.

    If you -> only <- want to blog online, setting up your own WordPress blog can be a daunting task. I know that for a fact since I've had quite a few clients that have all paid money to have this done for them. It was simply too complicated for them to figure out what a MySQL database is, how a FTP client works, etc.

    I think that for these reasons, having a hosted blog on wordpress.com or starting one on blogger is both a better option than setting up your own wordpress website (as long as you're not looking to aggressively market the site (which is easier with your own top level url) or monetize it).

  11. Good article for those starting out. But I wonder why the comparison wasn’t Blogger vs WordPress.com? WordPress.org is an entirely different beast. WordPress.com is more comparable. It too can be free. Although there are some cheap ways to customize the site. And it manages itself via updates.

    Thanks for the good read, but in reality you are comparing a Toyota to a Lexus (that can be a Tesla with Divi :-).

  12. Hi Ariel,

    Just a couple of thoughts on your post. Like you, I also started out with a Blogger blog. A couple of things didn’t ring quite true to my ear, so I went back to my old (and now mostly deserted) Blogger site to check.(Had to brush past cobwebs and sweep out the tumbleweeds to get to the controls.)

    Blogger has 34 templates to choose from (not 7) in a variety of styles, with a variety of options for each. We may, of course, disagree about whether or not they are hideous, but most don’t appear that way to me. I think the variety is better than you suggest. There are some good, easy options for phones and tablets, too.

    Also, there is a wider variety of available fonts in Blogger than comes built-in with WordPress, including what appears to be oodles of Google Web Fonts (certainly not just “your basic web font options”), which can be used without the aid of CSS or plugins. (Your own screenshot for the advanced options shows this.) For those interested in typography, that’s a significant plus.(Meanwhile, on WordPress, I’m still figuring out how to get a different web font for headlines in my WordPress blog. I wish I had Blogger’s ease of use there.)

    Also, to be honest, ALL blog hosting platforms will likely close some day just as all businesses will end some time. The bigger worry is that Google has already shut down some popular services and we wonder what is next. But, is perpetual hosting what should we expect from ANY free blog service? Meanwhile, Blogger has been around longer than most of its competitors.

    Really, though, a better comparison would have been to compare Blogger with WordPress.com, or perhaps Blogger vs. Ghost’s (or Silvrback’s or Posthaven’s) new hosting service, since they are all trying to attract much of the same customer base.

    WordPress is, indeed, a better, more flexible, and more complicated service than Blogger, and — as you say — has a much longer learning curve. But WordPress.org and Blogger are for very different audiences, IMHO.


    The Frugal Guidance 2 blog: http://andybrandt531.com

  13. Could you please do a comparison of WordPress vs Concrete5? I’ve always preferred WP more than other CMS’s because of the absolute flexibility, but I’ve heard more and more developers are turning to Concrete5. I’ve had to work on a project recently on Concrete5 and frankly, I don’t get the hype. Would love to hear your views though.

  14. WordPress is the most easy, elegant, feature rich and SEO optimized blogging platform ever. Plethora of plugins and themes make it not just a blogging platform but a highly customizable Content Management System.

    There is only one plus point in Blogger platform that you can host your website for free on Google’s servers. But if Google finds anything wrong in your website then it may delete your some posts or whole website from their database completely.

    • “But if Google finds anything wrong in your website then it may delete your some posts or whole website from their database completely.”

      Not true. If you have, for example, adult content and haven’t marked your blog as mature, they will do it for you if someone reports your blog. If you have content Google doesn’t allow, even on a non-mature blog, they will simply mark your blog as private, notify you of such and the reason, and request you to remove the offending content. In most cases, Google will only be aware of things like this if a viewer of your blog reports some of your content. Then, only if it goes against Google’s content policies, will they take action as above; they will never just delete your blog from their servers without first giving you the chance to correct the violation.

  15. “Blogger was built with one task in mind: blogging”
    This pretty much sums it up, you might have mentioned that redirecting to custom domain is easy too,so you don’t have to be stuck up with a subdomain.blogspot.com URL. On the flip side, except for content, control over other aspects of your blog is very limited since you have access to client side only. Customizing template is difficult, HTML/XHTML has very limited scope when compared with a server side programming language such as PHP. I am still on blogger though, thinking of migrating to WP

  16. “It Can Get Expensive
    Even though WordPress offers large advantages, the truth is that it’s going to cost you money. The cheapest of hosting can easily start at a hundred dollars per year, and truthfully, you’ll end likely end up spending a lot more.”

    Do your research, please! The cheapest of hosting can start at about $20 per year – it depends on your needs, bandwith, resource usage, etc.

  17. I’m surprised that the writer chose to only discuss self-hosted WordPress installations when there is the well-known wordpress.com, which is free of charge, and has many of the same capabilities as the self-hosted version.

    Removing cost from the comparison should make WordPress an easy winner over Blogger.

  18. It would have been better to compare blogger.com and wordpress.com – both free sites. Then you could have mentioned the wordpress.org software and how it is used.

  19. About customization, Blogger can also be customised to a very beautiful theme which might even looks like its on WP.
    Currently am still on the blogger platform.

  20. Blogger is the better free blogging platform then wordpress.com. Blogger allow you to add custom codes themes plugins etc but wordpress.com is very limited .
    but if you have your custom domain and your own hosting them wordpress cms is the best in the world.

  21. It all depends on how you see it !! All these years, I used blogger and everything has been superb ! I don’t know why others don’t like it !

  22. I personally recommend WordPress. I’ve used both but I think that WordPress is easier to use and I think it is much more fun.
    Just my opinion.


  23. I have a few blogger and just started 2 wordpress selfhosted, for those who lives frugally may prefer blogger due to no hosting cost.

  24. A few more opinions, comparing Blogger.com to WordPress.com:

    * (1) WordPress.com has the better mobile template. Blogger’s mobile template is clumsy (my opinion).

    * (2) If there is sidebar information, the WordPress mobile version shows it at the bottom. The Blogger mobile version appears to just not show it the sidebar information at all (discards it).

    * (3) WordPress.com includes a ‘contact form’ so people can contact you without you having to expose an email address to Spammers. Blogger.com does not have this.

    * (4) Blogger.com allows you to put one or many “footers” at the bottom of the page – for additional information and links you want to include. WordPress.com does not seem to allow this, for any of the free templates I have been able to find.

    * (5) If you have a “header image”, Blogger does a nice job of scaling this to fit. Some of the WordPress templates cover it with writing, expose more or less of it as page display width changes — which I find undesirable.

    * (6) Blogger does not charge you to “map” a domain to your Blogspot.com site. WordPress charges you about $18/year extra if you want to map your domain name.

    Summary: In the past, I have used Blogger.com But to me, the better mobile template and contact form available with WordPress.com — outweigh the advantages of Blogger.com . So I plan to use WordPress.com for future sites.

    Today everything seems to be “mobile, mobile, mobile” — even though I personally hate viewing websites on a smartphone.

    • Right on point. You summed it up well. thanks. i thought i was the only one who hates viewing websites on any type of mobile phone.

  25. Thank you for this great tips

  26. My first website was on a paid server with WordPress. I have never used free hosts. They are so painful…

  27. Great article but my choice is WordPress because it is extremely easy to use and a great choice for any business website.

  28. I think there is many difference between WordPress and blogger like templat and widgets etc.

  29. Awesome posts. I accept what you say that wordpress is better than blogger cause of the way you analyse the good, bad and ugly side of both.

  30. A blogger contact form is available as a widget. I found updating a WP site a nightmare due to the developers “customization” of the back end. Plus they’re charging my realtor friend about $100 a month and virtually no support.

    I’m trying to show her how blogger is better but she likes th drip email plugins of her site. To each his own but as a self described techie I use don’t need the hassle of babysitting WP.

    And my own domain for 10 bucks a year and free hosting makes it look like a website. If you want a simple web site, use Adobe Muse…

  31. I use WordPress for some of my larger business blogs, but for my personal blog and other small blogs, I use Blogger. I love the control you get with WordPress, but the costs can add up quite quickly. With Blogger, I love the ease of use and the fact that it’s free for life, but the lack of control can be a pain. Overall, I like both platforms. Thanks for writing the informative comparison.

  32. Hmmn, I got here because am trying to decide which one to choose between blogger and WordPress for my new blog.
    I already have a blog that is on WordPress cms, buh am now planning on starting another one in a different niche
    As part of your points and based on my experience with WordPress, have been thinking of giving blogger a trial, because of
    1, Security, 2, cost of maintenance is cheaper than wordpress
    I was expecting you will mention something on seo, if either has an advantage over the other as regards seo…
    Also your point on Google owning blogger and can decide to turn d switch button anytime any day gives one the chill.

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