Whether you are building a blogging-based revenue model or building a blog as an extension of a company website, knowing which blogging platform to use is very important. At present, Blogger (aka BlogSpot) and WordPress are two of the most popular free blogging platform used worldwide.
Blogger began in 1999 and in 2003, Google purchased it and in the same year, the WordPress software was introduced. It is generally believed that professional or expert bloggers favor WordPress over Blogger blogging platform.
Let’s see here a comparison between the two blogging platforms.
Blogging Platform Usefulness
As a beginner the Blogger platform is recommended because it is very convenient to use. All one needs is a Google mail account and sign up for the service at blogger.com. Once the domain name is chosen, you need to select a blog template and the blog is live within minutes. Later, you can easily optimize it with its various inbuilt features. In the free version, your domain is on display as www.abc.blogger.com. In the paid version, it is on display simply as www.abc.com.
In comparison, WordPress is a bit complex, though highly recommended for professional bloggers or those who want to take up blogging seriously. The free WordPress is good though you won’t be able to install any kind of plugins because it is disallowed in the free version. When you self-host WordPress, you can add as many plugins as you want and optimize the themes accordingly.
Blogging Platform Flexibility
Blogger is less flexible that WordPress. With the WordPress hosting, you can have access to image files, PHP, CSS and others. You can host and embed files from third party sources easily on WordPress.
It is easy to work with Blogger as well but if you want more sophisticated features, WordPress is the place to be.
Blogging Platform Storage and Security
The Blogger blogging platform gives a blogger one gigabyte of space with the free service. The space increases with the paid version. Comparatively, WordPress free version blogging platform offers three gigabytes of space.
Generally, webmasters are of the opinion that Blogger is more secure than WordPress because all the data is secured on the Google server whereas WordPress is more vulnerable to hacking attacks. WordPress periodically releases updates and you have to keep you blog updated too to avoid the technical vulnerabilities.
Of course, there are many plugins which can enhance the security of WordPress blogs.
Both WordPress and Blogger work well as good blogging platforms. But as I recommend my consultant clients, start with Blogger and then move on to WordPress.