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									Blogger Or WordPress - How They Compare

Bloggers: Should You Use or WordPress? (also known as Blogspot) and WordPress are the two most commonly used
blogging platforms today. was a pioneer in the blogging industry, allowing users to
set up accounts and blog for free beginning in 1999. was purchased by Google in
2003, which enabled it to grow using Google's resources. Today, has an
undisclosed number of millions of users blogging on their system.

WordPress began in 2003 as the successor to another (now relatively unknown) blogging system.
It has since become the blog platform of choice for most blogging professionals. There are
currently over two million people who are active users of, and there are millions
of others who have downloaded various versions of the WordPress code.

Using the Blogger setup mandates that your blog be hosted on their servers. In comparison, blogs
running on WordPress' platform can be hosted at, or the WordPress software can
be downloaded and used on your choice of web hosts. Below are some of the key features of versus the two versions of WordPress setups. Features
Free hosting for up to 1 GB worth of space
Blog content is maintained on web servers
Ability to choose and customize templates (limited flexibility)
Easy to get started; easy to use
Upload and store image files and video files Features
Free hosting for up to 3GB worth of space
Blog content is maintained on web servers
Ability to choose and customize templates (limited flexibility)
Easy to get started; easy to use
Upload and store image, video, and other (limited) file formats

WordPress Self-Hosted Features
Blog content is maintained on user's preferred web host
Nearly unlimited ability to choose and customize templates and widgets
Takes some technical ability to setup and configure
Files support limited only by web server, which likely means virtually unlimited

Who Uses Which
A quick perusal of a few the various blogs running on the domain versus those
that use one of the WordPress setups (accounts on and self-hosted blogs using
WordPress software) indicates that is more commonly used for people who blog
about their families, pets, and other personal kinds of topics. Compared to WordPress users, users are typically not "professional" bloggers, although there are plenty of
Common Joe bloggers who monetize their Blogspot blogs and make a living doing it.

Self-hosted WordPress blogs lean more toward professional entities who have an IT person or
department who handles their maintenance. They are often more formal. Because is similar in its functionality to, blogs using are
similar to Blogger blogs in content, naturally more casual or personal than self-hosted WordPress

Blogspot accounts are free. So are accounts on However, if you want to do any
significant customization of your blog, you'll have to pay to upgrade to
their Custom CSS membership, which costs $14.97 per year. accounts can be
upgraded to give you additional disk space($19.97/year for 5GB up to $89.97/year for 25GB),
unlimited user accounts for your blog($29.97/year), and the ability to add videos (
naturally has this support built in.) to your blog ($59.97/year). If your blog runs on the
WordPress platform downloadable from, your costs are dependent upon your
hosting account, which could cost as little as $5.00 per month or as much as hundreds of dollars

Because WordPress is open source software, it gives experienced bloggers much more flexibility
when it comes to customizing a blog. When you download and install WordPress, you have full
access to the database and the PHP, CSS, and image files that comprise the WordPress blogging
platform. In contrast to Blogger's platform, having development access to the entire system
allows users to be as creative as they want to be. This flexibility does not exist to nearly the
extent with accounts that are hosted on One bonus that does
provide is the ability to host files other than simply images. MS PowerPoint files, Word (.doc)
and Open Office (.odt) word processing files, and PDF files can be uploaded and stored for use
on a account.

Although Blogger allows and encourages users of their setup to customize their blogs adding
Google gadgets and changing layouts, I've found that there is a lot of guesswork involved when
trying to figure out how to manipulate their XML schema, which is used to customize templates
beyond adding gadgets and changing layouts. When I customize blogs hosted on Blogger's
system, I often feel like I'm abstracted from their lower level setup. Some of Blogger's XML tags
are documented, but that documentation is sparse. When I'm customizing a Blogspot blog, it's as
if I'm throwing my work over a wall, and then checking to see what I get back. This interface can
be frustrating.

A comparison that is noteworthy between each of these blog platforms is the ability to categorize
posts. Greater flexibility exists with both blogs and self-hosted ones
using the WordPress software than with Categories are created using Labels on blogs. This setup does not allow for sub-categories on Blogger account. Sub-
categories are a natural part of both and self-hosted WordPress blogs.
Ease of Use
For the layman blogger, getting started with blogging on Blogger's platform is the simplest of
tasks. You simply create an account, choose a template, and start writing away. The interface is
very straight forward for users of Blogger. are similar, slightly more
complicated. WordPress self-hosted blogs require a user to download the software, upload it to a
server, configure database settings, and run the installation program included with the software.
This process is pretty straightforward for someone with IT experience, but for most other people
it is a little intimidating.

Once a blog is setup with any of these platforms, using it is simple enough regardless of which
one you choose. However, of all the interfaces, is probably the easiest to
understand and navigate.

Security and Updates
WordPress has had a history of vulnerability to hacks. To minimize that risk, it is recommended
that users of WordPress be vigilant about maintaining their sites. Specifically, WordPress blog
owners hosting their own blogs are encouraged to keep up with current updates.

Blogger users can essentially allow the Blogger development team to worry about hacks.
Because the blog data is kept on Blogger's servers, there is much less likelihood that Blogger
sites can be hacked.

Which One's Best for Me
If your intentions are simply to publish your information to the world without hassling with
intense customization and continuing updates, is the way to go. Because most run-
of-the-mill bloggers fit into this category, Blogger has the largest number (although nobody
knows how many that is) of blogs in the Internet today.

If you have the resources and desire to be more sophisticated in your blogging habits, WordPress
is what you should use. Accessibility to the inner workings of WordPress allows it to be used for
much more than just a simple online journal. I recently talked to someone who told me his
company uses WordPress software as a content management system, performing many of the
functions of a CMS such as Joomla.

By : Richard Robbins

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