Allow me to start by saying that this post is not to bash or trash either Blogger or WordPress, but to simply share why you prefer the blogging platform of your choice and some of the pros and cons.
The reason I’m posting this is because I often hear bloggers ask fellow-bloggers why they choose the platform they use, so I thought it would be a good idea for everyone to share their feedback in comments, just in case anyone is considering a move to either one.
I’ve had blogs on both Blogger and WordPress, so I’m familiar with how each one works and think they are powerful platforms with pros and cons.
I choose to use Blogger for one main reason, it gives me the freedom to do what I want with my template and do it for FREE. I can either use one of Bloggers themes or download one from an outside source and customize and tweak it until my heart's content. Yes, you can do these things on WordPress as well, but primarily if you self-host on WordPress.org. WordPress.com is limited in how much customizing you can do on their themes. Most of their free themes come ‘as is’ and can be customized if you pay a la carte.
Advertising and Affiliates
Blogger permits me to offer advertising and affiliate links if I choose to do so.
I appreciate how secure Blogger is. You very rarely, if ever, hear of someones blog getting hacked into on Blogger.
Many people feel that Blogger is not a professional blogging platform, but I have to disagree because I know of many professional bloggers who use Blogger. Here are some:
- Brooklyn Limestone (professional design, travel, decor blogger)
- A Cup of Jo (professional design, food, travel, relationships, motherhood and lifestyle blogger)
- Spice Up Your Blog (professional blogging blogger)
- Girl's Gone Child (professional lifestyle blogger)
- Joe Konrath (professional writer blogger)
- Poppytalk (professional lifestyle blogger)
- Skinny Taste (professional food blogger)
Violating Terms of Service
Many people feel that because Blogger owns your blog, they can shut it down anytime they wish if you violate their terms of service. And yes, that's true, they can. But it’s the same with WordPress unless you self-host. Wordpress.com owns your blog and can shut it down anytime they wish if you violate their terms of service. Which is why I backup my blog content a few times a month and store it on a cloud.
Is Blogger perfect? No, far from it. There are certain features lacking on Blogger that are offered on WordPress, however, I’ve learned ways of getting around some of those features by customizing them myself. I also think that the native commenting system on WordPress is so much more advanced and reliable than Blogger. Yet, it's not without occasional glitches.
The bottom line is that no matter what blogging platform you use there will always be pros and cons and technical issues. So, it's just a matter of weighing them out and choosing which ones serve your needs.
As I shared, I've used both Blogger and WordPress and think they are both powerful platforms in their own way.
And perhaps one day if I should decide to self-host I will move back to WordPress. Yet, right now I'm happy and content using Blogger because it serves my primary need - the freedom to do whatever I want without having to pay for any of it.
So if you wish, please feel free to share your own feedback on the blogging platforms you have used and why you've chosen the one you currently use - pros and cons. Thank you.
Have a fantabulous weekend everyone!