What is Blogging? Blogging is simply defined as self-publishing; act of publishing your though on the world wide web. Blogging is passion, a way of life, a profession, and indeed a money making profession. Most of us can’t just do without blogging, no matter what other things we do. But before you Blog, you must make decision between two Blogging platforms – WordPress and Blogger.com
These are the two most frequently used platforms for blogging in the world of internet and by far, the best platforms for blogging.
Blogger.com, also known as BlogSpot, is regarded as the pioneer of the blogging world. It has been providing its services to users since the year 1999. You have an incredible opportunity to create a blog through BlogSpot for free and in no time at all.
Google purchased Blogger.com in 2003 and is the latest owner of this blogging platform. On the other hand, WordPress started to provide its services to users in the year 2003, the same year when Google purchased Blogger.com. You will be amazed to know that more than 2 million users are using WordPress as active bloggers presently.
You are being offered two versions of setups by WordPress. If you want to use Bloggers.com for blogging, then you have to use the Blogger setup that will enable your blog to be hosted on their server.
Conversely, while using WordPress, you can download the WordPress software. Once you download it, you have the liberty to use it on your favorite web hosts. That is one great option that is hard to ignore.
The Two Side By Side
To choose between these two blogging platforms is difficult. However, it totally depends on your requirement. Below are some of the important features of both Blogger.com and WordPress.com that may help you decide between the two world’s most popular platforms.
Features of Blogger.com
One of the most attractive features of BlogSpot is that it provides you with free hosting services for up to one Gigabyte of space. You do not have to worry about the content of your blog because Blogger.com maintains it on its web server. There is a limited option of customization of templates. You can also choose your favorite template to some extent.
If you are terrified of the complexities that you might face while using BlogSpot, then you should forget all worries because it is one of the easiest blogging platforms for beginners and is extremely simple to use. It also offers you the choice of uploading video and image files.
Features of WordPress.com
The plus point of WordPress.com in comparison with BlogSpot is that it is providing you with a free hosting option for up to three Gigabyte of space. The content of your blog will be maintained on the WordPress.com server or the web host that is recommended by you. You can choose your favorite templates and can even customize them according to your needs and choices through WordPress.com. And, the template option is unlimited.
It is not difficult to upload videos, images, and other files on the WordPress. However, if your blog content is being hosted on the web host of your choice, then you are required to have a little technical skill to configure and set up your blog.
If you are a non-professional and lack the skills to handle servers, then you are recommended to go for BlogSpot except you will to get assistance of a professional IT person to configure and maintain your servers for the self-hosted WordPress. Therefore, if you are not prepared for that, Blogger.com may be the better choice.
The accounts on both BlogSpot and WordPress.com are free. However, if you want to add any additional feature or perform special customization, then WordPress.com is a bit more expensive than the other one. For the option of videos, you have to pay if you use WordPress.com. On the other hand, it is a built in option in the case of Blogger.com.
Convenience of Both
BlogSpot is the simplest blogging platform for beginners. All you have to do is to create an account or in other words, sign up for the service. The second step would be to choose a template of your choice and get started right away!
WordPress is a bit complex in comparison with this option. The reason behind it is that in the case of WordPress, first you have to download the software. Once you do so, you have to upload it to a reliable server you must have prepared in advance.
The next step you have to follow is the configuration your settings and run the installation. This entire process may seem simple to an IT professional, but for a layman, it is pretty difficult or even impossible. So, it is better for you to choose BlogSpot if you are in the beginners category.
Choices and Flexibility
When it comes to flexibility, WordPress.com is much more flexible than BlogSpot. WordPress.com offers you complete access to its database along with CSS, PHP and image files. On the other hand, you can be as creative with BlogSpot as you want to be, because it provides you with full access to the whole system.
When it comes to accounts, WordPress.com is not as flexible as the Blogger.com blogging platform.
One of the biggest reasons that make WordPress more desirable is that it offers you a chance to host files other than only images like PowerPoint files, Word files, PDF files, etc.
Security and Updates
BlogSpot is far more secure than WordPress. In fact, WordPress has been famous for its vulnerability feature when it comes to hacking. If you use WordPress, you have to be extremely careful about the maintenance of your website. You have to keep up with the latest updates regarding their blogging platform.
On the other hand, while using BlogSpot, all the content is kept on the server of Bloggers.com. Therefore, hacking is least likely in this case because it actually on Google’s servers, maintained by mighty Google! Hacking should be the least of your worry.
In short, if you are a professional, go for the WordPress; while Blogger is for both beginners and professionals. Which one do you use? Leave a comment below