WordPress vs. Blogger – Our Experience

After WordPress blocked our blog for a few days, we frantically tried to contact the team to find out the reasons. WordPress unblocked the blog and we still don’t know what has happened. In the meanwhile we were forced to reconsider the blog platform since we love blogging and were really a bit perplexed by the incident. Blogger was the next logical platform to try. Hence our first hand comparison.

Please note, to compare apples to apples, we only describe WordPress.com – hosted solution to properly compare it to Blogger.com. WordPress also has WordPress.org package that can be installed onto your own server or hosting account. WordPress.org is free and has more widget, feature and design capabilities than WordPress.com.

Business profile Non-for profit organization.
35 employees
Originally developed by Pyra Labs, currently owned by Google
Technology PHP, HTML, JavaScript XML, HTML, JavaScript
Fees Free hosting on WordPress.com.
Free templates with minor customizations
$$ Fee for using own domain
$$ Fee for complete HTML customization access
Free hosting on blogger.com.
Free templates with customizations
Free for complete HTML customization access
$$ Fee for using own domain
Free storage 3 GM free. More on prices here 1 GB free. More on prices here
Ease of setup Easy but not straightforward and time consuming.
Requires time to learn WordPress.com platform and navigation.
Easy and very straightforward.
Navigation is intuitive and fool proof.
Appearance Main color scheme is limited to template you choose.
All templates let you customize header, but not all background and layout.
Fully customizable on both color, background, layout level.
Since you have access to HTML template, you can change appearance completely.
Features Called Widgets.
Are not all available for all templates.
Choose from about 30 widgets.
Satisfies need of 90% of users.
Widgets are put onto designated areas on sidebar and footer.
Called Gadgets.
Are available for all templates. Choose from hundreds, but only about 30 you’d ever need if you are average user.
Gadgets are put onto designated areas on top bar, sidebar and footer.
Layout Depends on template.
Not all templates have footer, limiting space for widgets.
Some templates have customization capability for two or three column layout.
Flexible allowing many options for customization of overall layout and addition of gadget blocks
Posting Articles easy to create, tag, edit and proofread. Articles easy to create, tag, edit and proofread.
Photo uploading Easy to upload, access and insert into post.
Multiple photo upload possible. Easy way to change size, insert caption, link etc.
Only one photo at a time.
Multiple upload limited requiring share from Picassa Album.
Needs HTML knowledge to change size, insert caption, link etc.
Commenting Akismet technology filters spam.
Configuration options to format commenting rules, how comments are published and displayed.
Google technology filters spam.
Configuration options to format commenting rules, how comments are published and displayed.
Stats Information about views, traffic sources broken down by article and time frame. Information about views, traffic sources and locations broken down by article and time frame.
Permissions Role based permissions. 4 roles. 2 permissions and 2 roles.

Other remarks and conclusion:

WordPress.com

-       WordPress.com sites look more like real websites because there is no WordPress header on the top of the pages, unlike in Blogger. You will only see the top bar when you logged in to WordPress.

-       To big surprise WordPress has support staff that would answer your e-mails within 24 hours. Given that it is non-profit organization, we were quite impressed with the level of support.

-       I think WordPress photo capabilities are much more suitable for bloggers that are looking to make their posts very picture and media rich. With it’s Gallery capabilities you will be saving a lot of time down the road with each post. Plus three times more storage can’t be understated.

Blogger

-       If you never tried any blogging software, you will no doubt have less hassle setting up Blogger. It’s more intuitive and user friendly making your blogging learning curve much shorter.

-       Ultra-flexible appearance customization is more suitable for bloggers that have particular style in mind. Let’s say you are a company and it’s important for you to keep the standard fonts, colors etc. , then blogger is for you. If you are all into WordPress, you still can buy custom CSS and HTML from WordPress for $15 a year, but you will need HTML knowledge to use that feature.

26 Responses to “WordPress vs. Blogger – Our Experience”

  1. Wow! That is really great comparison. Short, but comprehensive, straight to the point.
    Thanks :)

    • bloggers vs. wordpres equally as great, great again if we could manage it or take care of as best as possible, it’s useless if the blogger or wordpress already contrived left without our care, not really the boss??? regards

  2. thanks for this. I am trying to figure out which one is best for me. Great info. :)

    • You are welcome. Given the recent blogger crash and fact that after 2 weeks our blog there was not restored and no support provided we do recommend wordpress for long term blogs.

  3. Thank you for the information… it is very useful…

  4. Thank you for the excellent comparison. I am trying to get a fan site going and have had the opportunity to compare these two. I agree blogger is quicker, more intuitive and more customizable than wordpress.com. I put the same content up in both options. I have had a blogger site up for 8-9 days and it still hasn’t shown up in google searches. The wordpress.com site showed up overnight! So I have a conundrum. I like the look and flexibility of blogger better, but I’m really frustrated by the invisibility to search engines. I agree that wordpress.com sites are more professional and elegant. But I want something a little more colorful and energetic, and that seems easier with blogger. The sites, fyi: http://frankmilesfans.blogspot.com/ http://frankmilesfans.wordpress.com/

  5. @frankmilesfans your sites are beautiful. You used blogger gadgets well on left side. I now have another problem with blogger not showing stats. As far as SEO goes, it’s true it takes them longer to index the site, but once indexed both Wodpress and Blogger seem to have same weight. However, my WordPress sites gain more traffic.

  6. Thanks @Lifeisfun. For my purposes the twitter gadget is really important. The blogger gadget is much better than the wordpress widget. I’m going to keep them both up for a while. How long did it take your blogger site to get found by google?

  7. Thank you for an excellent comparison.I’m already using WordPress and Blogger on my blogs but sometimes I still want to learn form experts like you. this is very useful when deciding which one to use for a company blog.

  8. My apologies for sounding like a negative critic but from your comparrison it seems like Blogger would be the clear winner, however from your conclusions you sound quite the WordPress fan. This is helfull mind.

  9. I like Blogger’s navigation. But its comment system sucks with a poor interface. And there was some problem in integrating ebay buy it now button.

    If few things like this are corrected, i would be a big blogger fan.

  10. You forgot to put in “advertising.” The lack of revenue-earning options in blogs in WordPress.com is what stops my friends from being my fellow bloggers :(

  11. Agree with you that wordpress look more like a website and clean, while blogger more toward blog site appearance.
    I used both, and do find that both got their pros/cons. It just depend on what is your requirement.
    If you like to make bucks from adsense, then blogger will be the only platform to go. Previously I did blame why wordpress do not allow adsense, but after couple of year blogging on wordpress, I found it work fine to me, and I pretty like their stability and uptime consistency.

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  13. Good post. I think worldpress is better in SEO than Blogger. Isn`t it?

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  15. Hi there! I just wanted to ask if you ever have any issues with hackers?
    My last blog (wordpress) was hacked and I ended up losing many months of hard work due to no backup.

    Do you have any methods to protect against
    hackers?

    • This is first time I hear about hacking. What did WordPress say? This definitely is one good reason to back up blog, not sure of most efficient methods, but would imagine at least saving posts as HTML pages to your desktop would be better than nothing.

  16. Hi i am kavin, its my first occasion to commenting anyplace, when i read this article
    i thought i could also make comment due to this sensible article.

  17. fantastic submit, very informative. I’m wondering why the other experts of this sector don’t realize
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  18. blogspot or wordpress the same, which is important how we take care of

  19. In my opinion anyway Blogger or WordPress are just as good, if good again can make quality content and interesting that could be in love Google

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