Newbie to blogging are always asking this question. They find it hard deciding between WordPress and BlogSpot. In the world of blogging, we have many different blogging platforms for people that want to start a blog. The two major platforms are WordPress and BlogSpot. We also have Tumblr, Weebly, Pen.io, Ghost, etc. People want to know which one is better between WordPress and BlogSpot and Why. I have decided to tackle this question on this post and help a lot of people out there to make a decision today.
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WordPress and BlogSpot
My candid advice to new and aspiring bloggers is to start a blog with BlogSpot or wordpress.com and then move to self-hosted WordPress blogging platform when you have gathered enough experience on blogging. Do not use free blogging platforms like BlogSpot and wordpress.com for too long or even for life. This is because free blogging platforms are limited. BlogSpot is good for new bloggers because it is less technical and recommended for beginners while WordPress is the best for experienced bloggers because it is much more powerful and feature rich (i.e. it is not limiting and as such, you can always expand your blog as much as you want when necessary). Although, these days, there are lot of tutorials on how to use wordpress which makes it very easy to know and use wordpress. It is better to use wordpress.com to start a blog so that when moving to a self-hosted wordpress blog, it will easy and less technical since wordpress.com (free wordpress) and wordpress.org (self-hosted wordpress) uses the same engine. Meanwhile, if you use BlogSpot, moving to Self-hosted wordpress blog in the future is possible but may not be easy for you since WordPress and BlogSpot uses different engine. I know of many bloggers who started with BlogSpot and later Moved to WordPress.org.
Advantages and Disadvantages of BlogSpot (Blogger)
Advantages of BlogSpot
- BlogSpot (Blogger) is good for people that just want to share their thoughts (personal blog).
- BlogSpot is good for people who does not have the intention of making money from their blog.
- BlogSpot is good for people who do not want any technical hassle/technical know-how.
- BlogSpot is good for people who does not want to spend a dime on their blog.
Disadvantages of BlogSpot
- BlogSpot is not for people who want to make real money from their blog.
- BlogSpot is not for people who want to build a brand and Authority with their blog.
- BlogSpot gives you limited control over your blog.
- BlogSpot limits your search engine ranking because you can’t control your Search Engine Optimization.
- BlogSpot is very limited in terms of adding new features to your blog which will eventually disturb you in the future if you want to make your blog big.
Advantages and Disadvantages of WordPress
Advantages of WordPress
- WordPress gives you complete control over your blog.
- WordPress can be expanded to any length since it gives you full control over your blog. You are only limited by your own technical skill.
- WordPress gives you total ownership over your blog files.
- With WordPress, You can use your blog any how you like and design it any how you want.
- With WordPress, you can add new features and expand your blog anytime you want.
- With WordPress, you totally control your blog’s search engine optimization.
Disadvantages of WordPress
- WordPress must be installed on your own server.
- WordPress must be managed totally by you.
- Using WordPress will require you to learn some things like; how to add pages/posts, how to add new plugins/themes, how to use the dashboard, etc. It is also the same with BlogSpot but BlogSpot is easier in this aspect.
Which is better in terms of SEO: WordPress or Blogger (BlogSpot)?
Matt Cutts on Blogger or WordPress for SEO: Matt Cutts is not only a Google engineer; he is also the head of the Google Web Spam team. He is one of those guys who educates normal users like you and me about what Google expects from a website and how the Google search engine works.
In the video below, a user asked him: Which is better in terms of SEO: WordPress or Blogger?
Matt answered the query with this video:
Interestingly, Matt Cutts uses the WordPress platform for his personal blog, though he mentioned that Blogger is good for new users as it’s very simple to get started. He says that for casual blogging, it’s fantastic.
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In short, WordPress gives you more power and you can customize it according to your needs.
Here is a handy chart from HowJoyful, explaining the feature differences between BlogSpot vs. WordPress.com vs. Self-hosted WordPress (WordPress.org):
BlogSpot (Blogger) is better than WordPress when creating a blog for no reason than to write and you are ok with limited control and features. If you are an occasional writer or a hobby-blogger, BlogSpot is the best pick for you. BlogSpot is good for a simple blog
WordPress is better when creating a blog with the mindset of making it popular, expanding it with time and making money from it. WordPress is better if you want a professional blog or business blog that you hope to make money from in the future.
NOTE: You have to figure out why you want to start a blog and then go from there. Blogger (BlogSpot) has many limitations that WordPress doesn’t have. In terms of functionality, there’s no question that WordPress is far superior.
let me know: What’s your verdict on WordPress vs. Blogger? Which platform do you prefer and why?