Comparing Blogger with WordPress.com – Hosted Blog Platforms and Custom Domains
April 16, 2008
These hosted options are less-customizable, but are much faster and easier to both setup and maintain. This means more time for creating content, promoting the blog, building a brand and generating leads! I can see how more time on content and link-building (read: relationship-building), and less time on the technical software management can be a good thing.
Lastly, we wanted to use our own custom domain names rather than having something.blogspot.com or something.wordpress.com. Better for branding, and also gives us an “asset” by relating the brand, links, content, etc. with US – the authors – rather than with Blogger or WordPress. This way we could switch platforms and not lose our entire audience and the asset we had built on someone else’s domain.
So here are the pros and cons for using Blogger (Blogspot) vs. WordPress (WordPress.com) for a hosted blogging application:
- Very easy to use interface
- Easy to configure layout arrangement
- Can use www or non-www for custom domain
- Totally free – just cost of your domain registration
- Can’t customize a style template (???)
- Lacks common blog features (or at least terminology) like “trackbacks” and “categories”, instead uses “labels”.
- Took me a little while to get the www version working correctly (CNAME record)
- (Edit: Added Later) Comments are held on the blogger domain, not your custom domain… meaning to search engines the copy/text in the comments is not something you will benefit from SEO-wise
- More features than Blogger, yet still less “unnecessary stuff” than full WordPress (.org)
- Very easy to tie the domain to the blog account
- More conventional “blog” type admin, especially if you are used to WordPress
- More configurability re: settings, spam filters, etc.
- Costs more – $10 per year plus cost of domain registration
- Maybe a bit more intimidating for a newbie to the blogging world
- Not as easy to make small layout changes (???)
- Can NOT use the www-version of the domain (see here – “note”)
I won’t take a hard stance – both are very good. WordPress.com is probably better for those who are willing to spend a little more time and want a few more features. Seems more customizable… if you can live without the “www” for your custom domain and the $10 fee for doing what you can do for free on Blogger (nominal, but its a principle thing). That said, for a newbie Blogger might be the better pick b/c it takes less time and work to just get started posting new entries.
Taking everything into account, I’m going to lean slightly for the WordPress.com option. However, not strongly enough that I would consider converting over this blog which I just set up a few days ago through Blogger.
For new blogs I create or help clients/associates to create, I will probably choose WordPress.com most of the time, and occasionally Blogger when I want something more “easy” and “lightweight”.