WordPress Vs. Blogger: Which Should You Choose for Your Professional Blog? - First, Let's Deal with Reputation
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Lately, WordPress has gotten a reputation for being the most versatile of the blogging platforms out there. Today we will try to find out if that's true, or if it just happens to be some clever marketing.
The best way to do that is to put it up against one of its largest opponents in the world of blogging platforms. Let's use Blogger. Since they are relatively matched for scale we can make more of an apples-to-apples rather than an apples-to-oranges comparison.
Let's begin with some of the most coveted features of blogs.
Both WordPress and Blogger offer you a free account with your very own sub domain. If you choose to use these you will still get a fully-featured blogging platform. People may just have a bit of a harder time finding your site at first.
On the bright side, if you want to create a blog based on a sub-domain, you can do so easily on either platform. Just be aware that many people will suggest that this is not a good idea.
Both of these platforms allow you to host on your own domain name. How they go about doing it, however, is very different. When you switch to a domain name blog with Blogger you pay a one-time ten dollar fee each year, and Google will take care of the rest. The catch is that Google owns the domain name, not you. That means if you decide to change hosts, you will have to change domain names again.
If you choose WordPress you will own your domain, but things are more complicated and cost more: to use WordPress in this case, you have to buy your domain name from a registrar, find a WordPress host and choose a plan. Getting a host that works with WordPress does limit your choices. You will then have to pay whatever the monthly cost of that plan is, which could range from four dollars a month to 20.
Yes, you can keep the costs lower, but you had better do your homework before you set up. You do not want to end up with an unreliable host. They vary in quality from service to service. Since you are here, you are obviously not research shy. Flex those muscles, and you will be rewarded. After all, you do not want to end up with a host that has your site down when visitors come by. That is a good way to lose them for good.
If you already own a domain and have a host, then you may find that they are already set up for hosting with WordPress. If not, then you will have to transfer your domain over. This can be a pain, so be sure that you can do this easily before you make a decision.
Both of these services allow you to edit either in a WYSIWYG editor or via the HTML directly. When it comes to larger HTML changes that we need to make, you may find Blogger to be easier. People who are not very familiar with the back end of sites usually find that is easier to get to the code in Blogger.
Don't worry about technical skill. If you need to add to the HTML for an add on or to edit your templates, you will be able to find a wealth of tutorials for each of these platforms.
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