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WordPress Vs. Blogger: Which Should You Choose for Your Professional Blog?
By: Katie Gatto
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    2010-01-06

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  • WordPress Vs. Blogger: Which Should You Choose for Your Professional Blog?
  • First, Let's Deal with Reputation
  • Templates
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    WordPress Vs. Blogger: Which Should You Choose for Your Professional Blog? - Templates


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    Both hosts offer you a wide range of templates that can give your blog a custom look. There used to be a great deal more of these for WordPress-based blogs. In recent years, however, that has leveled off. More templates are designed for Blogger. WordPress templates are even being reformatted for use with Blogger.

    For the most part, you can get similar, or the same, templates for both hosts. They range from the basic to the more advanced. One the of most popular styles of templates are magazine style.

    What about magazine-style templates?

    One of things that WordPress users, especially ones that are creating a professional blog, enjoy are the magazine-style templates. These allow you to display a lot of content on the site, in a very visual way. They are also highly attractive to readers visually. For a while these templates were largely a WordPress-only affair; recently, however, more and more of magazine-style templates have been either created for, or adapted to use for, Blogger-based blogs.

    If you want to find a magazine-style template for either of these hosts, you can do so quickly and easily with your favorite search engine. There are lots of sites that host a whole bunch of them. It gives you one-stop comparison shopping. If you are very concerned about the visual impression, and not much else, then you may want to pick a template that you love, and then choose the host that works with it.

    Add Ons

    Both Blogger and WordPress offer you the chance to customize with plug-ins or add ons. You can find many of these for both platforms. Both Blogger and WordPress each have a list of customizable add ons.

    Finding add ons is very simple. Both hosts provide a site with a list of plug-ins you may want to consider. You will be able to find a lot of indy sites that are willing to give you a list of which plug-ins are worth using, and which are not. Again, if you have a specific feature in mind that is not common, you may want to do the research first and pick your platform based on that. Those situations will be fewer than you think. Most features are set up for both platforms.

    Custom post footers

    The bottom of a post can be a great place to integrate ads, put in important links, and generally provide the reader with any information that couldn't fit in the post. WordPress gives you a great deal of flexibility for customizing the bottom of the post inside the post. If you want to do the same on Blogger however, you should really be using the formatting box in the publishing tab.

    On the bright side, this prevents you from having to use a lot of repetitive code. On the down side, if you don't want to have the same thing in every post, you would need to take it out manually. As for ads that are created by AdSense, they can be easily inserted between the posts in Blogger, so you will not need to worry about them being a footer issue if you choose Blogger.

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