A lot of people like to debate on which is better – Blogger or WordPress? For those not familiar with these two, you can skip the first part as I will give a little background on each.
Background of Blogger
Blogger started in 1999. In 2003, Google acquired Blogger. Most Blogger users are typically found on the Blogspot.com domain. This is a service that is totally online and done through Google. There are no free downloads to install.
Background of WordPress
WordPress started in 2003 and was forked off from b2/ cafelog as an open source software. In those days, it was merely called a blog platform, which some people today are still getting over the fact it is now a whole content management system. Users could download the full script and install it to their own web host. In 2005, WordPress also opened it doors at WordPress.com to mass hosting anyone that wanted their own website.
Side by side comparison chart for WordPress.com and Blogger users
|Themes||You can edit templates, styles and colors, or eveninstall
an outside third party theme.
|No template editing. Style sheet editing is only available as a paid
upgrade. Many of the 80+ themes let you upload a header image. Some have
additional customization options.
|Visitor stats||You can use outside tracking scripts|| Dashboard shows 2 days of stats and daily, weekly and
|Import||Only from another BlogSpot blog.||Import from Blogger, TypePad, MovabIeType,
Posterous, Vox.com, Livejournal, or other WordPress blog.
|Image storage||1 Gigabyte.||3 Gigabytes. Users can purchase more space which
allows users to upload different document types like .ppt,
.doc, .odt and .pdf
files (more file types with an upgrade).
|Galleries||You can use Picasa Web Albums.||Add the gallery tag to any post or page|
|Static pages||Create up to 10 pages||Create posts or static pages.|
|Optional excerpts||Expandable post summaries||Depends on the theme. However, most users can use the more
tag to create an excerpt
|Post by email||Submit your posts by email. You can receive new posts by email too.||Can publish posts by email and even attach images.|
|Domain names||Free domain name mapping||Only on paid upgrades|
|Private blogs||Yes||Yes, but only for 35 WordPress.com account users. Upgraded accounts can
have unlimited amount of people to allow permission. Blog posts can be put
to password protected.
|Team blogs||Administrators and non-administrators only.||Administrator, Editors, Authors, Subscribers, and
|Comments||Yes, but comments cannot be edited.||Yes. Comment editing is allows and there is an anti-spam system
available – Askimet.
Although I have my own self-hosted install and find it very comfortable, I did try out both WordPress.com and Blogger.com. I found Blogger not as user-friendly as WordPress.com. Of course, I was already familiar with the WordPress admin panel, but it was annoying to have to feel like I was going the long way to do something.
I have an issue with Google gobbling up so many different products and smashing them together to work. I think better integration of Picasa would be nice.
My main worry is the fact that if Blogger goes down, that means even those who have full domains will suffer this issue. For those who are using it for their business, this would be a problem. It might be better to get away from Blogger and get hosting elsewhere.
The choices in templates are quite limiting and not as mature as a lot of WordPress templates out there that are available. In fact, a lot of Blogger websites I have seen have a lot of issues with coding. I have found a lot of widgets that did not work. It took 5 different tries to get a Twitter widget on Blogger to work.
I like that you can import a lot of different places to WordPress.com. This is feature is also available to those who self-host their blogs.
I am a WordPress fan girl, so of course I am going to root for WordPress all the way, but because I wanted to honestly review these two services side by side, I had to look pretty deep. In the end, I found WordPress far more user-friendly. I am not totally ruling out Blogger. It is a pretty good tool, but it is kind of a damper that it can only be access by signing up. Perhaps Google might open source it? Maybe not… who knows.
What are your thoughts on Blogger and WordPress? Which one do you think is a better system for bloggers, and why?