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As we all know blogger is a free platform for bloggers, especially for newbies because it requires no investment, anyone can start his blogging career with blogger because it’s best and free. But the main problem starts when you are trying to move your database from Blogger to WordPress. When you move from Blogger to WordPress, you face many problems because WordPress is a completely new platform for you. Blogger is only good for a start if you don’t have little investment to pay for domain and hosting.
Blogger: Blogger was founded in 1999, the founder of the blogger is Pyra Labs. Blogger is a blogging platform provided by Google, its free for life, and good enough to publish your work online. Having a blog on blogger is not mean that you own that the real owner is Google and Google has the right to remove your blog anytime without any warning or explanation. (if you violate any rule)
- Blogger is made in python.
- Limited access and limited tools to perform.
- Blogger provides a limited set of templates to use.
- When you move your website from a blogger, you may lose your SEO (search engine optimization) ranking.
- You may also lose your follower & subscribers during the migration.
- You can’t create a backup on Blogger.
- You can’t install plugins on Blogger.
- It’s like you rent your website on Blogger.
- If your blog gets hacked by chance, you can’t recover it.
- Blogger offers a default domain like Flywithpro.blogspot.com. (you can transfer your domain anytime)
WordPress: For WordPress, you need to host your website/blog on WordPress hosting provider, you can control everything on your WordPress website, database, etc. You are the real owner of your self-hosted blog/website. WordPress allows you to optimize your blog quickly and you can improve your SEO (search engine optimization). There is a vast collection of premium and free themes for WordPress which help you to create a professional website without any fear. Most of the WordPress themes are easy to customize and come with a powerful website builder. (blogger vs WordPress)
- A self-hosted WordPress blog/website gives you total freedom.
- Unlimited access to everything like a theme, c Panel, file-manager, FTP, and many more rich features.
- WordPress has more features like a plugins system and WordPress help tutorials all around the world.
- It’s up to you if you want to publish ads or make it an ad-free blog/website.
- A custom domain name that looks like professional, “Flywithpro.com” on Blogger you get a sub-domain which ends with Blogspot.com.
- You can rank your website easily with the latest technique of SEO.
- For WordPress self-hosted blog you are responsible for security and backup.
- WordPress has an active community support system.
- In case if your WordPress self-hosted blog gets hacked, you can recover it quickly using a backup from your hosting server.
Like most bloggers, I began on a free hosted blogging platform. In contrast to those who wish to make an income from blogging – I had no such agenda. I began blogging on Blogger software and found it easy to use, but when I decided to try WordPress.com I found there were remarkable contrasts between the software, the features, and the availability of support. Today there’s no doubt in my mind that free hosted WordPress software is superior in every way. Well, there were at least 9 reasons I chose to delete my Blogspot blog in 2013 and remain at wordpress.com instead.
Here they are summarized:
- Lack of timely Staff responses to technical support tickets.
- Lack of a peer-to-peer technical support forum and no sense of community.
- Templates that did not validate.
- Limited theme selection and very few themes I considered to be suitable and attractive as well as functional.
- No ability to create static pages in the software ( workaround must be used).
- Awkward comment systems and a lack of plugins to increase functionality.
- No capacity to use categories or tags that search engines treated as keywords, and consequently no central global tagging pages like wordpress.com that provides traffic from search results.
- The Blogspot subdomain had many RSS scraper blogs and splogs.
- There were also many no quality or low-quality content blogs, as well as, blogs with plagiarized content that were obviously just being pimped out to make an income from AdSense clicks and affiliate schemes. (blogger vs WordPress)
One of the reasons I moved my blog from blogger to WordPress in 2006 was because the WordPress.com interface had more of the features I wanted and used. Many changes have been made since then and now the WordPress interface is even better.
I had no difficulty when it came to exporting the contents of my Blogger blog out of it and into a WordPress.com blog, as WordPress software provides for the import of blogs from Import from Blogger, Yahoo! 360, LiveJournal, TypePad, MovableType, or another WordPress blog. Blogger provides only for import from another Blogger (Blogspot) blog.
Blogger was full of splogs and spam blogs in 2006 and is even worse today due to the recession and blogger initiated advertising is allowed on free hosted Blogspot blogs. Google owns Adsense and Blogger is where you find people who have stables of free hosted low-quality blogs and no quality splogs pimped out for pennies. This is not so at WordPress.com where advertising is not allowed on free hosted blogs and where free hosted blogs cannot be used to drive traffic to third-party sites. Moreover, WordPress.com members do not hesitate to report and WordPress Staff and have a zero-tolerance level for spammers.
In contrast to the black abyss that was Blogger support, I discovered that WordPress.com had two forms for technical support, and both rocked. I quickly discovered that WordPress.com had a peer to peer technical support forum where I could ask questions and get prompt answers to my questions from volunteers. Therefore I rarely needed to contact Staff but when I did they delivered – support is 24/7 at WordPress.com. The FAQs at WordPress.com were not extensive in 2006 but today WordPress.com Support is an outstanding resource.
The comment systems for Blogger sucked. I had difficulty leaving comments on Blogger blogs and receiving them as well. I could moderate comments but could not edit them. In contrast, the comment systems on WordPress.com blogs were excellent, and one can both moderate and edit comments as well.
The Akismet comment spam protection was also better at WordPress.com than what was available at Blogger and this still is the case.
WordPress.com supports categories and tags which are recognized by search engines, indexed and deliver targeted readers to blogs, Blogger does not. One can’t sort posts into different focuses at Blogger unless you know how to hack the platform. With WordPress, not only can you add categories and tags with ease, but you can also display each category differently on your front page. Moreover, the search engines acknowledged and indexed the categories and tags on my posts, so I had a better flow from search engine referrals than I ever had at Blogger. Also at WordPress.com the assigned categories and tags on my posts were automatically posted onto the WordPress.com global tag pages upon publication, and that meant the WordPress.com global tagging pages sent me referrals as well. (blogger vs WordPress)
There was propaganda that since Google-owned Blogger, they tended to favor Blogger accounts. My experience of having a blog on each platform demonstrated that it was rubbish.
The ability to create static pages that sit outside the blog structure was and still is absent from Blogger software. It can only be achieved by using a hack ie.creating a horizontal nav bar and linking to it and creating posts that had to be backdated. However, at WordPress.com I could create static pages as easily as I could create posts. I also discovered I could password protect a post at wordpress.com, but could not do so at Blogger.
I preferred the TinyMCE editor at WordPress.com as it has two functions. It’s both a visual and an HTML editor and one can switch back and forth from one to the other in a single click.
At Blogger one has to use third-party widgets which they must find on the net. Some work well and others do not. At WordPress.com I could simply go into my dashboard and drag widgets to a sidebar and activate them.
Although Blogger provided only 1 gigabyte of storage space, every WordPress.com blog comes with 3 gigabytes of storage space and additional upgrades can be purchased to increase it.
Users can upload the following file types to their WordPress.com blogs:
Images: jpg, jpeg, png, gif
Documents: pdf (Portable Document Format; Adobe Acrobat)
.doc, .docx (Microsoft Word Document), ppt, pptx (Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation), odtd (OpenDocument Text Document)
Additional file types can be uploaded to WordPress. com blogs by purchasing Space upgrades.
What Bloggers say about Blogger & WordPress:
David Hartshorne: Blogger is great for beginners and casual bloggers. You can start for free and get a good understanding of what blogging is all about. But before you go too far on your blogging journey, then consider switching to WordPress.
WPBeginner: WordPress is an Open Source software which means its future is not dependent on one company or individual. The future of WordPress is bright and reassuring.
What Marko Saric Says About Blogger & WordPress:
- Blogger: Blogger has far fewer design and functionality features. It also has a less attractive user interface. The positive side is that everything is taken care of for you. It’s best for those who want something simple and easy to use to start writing straight away
- WordPress: WordPress requires more attention regarding the setup of great design, features, and maintenance. It has a medium learning curve but gives you full control. It’s best for those who want to build a modern and feature-rich site or business.
What Harsh Agrawal Says About Blogger & WordPress:
- Blogger: If you are an occasional writer or a hobby-blogger, BlogSpot is the best pick for you.
- WordPress: If you are planning to create a blog with the mindset of making it accessible and making money from it, you should go to the self-hosted WordPress blog.
I hope this Blogger vs. WordPress comparison helps you to understand the pros and cons of each blogging platform, so now you can make the right decision on which blogging platform suits your requirements.
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