Pros of Blogger
Blogger.com is a free blogging platform and is fairly simple to use. Anyone can sign up and begin writing their first post within 10 minutes. There are quite a number of free templates for use, use CSS to customize the design to your liking or you have the option of hiring a designer if you desire. You can purchase a domain name to use with your Blogger account to shorten the url, make it more memorable and professional looking such as http://YourBlog.com rather than http://YourBlog.blogspot.com.
Cons of Blogger
Design. While you can customize and tweak the designs, you are not 100% in control of the outcome. Many designers charge more for having to work with Blogger’s XML coding than the more widely used XHTML and others choose not to work with it at all.
In the past few months, quite a few issues with the ‘ease of use’ within the Blogger Platform have arose. Many once found Blogger to be easy to use due to the gadgets and the ability to add or remove them as well as ‘rearrange’ or move them around in the Blogger Dashboard. Now, after Blogger made some changes, many people can no longer arrange those gadgets around as they please. While the Blogger help forums are filled with complaints, one is able to use a different browser and cross their fingers with the possibility that it might work – but of course, no promises.
There have also been numerous bloggers with the complaints that their blog has been marked as spam and their blogs being removed (deleted permanently) without warning. These ‘spammers’ have included some that were quite innocent such as Frugal bloggers sharing coupons and deals or Mommy bloggers with product reviews or parenting tips. Google/Blogger does own the content and has the authority to shut down any blog/account without warning if they choose. While Blogger does allow you to publish to your own domain name, they own the database that holds the content to your blog.
Of course the list doesn’t end there. The disappearing act of comments with no way to retrieve them, errors during the process of adding or removing a gadget, deletion of gadgets upon changing layouts and all the downtime due to ‘maintenance’.
Pros of WordPress
With WordPress.org you have full control over your blog. As it is self-hosted, you don’t have to worry about anyone considering your writings to be ‘spam’ or wandering if your blog will be disappearing overnight. You own the domain and it is hosted on your own account so you have FULL control over your content.
The software is free and most hosts offer one click installs. Only costs are hosting and domain; realistically that shouldn’t be more than $75 a year (in most cases less). You can choose from hundreds of free themes with WordPress as well to get started.
Cons of WordPress
For a personal blog, if you aren’t worried about it having any downtime or possibly disappearing at anytime, the cost of hosting and a domain name may be a con. For any business and any person that has numerous readers and numerous posts in which they count on being there for future reference, that cost would be well worth it.
WordPress can do everything that Blogger can do and more. Even though Blogger is free all around, in the end, I still believe you get what you pay for.
If you happen to be ready to transfer from Blogger to a self-hosted WordPress blog and are interested in how Design Sprouts can help, or if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.