WordPress vs Blogger?

Posted by on Apr 2, 2009 in Brian's Blog | 6 comments

Members of a writers’ group I belong to have been touting the benefits of WordPress recently, saying it’s the best blogging software on the market. I get the sense, though, that they haven’t done much experimenting with other blogging applications. I happen to like Blogger because it links to Google, is user friendly, and has easily customizable templates. Has anyone tried both applications? How do they compare? Are there other, even better, applications that one might try?

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  1. I have been a Blogger.com user before it was consumed by Google (anyone else remember the “Pro version” of Blogger?). I agree Blogger is easy-to-use, but as we all know, there comes a price for that: Control of the content.If Blogger has an outage, you can’t post content. If Blogger/Google want to close your account, they can.Posting content is limited to their interface and they can (if they want) dictate how content is modified or created.For casual, fly-by-night bloggers, these are moot points. For more serious bloggers who want more control and oversite of their content, I think WordPress is probably the better way to go.

  2. Thanks for your comment. I appreciate hearing from someone who has experimented with both applications. I did try customizing the WordPress template, but couldn’t find the tools or widgets I needed after searching through the settings pages, and eventually gave up due to lack of patience. I guess I’m one of those guys who likes to do things the easy way.

  3. I thought the same thing about WP, but the latest version is cleaner in design and easier to use. There is a bit of a learning curve, especially if you use the non-webware version (i.e. install it yourself on your own domain server and configure it).Otherwise, the webware one version is pretty much the same thing sans the need to know MySQL databases and configuring; it’s like Blogger – signup for an account and go.I went with the non-webware as I have my own domain and hosting services. I’m migrating my content from Blogger to WP this week bit by bit since I used FTP publishing and not a Blogspot domain. Had I used the latter, WP can import all content over easily.I have to say I am very impressed with WP now that I have sat and played around with it. It’s not as easy to maneuver as Blogger at first, but once you learn the ins and outs, WP wipes the floor up with Blogger.In the end, it’s about what bloggers want/need for themselves and only they can make that call. I thought I’d expound on my original comment and give a take on my experience with WP so far.

  4. Thanks again, my friend. This is all useful stuff. I’m more inclined now to give WP a second chance. It bothers me to think that Blogger/Google has the kind of control over content that could result in several months of postings disappearing into the ether. Does WP exercise the same kind of control over its webware version?

  5. Honestly, I do not know, but using logic, if you are using their resources (webware version), then chances are there’s probably some element like Blogger’s in the Terms of Service (ToS) or Privacy statements.I would think they are less restrictive than Blogger since WP is all about open-source/open-community.The key is to scan the ToS and see what restrictions there are, if any.I think the last thing people would want is their content suddenly deleted with out without cause because they failed to read a section of the ToS.It’s all about being informed and making the best decision(s) based on said information.

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