Hosted Blog Comparison

WordPress and Blogger are both popular blog software options. Here is a comparison of the two.

This overview assumes the user is running the content management system on their own domain; whether it be for Blogger or WordPress. As such, this is article is referring to the self hosted WordPress.org not WordPress.com vs. the self hosted options of Blogger.com.

Blogger.com

Installation

Blogger is very easy to setup as there is no downloading required. Simply create an account, choose a template, and enter the site’s FTP settings, and the blog can be up and running.

On the other hand, a WordPress installation is much more involved, however if a web host has  Softaculous Cpanel enabled, WordPress can be installed with one click. If not, users will have to manually install the program which can seem like a chore to the novice.

Customization

Both WordPress and Blogger allow theme customizations but WordPress has many more themes to choose from. The theme selection on Blogger is very limited, and unless one knows a fair amount of coding it might be difficult to obtain a unique look from all the other Blogger blogs.

WordPress on the other hand has hundreds of theme selections; both free and paid so users can be confident that they will have a unique look.

Additionally, WordPress allows for static pages which is a feature that Blogger does not have. This may not be problem for those who are adding a blog to an existing site, but users who are creating a stand-alone blog may find that not having a static pages feature is a drawback.

Search Engine Optimization

WordPress has several plugins that help enhance the site’s SEO. Blogger does not have this feature.

Additionally WordPress URL’s can be configured to be more search engine friendly. With WordPress one can choose what information shows up in the permalinks; whether it be the post name by itself, or the category name along with the post name, or anything else that will help SEO.

Blogger is lacking in this area. However, some may argue that since Blogger is owned by Google, that will help with the rankings. That is pure speculation and it may not apply to self-hosted blogs.

Comments

Both WordPress and Blogger allow for comment moderation. However WordPress has spam plugins to fight spam before it gets posted. This is useful for those who don’t wish to moderate every comment before it gets posted.

Additionally WordPress allows for comments to be edited, whereas Blogger does not.

Overall Blogger.com is more limited for those who wish to have a full-featured content management system. As the name says, Blogger is for blogging, but WordPress can be so much more than a blog.

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