December 22, 2015

Why we recommend Blogger over Wordpress for blogging, especially when you start a new blog?

We keep surfing the web, sometimes more often than a common blogger because we are in the 'business' of bringing blogging advice and tips to blogger friends.

There are 1.39 billion webpages, going by the search results shown by Google, on 'how to start a blog'. Even when you search for 'Wordpress or Blogger for starting a free blog', you 56.6 million results!

We checked dozens of pages that came at the top in search for this term: Wordpress vs Blogger. In most of these, we found Wordpress being recommended. There can be different ways these two free blogging platforms can be compared, some we earlier discussed in this post. So, we won't dwell on that.

The present post is to tell you why, despite overwhelming advice to the contrary, we at IndianTopBlogs recommend that you open your blog, at least your first and free blog, on Blogger.


10 situations when Blogger scores over Wordpress

 1. When you are new to blogging.
Why not learn the process of blogging free and intuitively? It does not cost any money, nor much time to be familiar with how posts are created, how a picture is added, how posts are arranged, and so on. And, it is damn simple! (as this post on starting a Blogger blog would reveal.)

2. When you want to experiment before going for a final decision where to host the blog.
Why not do all types of experiments with your blog before you have decided what your blogging goal is, and how much time and energy you are likely to give to the blog? Experimentation can include playing with layout and design, colors and backgrounds, fonts, widgets, link-building, commenting, adding AdSense ads and what not.
  
3. When you do not know tech or are averse to learning tech.
Ah! If you hate html and such other stuff, Blogger is one of the best platforms for beginner as well as established bloggers. We see some big blogs with .blogspot.com - the bloggers have not even cared to  redirect (or map) this URL to a standalone site name! Most common actions are possible with a click of the mouse, and you need not know the html code, css, javascript etc that go behind these actions.
 
4. When you do not want to spend money on themes etc.
Wordpress has many themes but you cannot go beyond these. You need to pay for customization and premium themes. Not so in Blogger. You can select the available base themes and do numerous customizations through 'advance' option (Template > Customize > Advanced)

5. When by choice you do not want anything but writing.
If you are a blogger who just wants to showcase his content and will not spend time on other aspects such as optimization and sprucing up its looks, a simple blog on Blogger is what you want.

6. When you know tech and want to experiment with it.
If you are familiar with coding or even have some familiarity with html, you can add many new features on the blog - you can change its looks to a large extent, add new codes, add javascript, automate many functions, and so on. In fact, you can make the blog look like a static website with just a few clicks!

7. When you want to put videos on the blog.
Wordpress.com does not allow videos on the blog except by way of embedding a link from other sites such as YouTube. For videos, it asks you to go for a premium plan. You can put videos on Blogger pages as well as posts.

8. When you do not want to be asked, irritatingly, to pay even if you want one small favor.
Wordpress.com is free only in its plain vanilla version. If you want the blog to be ad free, it will ask for upgradation to a paid plan; if you want to map another URL, it will ask for payment; if you want to change code, it will want an upgrade; if you want to put ads and make some money, it will need a bigger payment. Just the barely customizable blog with 3GB space and hosting - only this much comes free from Wordpress.com.

9. When you want robust security for the blog that can be an issue with a self hosted blog.
When you host your blog or website on a web host, security is a concern. Well, reputed hosts come with security but their hosting charges can be high. Google provides that security and upgrades. It recently provided .blogspot.com blogs with https 'safe browsing' security. 

10. When you want to make money from the blog.
That's great, isn't it? Blogger allows you to put AdSense ads as well as other types of ads through widgets. Wordpress does not allow that except in premium plan which costs about $300 a year at present.

Why is that many bloggers favor Wordpress over Blogger?

  
One big reason is that many established bloggers, especially those familiar with technology, have developed their blogs on Wordpress.org, which is a content management system (CMS) and not a blogging platform like Blogger or Wordpress.com. Wordpress.org (CMS) based blogs are then hosted on a web host as other websites, on a payment. Such blogs are called self-hosted blogs because the blogs lie not in Blogger or Wordpress servers but somewhere else, and the blogger has full control over the blog (or website). Definitely, such blogs / websites are better than free blogs in many respects.

In addition, many of such bloggers have made transition from a Wordpress.com (free) blog to the Wordpress based self-hosted blog. Both having the same look and feel, the transition is smooth. This experience also heavily weighs on their minds when they compare Wordpress.com with Blogger.

Another reason is some features (e.g. greater number of themes, freely available) that are better than Blogger, though such features are not too good  except a few.

When time comes to have a self hosted blog


The above discussion should settle any doubt on Wordpress vs Blogger. The next step, maybe after you have decided to add e-commerce or expand the blog greatly or give it an independent hosting with full control, would be to have a self hosted blog. That time may never come, come after a few days of experimentation with Blogger blog or come after 5 years. If and when you decide to have a self hosted blog, you may choose Wordpress.org - one of the best content management systems available free. (There are hosting charges, etc: more details on this post: Independent domain name and website hosting.) Google has a free website making option but that is nowhere near Wordpress.org.