October 6, 2017

Bias against Blogger platform: doctored by Wordpress users?

On any discussion on blogging, you come across a debate whether Blogger is better or Wordpress. In most cases, the winner is Wordpress.  But in nine out of ten cases, the debate itself is flawed because you cannot compare apples with oranges.

I feel, and most Blogger users will agree, that most of this bias is deliberate, though in some part it could be due to ignorance. Perhaps because the Wordpress users' loyalty and their sense of superiority over Blogger users does not allow them to remain unbiased. Perhaps there are commercial reason (which I'd explain later).

Let's see the facts. 


How Blogger and Wordpress really compare

  • Blogger is a free blogging platform, which you can reach through blogger.com. Similarly Wordpress has a free blogging platform - which you reach through wordpress.com.
  • Blogger and Wordpress free platforms have many similar features that make it very easy for bloggers to open blogs with a few clicks and further customize them using free tools.
  • Millions of blogs are created using these free platforms.
  • Blogger is just one entity - the blogging platform.  Wordpress has two similar looking products. Besides the free blogging platform, it also has Wordpress Content Management System (CMS), which can by reached through wordpress.org. 
  • A CMS is something like a website builder. Millions of blogs and websites are built using Wordpress CMS. The CMS is very user friendly, customizable, stable and secure.
   

Myths around Wordpress superiority over Blogger

  • "Wordpress runs 25% of the web." It is not a myth if you consider Wordpress CMS because among all available CMSs, Wordpress is supposed to be the most popular, especially for blogs. But it is a myth when it is touted in favor of the free Wordpress platform.
  • "Wordpress is so customizable while Blogger is just dumb." This is not only a myth but its opposite is true when you compare the free platforms. A blogger on Wordpress.com cannot customize the blog without paying money for every additional feature beyond the basics: he cannot monetize it, put videos on it, put widgets and plugins beyond what is allowed by the platform, change the code of the blog and so on. Even mapping the free blog to an independent domain costs you. [On the other hand, Wordpress CMS is fully customizable - but everything is to be paid for and the CMS is just a software that is available free.] On Blogger platform, you can customize almost everything including the code of the blog!
  • "Wordpress blogs look professional while Blogger blogs don't." Well, there are themes available for Wordpress blogs (the free blog can use only one of the few approved ones) and can be applied on the blog on payment. Blogger's inbuilt themes too have limitations - but, you can apply themes available free or on payment - and Blogger doen't charge for that, unlike Wordpress! In addition, if you are a coder (or have some HTML knowledge and want to experiment), you can yourself customize the available theme in zillion ways.
  • "Forget Blogger if you want to be a professional blogger." This is preposterous when you compare the free platforms. Blogger allows you customization, monetization and mapping to an independent domain - the three requirements of professional blogging. Wordpress.com allows none of these for free. [Yes, if you are talking about Wordpress CMS, there is no doubt that with its range of tools and options, it is a great platform for professional blogging (but then, you pay for everything except the CMS).]

The truth, therefore, is that diehard Wordpress fans force people to compare Blogger free platform with Wordpress CMS and Wordpress free blogging platform together. What do they get out of this, you might ask. This is what I reckon:
  
  • Like all fans, Wordpress fans too are highly biased in favor of their muse. Like other fans they too are blind. Just so that Wordpress is liked by all, they let the mix up happen between the CMS and free Wordpress platform.
  • Users of Wordpress CMS, even when they are not its fans, love it. And because they use the  product, they tend to be proud of it and turn its brand ambassadors. This form of praising Wordpress over other CMSs and blogging platforms is natural and mostly not with any bad intent towards competitors of Wordpress.
  • The all-pervasive anti-Google feeling. Geeks and nerds of IT world are a sentimental type. They love and hate IT biggies. They do not like arrogance, they don't like exploitation, they also don't like monopolies. You will find thousands of them hating Microsoft for its proprietary products; they worship Steve Jobs for his creativity; they hack government sites; when they compare Wordpress with Google's Blogger, they favor the former. Well, if they come to read this, they will find it absurd, nonsense. But that is how it works!
  • People who have a commercial intent in promoting Wordpress obviously praise it and deprecate all others. Since almost everything around Wordpress (themes, integration/ migration, web hosting, site design...)
    needs payment, thousands of techies and intermediaries earn by recommending Wordpress and then offering products and services related to Wordpress.  
  • The worst form of conduct in this game/ debate comes from those who have commercial intent but hide it behind myths and distorted information. They show themselves as great votaries of quality websites... they claim to be great experts... they present false or exaggerated or out-of-context quotes from supposedly great bloggers... Somewhere in their great 'unbiased' advice, they hide the 'call to action' so that gullible folks are trapped. 

Please do not misunderstand me, Wordpress fans. I am not saying Wordpress is bad; in fact, I love Wordpress CMS. I am against wrong opinions. Let people be shown the pros and cons of all available options, in a dispassionate manner, so that they choose the product that suits them the best.

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    3 comments:

    1. Agree for the most part. I compared seriously - Wordpress doesnt offer the text functionality that blogger goes - justification; have presence on both. Other factors also present, which is why I shelved my plan to go to WP CMS platform altogether

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    2. Nice Article. I am running my Government Job Blog http://www.SarkariNaukriBlog.com on Blogger platform since 2006 successfully to provide information about latest Government Jobs in India. I have not found anything wrong with Blogger and I am continuing on blogger.

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    3. Nice post, please keep on posting such useful stuff and oblige.

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