Running a successful blog takes a lot of patience, regularity, and knowledge.
Prior to starting a blog, the most important question that most bloggers juggle with is which platform to opt to begin with blogging.
Considering this challenge, I have written this post to help you find the right blogging platform.
When it comes to blogging, the first two platforms that come to mind are blogger and WordPress. Both of the platforms are highly prominent and offer plenty of designs and options when it comes blogging.
Remember, “Having a number of features does not mean you will able to win more conversions in a short time, however.”
Deciding the right platform is critical, and it depends on the category of bloggers you belong to.
Bloggers are of two types –
The first type is “novice bloggers.” This type of bloggers is new to different features of blogging platforms and, therefore, they look forward to a simple platform that can streamline the complex process of blogging.
The second type is “pro bloggers.” This type of bloggers is highly particular about the features of blogging platforms as they are already aware of the advanced features of blogging platforms and use those features to achieve their goals.
What you need to focus on while deciding your blogging platform is purpose.
Is blogging your hobby or you consider it a good career option?
If you are the one who wants to build strong repertoire online while enjoying a good return on investment, then you need a different platform from those who just want to create a virtual scrapbook for their families and friends.
This post clearly dilutes the confusion of bloggers regarding blogging platforms.
Check out the points below and get to know what makes WordPress and Blogger different from each other.
Being a Google platform, whatever you write or publish will automatically get stored on Google. Creating a blog is a pretty simple process using your Gmail.
Though you can create up to 100 blogs, you do not have access to the server; therefore, Google does not allow you to claim your data even if you want to close your blog.
WordPress is completely different from it. You have complete authority over your data. As you host it on your own, you can close it and start it whenever you want. You just need to get WordPress software to do this.
If you are highly creative and selective about the look and feel of your blog, you might get stuck with blogger. Blogger offers a limited number of templates which makes bloggers a bit skeptical as they might have to hire a designer for the great UX design.
A template is an outlook that you give to your blog, per your niche and audiences. In blogger, you cannot expect that you will get a template that marks down the taste of your audience. Moreover, you are not allowed to create your layouts which WordPress does not restrict to do.
Google owns blogger and maintains the highest level of security to protect it from any malicious attacks. You do not need to worry about hacking and other types of bugs that can affect your organic traffic as Google takes guarantee of your blog’s protection.
In contrary to it, security of WordPress blogs solely depends on your attention. Since you are hosting it, you will be taking care of the security. You can even take advantage of a plugin if you your blog receives too much traffic every day.
All in all, Blogger is a step ahead of WordPress on security grounds.
STORAGE SPACE –
You get 1 GB of free space for your blogs in Blogging. However, there are some restrictions.
- Blog description – It does not support HTML, and you can write up to 500 characters max.
- The number of blogs– You can only publish 100 blogs using Blogger account.
- The number of pictures – A total of 1 GB total storage, shared with Picasa Web. All of your photos will be stored in Google photos, and if you have upgraded to Google+, you will get 15GB of storage space shared with Gmail and Drive. If your image is less than 16 megapixels then that would not be part of this storage limit.
- The size of pages – The page size could not be more than 1 MB
- The size of pictures – A minimum of 250KB per picture if you post it through the Blogger Mobile.
- The number of Pages – Infinity is the limit when it comes to the number of pages you can have on one blog.
- Account Suspension– In case your blog does not abide by the rules and regulations of blogger, your account can be suspended at any time without any notice.
WordPress blogs offer 3GB of space for all types of files and images.
- If you switch to WordPress.com Personal, you get an extra of 3 GB storage, resulting in a total of 6 GB.
- If you want big storage, then WordPress.com Premium is for you where you get another 10 GB of extra storage, for a total of 13 GB.
Pro Tip: If you post a number of posts in a day, then WordPress.com is the solution where you get unlimited storage space.
Transferring all your data to another platform is possible in Blogger; however, it is not as easy as you may hamper your SEO and further your list of potential visitors.
Though Google profitability is there, however, your data stays on Google’s server for a long time. WordPress is quite different in this manner. It takes a few seconds to change the domain name of a blog. Therefore, we can say WordPress is better in terms of profitability.
To make easier for you, I have clearly differentiated the features of WordPress and Blogger.
Read the points below.
- It is a highly acceptable solution to become a successful blogger.
- Complete flexibility, control, and ownership is all that you get.
- Being open source software, it holds an array of developers and designers.
- You get access to a number of online resources, conferences, and forums.
- Different design templates are available out there to give your blog a desired outlook.
- No worries if you do not have a technical background as you can add features on your own through plug-ins.
- Easy to transfer your content from one platform to another.
You can control your blog from anywhere using your mobile apps for Android and iOS, and desktop for Mac and Windows, or mobile apps for Android and iOS.
If you are new to blogging, Blogger is the best option you can swear by. It is simple to use, and you do not need to search hard to understand its features.
- Your URL is like yourname.blogspot.com.
- You can easily change font types, background, and column width through template designer
- Even if you want to make HTML changes, you can do it through a browser interface.
- It is free of plug-ins and includes gadgets that are way easy to improve your sidebar and footer.
- You can even start with banner advertising by integrating your blog with your Google Adsense.
This is all.
A number of posts are written every day covering various topics worldwide. Blogging has become bread and butter for passionate writers. Blogging needs a platform to share your posts to audiences and this is where this post helps.
I hope you are able to differentiate between both platforms based on the features, functionalities, and complexities.
Harsha Goel writes about the latest technologies like big data analytics, cloud computing, cryptocurrency, digital marketing, etc. She helps entrepreneurs grow their business by making them understand inbound marketing.