It’s a Blog Showdown: Blogger Vs WordPress

Since the dawn of time, one question has troubled and perplexed man: which is better, WordPress or blogger? 

Ok, so maybe it wasn’t ‘since the dawn of time’; but it has been quite a while. WordPress launched in 2003, following the 1999 launch of the Blogger platform; I’d say the debate started pretty soon after this. Blogger and WordPress consistently emerge as two of the leading blogging platforms around, so it’s time to see how they stack up when pitted against each other.

WordPress is often pegged as the more complex of the two, and following Blogger’s recent updates, this is more true than ever before. Don’t make the mistake of associating a complex interface with more features; blogger packs an impressive punch once you get below the surface.

User Experience

Blogger is so darn simple to use, it’s the inescapable fact that makes it the clear winner in this category. If you’re running a personal blog, or a small business website, look no further than the blogging platform from Google. If you’re familiar with other Google products, then you’ll have no trouble familiarising yourself with your blog.

WordPress may require a little training to get you started. It’s worth it though, as WordPress is a highly professional looking platform to host your blog or business website.

The Winner: blogger

Customisation

WordPress offers nearly 200 beautiful and professional themes to make your blog stand out. The majority are then customisable with backgrounds, headers and widgets to make your site unique. There’s no limit to the creative options available.

Blogger offers fewer official templates, but you can find many free templates online. You can also tinker with the HTML code for your site to get everything looking exactly how you want. Widgets (called gadgets on blogger) are just as simple as on WordPress. This is a huge advantage over WordPress, as you have to pay for the privilege of playing with the back end code on WP.

The Winner: It’s a tie! blogger (free) WordPress (paid)

Search Friendly

While WordPress is fully compatible with Google Analytics and does a pretty good job of getting your site indexed by search engines, there’s no competing with blogger when it comes to search. When you sign up a blogger account you’re instantly signed up to Webmaster tools, and hooking up analytics couldn’t be easier. On WordPress, you’d have to pay for this privilege.

That said, WordPress has its own stats service that will more than fulfil your curiosity about your visitors if you’re simply running a blog. However, I’ve had a fair amount of difficulty getting my Google+ account author verified. So on this occasion, blogger wins.

The Winner: blogger

Costs

Blogger is free free free, there’s really no limit to your storage, because you’ll be using your Picasa account to store images, and if you decide you want a dot com address, it will only set you back $10 a year.

WordPress is free, but this kind of account has its limitations. For $99 a year you can have full customisation, and this includes domain registration and mapping. Once you upgrade you’ll also be opening up a world of possibility with plugins, and on this occasion, blogger simply cannot compete.

The Winner: WordPress

The Verdict

It seems like there are half a dozen arguments either way. If you want simplicity and a low (free) price tag, then blogger is a clear winner. It’s ideal for blogs, freelance portfolios and small business websites.

If you want more power and features, and don’t mind shelling out $99 a year, then WordPress is your friend!