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Blogger or Wordpress for your first Blog

By Edited Jan 18, 2014 2 18

Blogger or Wordpress?

Which blogging software is best for a beginner who wants to create a blog for the first time? The top two choices for blogging are blogger and wordpress but which will you choose Google's well known Blogger or Wordpress, which is probably the most popular choice. Here are the pros and cons of both platforms to help you decide.

An Overview of Blogger

Google bought out Blogger several years ago and there is a certain security that comes with using something that is owned by google, in that you know blogger is not going to dissapear anytime soon. Blogger is often considered the beginners choice because it is so easy to set up and customize your blog but it can have disadvantages too. Because it is seen as a beginners blogging platform many people consider it to be the worst choice if your aim is to make money blogging.

This of course is just people's opinions, blogspot blogs are just as easily monetized as any other blog and since it is owned by google, adding things like adsense is made very simple for anyone unfamiliar with the process.

Blogger blogs can be set up in just three quick steps which makes it very easy to use and because it is free to use you can have as many free blogs as you like. For a beginner I personally think Blogger is a great way to get used to blogging and with widgets for adding followers, adsense, html images and videos and many other functions it is enough for a new blogger to get used to.

With Blogspot blogs you also have the option to upload a custom template and you can also alter the main html code, again a good introduction to working with a blog is having the option to do these things.

Appearance wise I personally think this is where blogger is slightly lacking, although there are many free templates available and many custom widgets you can install with easy, blogger blogs can tend to look untidy and cluttered.

Overall blogger is a good choice for someone who has never blogged before but in many cases it will only ever be a stepping stone to other platforms like wordpress. My advice for anyone starting out is to create a blogger blog, get used to all the different aspects of blogging and if you feel at any stage you are ready for more, you can always move to another platform. The experience will always count and your blog can still be of use to you, you dont have to delete it just because you are trying other things.


Firstly wordpress comes in two different forms, wordpress.com and wordpress.org

This has confused many people starting out and many people are unaware of the difference between the two.

Wordpress.com is a free hosted blogging platform, much like blogger but I would not recommend any beginner blogger start out with this version of wordpress, it is not as easy to set up and it is not a blog for making money with. Unlike blogger, wordpress.com does not allow you to use ads or affiliate programs on your blog, which makes it a poor choice unless you intend to just blog for fun, which is uncommon. Most people hope to gain some kind of financial return from their blogs and if so, do not start with a free hosted wordpress blog. Another thing about this wordpress option is that you cannot alter the css or html so you can be limited in how unique your blog can be.

Wordpress.org however is probably the nicest blogging software you can use today. It has an overall clean look and is very customizable, although not as easy to set up for a new blogger as blogspot. The difference with wordpress is that it is a self hosted blog, so there is an investment required on your part, blog hosting. Hosting your own blog means firstly that you must buy your own domain name and you must also purchase hosting.

If you want to set up your own hosted Wordpress blog but you have never done it before, or are not used to technical processes like using ftp clients etc then the hosting provider you choose is very important, if you choose a host that has c-panel functionality it will be very easy to add wordpress to your domain. In fact it features a one click install.

Either version of wordpress has a lot of features, the widgets and plugins give you a lot of control over the look and feel of your blog and although there are many things that you would need to learn that you wouldnt need to on blogspot, wordpress is still probably the most popular choice for anyone who has some experience with running and setting up a blog.

Your First Blog

For a first blog, I would recommend you to start with blogger and learn the ropes, I would definetly use blogger to test out a niche before I invested any money in a domain and hosting and only move to wordpress when you are familiar with all the aspects of starting a blog.



Jun 25, 2009 5:48pm
Both are good. Blogger have pretty cool things you can do and play around with and also use adsense. But on a free wordpress you can put any ads. But then the potential is unlimited.
Aug 17, 2009 3:48pm
I wouldn't suggest either, unless you want to actually host your own WordPress site so you have complete control over it. Blogger is OK for newcomers because it gets spidered by Google very quickly.
Sep 5, 2009 2:51am
I used Blogger first as I found it easy to use and customize. I am still not familiar with wordpress and have been facing a lot of issues with my hosted wordpress blog.
Sep 17, 2009 4:40am
That pretty much describes my own experience. I started off with Blogger and then graduated to Wordpress. Blogger was a good starting platform but - although I would be hard pressed to list all the reasons - I now prefer Wordpress.
Jan 7, 2010 10:26pm
Thanks for your sharing. I am a beginner and I find that Blogger is quite user friendly for me.
Jan 18, 2010 10:23pm
Excellent information and discussion about the pros & cons of the various blog spots. I am getting ready to set one up, so will probably start with Blogger. Thanks for the great post.
Feb 3, 2010 12:59pm
I write a Tutorial based blog on Blogger that does make me a bit biased towards Blogger.

But i think for a beginner Blogger is so much easier than Wordpress - and of course the Free Blogger is much better than the Free Wordpress.

Google do seem to have taken an interest in Blogger again and have been adding lots of features to Blogger in draft, for a while it looked like they were letting it slide.

This in my opinion is down to the competition from Wordpress, There is nothing like a bit of competition to make you get your house in order.

Great post - well done Alana,

Mar 28, 2010 10:54pm
Great article and fair comparison points on Blogger and Word Press. I`ve used Blogger for a while now but just started learning how to utilize WP blogs. The blogger platform is definitely easy to get started with but I`m starting to like WP more and more.
Mar 28, 2010 10:54pm
Great article and fair comparison points on Blogger and Word Press. I`ve used Blogger for a while now but just started learning how to utilize WP blogs. The blogger platform is definitely easy to get started with but I`m starting to like WP more and more.
May 10, 2010 9:37pm
Excellent instruction and great information. Thanks for sharing, 5* plus recommendation!
Jul 29, 2010 12:27am
Thanks for the Info. I have 2 blogs on blogger and like it very much. I was considering Wordpress but I did not realize it required more technical skills. I feel as though I still have a lot to learn after reading this post. I appreciate the heads up.
Sep 21, 2010 4:21am
It is easier to switch from free Blogger account to custom domain. The advantage is in the ease of the transfer of backlinks and content.
Sep 28, 2010 8:52pm
This article is nothing short of amazing, and I enjoyed reading it.
Jun 15, 2011 3:59am
Awesome post Alana regarding the blogger or wordpress concept. I have written one good article on top wordpress plugins for self hosted wordpress. http://www.infobarrel.com/Best_Wordpress_Plugins_for_self_hosted_wordpress. As per my suggestion, I prefer wordpress first because it becomes easy for professional bloggers to shift to self hosted wordpress.
Jun 29, 2011 5:41pm
Great article Alana. Like so many, I began learning with Blogger, then made the move to Wordpress to advance my knowledge. I enjoyed the overall feel of Wordpress, so I went with a self-hosted Wordpress blog. Self-hosted is the way to go, but starting out with Blogger is a way to get your hands dirty and learn.
Aug 8, 2011 9:10pm
These are all great posts, especially for someone who is interested in starting a blog. Thanks.
Nov 29, 2011 6:56am
Excellent! Blogger will be my first platform to create my blog. I only have one question about using Blogger, I've been looking at other sites but they normally require a percentage of the Google AdSense money you make. Is it the same case for Blogger?
May 28, 2012 8:14pm
I agree with you. I started with Blogger and also use Wordpress. I love both. Which ever you choose doesn't matter as much as your commitment to consistent action to publish new content... that's the way to see results!
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