Blogger vs. WordPress? – that is the question.
If you’ve been blogging for long at all, you’ve probably heard about the importance of choosing the correct blogging platform for your blog. Most experts agree that WordPress on a paid hosting account (wordpress.org NOT wordpress.com, the free version) is the best place to host your blog – if you’re looking to earn an income from your blog. If you’re wanting to blog as a hobby, Blogger is probably all that you need. When deciding on your blogging platform, it’s important to take into consideration the real reasons why you should choose WordPress.
Last week, we took a look at some of the top WordPress themes and explained how they compare to Blogger layouts.
Today, we’ll take a look at the difference between a WP Widget and a Plugin and how to use each.
Widgets are very easy to use with the “drag and drop” feature. Simply click and drag the widget into the sidebar or “widget area” of your choice, add a title to the widget or leave it blank, click save and close. Refresh your blog and you will see the addition.
Let’s talk more in depth about the comparison between a WP Widget and a Blogger Gadget.
WordPress Widget vs. Blogger Gadget
- WP’s Text Widget = Blogger’s HTML Gadget ~ you add your html coding here. This is the widget you will use to add an image to your sidebar. Blogger has the Picture Gadget which allows you to upload an image and add a link, WP does not. If you don’t already have a Photobucket, Flickr or Picasa Account I recommend you getting one. You will use the Direct Link from the hosting service to add to your widget. This is the html coding you will use to add a clickable image to your widget <a href=”URL”><img border=”0″ src=”ImageLink” /></a>
- Both sites offer “preset” widgets/gadgets such as Recent Posts, Recent Comments, Calendar, Pages, Search Box, Blog List, Link List, RSS, Blog Archive and Subscription Links.
On WordPress, within your Dashboard, you will select Appearance>Widgets. In the main widget box you will see all of the widgets that are available to you. Choose the sidebar you want to add the widget to and simply drag it over then click save.
The difference between a widget and a plugin is that plugins have “functions”. For instance, Blogger provides a basic Email Gadget where WP does not. By adding the Contact Form 7 Plugin to your site you have a very professional, customizable email that will impress your readers for sure.
Plugins need to be installed and activated. Once activated some even require you to “set up”. Using the Contact Form 7 example from above, “Settings” under Contact Form 7 is where you would add specifics for an individual to contact you.
Not happy with the performance of a plugin? Simply deactivate and/or delete. There are a lot of powerful, necessary and fun plugins out there – be sure to find out more about WordPress Plugins to Love.
What is your favorite Plugin?
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Thanks so much to Jen of Mom’s Online Garage Sale for sharing this article with us!