I have so many people ask me about the differences between Blogger and WordPress.
- Why is WordPress better?
- Is WordPress easy to use?
- What are some of the differences?
- What are people really saying after they transfer?
In this post, I plan to do a few things:
- Define the difference between WordPress.com (the free version) and WordPress.org (only available with paid hosting).
- Address the questions above
- Share some real-life thoughts from people who have made the switch from either Blogger or free WordPress to the hosted WordPress version. What are they thinking now that they’ve done it?
WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org
When we talk about transferring to WordPress, I’m not talking about transferring your blog to another free blogging account – this one just on WordPress.com instead of Blogger. WordPress.com and WordPress.org are not the same thing. WordPress.org requires you to have a paid hosting account to install the platform to. It also provides you with many more options than the free version. Here are a few reasons why WordPress.com is not the best option:
- The big one: You aren’t allowed to publish ads on your WordPress.com blog. If you plan to try to make any money through blogging, this could interfere with things a bit.
- Your options for customization are limited on WordPress.com. You don’t have the ability to make your blog do nearly as much as you can with WordPress.org
Why Is WordPress Better?
The two points above give you an idea of the differences between the free version of WordPress and the version that requires paid hosting. Here are a few points about the advantages of WordPress over Blogger:
- Google doesn’t own your content. With Blogger, Google has control over your content – they can shut your blog down at any time they choose. All your hard work really belongs to them.
- Less downtime. If you’ve been on Blogger for any length of time, you know about their periodic crashes. With a hosted blog on WordPress, your blog has much less downtime.
- You won’t lose all your hard work. With a hosting account and WordPress, you can backup your content and blog so that if it does go down – for some odd reason – you can get back on track quickly.
- Customization. With the thousands of WordPress plugins and hundreds of WordPress themes, you can make your blog look like and do just about anything that you want it to!
Is WordPress Easy to Use?
It is true that WordPress takes some learning after working with Blogger. However, most of the WordPress features and functions are self-explanatory when it comes to setting them up and using them. I think that some of the feelings of being overwhelmed by WordPress come from just not knowing the differences in the terms used between WordPress and Bloggers. A lot of the basic elements are essentially the same, but they are called different things. For an example of this, take a look at Blogelina’s post about Plugins, Widgets, and Gadgets. To sum it up, yes, WordPress is set up a little differently from Blogger and thus takes some getting used to. However – Once you’ve learned the basics, you’ll be amazed at how easy WordPress really is to use.
What Are the Major Differences?
To get an easy to understand comparison of Blogger, WordPress.com, and WordPress.org to compare the differences, check out the chart at the bottom of this post: Blogger or WordPress, Which is Better for Blogging?
What REAL People are Saying
Interested in hearing what some real live people are saying about their transfers to WordPress.org? Check out the following posts – remember, these are real bloggers sharing their thoughts on the switch:
- Why I left Blogger for WordPress – SimplyStacie.net
- Improving Your Blog: What’s Your Platform? – NaptimeIsMyTime.com
- Blogging Mistakes We Learn From My First Blog – TheFrugalGirl.com
What are Your Thoughts and Questions?
Agree with what I’ve said above? Disagree? Have a question? Something to add? Leave a comment below!
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