So you want to know what is the difference between the two? They both have pros and cons, but doesn’t everything? I was on blogger for over a year, I did not want to switch to wordpress for a few different reasons. However, google started deleting blogs, why I still have yet to find out. My blog may not be all that BUT it is my blog. It is my place on this big internet for me to bitch and moan and spread some happy thoughts to everyone.
So I took the big leap. I purchased hosting through Host Gator, the reason for picking them to host my blog is I have heard many good things about the company. If you are looking for a hosting company right now you can sign up for a hosting package through host gator and receive 9.94 off, (This is on hosting packages only) just use coupon code Neatthingsinlife. I then started the long struggle of fighting with my comments and moving them all over to wordpress. This was not a fun task, but I did manage to get most of them so I am happy. Please be advised, host gator can not make a blogger to wordpress blog move. Blogger has shut off their ftp access, so this must be done the hard way. I will have step by step instructions soon.
Now to the Pros and Cons of both blogging platforms.
1.) You do not have to have your own domain name, you can if you would like but not needed.
2.) The layout is pretty simple and most templates are very easy to configure.
3.) You do not need to pay for hosting.
4.) Chances of your blog being hacked pretty slim.
1.) SEO stinks
2.) You have to take the risk of Google saying you breached their TOS and deleting your blog. Then all your hard work is gone.
3.) Your wigdets are very limited.
Now do not get me wrong blogger is a pretty simple blogging platform to use. I recommend it, for people who are just wanting to get a feel for the blogging world. I do not recommend blogger, for a blogger that is looking to expand their blog and to make money from it. Yes, making money from your blog is possible, it takes a lot of hard word and dedication.
1.) WordPress has great SEO if you utilize it, and put it to work. I have noticed a lot more search engine hits now that I have moved over from blogger.
2.) Since you have to purchase hosting you get to host your own images. No need for the photo-bucket exceeding it’s limits on you.
3.) Several great themes, such as Thesis, and Genesis.
4.) Tons of great widgets that will help you run a successful blog.
1.) You have to purchase your own hosting, unless you know someone who has hosting. Good news though if you use coupon code “Neatthingsinlife” at host gator you will get 9.94 off any hosting plan.
2.) You take a slight risk of being hacked. However, there are several plugins that will help you better secure your blog.
3.) You have a ton of files and if you mess with the wrong one it will make your blog go poof.
Now that I have used both platforms I have to admit I like wordpress better. I have more control over my content and design. I can host my own images and not have to worry about exceeding limits, and it has a lot better SEO support.