I’ve come across your blog today—nice!—in search of solutions to improving my Blogger blog for my novel series. I have a basic question for you: Which is better, Blogger or WordPress?
I’m not keen to switch to WordPress, but if you think it would be better, then I should look to switch now.
I’m kind of biased because I think WordPress rocks, so that’s always my first choice. But for the sake of this discussion, I’ll do my best to look at this objectively!
Not sure where your blog is headed? Start with Blogger
Blogger is a free platform, which makes it a very attractive choice. That’s why it’s particularly popular with “hobbyist” bloggers. If you’re not sure where your blog is headed, or how long you’ll be blogging, or whether or not you’re seriously dedicated, Blogger is a good choice. It’s easy to use and best of all, it’s free. Since it’s free, you have the freedom to start, stop, and pick up again at will. You can take a break and your blog will still be there when you get back.
Taking things seriously? Have a long-term plan? Don’t mind spending a little money? Go WordPress!
Self-hosted WordPress.org costs money. It’s about $5 – $10 per month for hosting and $10 – $15 per year for a domain name. It’s not super expensive, but it does cost a bit.
WordPress has a lot more freedom and options than Blogger. There are more unique and complex features and it’s easier (in my opinion) to find both free and paid pre-made themes. With WordPress, you are truly the owner of your own content. The plugins that WordPress offers will give you more control and features on your site.
The one downside is that you do have to pay to host on WordPress. And as an extension of that, you cannot “pause” your blog. If you want to take a break for a few months, you can’t stop paying for hosting, then start up again 6 months later and expect your blog to still be there. It’s like renting out a locker. If you rent out a locker, you can put all your stuff in it. But you can’t expect to stop paying for the locker and continue storing your items in there. Once you stop paying, the space is no longer yours. Web hosting is very similar. Once you stop paying, the company has every right to delete your content.
WordPress is better for a long-term, professional commitment
It’s generally accepted that WordPress is the option you want to choose if you’re looking to “take the next step” or host a more “professional” website. It’s considered an upgrade over Blogger. But whether or not you need that upgrade is something you have to decide for yourself.
What’s right for you?
- Are you looking for something free?
- Do you want something quick and simple?
- Do you want to be able to start and stop whenever you want?
- Do you want to own and control your own site?
- Do you want more advanced features, plugins, and options?
- Do you want access to more and better pre-made themes?
- Do you want more automation and more customization?
- Not mind paying a few bucks a month?