The Differences Between Google Blogger and WordPress

 

Blogger.com (or simply Blogger) and WordPress are the two most popular blogging platforms on the web. Of course, there are tons of other free blogging platforms like Tumblr, LiveJournal, Medium, Blog.com, etc. but I’m going to focus only on Blogger and WordPress.

Blogger.com is also known as BlogSpot as all the Blogger.com blogs are hosted as a subdomain of blogspot.com. For example, http://googlesystem.blogspot.com (it’s an unofficial blog about Google). The best thing about Blogger is that it’s absolutely free and is owned by Google.

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And I am using one From Blue host wordpress 

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WordPress is the most loved Content Management System (CMS). In fact, 20% of the web or 48% of all CMS sites are powered by WordPress. It’s a software that lets you create, manage and publish your content seamlessly. WordPress has two flavors, namely: WordPress.com (the free hosted version — like example.wordpress.com) and WordPress.org (self-hosted version — like my blog).

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 we can understand difference by following Term –

Domain name

If you are even a tiny bit serious about blogging and you want to have a voice on the web, you’ll want to pick a custom domain. Both Blogger and WordPress give you this option.

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Blogger

Once you’ve created your blogspot.com blog, simply go to ‘Settings’. Under ‘Publishing’ you have the option to add a custom domain. Blogger will handle this for you and the process is as easy as 1, 2, 3. The domain only costs around $10 per year.

You have the option to choose WhoIs Directory private registration to protect your private information (like your name and address) from unwanted eyes

WordPress

I recommend you purchase your domain together with your hosting plan so you won’t have to fuss around with changing nameservers over. FYI, Bluehost gives you a FREE domain when you purchase the hosting through them and the process couldn’t be more straightforward.
Domain private registration can be purchased with your domain

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Hosting

Blogger

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Free blog hosting

You will be sharing the server and its resources with many other blogs and that’s that. As your website grows, the only way to move to a dedicated server is by changing to a different blogging platform, like WordPress.

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Blogger’s free hosting account has certain limitations. For example, the homepage has a size limit and if your posts are image heavy, the number of posts to display on the homepage will always be overruled by the page size limit. This is a bummer if you are, let’s say, a travel blogger who likes to showcase several images per post. No matter if you are covering couples travel, solo female travel, luxury or budget travel, adding images to your articles is always a bonus for the reader.
Blogger comes with 1Gb free image storage space.

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WordPress

Although WordPress.com offers free blog hosting, the limitations are really impairing (like they won’t allow you to put ads so you won’t be able to make money with your blog). That’s why in this article, I’m only talking about the self-hosted WordPress.org.

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First of all, you’ll need to find a web hosting company. I wholeheartedly recommend Bluehost for nearly everyone and for new bloggers above all. Setting up an account with Bluehost is not only incredibly easy but it’s cheaper than coffee as well. Bluehost is the only hosting company recommended by WordPress and it only costs $3.95/month. As mentioned before, they even give you a free domain name with your plan! If you need further guidance, here I wrote a step-by-step guide on how to start your own blog with Bluehost.

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Difficulty level

Blogger

Blogger is probably the easiest to use blogging platform out there. It’s intuitive, self-explanatory and you can have a blog up and running in a matter of minutes . In spite of not receiving much maintenance, Blogger did change over the past few years. And nowadays it’s quite nicely integrated with AdSense and Google+ (if you still use them)
Blogger’s dashboard is incredibly easy to use and the options won’t overwhelm you

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WordPress

WordPress is an open-source software, which means there are many people all over the world working on it and improving it all the time  Periodically updated and there are regular security and maintenance releases.
WordPress’ dashboard is more complex to begin with. You’ll find more options, but the names are sometimes counter intuitive (especially when moving from Blogger) and there are many hidden options under the main menus. In the beginning, I felt I was running like a headless chicken clicking options like crazy in search for something I knew was there but couldn’t find. This can be intimidating at first, but you’ll eventually get used to it

Customization

Blogger

When it comes to customization, there’s only this much you can do in Blogger. You have to be prepared to make compromises and get used to the idea that things won’t always work out the way you want. This doesn’t mean you can’t have a beautiful, professional looking blog. It’s just that you’ll have to put in more hours and feel comfortable working in HTML and CSS
In the layout section you’ll find drag and drop containers where you can place your gadgets. Feel free to play with them
The downside is that the gadgets that come with Blogger are pretty basic. The good news, however, is that you have the option to add HTML/Javascript and watch the magic happen
You can edit all the code of your template in one place. In your dashboard, go to Template >> Edit HTML.

WordPress

When it comes to customization, the world is your oyster
I’m honestly in love with the ‘Page Builder by SiteOrigin‘ plugin. It’s one of the best things that ever happened to the WordPress blogs. It creates responsive column based content, which gives you great flexibility, especially when designing the homepage

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There are an incredible number of plugins available for WordPress, with new ones being added daily. This is probably the number one reason WordPress is so popular. A word of caution, though. Don’t fall into the trap of believing that you can install as many plugins as you want. Chances are they are created by different people and sooner or later you will run into incompatibility issues and your site will crash, give an error, be darn slow, etc. If this happens, deactivate all the plugins. Then activate them one by one to see which one is the troublemaker
The source code of your WordPress blog is divided into multiple files. If you are a newbie, finding what you are looking for can be quite a chore

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Design

Blogger

By default, Blogger has a very limited set of free templates. You can customise them, but you won’t get very far unless you are a code geek
A quick search online will reveal a great number of templates available. Many of them are free. They are not official Blogger templates, hence, it’s good to use them with caution and backup your blog before uploading them because they can break your site. Many of them have been adapted from WordPress themes and the coding might have some shortcomings, which can hurt your SEO.

WordPress

There is an incredible number of both free and premium WordPress themes available and they can be installed directly from your WordPress dashboard.

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For Travelers Universe, I use Kadence Themes and I highly recommend them. They only have 2 themes to choose from (I use Pinnacle), but they are affordable, flexible and their support team is amazing
If you want more themes to choose from, Template Monster is a great option. They have 30,000+ quality themes, with clean code, and fully optimized for speed and SEO. Plus, their 24/7 free support ensures you always have a team of talented designers to back you up, and help you edit and customize the designs to your heart’s desire.

Responsiveness

Blogger

You can turn on and off the mobile version of your blog and choose between various mobile templates in Blogger’s dashboard.
Blogger controls this behind the scenes. The mobile version means optimised images, and a simplified version of the blog with no sidebars, footers, or custom header. It won’t help you in your brand building efforts but it offers a clean user experience.

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WordPress

In WordPress, a responsive blog equals a responsive theme, which means you have to pay attention to these details before going through all the hustle of installing and personalizing your theme.

Support

Blogger

Apart from some online documentation, there isn’t much support on Blogger’s side
You’ll have to turn to Google search for answers, which might or might not be there

WordPress

WordPress has its own very helpful, very active support forum. My other go-to forum is Stack Overflow. There are some many WordPress developers and users out there, it’s unlikely you won’t find help
Your own hosting company might be able to help you with certain issues
If everything else fails, try premium support

Monetisation

Blogger

AdSense is a Google product, hence, it is an integral part of the Blogger dashboard and easy to use
You can place sponsored content, banners ads, sponsored text links, affiliate links, run giveaways, etc.

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WordPress

There are several AdSense plugins to choose from , You can instal WooCommerce, the most popular eCommerce platform on the web and sell your own products and services yourself
Simply put, the sky is the limit and you can monetize your blog any way you want

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Images

Blogger

All Blogger accounts come with 1Gb disk space to store your photos. This is quite a lot, believe me, and you most likely won’t need more than that for a very long time ,
However, going through your photos can be a daunting task. Finding one, in particular, is almost an impossible endeavour

WordPress

You have as much disk space as you purchased with your hosting plan , The Media Library is a life-saver. You can view and manage all of your images, videos, and other files from one screen

SEO

Blogger

New blog posts get index instantly   Responsive design regardless of the template you use (Blogger default or from the web). However, using custom templates from the web will pretty much result in multiple code errors which can hurt your SEO.  Blogger’s servers are reliable and there is virtually no downtime

WordPress

New blog posts take a few days to be indexed (it also depends on how often you publish new content)  There might be some downtime, depending on the web host you are using. If you are not happy with your web host, consider migrating to a different one.

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Ownership

Blogger

There’s been a lot of talk that you don’t really own your Blogger blog. Don’t get fooled. The content is still yours. Though, it’s best practice to backup your blog from time to time, just in case. To do so, go to Settings >> Other >> Export blog.
Google might decide to shut down Blogger any time and delete your blog together with it. However, it’s unlikely they will do it overnight and without warning
Just like Facebook and other social networks, in the fine print, Google reserves the right to use and distribute your content. But to be honest, how often do you think this happens?

WordPress

Your blog is yours and for many, this point alone makes WordPress the winner in the WordPress vs Blogger competition.
This doesn’t mean Google can’t penalise it or ban you from AdSense or the search results if you are in violation of their terms and services.

 
Comments

Blogger

You can use the Blogger’s native comment system or embed Google+ comments , Blogger’s native comment system offers way too many options, which can be confusing.
The use of Google+ comments is limited to those readers who have a Google+ account. All comments received on a post you shared on Google+ will show up at the end of the blog post as well. On the downside, the comments left on social media tend to be short to not relevant to the whole blog post.

WordPress

You can use the native WordPress comments system, Disqus, CommentLuv, etc . Comments can be edited by the admin so you won’t end up with a bunch of misspelled words.

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Security and spam

Blogger

Blogger is in general very secure. To be honest, I’ve never heard anyone complaining of being hacked
Spam comments are there. Blogger does its best to filter them, but its best is often not good enough.

WordPress

WordPress is quite secure, but since it is a self-hosted solution you are responsible for security and backups. There are plenty of plugins that make this task easier for you,
WordPress blogs are more likely to be hacked and spammed. Before installing the ‘Anti-spam‘ plugin, popular articles like 10 Things to do in Brussels used to get hundreds of spam comments weekly.

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Features
Blogger.com
WordPress.com
Owned by:
Google, Inc.
Automattic, Inc.
You get a free blog address like:
example.blogspot.com
example.wordpress.com
Can you map your existing domain name —  your-name.com?
Yes (it’s free)
Yes (but it costs $13/year)
You get a storage space of:
Virtually Unlimited
Because there is no limit on the number of posts that you can have. Go here to see the other limits on Blogger.
3 GB
It’s the total storage limit for content, photos, or whatever you publish.
What about the storage for images?
If you have upgraded your Google account to Google+ then your Blogger.com photos will be stored in Google+ Photos and you get 15 GB free storage. Otherwise, your photos will be stored in Picasa Web and it gets you only 1 GB storage.
You can upload photos until you hit the total storage limit of 3 GB.
How many photos can you upload?
You can upload unlimited media because only photos over 2048×2048 pixels and videos longer than 15 minutes count toward your storage limit.
You can upload as many photos as you want until you hit the available total storage limit of 3 GB.
Can you upload word documents, PDFs, spreadsheets, presentations?
No, but you can upload them to Google Drive and share its link.
Yes, but you need a premium plan to upload audios, videos, and zip files.
What is the file size limit?
There is no limit but they recommend file sizes up to 1 GB.
There is a limit of 2.50 MB for images uploaded via mobile.
Is there a limit on page size?
Individual blog posts do not have a page size limit but individual blog pages (home, archive pages, etc) have a page size limit of 1 MB.
No
Is there a limit on data transfer or bandwidth?
No
No
Do they show ads?
No
Yes (It costs $30/year for an-free account).
Can you display your own ads?
Yes (You can monetize the blog with AdSense or any other ad networks).
No (But you can monetize the blog with WordAds if you are eligible).
Can you invite team members?
Yes, you can add new admins and authors.
Yes, you can add new administrators, authors, editors, and contributors.
Can you upgrade your blog?
No, there are no premium plans or upgrades available.
Yes, you can visit the  Store (available in your WordPress Dashboard to add premium features).
Can you connect your blog to your social media channels to automatically share your content?
No
Yes
Can you publish a new blog post by email?
Yes
Yes
Can you customize the theme?
Yes
No
How many themes are available?
You can install the available ~ 50 themes or can find one from the internet.
You can install any of the available 300+ (includes free & premium) themes.
Can you install 3rd party themes?
Yes
No
Can you install 3rd party plugins?
There are no plugins for Blogger.com but you can add widgets with custom codes.
No
Can you add scripts or custom codes?
Yes
No
Do you get FTP access?
No
No
Can you integrate Google Analytics?
Yes
No (but every WordPress.com comes with WordPress Stats)
Can you import content from other blogging platforms?
No, but you can import content from another blogspot.com blog.
Yes, you can import content from Blogger.com, LiveJournal, Posterous, Tumblr, Xanga, etc. and also from other WordPress blogs.
Can you edit comments?
No
Yes
Can you password protect posts?
No
Yes
Is your blog search engine friendly?
Yes
Yes
Can you access the blog via mobile?
Yes
Yes
How can you organize your content?
You can organize your posts by using Labels.
You can organize your content by using Categories and Tags.

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