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Wordpress vs Blogger

Updated on September 17, 2015

HERE'S WHAT I THINK

Wordpress vs Blogger

Which side of the blogging table are you on? Do you prefer Wordpress or Blogger? Which is better in your opinion?

I'm a Wordpress fan myself, but when I started I had all Blogger blogs. Both have their pros and cons. I'll present both their strengths and weaknesses here, and let you decide.

Please join the debate, or let us know in the comment section what you think.

The Scoop On Wordpress

Pro-Wordpress Video!

The Pros of Using Wordpress

When I talk about Wordpress here, I'm going to talk about a self-hosted Wordpress blog, from Wordpress.org.

1. The ability to customize your blog theme.

2. Wordpress is free, you only have hosting costs.

3. Most hosts offer one click installation through Fantastico or Simple Scripts.

4. The Wordpress community has developed hundreds of plugins to help improve the Wordpress functionality.

5. You can choose from hundreds of free themes if you don't want to invest in a custom theme for your blog.

Books On Blogging With Wordpress

There are some excellent resources out there to help you with your Wordpress blog. Here are just a few of my favorites. Let us know in the comment section if you know of a resource we're missing here!

Are You Trying To Pick a Host For Your Wordpress Blog?

I use Bluehost to host all my Wordpress blogs (and I have a couple). I've only ever had one issue, and it was quickly resolved with a phone call to Bluehost. The technician I talked to was knowledgeable and helped me solve my problem within minutes, and with only one phone call. I've been a fan since.

Bluehost lets you Host Unlimited Domains on 1 Account for $6.95 Per Month

I've been using Bluehost as my web host for a couple years now, and I've been very happy with their service.

They also throw in a FREE DOMAIN with their 6.95 per month package.

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The Cons Of Using Wordpress

1. You have to pay to have your Wordpress blog hosted.

2. Frequent releases of new versions.

3. Plugins are created, and maintained by 3rd parties, and are not supported by Wordpress itself if you encounter a problem.

My Favorite Wordpress Book

WordPress For Dummies
WordPress For Dummies

Unlike other blog hosts, WordPress gives you the ability to create a blog that is tailored to your own tastes and needs. Sure, the codes, tags, and terminology can seem a little intimidating at first, but WordPress for Dummies breaks it all down to show you just how intuitive, friendly, and extensible the software really is.

 

The Lowdown on Blogger

Blogger Tutorial

1. It's free

2. It's easy to use. The dashboard is easily navigated.

3. Free domain name hosting.

4. 1G of free photo space through Picasa.

The Cons of Using Blogger

1. There are not as many options for customizing your blog.

2. Some people look down on Blogger blogs.

3. Unless you purchase your own domain name and point it to your Blogger blog your stuck with a xxx.blogspot.com domain name.

Problogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way To a Six Figure Income

ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income
ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income

Blogging for dollars - Do you have what it takes?

Here's the place to find out. Problogger.net is where bloggers worldwide go for advice and information on enhancing their blog's presence. Whether you're just starting out or have been blogging for years, learn from two professional bloggers how to turn your passion for blogging into extra revenue or possibly a rewarding career. This is not a get-rich-quick book, but rather a practical guide to creating and marketing a blog with the potential for generating a six-figure income.

 

YOUR TURN!

Which Is Better?

What's Your Favorite Blogging Platform?

There Are More Than 2 Blogging Fish In The Google Sea

Which Blogging Platform Is The Best?

See results

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      belinhafernandes 

      5 years ago

      Interesting lens. I use Blogger since I started blogging back in 2004. Never tried Wordpress, so I don't have an opinion.

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      norma-holt 

      5 years ago

      I have used both but lately become very lazy and not keeping them up to date. Thanks for an interesting lens on comparing the two platforms. Featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen 2013.

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      sitebildz 

      5 years ago

      Wordpress is way more customisable than Blogger and I recommend it if you are familiar with setting up and designing your own PHP based websites. Blogger on the other hand is very simple to use and perfect for those who don't want to get involved with anything technical.

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      TOPTENGAMERS 

      5 years ago

      Wordpress slef hosted : most for me " at least". I like the wordpress.com, but their service is over priced. Check out my personal blog : http://blogvkp.com

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      Warr1611 

      5 years ago

      How about Tumblr? What are people's thoughts on it?

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      Jethro 

      5 years ago from Philippines

      This lens is awesome! The lens tier is great too. I wonder how do you make it. Anyway, blogger is my favorite. :)

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      ronenl 

      5 years ago

      Wordpress !!!

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      Jeph Maystruck 

      5 years ago from Regina, SK

      Awesome lens, long live wordpress!!!

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      kevinfream lm 

      5 years ago

      @kislanyk: Wordpress.com started having their own ads this year.

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      practicemastery1 

      6 years ago

      Could have made this a duel module.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      @anonymous: For you? What is the best feature of wordpress that blogspot doesn't have?

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      newbie2pro2 

      6 years ago

      Wordpress is my favourite after trying both. I feel the flexibility of the plugins just makes it that little more professional.

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      Marika 

      6 years ago from Cyprus

      If you like fiddling with your own domains, self-hosted WP of course. As for the two free platforms - Wordpress.com vs Blogger, I do prefer Blogger. At least there I can have ads, whereas Wordpress strictly deletes blogs with any promotion whatsoever.

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      cbjones 

      6 years ago

      I like wordpress.com, but never felt like I was getting the kind of traffic I would get if I stayed with blogger. Kinda weird, because people praise self hosted wordpress all the time. Neat bells and whistles, but it isn't for me.

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      review33 lm 

      6 years ago

      wordpress, simply the best

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      WordPress and Blogger both are best platform for the Blogging. In WordPress You can did the WordPress Blog Customization very easily same way Blogger is also easy and anyone can do it. Thank You.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      I just want to tell that , i got wonderful result for my site so thanks for wordpress theme www.jokesfb.com

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      I definitely prefer Blogger. It has so much more customization than Wordpress IMO. Minimalistic doesn't always equate to 'professional'.

      Just my spin on it.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      yes

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      Vilja 

      6 years ago from Helsinki

      Thanks for the lens! One note: You appear to have a broken image link. It could just be my browser... Check it out!

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      I used wordpress.com for awhile, but as I grew more serious there was more and more limitations. I then opened a new blog on blogspot. As this has pointed out, it's free and easier to just get set up. I registered with a .tk domain (very easy when using blogspot) and got a new theme. I've looked into wordpress.org but I really can't see the point. Blogspot will eventually have better SEO. Both you can customize completely. Blogspot is easier to set up simple things like adsense... All accounts run through google... I really can't see anything wrong with it.

      Nice comparison.

      www.LittleSpaceCheats.tk

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Great post. I love it.

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      steph-naylor 

      6 years ago

      Just the Lens I was looking for - Thanks!

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      joykennel 

      6 years ago

      I read them from different "types" but I'm not a blogger so I'm not sure. Hear lots of good things from Wordpress users.

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      IMKZRNU2 

      6 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Nice lens. I have tried Blogger and was thinking of trying Wordpress for my next blog....thanks for answering my questions!

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      ajaxlimpp 

      6 years ago

      Hello! I'm a web designer here in Brazil, but I have a blog in each atmosphere, among many pros and cons to both has come to prefer the wordpress! However I find it interesting to mention that a new external tools like pluguins, xml, etc ... jquary gives very good results to have both! I liked the lens, very well organized, congratulations! Eckoweb Webdesigner Brasilia a>

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      zourkas 

      6 years ago

      Hello Barkely! I believe that both wordpress and blogspot are great and competitive but I use wordpress cause I like their platform !! ;)

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      qasimalhammad 

      6 years ago

      That was a great comparison between wordpress and bloggers. The best and most professional blogging platform is wordpress with self web hosting.

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      GilliansCloud 

      6 years ago

      I have loved WordPress ever since a friend introduced me to it 3 years ago. I enjoy the widgets that are addable on the side of the page. Thank you for a great lens. Have a wonderful weekend. :)

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      I love blogger more!

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      freewordpresspremium 

      6 years ago

      Great lens!

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Every time I try to switch from Blogger to Wordpress...I go nuts!!

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      bluefish1960 

      6 years ago

      I can't imagine life without Wordpress. It is the ultimate blogging tool and so so customisable.

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      wolvyz 

      6 years ago

      Wordpress is the best blogging software which comes for free. Although I agree that there are a lot of free templates for wordpress, I really wished that people would not sell something for a free software.

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      wildfia 

      6 years ago

      Great lens. I think I'll give wordpress a try.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Hello and thanks for sharing this! I a person who enjoys blogging and have written a few informational blogs myself. Feel free to visit http://www.blogadvice.info thank you...

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      seemarahate 

      6 years ago

      Word press site is high page rank sites......its a good

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      RuralFloridaLiving 

      6 years ago

      This was fun! Thanks.

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      poutine 

      6 years ago

      i use blogger because it's easy to use.

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      JoyfulReviewer 

      6 years ago

      Nice debate you have here. Blogger and Wordpress each has a place ... this doesn't have to be an either-or decision. BTW, Squidoo is a pretty great option, too. ~~Blessed~~

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      2ezasia 

      6 years ago

      hiI used blogger before finding out about wordpress. There are so many more options and features on wordpress, it's more organized and flexible. You can choose how you arrange your blog and it's easier to keep track of things.Visit 2ezasia Website..

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      2ezasia 

      6 years ago

      Wordpress for sure. Incase you would like to own this wodpress site you can purchase it and then there are lots and lots of things that come handy. Such as Themes for wordpress which are free, amazing plugins, premium themes and lots of other things only for wodpress. Blogger doesn't give you enough freedom to use the site your way.Please Visit 2ezasia Website.

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      Tugee 

      6 years ago

      I've got both, a blogger and wordpress, and I personally prefer the wordpress.

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      Squidoo-Freak 

      6 years ago

      Great page! I'm a wordpress fan - hands down! WP selfhost is much better in terms of flexibility, and the fact that YOU are in control of your own site makes the choice a no-brainer to me.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      excellent, very nice lens...

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      Close2Art LM 

      6 years ago

      I'm trying out WP so will see which is best or if they're the same, great page, great info.

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      lunagaze 

      6 years ago

      Thanks for the lens this will help me choose what to do

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      navalava lm 

      6 years ago

      I think Worldpress is better for SEO. That gives it huge plus over Blogger.

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      GetResultz LM 

      6 years ago

      Interesting article, just need to make a decision now ;-)

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      genuineaid lm 

      6 years ago

      I love using WordPress platform for my blogs, it is fast, reliable, and very professional.

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      Senditondown 

      6 years ago from US

      Not familiar with either format, but this info has been very helpful. Thanks.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 

      6 years ago from Ljubljana

      I think wordpress is leading platform at the moment and it is also in favor of search engines. But here come new players: posterous, tumblr and other with more web 2.0 characteristics.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Wordpress is now not hosting :( you have to buy it

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      jadehorseshoe 

      6 years ago

      Really Nice Lens.

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      JanezKranjski 

      6 years ago

      I love self hosted Wordpress because is very flexible. I actually just took a little 5 minute break from creating my brand new spanking Wordpress theme for my next project.

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      ekkoautos 

      6 years ago

      a nice lens of talking about the difference between wordpress and blogger.

      I prefer to the blogger in these two options.

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      zitamas 

      7 years ago

      I say that WordPress is a good blogging platform for career purpose as it supports java scripts. However, blogger not.. website registration india

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      CraigDesmarais 

      7 years ago

      Blogger is great for a free blog but if you are going to get serious about blogging WordPress offers a much greater experience. With the plethora of widgets and themes at your disposal you can create a unique environment for your readers will enjoy. Making your content sharable is much easier with WordPress as well.

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      BuddyBink 

      7 years ago

      Very good comparison of the two blogging options. Also a nice duel going on with the 'Who's Better' question. Good lens.

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      Xstroy 

      7 years ago

      Standalone blog is always better and he can rightfully be yours. You can edit it, and peredalyvat use as you like and even sell it. On blogspot so you will not tell. Bunch of restrictions and burdens, but as an auxiliary or seo-blog tool for training - the most it

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      ruraldweller 

      7 years ago

      You made me think. I am a Wordpress fan, but I am a Blogger user. Both are simple and user-friendly, though. Thank for sharing. Great lens!

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      fmessina 

      7 years ago

      My favorite is self hosted Wordpress. You just can't beat the tons of plugins and themes!

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      SIALicenceUK 

      7 years ago

      good stuff, thumbs up for you.

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      AnnArborRealEstate 

      7 years ago

      Because most hosting companies will set them up for you, often for free (not just the one button installers), self hosted wordpress is my vote for the best blogging platform.

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      MagicBeanDip 

      7 years ago

      Thanks for the point to Bluehost. I'll check it out next time I need to set up a server account

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      Spikey64 

      7 years ago

      Great information to assist anybody who is not sure which blog platform to choose.

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      glazberg 

      7 years ago

      Open Source is a Great !

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      legaleze 

      7 years ago

      I find wordpress very easy to use

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      OrganicHealth3 

      7 years ago

      Loving this lens I stumbled it. I have both wordpress and blogger blogs because I know that there is an online community on both that I can tap into. Thanks for writing this and posting the links to others blogs!

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      geektax 

      7 years ago

      Great lens.

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      Teri Hansen 

      7 years ago

      I have been using squarespace.com for my blog and like it fairly well but am thinking of switching to wordpress.com Good info thanks for sharing your valuable info.

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      najem lm 

      7 years ago

      Very good lens.

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      bosieboy 

      7 years ago

      Great lens - You get my thumbs up!

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      FitnessFuses 

      7 years ago

      I'd say a self hosted WordPress blog is best for those who are serious in terms of taking their blog/site in a certain direction. But other than this, I think the free version of WP and Blogger are just fine for "casual" bloggers.

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      meschmie 

      7 years ago

      I've used self hosted Wordpress blogs many time and love the customization. I have little to no experience with blogger.

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      dragonsix 

      7 years ago

      What other platform can you use to start a membership site, article directory, business listing, property directory, ecommerce store, review sites, personal blog, company website, etc? The user-friendliness of it is just amazing.

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      BusinessSarah 

      7 years ago

      Like you, I started with Blogger and moved to WordPress -- we run our company blog off of WordPress, and as soon as I found out how clean and lovely the interface is, I switched my personal blog right away!

      ...all but one, that is -- I have a great Blogger ap on my Android that I use to update my quote blog on the fly. Does anyone have any information on a WordPress mobile app that they especially enjoy?

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      aussieremovals 

      7 years ago

      great ! your lens is really informative.

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      amberram 

      7 years ago

      very good information. i like wordpress but i have paid domains so that is why.

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      jonessc 

      7 years ago

      Wordpress gives so many more options than Blogger. The plugins available alone make Wordpress the only choice. It is customizable, flexible, and easy to use. That is why I created a Top 20 Workdpress Plugins.

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      camshaw007 lm 

      7 years ago

      Great lens and extremely useful

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      davidcam 

      7 years ago

      go east or west wordpress is best

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      Linda Pogue 

      7 years ago from Missouri

      I use WordPress on several hosted sites. If you know HTML, CSS, and/or PHP, these are almost totally customizable.

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      QuinnWolf LM 

      7 years ago

      I've been using Wordpress for over 6 years now and have to say it's the best CMS system out there.

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      Mrmillennium771 

      7 years ago

      Well, i feel the need to try both now...I am new to blogging and lenscrafting.

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      Blogger is best one.I like very much

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      MariaMontgomery 

      7 years ago from Central Florida, USA

      Thanks for giving the lowdown on these two. I've been considering both of them. Not ready to venture out there yet, though.

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      whitewarhorse88 

      7 years ago

      Good info I love WordPress

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      Blackmetallic 

      7 years ago

      I mostly use the Wordpress CMS (Wordpress.org), but I often create blogs on Blogger too.

      Wordpress.com is great for SEO, but you don't have many options if you aren't VIP.

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      I like your lens, the pros and cons are really well.

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      Benolds 

      7 years ago

      I use a wordpress.com blog. It's free, simple to use, but still powerful.

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      MinRu 

      7 years ago

      I love wordpress and blogger. Both have easy to use interface though they have its own pros and cons.

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      whoisbid lm 

      7 years ago

      Good debate topic I must say

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      Tony Payne 

      7 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Excellent lens. I have used both Wordpress and Blogger, and I prefer the self hosted version of Wordpress by far, it's so flexible. Blessed, and added as a Featured Lens on my How To Add An Image To Wordpress lens.

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      Dietzster 

      7 years ago

      I haven't been using Wordpress blogs. I think I'll give it a try for linking purposes and see if it helps my static sites.

      Thanks for the information.

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      RhondaSueDavis 

      7 years ago

      I only know blogger, so that is where I have started. Thank you for some first person tech info on wordpress and other free blogging platforms.

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      Both have too many flaws that are not easy to overlook. Blogger tends to allow duplicate images to appear on Android phones, if syncing with picasa is enabled, and it was not optimized for mobile, when I last used it. Wordpress will not work on both LAN and Internet easily, like MediaWiki, Mantis, etc. do. I use Habari instead as I can access my blog, which runs on my own publicly accessible server, on LAN or Internet, without a complicated address setup.

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      webcodez lm 

      7 years ago

      Nice lens, I like the comparison, I've been using Wordpress myself for years now on a self-hosted server.

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      Definitely Wodpress. At first sight it can seem a bit complicated but after a little bit you discover how powerful it is. I also use blogger but I don'l like the fact I can not edit the url, can't change the html for each page. Blogger for beginners, wordpress for advanced. My personal opinion.

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      Think about the goals of your blog or website before you create it on any platform. Research the platforms. I've used Wordpress for years because I worked for companies that used it. Blogger is all you really need for most blogs. Type, images, videos, links, community. The basics are all there. If you've got a lot of static pages and need lots of customization options then consider Wordpress. Wordpress does have a learning curve, lots of updates, plugins and themes that don't work together but most of the time it's worth it. If you don't get separate hosting for a Wordpress powered blog I would tend to dismiss that blog before a Blogger powered blog. I'm hoping that starting with Blogger will allow me to build a following community more easily than what I've been doing with Wordpress for 3 years. Hey wait, did I read somewhere above that Google owns the content you publish on Blogger? That can't be right... Anyway.. Long story short, I'M A WORDPRESS GIRL!!

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