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Comparison of Two Blogging Platforms- Wordpress or Blogger?

Updated on February 14, 2014

You are ready to take the plunge into the world of blogging and you are not sure which website to use. Blogger and Wordpress are the two most popular platforms out there- though others such as tumblr and wordpad have a good following too.

As a writer with blogs on both platforms, I can give you the scoop on the advantages and disadvantages to each one. Regardless of what you choose, you’ll enjoy the fine art of blogging for the world!

My five year old blog. That's old in the world of technology!!
My five year old blog. That's old in the world of technology!! | Source

Templates

Both platforms have an extensive library of free and stylish designs to choose from. Blogger allows for more detailed customization of tabs, menu fonts, colors, etc. Wordpress templates are very professional looking and though less customizable when you use the free options, they are more unique than Blogger. Wordpress also has the option to purchase templates with more customization and capability.


Did you know?

WORDPRESS
In Wordpress if you customize a widget and decide you don't want to use it- you can move it to an inactive category where it keeps all your settings saved if you decide to change your mind later.

BLOGGER
Blogger has a limit to the number of pages you can create (each page makes a tab on the front page-Blogger's limit is 20).

Widgets along the side on Blogger. The little screwdriver icon is only viewable to the account holder so you can easily change settings.
Widgets along the side on Blogger. The little screwdriver icon is only viewable to the account holder so you can easily change settings. | Source

Widgets

Widgets are little coded “apps” that run along the sidebars and footers of blogs to showcase RSS feeds, images, stats, email subscription notices, etc. Both sites have the standard widgets, but Blogger has a lot more unique and funky widgets than Wordpress.

Standard widgets offered by both...

  • Archive lists
  • Subscription button
  • Blogrolls
  • RSS feeds
  • Images
  • Html/Text
  • Popular posts
  • Stats
  • Categories or tags
  • Top comments
  • Links
  • Custom menus

Sharing and Commenting

Wordpress has a page called Freshly Pressed which showcases several top blogs of the day. The site gets a ton of traffic and if your blog lands on that front page- you are in for a spike in viewership! Blogger doesn’t have a central hub so to speak, so there isn’t the same sense of community that Wordpress offers.

Both platforms allow you to comment and place your gravatar in the signature. Wordpress users have a menu bar at the top that allows for easy “liking” and “following” buttons for fellow bloggers. There is also a reader so you can keep a running list of blogs you like to follow.

In Wordpress, the black bar at the top has the easy like and follow buttons.
In Wordpress, the black bar at the top has the easy like and follow buttons. | Source
In Blogger you have a share button and a "next blog" which gives you a random blogger to read.
In Blogger you have a share button and a "next blog" which gives you a random blogger to read. | Source

Formatting

Both platforms are a snap to learn. They have very similar formatting options although Blogger does allow different fonts and Wordpress doesn’t have an easy option for that unless you know html. Image placement is very similar as well, though Blogger more frequently messes up alignment of photos than Wordpress. Both allow videos to be directly embedded onto posts.

Wordpress blog post creation page.
Wordpress blog post creation page. | Source
Blogger blog post creation page.
Blogger blog post creation page. | Source

Monetizing

Blogger uses Google Adsense and Wordpress does not. There is a program for Wordpress Ads, but you need to apply for it and blogs are only accepted if they are highly trafficked. Wordpress blogs are typically more streamlined and Blogger sites can be a bit busier with ads. However the ads make money- so it's a toss up!

Stat Analysis

In both platforms, you can easily see user views, keyword searches that drove users to your blog, traffic sources, and page clicks. Wordpress gives more detailed information about users per country, exact page counts, and referrer clicks. Blogger gives you the top ten of the day, week, month, etc. If you are one who likes to watch every page and it’s traffic, Wordpress has better built-in analytics than Blogger.

Blogger stat page
Blogger stat page | Source
Wordpress stat page
Wordpress stat page | Source

Mobile Apps

The iphone app for Wordpress has a lot more functionality than Blogger. With Wordpress, you can post, edit, update images, check stats, etc. Blogger allows you to post and edit, but does not offer the same flexibility as the Wordpress app.

Did you know?

If you want to use a blog like a website, go with Wordpress. The customizations are more extensive if you know your coding.

If you are a beginner

If you are a complete newcomer to the blog world and have a gmail account currently, Blogger might be easier to use. However Wordpress gives a more professional look and feel with only a bit more of a learning curve. Blogger is more independent whereas Wordpress has more of a community- which might be helpful for new beginners.

Do you use Blogger or Wordpress?

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I use both!

As a regular blogger, I cannot decide which platform I like better. If I had to lean in one direction- it would be to go with Wordpress, despite the limited monetization options. But Blogger has fun customizations that Wordpress does not (unless you know your coding).

Good luck and happy blogging!

-Julie DeNeen

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      Honey Halley 4 months ago from Illinois

      Thanks, I am only just beginning my blogging world but this is article is helpful in letting me know the pros and cons.

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      Lynda Pringle 2 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Informative article but WordPress drove me nuts. They charge a lot of money for the nicer themes and try every angle to attempt the user to spend more and more of their money. Also, one has to be computer savvy to figure out how to customize the themes, widgets, etc. It is not an easy site to set up. I tried doing it for 2 weeks and lost a lot of money and time. I don't blame WordPress, per se. I think it's a site that is more amenable to more computer savvy folks. Now Blogger, I highly recommend. I have used it before and it is user friendly. I do have a question for you? Why do you blog at two different blog sites, including this one? Wouldn't one site be enough?

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      Very good information as I am researching what to do about a blog. I have come to realize not only is a blog a good thing but it can help with your HP account as well.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Ceres Schwarz 4 years ago

      Interesting and very useful hub on the comparison and contrast between WordPress and Blogger. It appears that both have their advantages and disadvantages. Now I'm still undecided on which one to go with if I do create a blog. Why is it that you can't use AdSense on WordPress? Which of the 2 do you think would be more profitable?

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      The Chewy Mommy 4 years ago

      I am dipping my toes into the blogging world after years of writing online for other websites. I have decided to start with blogger. Although I won't activate ads right away, I like the fact I can use my own Adsense account on the site. I have heard great things about Wordpress too though.

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      Marco Piazzalunga 4 years ago from Presezzo, Italy

      I agree fully with what you wrote. There would also be mentioned blog.com which is quite interesting and allows a sufficient set of features.

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      Lovely 7 4 years ago

      Nice hub.

      Thanks for sharing

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      Bruce Chamoff 4 years ago from New York

      I also read a lot of great articles between Wordpress and Blogger on LatestBlogPosts.com, which supports all types of bloggers.

      If you want more flexibility for your blog, Wordpress is the way to go. If you want little control, Blogger would be the way to go.

      LatestBlogPosts.com also uses Wordpress.

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      Richard J ONeill 4 years ago from Bangkok, Thailand

      Interesting comparison there.

      I currently use Blogger as I found it much easier to get to grips with.

      Good job here.

      Interesting and up!

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      Bruce Chamoff 4 years ago from New York

      Hey Julie, great hub and voted up. I have been impartial to Wordpress for several years now and as a web developer who programs Wordpress widgets and plugins as well as themes, I love the flexibility that Wordpress offers that Blogger does not.

      I have a few video hubs on Wordpress as well as I am now following you, but this hub was a great overview.

      Bruce

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      Roshan Jerad Perera 4 years ago

      Nice write up. But I think WordPress is better for a developing blog that targets a bigger crowd. Blogger is only good for personal and small budget blogs.

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      Island Tropical 4 years ago

      Blogger is so terrible, your blog will never get discovered by the search engines, just type any search term into Google search and you can see non of the blogger's blog get listed in the top 10 position. This really makes me have this feeling of Google is not helping their own Blogger platform, or maybe there is lack of communication between each department of Google, for example adsense department tells you to do put more advertisement on your post but the search department then destroy your ranking on the search engine, really a mess!

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      TurtleDog 4 years ago

      Thanks for the post. I've been batting around trying the WordPress platform and go with self-hosting. Still trying to learn as much as I can. I use Blogger too. This post is a good start. Thanks!

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      ShaamCA 4 years ago from India

      Good one , your hub information are very informative and interesting to read too, pretty good points to discuss on , to me both Blogger and wordpress are important

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      Tom McDonald 4 years ago

      Good morning I think that your blog is quite nice!

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      robb6669 4 years ago

      Hey I loved your article. I have used both too in the past. But I like Wordpress better because I feel that it gives you more control over templates, design and layout.

      I disagress that it is hard to monetize a Wordpress blog. With all the plugins out there for Wordpress I think it is easier to monetize and monetize in a way that is not overbearing. Blogger does have a lot of ads and it feels sometimes like the ads are a distrac

      I can get plugins for Amazon affiliates, or for Adsense, so Wordpress gives you a way of specifying your monetization strategy.

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      Manoj 4 years ago from USA

      wordpress is better than blogger.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      I posted on a Word Press site when I first came to HP. In fact, the site was created by one of my first followers. He invited me to write for his site, which I did. I got soooooooo much spam and crap sent to my inbox via that site, all connected to the posts I'd written, that I took everything I'd posted down. WordPress offers no protection for the trusting, hopeful writer.

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      susiebrown48 4 years ago from Clearwater, FL

      I started with Wordpress and love it. I managed to get adsense onto it with add ons, it wasn't easy but it was manageable. Thank you for the great hub, I had never considered Blogger before

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      thesingernurse 4 years ago from Rizal, Philippines

      This is yet the most unbiased and truthful comparison of Blogger and Wordpress I had ever encountered. I've used both until now and I really have to agree with everything you mentioned. Although I'm having some difficulties learning the little "intricacies" of using wordpress, still, I'd like a self-hosted blog built from it. On the other hand, blogger has helped me a lot, during my beginner months, in building and establishing my online presence and confidence as a writer.

      I am definitely sharing this hub to everyone!

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      colombostock 4 years ago from Colombo Sri Lanka

      Very useful article. Thanks for sharing!

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      Patty Kenyon 4 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      Voted Interesting and Useful!!! Thank-you for sharing your information!!!

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      Sara Duggan 4 years ago from California

      A great comparison. I use blogger as it is the first I used but also because it's free. When I start earning a regular income I will switch back to a paid WordPress site as I love the widgets and plugins.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Julie thanks for this comparision. Though I have both accounts I've not really started on wordpress. But this is interesting as I always thought wordpress was difficult navigating. Maybe I'll check it out now again.

      Thabks for sharing these tips.

      voted up, useful and interesting. Sharing too.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Thanks for this very informative and interesting hub. I'm a slow beginner but have used Blogger more than Wordpress but will take another look at Wordpress. Passing this on.

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      chamilj 4 years ago from Sri Lanka

      At the beginning I used Blogger but 3 years later I transferred my Blog to self hosted Wordpress. Now I feel more safer. Informative article. Voted up and shared.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Gosh, Julie. I was hoping you'd give me the answer for sure! I've been looking into blogging and was leaning toward Blogger because I heard it's super easy, easier than WordPress, even. Is that true? You're definitely better at the techy stuff than I am, so maybe WP is no problem for you . . . ?

      This is a really awesome hub. You compared them well. Well laid out, too!

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      Joshua Patrick 4 years ago from Texas

      Thanks again for these useful hubs, Julie. I've been wanting to try Wordpress for a while, and I will definitely be checking out Blogger. Voted up, useful, interesting!

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      Stacy Harris 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      Wow - great information... It kind of stinks that you can't use Adsense on Wordpress... I wonder if because blogger is (I could be wrong) google related if that means it ranks higher. You definitely have given me something to think about! thanks!

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 4 years ago from Clinton CT

      @Realhousewife- thank you !

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      Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Wow! This really is a gorgeous hub - it's got it all!

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 4 years ago from Clinton CT

      @deborah- thank you so much. People from HP are the best! :)

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Great hub my friend.. I hope you get 200 views today.. or more!! Sharing

      blessings Debbie

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 4 years ago from Clinton CT

      @curiad- thanks...I prefer wordpress too..what's your blog address? I'll check you out!

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      Mark G Weller 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      This is well written and informative Julie, I personally use both but I prefer Wordpress.

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      Katina Davenport 5 years ago

      I prefer blogger. It is easier and to me it is very professional. Shared

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 5 years ago from Clinton CT

      @penlady- Thanks for the encouragement! :)

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      penlady 5 years ago from Sacramento, CA

      This hub is makes a great comparison of two "powerhouse" blogging platforms. They both can be excellent in helping a blogger fulfill their goals, and you've clearly illustrated that.

      Voted up and useful.

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Wow, great hub. I used Wordpress once.. Thanks for the comparison here.

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      Andrew 5 years ago from Rep Boston MA

      Wordpress and blogger both have much to offer and on both the same end goals can be meant. Its how easy it is to make that goal happen is where the platform really comes in to play. Thanks for the comparison!

      ~thranax~

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Great job Julie, I currently have a blogger, but this information is very useful! I am always debating which one I should use! :)

      Voted up, useful, and sharing!

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 5 years ago from Clinton CT

      Island tropical- thanks for that insight!!

      Seabright7- Thanks!

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      Island Tropical 5 years ago

      Vote up too, however blogger has very little daily visitor because it is not that popular among the search engines so it is very hard to earn money. As for wordpress yes it is possible because it is more easy to get readers.

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      seabright7 5 years ago from Seattle Area

      Nice hub. I have recently attempted to start a blob and I went with blogger.

      Voted up!

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