What blog platform is better in terms of customization?
Hi there! I've been contemplating on buying my own domain and hosting a blog that will serve as my "official" website. I am choosing between WORDPRESS and BLOGGER. Basically, I would like to have a website that is sleek and organized. I know that contents are more important than the facade of any website but I'd really want something that would suit my taste.
Between wordpress and blogger, which of the two can be transformed (customized) into a beautiful website layout? I would really appreciate feedback. Thank you!
WordPress - no questions about it. There are loads of themes to use - free and premium - and WordPress is Search Engine Awesomeness. There is a bit more of a learning curve with WordPress, but it is well worth the effort.
ps.: I'm a WordPress Fan, and I have a Blogger blog, so I would consider my response to be unbiased
Another vote here for Wordpress - but an important note because there's always some confusion between Wordpress.com and Wordpress.org.
Wordpress.com is the free one - the one most people see as a competitor to blogger (also free). As has been said, Wordpress.com will not allow you to carry ads. Blogger will.
I think what Tony Flanigan is talking about - and I agree - is a self-hosted Wordpress. You get yourself some web space, a domain name, and install Wordpress there (the program distributed for free by Wordpress.org.).
There's a hub that explains this in a bit more detail here: http://homebusinesshelp.hubpages.com/hu … Why-Go-Pro
Thank you Bobbeacham - you are 100% correct. I would never recommend a free platform for serious online purposes.
But in case I do it on blogger, I can still have it self-hosted right Sir?
@thesingernurse: Yes, I believe Blogger have a very comprehensive guide on how to self-host your Blogger blog. Looking for the link for you reminded why I don't use Blogger much - it's extremely slow.
Hahahaha... Actually, I plan to self-host it after it's designed. And given my tight budget at the moment, blogger becomes an alternative. I also heard that you can later on "transfer" it to wordpress. I dunno, is that true Tony?
Yes, you can import your blogger content from inside your WordPress dashboard. Images and other media that were on the Blogger site will have to be loaded manually though.
Gee... thank you so much for all your help.
Yes Offcourse... Word press. WordPress offers best add-ons, Tools for Search Engine Friendly..
Honestly, I recommend starting your website on a free site before transferring to a self-hosted blog. Naturally, that's what I did for one day before I decided to take the plunge into this entirely unknown and terrifying frontier of the internet world (I like to move quickly).
Since then, I have set up many different websites and although I almost always self-host (HostGator) and use Wordpress.org. It is more versatile than I ever expected. It's a wonderful, wonderful program and I recommend it to everyone.
I have two free blogs, one on Wordpress.com and one on Blogger. Since I am an affiliate for many companies, I use their ads and links on Wordpress to compensate for the lack of Adsense. Blogger does let you run ads, but it doesn't suit my needs as much as Wordpress.com. I feel spoiled on Wordpress, especially since I've worked so hard to build my websites from scratch on WP.org. Plus, when you eventually switch from WP.com to WP.org, you know it'll take!
Squarespace is a fantastic blog platform. In my opinion it is far superior to any of the free platforms in terms of customization, attractiveness, and ease of use. So much so that after using it I can't stand the idea of using any of the others. They have a range of packages that start around $10/month and they give you the first month free to try out.
I checked the site and viewed some of their sample active sites. I love the facade and it looked so convenient to use. It reminded me of moonfruit and yola. Mind if I take a look at your own squarespace-hosted site? Thanks!
Sure. I didn't spend much time on the appearance. Used one of their templates and mostly just played with the colors, but i got a better result quicker than anything else I tried (Weebly, Blogger, Wordpress.com). www.xpocalypsesurvival.com
I am a big fan of wordpress, it is very easy to work with and extremely customizable.
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