Blog Chat: WordPress vs. Blogger

I moved my blog from Blogger to WordPress two years ago and I haven’t looked back since. I am a big fan of WordPress and today I want to tell you why.

When I first made the move I blogged about my lessons learned on Moving from Blogger to WordPress. This post continues to be a well visited post although there are a few changes I might make to that now, such as my recommended host! I have also blogged about some of my favourite WordPress Plugins, and that also changes over time too. That’s tech for you, eh?!

But my reasons for moving to a self-hosted WordPress blog from Bloggers still remain the same.

Why WordPress (self-hosted) is better than Blogger

  • On WordPress I have FULL control over my blog, I own the domain and the hosting – my blog is mine and I own it. With Blogger, Google owns your blog this means they can delete your blog if and when they want. I know this has happened to a few bloggers in the past. They have lost years of blog posts because Blogger decided to delete the blog. How awful would that feel?!
  • Akismet – this brilliant spam plugin removes most of the terrible spam out there. I know Blogger is prone to a large amount of spam comments.
  • There is no need to for word captcha on WordPress (hoorah!), Akismet catches most spam and you can use a great plugin called G.A.S.P. which installs a small checkbox under the comment box for commenters to prove they’re not a spam-bot. This much more user-friendly than captcha.
  • The plugins! There are literally hundreds of awesome plugins designed to help your blog function exactly how you want. It makes for a really user-friendly site for both the Blogger and Readers.
  • And did I mention your don’t own your blog if it’s on Blogger?!
  • WordPress themes are beautiful and customisable.
  • WordPress looks more professional.
  • Blogger can be a bit buggy. I experienced times when posts wouldn’t publish. Posts would disappear. Or I just couldn’t get onto the blog. I found it a very awkward platform.

Yes, a self-hosted WordPress blog might cost a few pennies for the domain name and hosting (maybe £5 a month), but to own your blog? I think it’s totally worth it.

In fairness, Blogger does have some perks. Firstly, you can set up a new blog in a matter of minutes. So it’s very user-friendly in that aspect. It is also a Google product so blog posts will be ranked quickly in search engine results, although I’ve heard that unless you post regularly you can lose ranking just as quickly too. And of course, it’s free which is a pretty favourable price. Or non-price should that be?

WordPress resources:

I now use Krystal Hosting. They are a UK host with a focus on customer service. I suffered quite a bit with downtime on Dreamhost and they’re service really went downhill so I do not recommend them anymore. Krystal have been brilliant in helping me out, even when I’m being a total newbie.

I buy my domains through 123-reg. They have been fine so far and they’re documentation on setting up domains has been really useful.

NOTE: try to keep your domains and hosting separate. That is, buy them from different companies.

So that’s my thoughts on WordPress being a much more favourable platform than Blogger. What do you think? Would you consider moving to WordPress from Blogger? Or are you already in the WordPress brigade?

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16 Comments

  1. 13 August 2013 / 2:41 pm

    I couldn’t agree more. I started off using Typepad, which was a great platform to get going on but it was really expensive. So I moved over to WordPress.org earlier on in the year. I am a huge fan of WordPress. It gives you so many possibilities e.g. you can add an ecommerce plugin and sell thing through your blog should you wish to do so. There’s also a ton of support out there if you need it. Awesome!

  2. 13 August 2013 / 2:43 pm

    This is really interesting. I have a completely unused word press blog for my blog as I have so far found it REALLY hard to customise on WordPress. SO SO HARD. Is there something I am missing? I hope so! I know others are in the same boat so thought if I say I can’t figure it out it might save them from having to say it!

    • 13 August 2013 / 2:56 pm

      It depends on which template you use. But think of plugins as a way to customise. I keep the design of my blog pretty simple but I like the plugins for extra functionality.
      I also chose to buy the Thesis template because it’s so easy to customise.
      I think with WordPress the options are so vast that it can be daunting.
      Let me know if there is anything specifically I can help with.
      x

    • 13 August 2013 / 2:57 pm

      also, it’s worth checking out the WordPress forums. There’s tons of advice there too.x

      • 13 August 2013 / 3:27 pm

        Thank you! I think I might end up buying a template!

  3. 13 August 2013 / 2:44 pm

    Hi Elizabeth! Great post! I do like wordpress a lot more. I used to have a blogger too, but got my new wordpress last year. But one question, why do you recommend buying domain and host from separate companies?

    • 13 August 2013 / 2:56 pm

      So that if you need to move hosts (like I did) you make matters less complicated.

      • 13 August 2013 / 6:26 pm

        It also means that if there is an issue with one company, you don’t have them both with the same people.

  4. 13 August 2013 / 4:56 pm

    This is really useful, as I’ve been wondering when to make the move over to WordPress. I’ll certainly refer to your posts when I do!

  5. 13 August 2013 / 5:21 pm

    I’m all about WordPress. I’ve been using it for the same sort of timespan as you, and I wouldn’t look back.

    However, making the actual transition is a right ‘mare. It’s a lot more technical, and although your blog is infinitely customisable, that means you need the skills (or the dollar!) to get it done.

    However buggy Blogger is, it’s great for beginners because it’s so user-friendly and simple to use. I’ve wasted hours on my WordPress blog because I didn’t know what I was doing. It was all worth it in the end, but you do have to invest!

  6. 13 August 2013 / 6:01 pm

    If you move your blog to wordpress does this include all your posts, followers etc?

    • 13 August 2013 / 6:10 pm

      yes, you can import your previous posts and comments and transfer you new domain on your rss feed.

  7. 13 August 2013 / 6:23 pm

    WordPress.org hosted is pretty difficult, however it’s one of those things that is worth all the tantrums and stress. It’s not difficult in comparison to writing it yourself from scratch (php anyone) but from a non-coding/programming viewpoint, it is not as easy as some make out.

    Completely worth it. Go with Genesis and Studiopress, and most of the hassle is sorted out. I moved my website (from Moonfruit, where it wouldn’t load and topped working within 2 months) last year a long time before I intended to move to WP.org and while it was stressful as I had a deadline, it was well worth it. The difference was immediate.

    Happy to chat to anyone who’s interested in doing it.

    PS. People often assume I had my site professionally done. Nope, just me and WP.

  8. 13 August 2013 / 9:06 pm

    Yay for WordPress!

  9. 15 August 2013 / 4:55 pm

    Oh we so agree, we’ve been on a self-hosted wordpress for a while now. As artists we felt it really important to own full rights to our content. Yay for WP love! x Tamara

  10. Emily Jayne
    22 August 2013 / 10:24 am

    Urgh, I know, I know, I really need to do this!

    The thing is, I love my blogger blog, it’s just so darned easy to manage.

    However the whole ‘google being able to delete it’ thing does give me the fear.

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