Battle of the Free Blogs: WordPress v. Blogger

When it comes to free content hosting, there are currently two leaders that have emerged from the pack.  WordPress has been around since 2003 and Blogger (owned by Google since 2003) originally debuted in 1999.

While both platforms offer a fair degree of versatility/customization, Blogger wins the prize for ease of use, as well as the ability to use javascript.  Note here that WordPress is compatible with javascript provided that you bring your own (for pay) hosting company.

Javascript (not to be confused with Java) is a nifty little programming language that enables cool items such as Facebook’s “Like” rating system to be embedded on your blog.  It lets you see at a glance exactly how many people have rated your content.  It is analogous to Google’s Follow Blog feature. But these two social plug-in items are just the tip of the javascript iceberg.  Wibiya is another slick app. But if you’re using the freebie version of WP, then you’re shit outta luck; None of the above referenced will work.

Yours truly uses Blogger as a secondary web presence only because when I created Prattle, I realized months afterward that Blogger was preferable for free hosting.  But why not just backup the WP content and import into Blogger, you ask?  Because while WP and Blogger both tout this particular feature, the reality is that a backed up WP blog will simply not import into Blogger and vice-versa. Now whether this is exclusively a WP issue or a Blogger issue, the jury is still out.  What I do know is that neither platform pays any particular attention to the matter.

From what I’ve seen, support forums for both WP & Blogger are filled with users attempting to resolve their import problems, and, these questions remain unanswered and/or replied to with solutions that don’t work.  And neither WP nor Blogger has issued any substantive statements on the non-functioning import feature.   There has been some official lip service to address the issue, but the problem persists.  I will leave it to the reading audience to derive your own conclusions as to the reason(s) why the WP -> Blogger and Blogger -> WP blog import feature remains the bastard, red-headed stepchild.

In the final analysis, WP is a platform that bloggers should seriously consider only if they possess above average tech savvy and/or envision migrating from freebie content hosting to a for-pay platform. WordPress is significantly more customizable when you bring your own web hosting service.

Blogger, on the other hand, is for folks who just want an easy to use platform for a no-frills web presence with the option to utilize javascript tools.  I also want to mention here that if SEO is a facet of blogging that interests you, then be advised that javascript plays a crucial role in successfully implementing it.

Both platforms each have its respective amount of bugs/issues, but this is true for just about anything that runs on a computer.  It’s just the nature of the beast. If you want a blog that runs 100% problem-free 100% of the time then you can pay someone for the trouble.  Yours truly was a techie in a previous incarnation, and, is presently available to administer to your web content consulting needs.

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7 Responses to Battle of the Free Blogs: WordPress v. Blogger

  1. Alejandro says:

    Informative post… I certainly like the sleekness of WP but I like many others I suppose would find switching over from blogger a right pain in the petunias.

    Cheers A

  2. Still contemplating… what to do?
    This certainly is an informative post.
    Is it true that WP is more difficult to use? Not being technically-minded I’d prefer the easier of the two.
    Now I may just consider using both. Just is case.

    • Thx for visiting Prattle! I’d suggest that you test drive both platforms just to get a feel as to which is easier for you to use. That way if you change your mind about one, you can always use the other and not have to worry about the name already having been taken.

  3. Dawn says:

    This was a wonderful article, particularly in light of the very recent Blogger snafu that hit the world. I’ve talked with countless bloggers who have tried both platforms – Blogger & WP – and as you mentioned, each have their pros and cons. I’ve also tried to calm some of the Blogger hysteria that people have had, cautioning that migrating over to WP as a kneejerk reaction won’t prevent WP from having a similar catastrophic event in the future. I fear that my comments fell on deaf, hysterical ears, though. I’m with Blogger currently and have no plans to switch at the moment. I work with WP blogs for clients daily, so I’m familiar with the workings of both and I still prefer Blogger for myself. If that changes in the future, I’ll definitely have to get a pro to help me with the change over process!

    Thanks for such an informative article!

    ~ Dawn

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