In recent years the World Wide Web has exploded with potential. Most homes now have at least one computer, typically more than one computer, among laptops, tablets, I Pads, and various other mobile devices to access the online world. This huge growth has brought with it the prospect of many growing business, some offering quite the financial compensation. Others are merely around for pure entertainment and enjoyment of the users. It is in now small terms, that one area that has seen exponential growth due to the popularity of the internet is blogging.
There is an online blog for virtually any topic you could think of and most of them are hosted by one of a small handful of popular blog hosting sites. The most common blog hosting sites are Blogger and WordPress. But which of these two blogging sites truly top the charts? Read on to find out what Blogger and WordPress offers its users in accessibility and features and decide for yourself which blog host site you think is the best.
WordPress is a commercially operated host site. The people who have put their time, money, and a ton of effort into this open source, free to download blogging engine have created a way to see a return of their initial investment. This is done by creating an extremely easy to set up and maintain a blog for those inexperienced users, while putting in place some big limitations for the more experienced crowd that choose to use this blogging platform.
WordPress offers a free account where you can create a part blog/ part website without knowing a single line of HTML code. This account comes with a full 3 GB of free storage to hold all of your posts and media. It comes with easy to install tools to connect your blog with various popular social networking sites. Users also have free accessibility to visitor tracking tools, as well as hundreds of themes that can be customized to accommodate each person’s unique needs. WordPress also accommodates to mobile apps so that blogs can be accessed on many smart phone devices.
WordPress also offers the premium account for those more experience users that cannot survive in the limitations created by the free version. With the premium account you have access to custom designs and fonts, of course at an additional 30 dollars per blog. You may also chose your own custom domain to remove the nuances of adding ‘WordPress.com’ at the end of your URL. This great service comes at a fee of 13 dollars per domain name, per blog, per year. You get guided transfer to bring your WordPress followers seamlessly over to your own web-host that offers you a bit more freedom and independence. This will only cost you an extra hundred and twenty-nine dollars. The most convenient change when upgrading to a premium site is the ability to remove all those annoying ads, and at only 30 dollars per blog per year, who wouldn’t chose this great feature. Other great features include premium themes that are priced per blog and good for the lifetime of your blog, additional storage space that is priced per amount requested, and VideoPress which is a tool for uploading, hosting, or embedding your own videos at only 60 dollars per blog per year. Easy to see where WordPress’s payback can quickly add up.
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Blogger, on the other hand, is not commercially operated. Google acquired Blogger in 2003 and has since only completed a few redesigns and just recently added in a few new templates. Blogger promises user access to all their features, and has so far held up their end of the deal. Blogger offers no upgrades, never charges any fees for adding custom domains, and all the options to customize your blog template that Blogger has available are thrown out there for you to use.
Blogger offers a template designer that allows you to customize the appearance of your blog. It is also comes with various sub-domain options to choose from such as Blogger or Blogspot, of course with the option of using your own domain as well. You can easily add media to your posts and there is no maximum storage space, at least not that anyone has reached anyway. Mobile access to your blog is available as well as email blogging. Blogging offers its users static content pages for their blogs as well as easy to use, quick access to the schemes of advertising that Google knows all too well.
With WordPress you can create an account simply by signing up with an email address you already use. You then create a username and password and decide what the URL name for your blog will be. Blogger on the other hand is a Google service, and like most of their services, requires you to set up a Google account. If you already have a Google account this process is simple, you just log in with your Google information. If you don’t though, you have to enter into the entire Google package. If you are one of the few people that do have a current Google account, but you simply do not want it associated with the topic of your new blog, you have to set up another Google account. This, of course, comes along with the many nuances of dealing with messy multiple account management in Google’s domain.
While Blogger does offer you all their features free for the taking, they also require you to deal with the Google account creation. But that’s not so bad, Google is bound to get you to create an account sooner or later. Google services are virtually everywhere online. WordPress does charge for their better developed features and more unique templates, but they do offer a much broader range of choices even within their free accounts. That is of course, if you can deal with the nagging domain name trailing after your URL and of course, the 3 GB of storage space.