Even before you fret over the perfect username, blog title, and the long dreaded creation of a unique URL address comes the most confusing part of creating your own blog; which blog platform to use. Popular suggestions of blog hosting platforms include BlogSpot, WordPress, and Tumblr. But you are not just thinking of starting any old run of the mill blog, another blog that will get lost into the thousands already drifting around cyber space. You want to create a blog that displays a professional front, a blog that will stand apart from the crowd, bolstering your new blogging career to heights further than your best dreams could ever carry you.
In this case, WordPress is the only choice to make. WordPress is a rock solid way to create a self-hosted blog that will allow you access to things you couldn’t even imagine on a BlogSpot blog.
WordPress and BlogSpot are both free blogging platforms. This is an acceptable way to start a blogging career, but not the best way. As a newbie blogger, or even a hobby blogger, you may choose to or may have even been blogging on these free platforms for some time, but through this article you will discover the limitations that free blogging platforms have compared to self-hosted WordPress blogs.
I began just like you. My blogging career started in the tight confines of BlogSpot before I ventured out to a self-hosted WordPress blog. This was by far, the best decision I ever made in my blogging career. BlogSpot is great for beginners, giving you the free blogging platform to test your wings before you soar. But eventually, you will need to soar and that is where self-hosted WordPress blogs outrank any free BlogSpot blog or free WordPress.com blogs.
I started my blogging journey at BlogSpot, later moving to WordPress. The first thing I discovered during my transition was that WordPress offered all the features I had available to me through BlogSpot, and then some. While I agree there are benefits of both blog spot and the free WordPress.com blog hosting sites, I feel these benefits are only truly felt by those bloggers that need to gain some online experience before stepping out on their own. I will be comparing the features of the free blogging template versions versus the self-hosted WordPress blog.
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Firstly, there is the control over your blog. This is a huge reason I stand behind the self-hosted blog. You lack all control when it comes to free blogging sites. For instance, BlogSpot is owned and operated by Google. Google may at any time chose to delete your BlogSpot account, or the BlogSpot site as a whole, at any time, with no warning to you. There is the chance that spammers will report your blog as spam, resulting in Google deleting the blog. This happens more often than you might think. In fact, it is one of the most reported issues users have had with BlogSpot. Having a self-hosted blog will never have any of these issues arise.
Search engine optimization is a top feature of any blogger. No matter where you choose to host your blog, traffic is the top thing you will be searching for. WordPress offers many, many more options to optimize your blogs for search engines than BlogSpot. BlogSpot severely limits you to certain setting restricted the chances that your blog will ever be found through common search engine terms.
Plugins and support are probably the next in line of features that bloggers look for when choosing which platform to use for their blog. WordPress has amazing plugin features and a very large, strong community that provides endless amounts of support. During my time on BlogSpot I spent countless wasted hours editing my theme in order to show related posts and adding features that I needed. WordPress made this entire process much easier. WordPress features plugins for everything you could think of. And in the rare instance you do think of something that is not in WordPress’s already huge list of available plugins, a simple visit to the support forums will give you the custom code required for your unique plugin ideas.
Reputation is another big factor to take into consideration when deciding which blogging platform to use for your blog. As cold as it sounds, the hard facts are that BlogSpot is free and has attracted a large amount of users that simply create massive amounts of spamming and landing pages that has given BlogSpot as a whole a bad reputation. The BlogSpot domain name added to your personal URL may be enough in itself to keep prospective visitors from viewing your blog. When someone sees a blog posted on a self-hosted site they know that the blogger is serious about their blogging career and they are more likely to absorb some of that passion.
At a glimpse most would think that this is the first factor to consider when choosing a blogging platform. In truth, the last thing deciding factor in which blog platform you use is the available templates and themes. BlogSpot offers a ton of templates. But at WordPress you will find unlimited amounts of free and premium themes to choose from. This is largely due to their commercial orientation. Plus, with access, the look and feel of each WordPress theme can be completely altered to your liking.
Most real bloggers hope to one day make money from their blog, WordPress makes getting approved for adsense painless. Whereas, BlogSpot is becoming increasingly difficult and most the time gets denied for an adsense account. BlogSpot blogs can never, I repeat, NEVER be resold. A self-hosted WordPress blog is yours to do whatever you want, including selling it! BlogSpot has simply become commonly unacceptable across cyberspace. Even most social networking sites will not accept BlogSpot posts and shares due to its reputation for spamming. WordPress is widely accepted through many diverse websites. WordPress is always updating, adding the latest and greatest in features. BlogSpot rarely, if ever, updates. What you see on BlogSpot a decade ago, is what you get.
Of course, BlogSpot is free, whereas WordPress does require your personal financial backing according to the web host decisions and themes you have chosen. But, as with anything in the world, you get what you pay for or, unfortunately, what you didn’t pay for.