Why WordPress is Better Than Blogger
As time has gone on, people have found new and creative ways to express themselves. Starting in the late ’90′s, the activity “blogging” came around, showcasing to the Internet world a sort of online journal. Nowadays, blogging has the ability to be used for personal, social or business gain. There’s an estimated 31 million bloggers in the United States of America, 60 percent being men and 40 percent being women. 60 percent of businesses have a blog solely to showcase news and updates related to their companies, which is probably good, because on average companies with a blog see 67 percent more leads than those without ones.
There’s many different ways to blog these days, too. Tumblr, Blogger, WordPress and Typepad are just a few of the interfaces put in the online atmosphere to guide us through our blogging needs, but how does someone compare the two? The two stars of the blogging game that continually go neck to neck are Blogger and WordPress. Year after year these two websites gain the top two most traffic of blog-related websites, but which one gets the blue ribbon? Although insanely different, WordPress has features and abilities that Blogger couldn’t even try to touch with its mouse pad, so therefore beats out its lesser opponent, driven by the blogspot” domain.
The Birth of Blogger
Started in the summer of 1999, Blogger began with three computer savvy friends and continued as that for the first three years, all of which were completely grueling and rocky. The website barely stayed upright and, with days here and there without service entirely, it’s easy to say it barely did. Soon the company found its footing and, in 2002, Google saw its potential and bought it from the three techies trying to manage the entire website.
Today, Blogger sees about 35 percent of all bloggers using its website, which, although no match for WordPress, gives its best shot. First, the good. Blogger is simple to say the least. A newbie trying to create a website would probably be relieved to see its simple functions and basic templates, all seven of them. Since Blogger is still owned by Google to this day, all you need to run a blog on Blogger is a Gmail account and hands to type the information in.
After about five minutes you have an up and functioning blog, able to do, well, bare minimum. You have your basic font options, basic templates, basically basic everything. Secondly, the blog is 100 percent free to run and there’s a good chance it’ll stay this way, another quality that is charming for the newbies out there. If you’re one of the people that use Google Plus’s built right in for you as well.
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Next, the not so good. First of all, Blogger has no post size rule, but as for the entire page it can only be as much as , and every photo on your blog ran by Blogger together has to be less than , which means once you use up your single GB, you have to delete pictures in order to post more. Who could run a proper blog where you have to delete older posts and pictures in order to make new?
Since there are only seven basic templates, your blog is going to look like the majority of all other blogs out there, and for a blog with a business purpose that could be extremely harmful, as you want to make it so your blog stands out. There are a lot of limitations set in stone which makes running a successful blog fairly difficult. Comments on a blog can either make or break a company. If Johnny McJohnson comes and posts on your blog about how his product didn’t get shipped or some other problem that Johnny McJohnson is having, people will read that and chances are they will believe it.
People follow trends and for the most part means they follow their peers. Now, because Blogger has no way to edit, reply or delete comments, the fact that Johnny McJohnson didn’t get his package quickly because he put the address into the computer wrong and then wasn’t home the four times the delivery man was there to try to drop it off won’t translate to the people viewing your business blog.
The only option for comments is to let people post them or not. Letting people post whatever they want is sort of risky, but having no option for comments at all erases the positive review that Rick McRickerson posted about the speedy delivery and awesome product. Unfortunately, it only gets worse.
Since Google owns Blogger, Google owns your website. This means Google can wipe your entire blog clean at any point in time. As if Blogger doesn’t put up enough limitations already, it’s physically impossible to ever actually own your own blog, and for most people that scares them off right off the bat. There’s no true way to grow your blog if you can’t own what you’re posting. In the long run, Blogger might look nice to the newbie running a blog who will forget about it in two or three weeks after the new Twitter update comes out, but outside of that, WordPress puts out a website nobody can deny.
The Start and Rise of WordPress
WordPress started in San Francisco in 2003 with, according to their very own website, less people taking part than the number of fingers and toes you have. In the since it started, it’s grown to a fully functioning blogging tool used by 43 percent of bloggers out there. The qualities about WordPress that are “bad” aren’t really that bad.
First, WordPress takes time, meaning, there’s more than seven basic templates and you actually have to choose which one you like more, which isn’t as simple as a click of one or seven, but because of this, your blog can truly stand out from your competitors. There’s moderation of the comments, plug-ins and updates to worry about, posts to write, edit and upkeep, backups and themes that demand attention, and overall to be completely honest, WordPress gives you a lot of free reign that you have to take hold of in order to have a functioning site.
This means you own it 100 percent. There’s no scary company that can wipe you clean at any moment or make you delete pictures, no rule on how much or how often you can post and more than seven templates. When Johnny McJohnson says he didn’t get his product fast enough, you can reply to him and say you checked his order and it showed that he entered his address in wrong three different times and hasn’t been home every time it was supposed to be delivered which not only gains you points for showing dedication to your customer satisfaction, but allows others to see that isn’t the type of business you run.
Whether you want to just share tidbits from your daily lives, pictures from your vacation with your good friend Johnny McJohnson or create a business blog to update people with the news of your company and latest product information, WordPress gives you the freedom you need to make it whatever you want. In this world, freedom to explore self-expression in whatever way we want is drawn back by the limitations and guidelines given to us daily, but when it comes to our online portfolio and presence, there’s no reason at all we should ever shrink ourselves down to one GB.