WordPress Vs. Blogger

A couple of my fellow bloggers have left comments asking me if I like WordPress more than Blogger. Based on my experience, I would say that both WordPress and Blogger have their own advantages and disadvantages; below I will discuss this topic. WordPress here refers to free WordPress blogs, not those with custom domains like Exploring Blogosphere. Blogger refers to free Blog*Spot blogs.

The new Blogger is very simple and easy to use, especially for beginners. You can use drag-and-drop template editing to edit page elements such as pictures, feeds, HTML/Java Script, adsense, link list, etc. You can change your template and tweak HTML codes if you wish. However, there are not very many Blogger templates available on the net. You have to spend plenty of time learning HTML or pay someone else to do it for you.

On the other hand, WordPress has many free templates (Themes) for their users. WordPress also has more features, such as blog stats, feed stats, categories, etc. You can edit the blog header image easily by entering the image URL, and arrange the sidebar by using the sidebar widget. It takes a little extra time to get familiar with all these features for the first time users. Once you master it, you will have more fun.

Therefore, if you are interested in learning new stuff, WordPress is a better choice. If you just want to share your daily ramblings with friends and donโ€™t want to handle possible tech issues, go for New Blogger. Anyway, Blogger is owned by Google. Itโ€™s not likely that Google will let it down; although, Blogger has its own issues. Plus, there are more Blogger users participating in the weekly MeMes ๐Ÿ™‚

Blogger or WordPress? Whatโ€™s your opinion?

7 Comments so far

  1. ANO on April 14th, 2007

    I’ve used both in my blogging days and must side with WP. The main reason is the downtime, or lack of. Blogger seems to have way too much down time for my liking, and the liking of many other bloggers out there. Sure, you can customize it a little more but what’s the point if no one can see it because of server issues?

  2. billy on April 14th, 2007

    WordPress.com vs Blogger.com is maybe close…

    Hosting your own wordpress install vs. Blogger isn’t even worth talking about because hosting your own wins hands down.

  3. Explorer on April 14th, 2007

    Good points, ANO and Billy!

    Hope to see you around ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Chris on April 17th, 2007

    You know my views ๐Ÿ˜‰

    WP all the way!

  5. Stacie on April 17th, 2007

    Having started with blogger then moved to hosting my own WP install, WP wins. It is just SO much better.

  6. Jackie on April 29th, 2007


    I’m so new to blogging. I started with WP, got frustrated, and moved to Blogger. With WP, I was told you have to know PHP coding…which is a foreign language to me LOL. I would have liked to stay with WP, but the HTML and some CSS that I am familiar with didn’t seem to work out. It was hard to manipulate the themes, the permissions, etc. I wonder if I was doing something wrong. I have no idea.

  7. Explorer on April 29th, 2007

    hi, Jackie,

    It took me a while to get familiar with WP template HTML and CSS too ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’ll suggest you stay with Blogger for now. Once you have extra time, you can create another WP blog.