Hey, there. This is Brad from FirstSiteGuide.com. In this video, we’ll be comparing WordPress.com and Blogger.com; two free online blogging platforms. I will go through some of the reasons to use them, as well as the potential downsides. Let’s get started.
As I mentioned in the intro, both WordPress.com and Blogger.com are free online blogging platforms that allow you to publish your own posts and pages. I’ll go ahead and show you examples of both, and then we’ll go through a couple of pros and cons. I’ll also give you our overall recommendation.
When using WordPress.com, you’ll be shown this page where you’ll click to create your website, and then walked through setting up your account. You’ll be given a free blog similar to this one, with the ability to change your theme, add posts and pages. Your URL will be a subdomain on the WordPress.com domain. So it will be your-blog-name.wordPress.com.
As for Blogger.com, the service is run through Google, so you’ll either log-in or sign-up and they’ll give you access to your own blog through their free service.
Now, as far as Blogger goes, when it comes to ownership, one of the major downsides is that you are not in control of your data, and the service could essentially disappear at any time. Is that likely to happen? No, probably not. But it’s a bad idea not to have full control of your blog. You’re a little better off on WordPress.com as you can export your blog data easier, but you’re pretty much on the same boat since you’re hosted on a free service that you’re not controlling.
When it comes to adjusting the look and feel of your blog, Blogger.com only gives you a handful of themes that you can then customize and change up a bit. Again, you’re limited on what you’re able to change and adjust due to being on their free platform.
With WordPress.com, you have more options and themes to choose from within the theme section. However, since you’re not self-hosting your blog, you are limited to what WordPress chooses to support, and you’re unable to support manual changes to your chosen theme.
While you can move your blog later, Blogger.com is harder to export your data from, when compared to WordPress.com. Although both aren’t the best foundation for your new blog, since they both use sub-domains and not your own domain, once you publish your blog posts, gain some followers and search engine rankings, all of this can be negatively affected down the road when you’re switching services and changing domains.
Now, in the end, this is why we recommend self-hosting your own WordPress installation through a web hosting account that you control. If you’re casually blogging, it is okay to use Blogger.com or WordPress.com. But if you are serious about your new blog, we recommend following along with our self-hosted guide on how to start your own WordPress blog on FirstSiteGuide.com. It’s much easier and more affordable than you think. And best of all, you’ll be in total control of your domain, data, and your posts.
As always, if you have any questions or need help, please visit us at FirstSiteGuide.com. We’d be happy to help you out.
Take care and enjoy your new blog.