“You are Free to make your choice, but not free to choose the consequences”
In Part I of “New to Blogging! Start Creating a Blog That Makes Money” we saw How to Choose a Topic to blog about and Why? and In Part II we have discussed How to Choose a Perfect Domain Name and How to register Domain at Cheap Price. Now we are on Part III where we will be looking on some points that will help you to choose your Blogging Platform or CMS (Content Managing System). There are two top Blogging Platform :
I have been asked many times by new bloggers “Which Blogging platform should I Choose ? Should I choose WordPress or Blogger?” So i decided to help them in choosing the best platform for blogging. It is very important to choose right blogging platform from beginning so to avoid heck of migrating your blog from one platform to other in future. In this both blogging platform they both have their cons as well as pros, non is perfect. But I will keep some point in front of you that will help you to choose which is the best.
Blogger Vs WordPress
This two are most widely used Blogging platform, both are free one need domain only, while other need (Domain + Hosting). But before you choose any one out of them you should know about their features.
1. Ownership :
Blogger is a platform which is owned by Google. It is totally Free, Mostly Reliable, Zero Downtime and has all features which are quite enough to publish your article. As you are not the full owner of it. Google run this service so they has the right to shut it anytime without even notifying you.
While for WordPress, you need hosting provider to host your own website. It is on you how long you want to run it. All the data is own by you and it depends on you when you want to shut it down. You can share all your information with any third-party organization.
2. Control :
Blogger is tuned such that you can perform only some specific task which is very much essential for blogging with some tools only. So control on any blogger blog is limited you cannot extend them according to your need.
While WordPress is an Open Source Software, You can easily extend it to new features. To add new features you just had to install some plugins, there are 1000’s of WordPress plugins which make it very easy to modify any property without coding.
3. Portability :
Migrating your Blogger blog to any different platform is the very complicated. There is a huge risk of losing your Search Engine Traffic, Subscribers and followers due to this migration. Even Google allow you to migrate your data content from blogger to any platform but still the data remain on Google Server for a long time.
With WordPress, you can migrate/move your site to any different platform. Even you can change your hosting at anytime, even you can change Blogging platform as well very easily.
4. Appearance :
By default Blogger only provides a limited set of templates for use. You can change their colors, fonts and layout of those template with built in tools. But the restriction is that you can not create your own layout or modify them to your needs. Don’t worry there are many Blogger Template providers but majorly those templates are of low quality.
In WordPress there are thousands of Free and Premium templates, which will help you create a professional looking website/blog. One best thing is that it has every kind of theme which suits each and every kind of niche. WordPress themes are of high quality,widely available and are easy to modify.
5. Security :
Blogger is Google Product so you can imagine about it security. It is totally robust secure platform. You neither have to focus on your blog security nor on your server database, everything is taken care by Google.
WordPress lack behind of blogger here, But with proper steps taken for your blog security you can make it secure as well from hackers. As WordPress is self hosted, so you have to take care of it security and data backups. You can use Security plugins to take care of your blog.
6. Support :
Blogger support is very limited they have a basic forum. In terms of support for blogger you choice is very limited. Check out there User’s forum here.
WordPress has very active community support. There is an online community forum, Documentation and Chat rooms where you can get help from experts. Even there are many website, blogs and experts available who offer premium WordPress support.
Blogger has not been suffered from any major updated from a long time. Google is killing their most of the useful services like Adsense for feeds, Google Readers. Google own all of these so it depend on it, they own all the rights to shut it down anytime. While WordPress is not dependent on any company like Google, it has been developed by community of experts.
Our Choice is WordPress
MoneyGossips is running successfully on WordPress, and we recommend you to use WordPress. But if you are newbie 1st of all use blogger as blogging platform for a month just to have some basic knowledge of Blogging then start blogging on WordPress.
If you have any question in mind you can ask in comments below, i would like to answer them all.