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Blog WordPress or Blogger, advantages and disadvantages

This is one of the questions that many people ask when starting a web project and that usually is not reached, there is no clear conclusion. In this article we will try to show some of the disadvantages and advantages of both platforms which can help us decide whether to use WordPress or Blogger .

First of all I must clarify that when I talk about WordPress blog I mean a WordPress blog in our own hosting and not the service that WordPress.com offers . Another thing that I want to clarify is that I am in favor of using WordPress, but I will still try to keep myself as neutral as possible when it comes to showing the advantages and disadvantages of each blogging system.

Advantages in disadvantages of using WordPress as a platform for our blog.

I insist that when I talk about WordPress blog I mean a blog installed in my own hosting and not the service of blogs offered by WordPress.com, since they are very different. Here I will show the advantages and disadvantages that seem most important to me when choosing between one platform or another.

Advantages of using WordPress:

  • It allows to develop all kinds of projects , no matter how complex they are , since we not only have the full potential of WordPress but we also have two programming languages ??(PHP and MySQL) to develop everything our project needs.
  • The code of a WordPress template is infinitely cleaner than that of a Blogger , in addition to that we can have it more orderly and even separate the files into files so keeping it and modifying it is much easier.
  • With WordPress you can do things that cannot be done in Blogger (for example, define our own meta descriptions, modify the administration area, etc …).
  • It is very modifiable , with programming knowledge you can adjust all aspects of a WordPress blog.
  • You do not depend on a third-party service , that is, everything in the blog is yours, the contents are your property and you do not depend on Google (as is the case of Blogger) accept or not your content.

Disadvantages of using WordPress:

  • The use of WordPress requires minimal knowledge about hosting and servers for installation, maintenance and security. For uninitiated users or new webmasters it can be a complex world.
  • It is easier to fall into security problems that allow unauthorized access to hackers and malicious users. By this I do not mean that WordPress is not safe, but in inexperienced hands there is more probability of leaving any door open to hackers.
  • It requires a hosting with PHP and MySQL support and a domain which has a cost and this can be inconvenient for some users.

Advantages of using Blogger:

  • It does not require hosting, domain or knowledge about server administration. This although it may not seem like it is a great advantage for the novel webmaster since he will be able to launch his blog with a couple of clicks. By not needing hosting or domain, this also means savings.
  • Security against attacks from both unauthorized access and DDoS attacks. The access to Blogger to be associated with our Gmail account is strong and the same happens with Blogger servers that have the infrastructure and hardware of a great company like Google.
  • Easy to use. The use of Blogger is very intuitive, which is beneficial for new users.
  • Default integration with other Google products. As expected if we use Blogger we have by default integration with other Google products such as Picasa, Google Plus, etc …

Disadvantages of using Blogger:

  • We are limited to HTML, CSS and Javascript code , it does not offer the user to have the power of PHP and MySQL natively.
  • When it comes to modifying or creating our own templates, this process is more laborious and uncomfortable because a single file is used for all the code.
  • The degree of customization even being very wide is more limited if we compare it with a WordPress blog.
  • Loss of automatisms. Many tasks that are performed automatically in WordPress or with a couple of clicks on many occasions to get the same results in Blogger requires more work.
  • The resulting templates have a significant load of Javascript code. This can sometimes affect the fluidity of the website, especially on mobile devices with few resources.

But then … what is better WordPress or Blogger?

Using WordPress or Blogger is a decision that must be made based on some variables of both our project and our knowledge. That is why saying that one platform is better than the other does not seem right, but depending on the case, one of the two options will best fit our needs.

Before deciding which platform to use, I encourage you to stop and analyze your project and knowledge before choosing WordPress or Blogger. You can ask a series of questions such as:

  • Is my project something serious or with business intentions?
  • Can I invest in my own hosting and domain?
  • Am I willing to learn basic concepts about servers and hosting?
  • Do I have knowledge of PHP and MySQL?
  • Am I a webmaster with a base and some experience?

The previous five questions have in common that if the answer is “Yes” then the best option is WordPress on the contrary if you have answered “No” to most of the questions, Blogger may be a better choice.

This is a topic that brings many debates, so I encourage you to comment and discuss the topic.

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