wordpress.com vs. blogger.com

So, I’ve been trying to figure out if I want to move to wordpress.com or use wordpress.org on my domain, or do something entirely different (I’m running drupal on my domain). Occasionally, I have considered moving over to wordpress.com as well… I like wordpress. It’s not so much that I hate blogger, it’s ok, but I’ve been wanting to do something with all of my baby* blogs for a long while. Anyhow, back when I created the baby* blogs, blogger didn’t offer labels or categories (well, they still don’t offer true categories). WordPress.com wasn’t available. I used the baby blogs as a primitive form of categories.

The main reason I started using blogger was for an example for a class project journal. I wanted blog software that was free and easy to use in hopes that it would become an acceptible alternative to creating static html pages (yuck!) on the university’s website. There weren’t alot of alternatives then. I continued using blogger because I received a little bit of traffic from blogger (next blog, or searching in blogger), and I thought that was kind of nice. So, is it better to host on a domain or using a public blog software like wordpress.com or blogger?

..but maybe it’s time to rethink my whole blog presence. Neither wordpress.com or blogger is great, both have limits. When I started thinking about moving over to wordpress.com, I was excited about the ideas of true categories (wouldn’t it be nice to collapse all of my baby blogs into categories here?) but the lack of customized CSS is an issue. I do like wordpress and I would support it, but I don’t know… considering I can do all of those things for free if I host it, then it seems silly to pay extra to have it hosted elsewhere.

So, the dilemma. I read this article about blogger vs. wordpress vs. livejournal and I read this one, too. Basically, all of the same stuff. WordPress = categories good, Blogger = customize CSS good.

Here is my list of pros and cons. Here is my site mirrored here and here it is at blogger. Yes, it does not look like my site at blogger (the not able to customize templates, only headers issue). I’d love to hear from others who have used wordpress, blogger, or any other publicly hosted blog software. What were the advantages and disadvantages? Was it truly better to just host on your own domain? How easy (or not easy) is it to export from a public site (wordpress.com) to a domain?

*baby blogs = Not a blog about babies or small children, but a blog that is part of a larger blog. 😉 (just in case you didn’t catch on to that….)

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5 Responses to wordpress.com vs. blogger.com

  1. Matthew says:

    I just started a new blog. I chose blogger because I already had a just for fun blog on it. So it was easy to just click a couple buttons and get another one rolling. I figured why worry about it now? New blog, no content. Maybe one day I’ll focus on the service, and the themes, and the features. Right now I just want to rant a little. It is very easy to do that with Blogger.

  2. robinna says:

    thanks matthew. I appreciate your thoughts. In terms of style/theme, in blogger you do have complete control over that (should you want to update it in the future). At wordpress.com, there is a small cost for that functionality. I found blogger to be amazingly easy to use, too, but I really like the wordpress community and I also like the categories. 😉

  3. Actually i’m using e107 cms instead. I like it, it’s very handy and very useful.
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  4. robinna says:

    ..but the difference with e107 (if I understand correctly) is in hosting on your server. I’m already using expression engine on a different server, and I’ve installed wordpress on servers, too. However, I started using blogger because 1) easy to use 2) freely available 3) hosted on elsewhere – not on my server 4) easy to template. What I’m trying to decide is whether I want to go back to my own server, where I would indeed, have complete control, or stick with a hosted site (for a lot of different reasons).

    I like wordpress.com a lot — however, look at my poor tag cloud. Just a big mess.
    I will say that I seem to be getting more comments and feedback at wordpress.com, which could be an advantage over blogger.

    ..but if I’m going to pay, well, then maybe I need to go back to my own server first.

  5. globalclosers says:

    Nice article, it was informative in helping me decide on whether to use WordPress or not. So far, I am happy with my decision and have implemented a few plug-ins from the WP website, such as Akismet which helps block spam posts and All-in-One SEO Pack, as well as, FeedBurner FeedSmith. I linked to your blog article here: http://globalclosers.net/insider/2008/01/01/happy-new-year-bloggers/

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