I must just start by saying there are other blog platforms out there (I am hearing good things about squarespace) but for the most part, WordPress and Blogger are the two big players in the blogging game.
I have been blogging for just under a year now, starting off with a Blogger blog in May 2014 and making the leap to WordPress by the August of the same year. I have experienced both and for me personally, WordPress is the superior choice. It is easy to use and offers a world of possiblilties to the user- not to mention the pretty themes you can buy!
For anyone thinking about starting a blog, or for anyone thinking about making the switch, I thought I would list the pro’s and con’s for each platform.
You must be self hosted to have your own url and this costs.
Can be daunting at first
You own your content (Brands really love this!)
Thousands of plugins
Endless possibilities for your own layout and design
At risk of ‘down time’ if host servers go down
You can have your own url with no extra costs
Easy to use
Google owns your content* (and can shut you down at any point)
Limited options for design unless you pay someone
Very secure- you have the power of Google behind you
No ‘down time’. ever.
*When I say they own your content, what I mean is if they decide they do not like your content then they can delete it. You are a part of their brand and if they feel you don’t adhere to their policies they can shut you down. However, unless you are posting really controversial stuff bordering on illegal then you are probably safe!
The bottom line
Blogger is reliable and easy to use, you can have your own url at no extra cost which is great. It comes at a cost though, your site and content belongs to Google, they are free to distribute it as they please and if they should decide to shut you down (I have seen this happen) then that is their prerogative. Here is another article linking to terms and conditions around using Blogger if you want to see the more detailed points.
Of course there are plenty of people who use Blogger with no issue at all but if you want to be in full control, make your site look and work the way you want then WordPress is for you. You do need to find a hosting company but your content will be your own. The possibilities are endless!
When I first moved from Blogger to WordPress I couldn’t navigate my way around, it didn’t feel user friendly at all. However, I am now 7 months in and I love it and would recommend WordPress to anyone!
Are you thinking of making the switch?