Trying to find the right CMS system can be overwhelming. You’ve likely heard of WordPress, and if you’re new to blogging you’ve probably ruled out Joomla or Drupal (as you should), but Google Blogger is another option that has made its way onto the scene slowly but surely. If you’re a beginner blogger, then choosing right the first time can help save you a lot of headaches, so it’s important you go through the pros and the cons of each option and understand why certain businesses may thrive with one option while others are better off going the opposite direction.
However, in order to understand the differences between the two CMS systems, it’s important that you first understand the difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org.
Essentially, WordPress.com is the most basic version of WordPress. It has limited themes and does not allow plug-ins, so it’s not a great option for serious bloggers or people looking to grow their business. It is, however, free, so it’s not a bad choice for someone who is just starting out with blogging and looking to experiment. On the plus side, when using WordPress.com the WordPress network has access to your blog and can share your information, thus giving you a wider audience that you might not have had otherwise. This article from WP Beginner explains more of the perks of WordPress.com.
WordPress.org is self-hosted, meaning you have total control over your site and information, and you get to create your own domain name. It comes with a lot more options than it’s counterpart, but it also comes with a fee. This is, of course, a big topic, so I highly recommend check out this site for more information on the fees associated with WordPress.org.
Similarly to WordPress.com, Google Blogger is a free site with limited capability. You do not own your site or your information, Google does. This comes with both positives and negatives. Keep in mind that because WordPress.com is so comparable to Google Blogger, when deciding between Google Blogger your other choice is almost always going to be WordPress.org.
Additionally, this is a very helpful article that further explains the Pros and Cons of both, though I will warn you it is slightly biased towards WordPress. For many, this can only mean one thing: WordPress is a better choice overall? Read and decide for yourself.
If you’re just starting out with a blog and don’t really have long-term plans, I think you can go with either Google Blogger or WordPress.com. Both sites are free and offer plenty of options for the blogging newbie, however I lean towards WordPress, because (at least in my opinion) their chances of existing in the long-term are better than that of Google Blogger.
If you’re serious about blogging and about growing your business, my recommendation is hands-down WordPress.org. I personally did a lot of research before starting my own blog, and even though I don’t have extensive long-term plans, I wanted to keep my options open, and I’m glad I choose WordPress. After all, there has to be a reason that 25% of the web uses WordPress vs. the 1.2% that uses Google Blogger.
Now get started, and let me know what you think in the comment section below.
If you have plans of growing your blog or making money from it, WordPress is the perfect choice as it gives you full control of your website.