WordPress or Blogger: Which CMS is Better?
What is a CMS?
The CMS abbreviation comes from a content management system that is an online software designed to be user-friendly having one or more of the following functions: creating a web site, publishing, editing and deleting content and creating multiple users to manage the specific website.
WordPress is a multi-purpose CMS that can be used as blog software, content management system, content management framework, forum, presentation website, online application, and online shop, being cross-platform and it is so popular that more than 60 million websites use it.
Blogger is a content management system created by Google in Python launched for free on August 23, 1999, available in multiple languages that not only offers tools to create, edit and delete content but also offers host and subdomain name such as example.blogspot.com for blogs.
It is well known that blogger is used especially by niche blogs because is user-friendly and it doesn’t have a lot of options where you can get lost.
Comparison between WordPress and Blogger
There are a lot of differences and similarities between these two CMS such as:
- WordPress comes in two version, a self-hosted version which can be downloaded and installed on your host using MySQL database and FTP or an auto install script like Softaculous and the blog host version where you receive host and a subdomain like example.wordpress.com, the second version is similar with Blogger which has the same features.
- WordPress comes with a lot of themes even if is the blog host version while Blogger has only a few ones and if you want more you need to find on the Internet.
- WordPress has thousands of useful plugins that boost your website while Blogger uses custom widgets and that is all.
- WordPress is more mobile friendly like Blogger.
- With one WordPress you can manage multiple blogs in the same host, but for Blogger, you only need an account to manage multiple blogs.
- Blogger integrates with Google Toolbar and with Google AdSense while for WordPress you need additional plugins.
- Blogger has a limitation of 100 blogs per account while you can create with WordPress unlimited blogs.
- You can use almost 1 GB of pictures with the help of Picasa in Blogger while in WordPress you have the space you bought from the host or in the blog host version you also have 1 GB space
- Both content management systems have no limit on the number of posts.
- In Blogger the size of pages is limited to 1 MB, while WordPress doesn’t have this type of limitation.
- There also no limit regarding the number of pages neither in WordPress or Blogger.
- While in the self-hosted version of WordPress you are the owner of your website, both in the blog host version of WordPress and in Blogger the owners of the website are the developers of the specific content management system.
- Blogger has a limited number of tools that are limited as functions while with WordPress self-hosted you have almost unlimited number of tools being able to extend their number and their functions using special themes and plugins.
- Blogger isn’t compatible with a lot of other similar CMS while WordPress offers export and import functions by default for moving your site.
- Blogger benefits from the security of Google so DDoS attacks and spams are removed while WordPress benefits the protection of the web hosting company you bought the hosting package.
- For Blogger, there is available a small forum and some documentation regarding the support while for WordPress there are available thousands of tutorials, guides, reviews, previews, theme and plugin demos, user ratings, forums and much more.
- Blogger offers you free storage space while in WordPress self-hosted version you need to buy a hosting package.
- In Blogger, you can edit the templates, but you don’t have FTP access while in WordPress you have FTP access and also cPanel access so you have full control and power over the design.
- To access your website, you need a Google Account for Blogger, while for WordPress you can use any email.
- Blogger doesn’t offer you originality too easy because there are a few themes and you cannot customize them fully while in WordPress you can change colors, position and even create new elements.
- In WordPress, there are multiple options for comment moderation while in Blogger these ones aren’t available.
- WordPress needs periodical maintenance since the core, the themes, and the plugins are updated by their authors so you need to update them at your self-hosted WordPress website while the blog host WordPress and the Blogger you don’t need any kind of maintenance.
- Installation is very easy for Blogger where you just use an account and then press some clicks while in WordPress self-hosted you need to install and download the process being a little longer and maybe needing some additional attention.
- Both WordPress and Blogger are SEO optimized by default, however, you can boost your WordPress website with a well-made theme and a couple of SEO plugins while Blogger doesn’t have this possibility.
- For Blogger, you don’t need to backup because Google takes care of this while for WordPress self-hosted you need to manually backup or automatically using either the cPanel, Softaculous or a plugin.
- Blogger is made by Google so it will be quickly indexed while for WordPress takes some time.
- At Blogger, you cannot customize the post link structure as you wish, while for WordPress self-hosted you can.
- In the case of WordPress the blog host version, you may see some ads appearing into your website while Blogger doesn’t use this kind of financial support.
In the end, it is very wrong to compare WordPress self-hosted with Blogger because these two content management systems are different by core and by hosting and the best comparison should be between WordPress the host blog version and Blogger.
However in both cases, WordPress has a lot of free designs and features while Blogger is low in resources, both of them offer a subdomain and 1 GB space, being SEO optimized and regarding ownership the user isn’t the owner. Also, the user doesn’t have FTP access and there is no need of maintenance.
If you really want to see what CMS is better between self-hosted WordPress and Blogger you should know that the answer is WordPress while between WordPress the blog host and Blogger the answer is the same, WordPress winning the day.