In this Video, we’ll compare WordPress Vsblogger to help you make an informed decision on which is the best blogging platform foryou. Specifically, we’ll evaluate how they comparein terms of getting started, pricing, design and customization options, and features. There are a number of blogging platforms atyour disposal, and we’ll reveal how you should make your decision to ensure you getthe best return on both your time, and money investment.

So, stay tuned to learn more. We’ve created a blog post that goes intoa little more detail, that you can access on the OHKLYN blog, at OHKLYN’ll add a direct link to the post in the description below). We’ll also include a link to each platform,so you can learn more about each Content Management System, or CMS.

 Let’s get to it and compare Blogger Vs WordPress. Starting with Blogger. Blogger is a free online blogging platformcreated by Pyra Labs back in 1999, and was later acquired by Google in 2003. You can set up a free blog, which is hostedby Google as a subdomain of Alternatively, you can purchase your own domainfor a fee. It was one of the first mainstream bloggingplatforms, and played a big part in the acceptance and accessibility of blogging. Over time, it has stayed true to its roots,catering exclusively to the blogging niche. It’s one of the easiest platforms to use,and the process to get started is lightning fast. Blogger takes care of all the background processesnecessary to host a blog, leaving you with task of coming up with great content to publish. What is WordPress? WordPress started in 2003 as an elegant andwell-architectured personal publishing tool. From its humble beginnings, it has grown tobecome one of the biggest blogging and website platforms in the world. Powering more than a quarter of all sitesonline, from hobby blogs, to fortune 500 companies. WordPress first and foremost, is a qualityContent Management System (or CMS for short). A CMS makes it easy to create and publishcontent online, through a simple WYSIWYG (or What You See Is What You Get) interface.

 It is open source, which means that no singlegroup owns it, and it is free for the public to use, modify, or improve. WordPress has two versions., which is a hosted version andcomes with some restrictions, and, which is a self-hosted option leveraging theWordPress software.

We will focus on The biggest difference between these two platformsis control. Blogger creates a ‘safe’, but restrictiveenvironment for blogging, whereas WordPress opens up a world of possibilities.

Which can be both a positive and a negative. In the following sections, we’ll explorethe process of getting started, pricing, design and customization, and features for each platform. The objective being, to give you a clearerunderstanding of the real differences between them, as well as illustrate how each of theseplatforms work. So, let’s take a closer look at gettingstarted with Blogger Vs WordPress. It really couldn’t be any easier to startyour blog using Blogger. The only prerequisite is that you have a Googleaccount. If you’ve signed up for Gmail, then thegood news is, that you already have a Blogger account!

Head over to, sign up or log in,and you can immediately create your blog. You then choose a template, upload some content,and begin customizing the look and feel of your blog. When you’re ready, publish your content,and you’re away. You can also purchase a custom domain fromwithin the platform.

 When compared to Blogger, getting startedwith WordPress will take a little more work. That being said though, it’s relativelystraightforward. Firstly you will need to purchase your domainand setup your hosting account. We would recommend Bluehost, who will includea free domain.

Follow one of our step by step tutorials onthe OHKLYN website, or YouTube channel, where we walk you through setting this up with eitherBluehost, Dreamhost, or Wp Engine - we’ll provide discount links in the descriptionbelow.

The video we’d recommend for setting upyour blog with WordPress is our How to setup a WordPress blog video, which we’ll linkin the description below. Once you have your domain and hosting readyto go, you have two options.

 Either install WordPress via your hostingprovider’s one-click WordPress installation feature (as we do in the tutorial we justmentioned). Or, you can install WordPress manually onyour domain, or in your local environment, by downloading the WordPress software, and following the instructions in the readme.html file.

The round one verdict? Given how easy it is to get started with Blogger,this round undoubtedly goes to Blogger. However the step by step tutorials provided,make getting started with WordPress very easy. Let’s review Blogger Vs WordPress in termsof pricing The biggest advantage of Blogger is that itis completely free! You do not have to pay to use the service,it comes with free themes and features, and as you host your blog on the platform youdon’t have to worry about hosting, SSL certificates or purchasing a domain. You will, unfortunately, sit with a URL thatis a subdomain of blogspot, for example:

However, you can purchase your own domainif you like. Let’s look at WordPress WordPress itself is free to download and install,but before you get too excited with all these free blogging platforms, remember: While usingWordPress is free, hosting your site is not.

As we explained before, is self-hosted,which means it’s up to you to get a hosting provider, buy an SSL certificate if you wantto take credit card payments, and purchase a domain name. To learn more, following the links to thehosting providers in the description below, or check out one of our free tutorials.

 We have put together a full breakdown of thecosts, in our how much does it cost to make a website with WordPress article on the OHKLYNblog. The verdict? Free is incredibly hard to beat, and becauseof that Blogger narrowly wins this round. However, there is a real difference betweenprice and value. If you’re considering starting a blog asa serious, and even commercial endeavour, you’ll want to invest in the platform thatthe industry pros use, which is WordPress.

Let’s take a look at Blogger Vs WordPressas far as design and customization options go. First of all, Blogger has a very limited setof themes to choose from.

There are 50 (free) themes available and no3rd party marketplaces. The themes themselves aren’t the best quality,and can’t compete with some of the themes available on WordPress, especially those producedby the top premium WordPress theme providers.

You can however, edit a theme in Blogger almostany way you wish. Although the technical capabilities are muchmore limited than the open source, sandbox that is WordPress, you can mess around withthe HTML, CSS and, add script if you’ve got the skills.

What about WordPress? Well, This is the home ground of WordPress,and very few other platforms can compete with it in this category. Because WordPress is open-source, there isa huge community of contributors, who create themes, plugins, widgets, and other toolsto improve the design and customization options for your blog.

The sheer amount of themes, widgets, designs,and customization options are still unrivalled. WordPress itself has almost a thousand freethemes, and there are many providers and marketplaces who offer a countless number of 3rd partythemes.

Check out our best WordPress theme providersand marketplaces article, to explore this further. The verdict? WordPress is likely to trump any competitorin this space, because of the size of the active community of designers and developers.

 This was an easy win for WordPress. Finally, let's look at Blogger Vs WordPressin terms of features. Blogger might be a little lighter than WordPress,but let’s not forget that it’s a Google project, and has been around a while.

It’s mature enough that it has a decentset of features, and most of what you’ll need to run a blog is catered for includingthings like: Google AdSense account integrationEasy customization options, and Widgets or Gadgets (Google’s in-house widgets) For the full list, check out the OHKLYN blogpost. As you’ll see, Blogger has all the mostimportant features. The biggest difference between it and WordPress,is that you can expect a wider variety and range of choices in just about every aspectof WordPress. As you can expect from an open source platformas big as WordPress, it comes with a huge range of features. To an extent, many features depend on thetheme that you use, or the additional plugins you integrate into your site.

Bottom line, for pretty much whatever youthink of, there is either a plugin that does it, or you can find a developer who can putit together for you. Some of the out of the box features includeeCommerce, social media integration, contact forms, plus much, much more. The verdict? Once again, it’s a knock out win for WordPress. Ok, so let’s bring it all together. As you can probably tell by now, these platformsare drastically different.

Although WordPress is by far the more comprehensiveoption, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best choice for everyone. If simplicity, and ease of use are importantto you, and you’re not wanting to build a brand or a business around your blog, thenBlogger will be a great choice. However, for every other application, WordPresswill be the way to go. WordPress is the industry standard, and thechoice for most professional bloggers. To wrap upWhen is Blogger a better option than WordPress? When you have no web development experienceand don’t want any technical worries.

You want to get your blog up and running quicklywithout any fuss. OrYou want a simple blog-only experience. On the other hand, When is WordPress a betteroption than Blogger? When you have some level of web developmentskill, or you are relatively savvy and comfortable following step by step instructions. You have the time, money and effort to investin either starting up a WordPress site, or employing someone to do it on your behalf.

OrYou have a long-term plan that may include expanding your blog to incorporate an onlinestore, or a number of other features. And that’s our review of Blogger Vs WordPress.

We covered some ground, and relatively quickly,but hopefully you feel more informed and able to make a better decision. If you liked this video hit the like button,and remember to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more videos related to blogging, digitalmarketing, and how to run a successful website. To get access to exclusive discounts, freetutorials, and to stay in the loop on the latest happenings, sign up for our newsletterat OHKLYN, and until next time, happy blogging. 

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