Very detail comparison to understand which is better – Blogger or WordPress.
WordPress Blog as wordpress.com sub-domain
Your blog URL will be on sub-domain of WordPress.com aka shabbirbhimani.wordpress.com and you can get such blog for free at WordPress.com
- The most powerful blogging engine aka WordPress.
Making money from a wordpress.com blog can be tough because
- WordPress.com blog don’t allow you to add other plugins of your choice and you can use only those that they offer in the admin interface.
- WordPress.com blog neither allow editing of themes nor allow you to use a custom theme of your choice. I prefer and use Thesis theme and you cannot use such premium themes for your wordpress.com blogs.
Blogger Blog on blogspot.com sub-domain
Your blog URL will be on sub-domain of blogspot.com aka shabbirbhimani.blogspot.com and you can get such blog for free at blogger.com
Blogger blog on self hosted domain
Having a Blogspot blog on your a self hosted domain is also possible but I have not tried that myself. You can see the instruction on how to move blogger blog to your own domain here. But blogger blog on a self hosted domain has quite a few disadvantages
- There are no good plugins available for blogger blog even if you host your blog on your own server.
- There are very few premium themes available for you to use. I am yet to see a theme even close to what Thesis for WordPress.
- Comments are mainly handled by blogger and you have very little control over them.
- No control over the permalinks. I don’t prefer the date in the url for my posts and you cannot have a blogger blog without year and month in the url.
- Blogger can only be used as blog. This means you cannot use it as a complete content management system like WordPress.
WordPress Blog on self hosted domain aka imtips.co
WordPress is undoubtedly the best blogging platforms available and is very easy to use from multiple view point like SEO, plugins, themes… Apart from that it has all the needed stuff to make your site look professional website and not just blog (if you want it that way).
The question which is better Blogger or WordPress is answered and it is all WordPress show. So now check out my step by step guide to getting started blogging with WordPress
Update Nov 29 2011: Now you can make money from your WordPress.com blog. See http://en.blog.wordpress.com/2011/11/29/wordads/
Update July 2012: Blogger blogs now have country specific URLs depending on users visiting country. As I visit any blogspot blog form India, I will always be seeing blogspot.in subdomain like adsense.blogspot.in where as user from other areas may see a tld specific to his geo like adsense.blogspot.co.uk or adsense.blogspot.it which means users when referring your blog may copy the url which is specific to their GEO. On top of that there could be issues with how Facebook likes to those urls are handled because any post on a particular blog when liked by a user in India may not be seen as 1 Liked by user in Italy. This is not confirmed but just my assumption of how it would work.