Blogger or WordPress – A Newbie’s Viewpoint

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It has always been my dream to have a blog where I can share my knowledge with my other online activities.  Especially those activities that could help stay-at-home Moms and other individuals who are looking to have an extra source of income. However, since I have a full-time job, I have a little to no time doing other online stuff.

Before the end of June, I received a memo ordering me to return to the main office of our agency. The thought of having some spare time during my stay there, made me think of continuing my plan.  That is to continue my blogging activities. The idea of using other blogging platform came across my mind.

Starting out a blog can be very frustrating especially if you are new in this field. Added to the problem is when you have a limited knowledge on HTML coding or website management. The process can sometimes exhausting and exasperating that most individual ends up quitting. 

I am thankful to have Facebook friends who are very patient in assisting me in finding the right content management system. For such a long time that I have been trying, I always end up at the point of not knowing what to do next.

Blogging Platforms:

There are different blogging platform that we can use if we are planning to create our own blog. Some of these are, Tumblr, Weebly, LiveJournal, Blog.com, etc. Out of different blogging platforms that are coming out every day, there are two platforms that are consistently on top – Blogger.com and WordPress. Please do take note that WordPress.Com and WordPress.Org are two different entities, this was where all my difficulties started. For this topic, we will consider WordPress.Org and later on we will discuss the difference between the two.

I was using Blogger when I was just starting because it was easy to set up, I didn’t know anything about blogging and all have to do is to set up things on a trial and error. Later on, I discovered that government websites are using WordPress, so I decided to learn about it. I have a feeling that one of these coming days, I will be assigned to manage the website of the government office where I am currently working.

The Difference Between Blogger.Com and WordPress.Org

Technically, when we searched for blog or blogging in Google search bar, Blogger and WordPress would always come up on top. So let us take a closer look to help us decide which platform will give us greater benefit depending on our needs.

Blogger.com

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Blogger Home Page

Blogger.com is a blogging platform owned and hosted by Google and we can use it for free. If you are planning to set up a blog for personal use, this platform is recommended. You can start immediately by signing up to the site using your Gmail account. After choosing a name for your blog, you can choose from a wide selection of themes and you can start writing your first blog straightaway. You can add your domain or you can opt to use the site for free.

Option for monetizing your content was already included in the menu for easy access. You will be required to open up an account with Google Adsense and once your site passed the assessment, you can automatically earn from revenues. You are also allowed to monetize the site through other Advertising Networks.

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Adsense Account

There are other templates that you can use that are available online.  There are templates that come with a fee but there are also free templates designs which you can customize depending on your preference.  little knowledge on HTML or coding would be needed in order to create a responsive and beautiful template for your blog.  Guides on how to do the modification are also available online.  A lot of blogs are giving tutorials on how to customize a site on blogger.

Blogger is a good blogging platform to start with especially to those who are just starting.

WordPress.Org

WordPress.org is an open-source content management system (CRM) based on PHP and MySQL. WordPress is installed on a web server that is either part of an internet hosting service or a network host in its own right. The first case may be a service like WordPress.com and the second could be a computer running the software package WordPress.org. (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WordPress).

Accordingly, 28% of the blogs in the world wide web  use WordPress. There are more than 60 Million people around the world who are using WordPress.

In the Philippines, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) issued a memorandum on January 13, 2014 requiring government agencies including LGUs to use a standard design in creating their website.  Issued along with the the the memorandum is the Government Website Template Design (GWTD) Guidelines.

The required Content Management System (CMS) types are Drupal, Joomla, and WordPress.

Please refer to this link:

http://www.i.gov.ph/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Annex-C-Government-Website-Template-Design-_GWTD_-Guidelines_Version-1.6_2013Jan13.pdf

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Required CMS for government Websites

I find it difficult to use the WordPress platform compared to that of Blogger. Thanks to the help of a Youtube video which served as my guide until I successfully created my blog. The most difficult part is the actual setting up of the site.  That was at the time following the purchase of the domain and hosting.

I bought my domain name and hosting package with NameCheap. From there, I have to undergo some process before I could fully utilize my site. For someone who has a limited knowledge in this field, it was a challenging task. But anyway, I was able to complete the process and everything is already in place. You could also ask for a help of a professional in order to set up the site for you.

Advantages of Using WordPress

One of the advantages of using WordPress platform is the customizable blog post links, giving you more freedom and chance to improve the content.

But yes, we need some amount in order to start our blog. But I believe that it will all pay off. The knowledge and skills that I learned were additional benefits that I gained. After all, that was the first reason why I decided to use WordPress.

Finally, it is up to us which blogging platform we are going to use.  Both blogging platforms have their own attributes which can be beneficial to the users.

As for me, I am open to the idea of using both Blogger and WordPress in my future projects

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Sharon Lopez

Sharon Lopez is an online freelance worker and at the same time a full time government employee. Graduated from the Divine Word College of Legazpi, Legazpi city with a Bachelor's Degree in Commerce, Major in Banking and Finance. She has been working as an online writer, blogger, call auditor and involved in other online jobs which she is doing on a part time since 2010.

40 Replies to “Blogger or WordPress – A Newbie’s Viewpoint

  1. While I love all things google, I use wordpress. I feel like it gives me more freedom over what I want to do. It’s great.

  2. i believe good content is key, no matter the platform you are, whatever is affordable and convenient to you is key. i am on blogger and i happy i am, though i like a few things about WordPress and how the loads of plugins makes it easy and fun to work with.

  3. For my blog, I have been using WordPress. My site has been up for more than a year now and I have been very satisfied with this CMS. As long as it still fits my need, I will be sticking to it.

  4. I’ve used wordpress for seven years now and think it is definitely the best, and easiest platform to use. The layout, the widgets etc are all easy to use and effective too.

    1. Hi, fashionmommy! Wow! seven years in blogging is already a great achievement. It’s good to know that you enjoy using WordPress platform. thank you for coming.

  5. I switched from blogger to wordpress about 2 years ago. Best decision ever. It’s so much easier to create posts and format them on wordpress. I do miss the simplicity of blogger sometimes.

  6. omg! I just wrote something very similar about the differences between wordpress.org and wordpress.com. We should link up and collab! I think our readers appreciate the great info we are delivering.

    1. Hi Eme! Actually, I was confused about the two platforms when I was just starting. That is why I am very thankful to my facebook friends for explaining things to me. I appreciate the suggestion and I agree. Thank you.

  7. ok i am newbiwe !!! but never tried blogger as i want to be independent !! Between its a nice and simpler article for choosing platform for blogging

  8. They both definitely have pros and cons that come with them. I have been on Blogger since I started and have debated many times on switching over to WordPress.

  9. I’ve used both blogging platforms. Ultimately i found the Blogger platform just far too limiting. So I moved to wordpress and found I could do more there, but even that got too limiting so I moved to the .org version of wordpress and self hosted.

  10. I always recommend WordPress. I was a total newbie when I started out with my blog, and it was still easy to understand. There are so many tutorials on youtube, and the WordPress community is very kind and helpful in general.

    1. Hi, Gloria! I also used youtube video tutorials when I set up my WordPress blog. In fact, until now I still rely on youtube and other tutorials. Thank you for giving a helpful insight.

  11. I started my blogging on Blogger and later changed to wordpress. i would definitely recommend Blogger for newbies

    1. Hi, Areeba! Blogger is really easier to use and would agree that it would be recommendable to newbies. Although there are also seasoned bloggers who opted to use this platform. Thank you for your comment.

  12. In 2014 , my brother recommended WordPress to me . it was a big struggle to me at this time cause WordPress too hard to set up . but afterwards i really love how convenient it is . This is a useful article for newbies .

    1. Hi, Ha Ngunyen! I guess using WordPress for quite some time, you already learned so much about it. It
      s good to know that you are loving this platform. So am I. Thank you for dropping by.

  13. I have used both and both have their benefits. I have been using WordPress for 5 years now and love it, especially the customization.

  14. I myself have used both WordPress and Blogger. I find for me, that blogger works better. Maybe because I don’t understand a lot of how WordPress works. I may just give it another go! Thank you for the great info.

  15. Nice comparison post! I find that using WordPress is quite complicated. That’s why I like to use Weebly. Super user friendly and awesome experience for the past 6 years! 🙂

  16. Hm – when I set up my blog in 2014, all the guides I read were about WP; never heard of Blogger. Yes, learning WP for my self-hosted site was a pretty steep learning curve, but I’ve been very happy with the results. This is a useful article for anyone just starting out – thx for sharing!

  17. Both platforms are perfect just that WordPress is more technical, So i go with your advice of Newbies going for blogger because of it’s simplicity.

    1. Hi, Gideon! Another thing is I have to purchase a domain and hosting before I could start. Unlike with Blogger, that we could start for free and purchase domain later on. But as of now, I am enjoying my new site. Thank you for dropping by.

  18. I always recommend WordPress to newbies. I have know way too many bloggers who have started on Blogger who then switched to WordPress later on for various reasons.

    1. Hi Heather! I am enjoying my new platform. The only issue that I encountered was when I was setting up the blog. I manually entered my email on the site where I bought my domain and hosting packages and that was my mistake. But anyway, the issue has been resolved and everything is doing fine. Thank you for dropping by.

  19. Blogger and WordPress are the two big fishes in the world and i believe they both have their pros and cons.
    However there are some misconceptions which people had about the two of them ( i talked about it here http://www.netsocialblog.com/2016/03/4-misconceptions-about-blogger-vs-self.html ) which had led them into holding false belief about each of this platform

    I’ve been using the blogger platform for a very long time but hopefully look forward to try the wordpress soon

    1. Yes, both platforms have their pros and cons. I started with blogger and I am still using it until this time. I am also open to the idea of using it again in my future projects.

      Thank you for dropping by and I wish you more success!

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