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.
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 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.
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 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.
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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