I wanted to write this post for a long time, because I feel like I owe this to my follow bloggers. Once in a while, I help bloggers to upgrade their blog, because I know they are focused on creating awesome content, rather then upgrading their blog to meet the standards of current blog UX or design. Needless to say, the platform. Some of the bloggers just don’t see a reason to upgrade, some just don’t find the perfect time to do it. Anyone that is reading this post, and have a well respected blog on Blogger, do me a favour and continue reading.
Blogger vs self-hosted WordPress site
It is great platform if you are starting to write a blog. Good, because it is free, easy to set up and you can test your willingness to continue writing a blog. But if you are second year in your blogging career, you get acknowledged and you get spotlight, you need to upgrade, like ASAP. Why?
It is like living in a rental apartment. Even if you feel comfortable enough, you are not able to change a lot of things. You just learn to live with it. But imagine actually owning the apartment and all the possibilities. Blogger will not provide you any of those.
WP on the other hand, opens you up to possibilities to create your blog exactly they way you want it to be.
- Free vs paid. While WP.org is free, you need a domain and hosting to run the website. That will cost you around 60$ per year. That is around 5$ per month, I believe it’s a small price to pay for what you get.
- Yourblog.blogspot.com vs yourblog.com – with custom domain you would be able to get real website adress, that sounds professional and make your website look way more legit.
- Email – with custom domain you’d be able to get custom email address, such as firstname.lastname@example.org, which is not possible to do running free Blogger blog.
- Ownership – with Blogger, you don’t actually own anything that is on your website. It belongs to Google. Having your own domain and hosting, you own your content.
- Control over your blog – with Blogger, a platform that hasn’t been updated for quite a long time, you get very limited control over your blog. Using WP, you have tons of options, plus anything you want to change you can google – there is tons of information how to change things.
- Reliability – as Google closed Google reader, it might as well been Blogger. You can wake up one day with no blog at all. With self hosted website you can have reliability (if you use a reliable service provider).
- Future – imagine you want to add store to your blog – with Blogger you can’t actually do that easily, while with WordPress, is pretty not hard.
- Appearance – Blogger has very limited options for templates, and most of them are kind of old. They do not stand with standards of the current blog trends. While WP has whole internet of templates to offer, that goes from classic to newest, and as a developer of WP themes I can honestly say that the sky is the limit.
- Mobile version – Blogger’s mobile version drives me nuts. It’s so ugly, plus not that good to use. And every Blogger blog has the same one. WP mobile version comes with a theme. along with tablet version, and it matches your theme.
- Moving – Moving from one platform to other might actually be hard for a first timer, but gladly I can help. But sooner you do it, sooner you will have a proper blog. While moving at one point is basically inevitable, especially if you have a well growing blog, you might as well do it sooner to lose less (followers via Blogger, SEO).
Feel free to contact me with questions, and new year is for new goals, and why not to make your blog better?