There are a million different blogging platforms out there, so…how do you choose the right one?
The two most popular platforms, and the ones we will probably only talk abut on this blog are wordpress.org (not wordpress.com…it cannot be monetized) and blogger.
I found this cool infographic that can give us a quick comparison between the two most popular platforms (in my opinion):
Because a WordPress blog is self-hosted (meaning a company stores your blog files for you), you will have to pay for this service. My host charges a little under $6/month right now…which I think is a good deal (let me know if you want their info).
Blogger is a free platform hosted by Google. I would recommend that you go ahead and pay for a domain name (blogname.com instead of blogname.blogspot.com for a free account) which costs about $10/yr (here’s a post about how to buy your own domain name with a blogger site).
Because a self-hosted WordPress blog is self-hosted…that means you have complete control. You can make it look like a blog or have a static front page like a business website. You can have an e-commerce store. You can decide what goes where and how it’s organized. You are master of your own domain!
Blogger is hosted by Google and has limitations to the design. Although it can be customized, you can not do anything you want. Also because it is technically owned by Google…they can delete your blog at any time. (This right here should make you think twice.)
In a Nutshell
There are many, many more comparisons we could do between the two, but it really all boils down to what works best for you.
Before starting your blog, think about the ultimate goal of your blog: is it going to be a business blog that you hope to make money from or is it a personal blog just to share with your family and friends? (You can put ads on a blogger blog and make money from it, but most people prefer WordPress for business blogs.)
I have a personal blog on Blogger (and have for over 5 years), but all of my business blogs are self-hosted WordPress sites. It’s not impossible to transfer your blog from one to the other, but it is a bit of headache and you’ll probably have to pay someone to do it.
We are here to help you, so if you do decide to go the WordPress route, we will support you through the learning curve.
Think about your goals for your blog and then go check out Blogger and WordPress.org to see which will be the best fit for you.