WordPress.com vs WordPress.Org vs Blogger

Today I’m going to offer my view on the main differences to consider when selecting from the main 3 blogging platforms: WordPress.com, WordPress.Org and Blogger.

I run blogs on each platform, so this is coming from my personal experience.

They’re all beneficial in their own ways, but also have their own limitations.

Let’s get to it.

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WordPress.com

WORDPRESS.COM vs WORDPRESS.ORG vs BLOGGER

WordPress is an open source software created by Automattic. WordPress.com implements a simplified version of the software, and is managed by them.

It’s aesthetics are by far the best of the group (-out of the box). It also benefits from an easy to use, community spirited, downloadable mobile app.

If Apple did blogging, it would be called: WordPress.com.

As it’s managed and hosted by Automattic (they take care of all the technical stuff for you), you only have to think about the words.

A key benefit of WordPress.com is the community: You don’t have to go looking for an audience, they can find you on the platform itself.

All of this is free but, Automattic may run advertisements on your blog, and they keep the revenue from these ads (which seems fair enough).

You can pay a small fee (at time of writing, £4 per month) to remove the ads.

There are 3 key drawbacks to WordPress.com:

Terms and conditions – It’s a community platform, so it makes sense that you can’t deal with adult themes, or employ edgy internet selling practices. For most people, that’s not a problem. But if you’re going to invest time and money into .com, make sure the entire scope of your business falls within their acceptable practices.

• Ads – WordPress.com has it’s own ads system called WordAds. It’s the only advertising management system accepted on the platform. You either pay a premium to get it, or they’ll select you if you get enough viewers.

• The cost of going pro – To get access to CSS*, remove WordPress.com’s own ads from your blog, monetise your site and more, you’ll need to get the premium package, and it’s expensive. At the time of writing, it costs £7 per month (£84 per year). You could get a full, unlimited, WordPress.org site from just .99p per month (hosting).

*CSS is simple code that lets you change the look of a web page.

WordPress.org

WORDPRESS.COM vs WORDPRESS.ORG vs BLOGGER

WordPress.org is the full version of WordPress. It’s completely free to use, but you will need to pay for your own hosting.

They leave the day-to-day security to you, and you can modify anything you want.

There’s a community of programmers who create ‘plugins’ which help you improve your blog, and there are many resources available to help you overcome any challenge you may face.

This is the only option where you own the platform. That means it’s much harder to remove you from the internet (assuming you’re not breaking any laws).

There are 3 key drawbacks to WordPress.org:

Hosting – Hosting means, paying for a server company to house your blog from their servers. Basically, your paying for somebody to run your website from their hard-drive. Hosting can be cheap*, but it’s hard to find a good cheap host. Hosting can effect the speed, and security, of your blog. Hosting companies are well aware that they are in control once you’ve signed with them. As a result, following the initial  sign up period, their prices can significantly increase… and changing hosts can be daunting.

Security – There are ‘bots’ on the internet flying around trying to find gaps in the security of your website. Also, there are bad programmers who would like to change the look of your blog, or funnel all of your visitors to their site. And you, a non technical person, are charged with stopping them.

Speed – If you’re successful and get lots of daily visitors, you may need to upgrade to expensive hosting, like cloud hosting. Whereas the other platforms, WordPress.com and Google’s Blogger, have invested millions of dollars to make sure their websites are quick.

*Cheap hosting: I currently pay £1.99 a month for this blog.

Blogger | Blogspot

WORDPRESS.COM vs WORDPRESS.ORG vs BLOGGER

Blogger (or BlogSpot) is a Google blogging platform.

It’s clunky looking, and frankly, feels like it’s been abandoned.

On the upside, Blogger offers the best value of the 3 platforms we’re looking at today.

You can attach your own private domain to your blog, for free. OK, I’m gonna bold that.

That means, if you’ve purchased a domain name, you can use it on your blog without paying additional fees. (You have to pay at WordPress.com). So, your blog url would be: FREEDOM2TRY.COM. Rather than a sub-domain, FREEDOM2TRY.BLOGGER.COM.

Also, you get full access to the HTML, and CSS, on your website.

Blogger has a redirection feature, meaning you can apply your own 301s, if a url needs to changed for whatever reason.

There’s also a community like WordPress.com, although it doesn’t seem to be anywhere near as active.

Finally, as it’s owned by Google, it’s a simple process to apply Google AdSense to monetise your blog.

There are 2 key drawbacks to Blogger:

Terms and conditions – This is the same issue as with WordPress.com. It’s not really an issue for most people, just something to be aware of.

Using plugins – You can’t use plugins with blogger. Although, I have seen premium ad providers apply their services to Blogger via HTML.

WordPress.com vs WordPress.Org vs Blogger

This has been a simple explanation of the key differences between the platforms.

I’ve seen successful blogs on each platform and getting traffic is the most important thing, or it’s all for naught.

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2 Responses

  1. JSP says:

    Thanks for the summary, useful indeed.

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