One of the main questions people get asked when it comes to blogging is what platform you use. The debate between Blogger and WordPress seems to go back as far as blogging itself. And sometimes there are those diehards on both sides that will never switch no matter how many cool features you can throw at them. And then sometimes, there are people like me who switch to WordPress after being on Blogger for a while.
To help us clear some of the air and talk about the benefits of Blogger, is Helene. I will be talking about the benefits of WordPress. So let’s get started!
Here is why I love WordPress and wish I started on this platform first:
You own your content and you get to manage a website.
Yes, Blogger is free and hosted by Google. But, I actually love that I get to manage my site. I am in control of the hosting services (A Small Orange is amazing). I learned what a cPanel is and I have actually gotten to play with things in it – like the function.php file when my site decided to not work when I messed up something on it. Super fun.
The designs are mobile responsive
I know that you can get a mobile responsive site on Blogger, but it’s not automatic. With Genesis, you can easily scroll through my blog on any device and it will look the same. No scrolling side to side to read my blog on your phone. You are welcome.
This might be considered a perk of WordPress, but these plugins are completely fantastic. They can speed up your site, help you with social media scheduling, secure your site from people trying to hack it, to recipe cards, to optimizing everything…the list goes on and on. The plugins that I use are all intentional to help my blog run faster.
The ease of changing up your menu and sidebar
To switch up my menu (at the top of my blog), I can actually do a bunch of different things up there. I can add any category or page to the menu and I could switch things around. I can also move my header over and put the 2nd menu up higher. The sidebar is just as easy to move things around. Nothing is ever stuck in place and I feel like I can change things around or add things as needed.
I use WordPress stats, but I also have a plugin for Google Analytics. This is linked straight to my account and makes it so easy to see how my blog is performing. I don’t have to log into GA separately to see those real time stats. I love that it’s a plugin and directly in my dashboard. It’s awesome to have that flexibility.
Next up we have Helene talking about the benefits of Blogger!
I’ve been blogging for almost three years now at Helene in Between. Sometimes I feel like I have the hang of things, other times I wonder what the heck I’m doing. I feel pretty confident in my blogging skills, but there’s always been one thing up for debate: Blogger vs. WordPress.
I’m a Blogger girl. I always have been. When I first started it was a “Duh” decision. It felt like the most advanced, cheapest, and easiest to use platform out there. Now, parts of that statement is true, but WordPress has become a huge competitor.
Despite all of WordPress’ bells and whistles, here’s why I still believe Blogger is best:
It’s easy to understand
As far as a blogging platform goes, Blogger is very straightforward. You can immediately jump in and understand how to post, edit, and import pictures and how to gain followers.
Designing in Blogger is more simple than WordPress. Of course, it’s nice to have a blog designer but when you’re just starting out, you can adjust the website to your liking.
Blogger is owned by Google and Google is basically God. Am I right?
Your blog’s statistics are simple and clear. You can see easily how you got traffic.
Which platform would you choose?