Getting a Blog: Blogger or WordPress?

Yay! You’re ready to start a blog. So…now what?

The first thing you need to do is choose a blogging platform. What does that mean? Basically, it means where you are going to write all the fabulous content to share with your readers. The two most popular platforms are Blogger and WordPress.

How to choose which blog platform is right for you - blogger or wordpress.

Getting a Blog: Blogger or WordPress?

Blogger

When most people begin blogging, they start with Blogger. The main reason is that Blogger is free, it is pretty user-friendly, and you can have a blog up and running in a matter of minutes- again, free. Although most people tend to move from Blogger to WordPress at some point, most also begin here.

WordPress

Then, there is WordPress, which comes in two forms- the free, .com version and the self-hosted .org version. Here’s the deal; there are only so many choices we can handle before our brains explode, so I’m going to make this easy for you. If you want to stick to a free blog, where you are not paying anything, you should have a Blogger blog. WordPress.com is much more restrictive in what you are able to do behind the scenes and also does not allow ads. Monetization is a key goal for many bloggers, so if this is something you ever think you want to do, then wordpress.com is out. In addition, many of the fun plugins for wordpress.org are not available on the .com version, and there about five hundred other restrictions that I will spare you.

Which platform should you choose?

With this in mind, how do you decide which is right for you? It really depends on your blogging goals. With a self-hosted WordPress blog (more on this in our next post!), you own everything about your blog, it appears more professional, and allows you more customization options.

On the other hand, blogging might be just a hobby for you- and that’s fine! But, if you want to go further with it, it pays to keep in mind that with Blogger blogs, Google owns your blog. While not a terribly frequent occurrence, Google can decide they don’t like your content and delete your blog without warning (backing up is important!). For the record, I only know of one person this has ever happened to, so I’m not sure it’s that terribly common. But if you go through all this work & effort on the blog, why risk it? You can even purchase your own domain name for the low price of $10 a year- though keep in mind that even with your own domain, Google still owns your blog.

If you have no intention of ever monetizing your blog and don’t want to brand yourself/blog/name, etc., then Blogger is probably a fine choice for you. You can still create custom looks and designs in blogger, you can do a bit of advertising (though with some restrictions, and some prefer not to advertise on Blogger blogs), and there are add ons that can help spruce it up. However, for the blogger looking for future opportunities, to establish a presence, and maybe one day make some money, self-hosted WordPress is the way to go.

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About Ashley Abele

Ashley is a mom of 3 young children, social media consultant and blogger. She focuses on strategizing for bloggers and small businesses to help them reach their online potential and subsequent sales potential as cofounder of Other Half Media. When she’s not busy creating blogger outreach programs, email or social media campaigns, she blogs her life, parenting, and frequent moves at My Front Porch Swing. Connect on @AshleyNAbele on Twitter and on Facebook.

Comments

  1. Sharon says:

    I am starting a blog and my personal tech support m(y husband) wants me to use Joomla as my platform. Can anyone comment on this pro or com. He is experienced in Joomla. I have a small amount of past experience with WP.

  2. I think that own WP website with nice own domain is definitely best choice. You may use lot of plugins, setup own design, stay independent from Blogger limits.
    When user develops site on blogger- this user promotes Blogger brand first, but when user develops an own WP website- user promotes an own site brand and recognition.
    Also if user wants seriously to present own business online, free Blogger platform may be a not so good choice, because it may tell users that business is short of money to maintain own website. IMHO.

  3. This page is using wordpress. That says it all! I am going with wordpress :p

  4. Mr Jerky says:

    Which one is best for creating a recurring membership site?

  5. Good points,Blogger is attractive in that you dont pay for hosting.I have also found that with a Blogspot blog you get traffic much quicker than WordPress.You also have a stats dashboard without configuring anything.However,the problem with blogger is that your blog can be deleted accidentally or intentionally at anytime without warning.You should be careful with the amount of links you put on your page otherwise it may trigger the bots.

  6. I recently switched from Blogger to WordPress. I love them both, but to me WordPress is less clunky and it looks more sleeker. You get a lot of nice options / plugins but they will cost to use.

    I am working on video blogging; with Blogger I can just embed my youtube videos at no cost so that they can be viewed in the blog, but with WP there is a $60.00 per year cost to have the video be shown in the blog. I am now debating on doing the video portion, but that is just a small issue and more than likely will not stop me from using WP and starting up my video blog.

    I really love Word Press.

    Linda
    Recent post: http://thetwistedcow.wordpress.com/2012/08/23/ssssoooo-you-want-to-spend-what-where/

  7. I’m new at blogging and rather slow at it. I’m still a learner. I want to initiate a blog for the purpose of earning some money off ads. From all that I’ve read at various sites, I’ve gathered that wordpress does not let you advertise on your blog? Could you please guide me as to which platform should one choose if they want to pick blogging as a profession and a source of income? Thank you.

  8. Self-Hosted WordPress all the way for me. I cannot do without the 1,000’s of plugins a self-hosted wordpress blog allows you to utilize.

  9. Very nice and informative article along with some great comments shared by other readers!

    I am an author and I have been using blogger and wordpress both since 2009… but to date I find WP a bit messy and technical for my needs. Every one has his or her own preference, therefore I cant comment on which one to go for. but if you are looking for a fun based, easy to handle and much simpler one then Blogger is definitely the pick of the lot.
    Even with blogger people can earn good money!
    Take care everyone!

  10. I didn’t know Google owned Blogger.
    If you’re ok with Google tracking everything you do then go for it.
    I’m not one of those people.
    The page building tools in WordPress are actually pretty simple, and the templates are nice.

  11. Hi I have read about thousand hours or more and really just need a bottom line answer PLEASE can you help me and who do you use for this website and blogging features your site it is absolutely FABULOUS.

    I am leaning to WordPress and not sure if I can immediately blog with wordpress.com or wordpress.org also the hosting would it be with this company http://www.wpwebhost.com/ or someone else

    I do not have a lot of money to spend right now honestly less than $50.00 but I want to be able to run ads later like this website if my blog or if a need a website with blogs has a lot of traffic like this site.

    I am really asking of your success secrets or answers if at all possible I am single 5yr seperated stressed parent in much need of a change with so much in my life and my childrens, thank you dearly

  12. I’m currently on Blogger, but I’ve been thinking about switching to WP for quite awhile. Now that I have a Domain Name-brunerpartyof5, I REALLY want to switch, but I’m not sure if I’m tech savvy enough. For those of you that have switched from Blogger to WP. Are you glad you did? Are there any of you that wish you hadn’t? Is it something I can do on my own, or do I need help to do it correctly?
    Thanks!

  13. I write poetry & started a Blogger devoted to my poems I have not done too much with. I recently began a WordPress & am having the time of my life! Eventually, I do hope to develop the Blogger page of mine, too, to promote my poems. But, for my lifestyle blog & exploring a new hobby, I love WP!:)

  14. My Disney blog is on Blogspot (I will probably move it soon), but I’m pretty much a self-hosting kinda gal. My personal blog is on WordPress. Back when Blogspot was Blogger and we could upload by FTP, it was very, very, very unstable. (Yes, I’ve been around that long!) I jumped on the Greymatter bandwagon as soon as I could. I mean, hello, self-hosted blogging? Best thing ever.

    Greymatter was great, but it had to rebuild all the pages for you and if you had a LOT of pages, it took a long time. I was excited when b2 came out. It was PHP based, and didn’t have to do all the rebuilding. I loved it. But I lost interest in blogging on my domain for a while (I was heavy into Live Journal). When I learned about crossposting, I went back to my domain. I started using WordPress in 2008 and haven’t looked back.

    To this day, most of my posts still crosspost to Live Journal because I have a decent following over there, but I do my blogging at my domain. I love having my self-hosted blog because I have the option to do that.

  15. I’ve been trying to decided whether or not to move over to WordPress… This definitely helps give me a better idea of their strengths! Thanks!!

  16. Ive had a blogger blog and google did indeed delete it. I now have a wordpress blog and I plan to take it very far!

  17. I develop WordPress themes and have created many sites in WordPress for clients so it should come as no surprise that I love WordPress. Having said that, I think this article is perfect. Blogger is a great starting point and you’re up and running so quickly and then you can work out whether blogging is for you or not without too much overhead. I’ve never had any issues migrating from Blogger to WordPress.

  18. I, too started with Blogger and Squidoo. Squidoo took a little more to figure out; Blogger was easy and free. But, eventually I decided to check out Word Press and, once I figured it out, I really am glad I made the choice. I still have my Blogger blog and my Squidoo lens.

    I would suggest having all three as to link your Blogger blog and Squidoo lens to your WP blog to give it some a little more traffic and add a couple backlinks for SEO value.

    Yes, $10 a month is what I spend on hosting and I really didn’t want to spend anything at all, but I decided it was the only way I was really going to start making money, so I did it and I am glad I did.

    I’m not making as much as I would like yet, but I am making profit. I am constantly learning and applying to grow my business.

    Talk to you again soon,

    ~Jeremy

  19. I have used both blogger and WP. I’m inclined to stick with blogger though. I have a custom url, pages, affiliate advertising and all the functionality I need. As a personal blog, I’ve customized it pretty well, but I don’t want to spend almost $10 a month on a self-hosted blog if I’m not making any revenue from it. I tried, but being a professional blogger to make living off it seems unrealistic.

    • I know how you feel… I too was at that point and really could not even afford the $10 a month for hosting. But, I decided to go for it due to encouragement from other successful bloggers out there and I am glad I went for it. It took me a couple of months before I saw results, and those results were minimal at first, but the $10 was justified by the earnings.

      Now, I am to the point that I could not have gotten without making that investment. I am still learning and growing my business. I have met a lot of great people who have helped me out and I have dedicated my business to helping others out as well.

      If you help others out, you will soon make money without even really trying because people will come to trust you.

      Take care,

      ~Jeremy

  20. When I first started, I started with Blogger. And it was OK until I found WP.com. And I started building my brand via the title which I carreid through to my FB page.

    But now that I am self hosted, I feel so much FREEDOM. And I really can’t say why. But I do love the ability to add plugins and change the functionality.

    I still have my blogger account and in fact, I am using blogger as a “business” blogging “thing” that my viewers can click on the icon and go to that site to read biz related articles.

    And I still have my WP.com… I’ll probably renew the domain name but have it redirected to my self hosted.

    But for me… Hands Down… WP is the best whether self hosted or free.

  21. I’ve used both, but I find myself coming back to blogger (with a custom URL).
    I like that blogger allows multiple blogs, while I have to log into WordPress pages individually.

    I do use wordpress for websites, as a CMS, but it is a little much for those times I want to be able to just write and post without all the frills. Also, Google now limits FriendConnect to blogger, so that’s another way for people to follow you that’s only available on blogger.

    • >>I like that blogger allows multiple blogs, while I have to log into WordPress pages individually.

      No, you don’t. All you have to do is activate the multi-site (just turn it on!), and you can have as many blogs as you want with a single installation. The quick-activation’s been around since 3.0 (so almost 2 years, I think?), but the older MU installs have been around for a long time. There’s also several plugins out there that will allow you to log into multiple WordPress blogs from one spot if you don’t want to use multi-site.

      >>I do use wordpress for websites, as a CMS, but it is a little much for those times I want to be able to just write and post without all the frills.

      That is SO funny! You have no idea how many times I have to say to people “WordPress is NOT just a blogging tool, it’s also a CMS” because almost everyone thinks it’s for blogs only. That’s the first time I’ve ever heard anyone say “it’s too much for a simple blog and is a good CMS” LOL

      >>Also, Google now limits FriendConnect to blogger

      Not true, either – that I’ve found, anyway. The client I spoke about above has Google Friend Connect, and I’m putting it on her (new WordPress) site right now. So far, it’s working fine.

      • Looks like for people who want new GFC, they can’t get it. The links and everything is gone. I used to have on my self-hosted blog and I deleted it. There’s no way I can go back and get it; everything on the site points toward stupid Google Plus.

        • Looks like you’re correct! i didn’t know that. Apparently they’re phasing it out completely – it will no longer exist. I found a site that reported this last November:

          “Google Friend Connect will be replaced by Google+ pages. It will still be available until March 1, 2012 for non-Blogger sites, while the Blogger feature will continue to work for a few more months.”

          So if you’re not on blogger, it goes to Google+. if you are, it’ll go to Google+ in just a couple of months – so *everyone* will be losing it.

          Well, you learn something new every day! :)

          • It’s a bummer. :( But there are other follower gadgets out there. Personally, I’m a huge fan of Bloglovin’.

            But in a way it’s good. GFC was starting to get pretty buggy there for a while. It’s probably for the best that it’s going away.

  22. I started off with blogger and will be transitioning over to wordpress shortly. I always felt like blogger was a great place to start off and get your feet wet. I wanted to move over to wordpress because of the better plug in options (blogger is super limited). It just felt like a natural transition to help my blog grow.

  23. I made the switch to WP from blogger because I wanted both a website and a blog.

    WP has “pages” and “posts”. The pages are anchored to the menu buttons so these stay put, they don’t get pushed down by the recent posts. Only my blog page changes with each new post.

    It also let me have a home page that stayed the same and i added an email sign up for and a free ebook.

    At the time Blogger didn’t offer this functionality (that was a few years ago). But for those who asked what WP gives you, having more than a blog was what sold it for me.

    About WP: if I didn’t have a tech savie hubby – I probably would have had to hire someone for set up and tutoring along the way. It’s easy once you know how.

  24. I’ve been checking the comments and most of them are using wp. I used Blogger on one of my first blogs and then I switched to wordpress. Then now, I’m using a self hosted wordpress. I do have another blog but I chose weebly this time. It is very easy to use when you’re building a website (not just a blog).

    http://www.theblogforbrides.com
    http://www.thejourneyofawoman.com

  25. I started with WordPress.com (not .org), and almost 5 months since I launched, I have no regrets. I would always suggest to anyone launching a blog, especially if you are a first time blogger (never, ever launched a blog or blogged at all under any blog): Do your homework. Decide what type of blog you want, what the competition looks like with the type of blog you’ll be launching (it’s a very, very crowded Blogosphere) and decide whether you’re willing to do everything yourself or want a service that will have the bells and whistles. There are lots of things to research before you start typing and pressing “publish”.

  26. Great topic. I don’t know anything about blogger but the methods that I use for monetizing my wordpress self-hosted blogs include:
    1. creating recurring membership sites
    2. Selling digital products
    3. Affiliate income

    I’m not sure if these options are available on blogger. Looking forward to more thoughts!
    Allegra

  27. I’m a newbie and started on blogger. I’m already feeling some limitations and I’m trying to stay positive with it and remember that it was an easy way to start as a technophobe!
    If anyone wants to email me who has some experience with Blogger I have a few simple questions!!!
    thanks a ton! I love this informative site!
    L

    • AlisonSWLee says:

      Lauren, the forum is a great place to ask questions and get discussions going. Please pay a visit!

  28. I also have a blog with the address http://www.marilynsway.com in which is my main blog where I post the Daily Photo Mini Blogs and also write other things pertaining to home, garden, health, wellness.

  29. Interesting post, but so far I have been happy with blogger. I own my own domain and have google ads, the occasional sponsor ad as well as sponsored posts. What more can you do, as far as monetization, on WP? I have seen many looks for blogger blogs and some are very professional looking. Why pay to host when I will likely not recoup that cost through ads at this point?

    • Depending on your theme, you can put ads in more places for more impressions. There’s also a ton of plugins dedicated to different monetization optimization (not that they’re all good). There’s also much more advanced ad management than what Blogger offers, which makes it great for blogs with high visibility that offer more advanced direct advertising

  30. I have been on blogger for over a year now. I am known through the Flylady community of the flybaby that took the 31 day March Habit 2011 and it has now turned into Day 406. I write a photo mini blog each day. My first blog is http://www.theflyladyway.net and still have it along with http://www.walkabouttheflyladyway.net They have this address and I changed the name. Don’t know it right or wrong.

    For me, I am currently on disability and am allowed to supplement my income. I would like to do this with blogging if possible. I use http://www.flylady.net principles for decluttering and taking care of your home by building habits and routines. I also started a series myself called Marilyn’s Way Stepping Stones where I get even more basic for my group members. I have several groups relating to home, garden, health, wellness. and have several pages on facebook in which the page I wish to develop more is http://www.facebook.com/MarilynsWay The full name is Marilyn’s Way To Organization For Home And Garden. Facebook has been very user friendly for me when it comes to social plugins and getting involved.

    Before I became disabled with Fibromyalgia, Hypothyroidism, and Sleep Apnea I was in outside sales so am familiar with marketing. What I am not familiar with is all this techy stuff and want to learn. I would be willing to pay a fee to get set up if need be. I am looking at this to be long term and have a couple E Books I am working on in which another story.

    My question is: Is it difficult to make the transfer from blogger to wordpress and what does self hosting mean? And here’s to the questions I don’t even know what to ask or how to ask when it comes to this blogging thing. I took a chance on myself and glad I did. Now I am ready for the next stage as to what level that would be.

    I just love to write and want it to be more if possible. Looking forward to your series and am a big believer in networking.

  31. I’m on blogger, have looked at WP for when I switch to my “own” blog. I need something that will be more money-making friendly and the only drawback I have found is that some advertisers will not consider a blogspot address because you don’t own it. But is the conversion worth it and will I make the money back that I spend? That’s the question. I love the customization of Blogger…I’m way more into the design aspect, as far as how it looks and how easy you can use it, than anything else.

    • AlisonSWLee says:

      Meredith, getting rid of the blogspot in your URL is a simple matter of purchasing your domain name for $10 a year. You don’t actually have to move your Blogger blog to WP to do that, if that’s what you don’t want to do.

  32. I tried blogger a long time ago but I never stuck with it. With my new blog I am doing the paid version of wordpress which I am loving so far! It was the one that was most recommended to me so that’s what I went with this time.

  33. I love Blogger so far, especially with the Template Designer so I can make my blog look the way I want to. I did try WordPress.com and hated it.

    One day I will probably move to self-hosted WordPress so that I can “own” my blogs. How much does it cost anyway? I’m in a lean financial state currently, so it’s not feasible for me right now. I’m also a little leery of the technical aspects of self-hosting. I also would get a professional design when I move over. So as you can see, it is out of the question for me right now financially.

    • AlisonSWLee says:

      The cost is $10/ year for your domain, and depending on which hosting company you use, about $6-$8 a month for hosting – a note though, you usually have to sign up for a yearly package straight off.

      Designs can cost anything from a few hundred to a few thousand, but there are so many great blog design companies out there that are affordable, especially those started by fellow bloggers who understand that you can’t fork out thousands for a design, and are willing to work within your given budget.

      Technical aspects – yes, sometimes the host server goes down and you can’t access your blog. It doesn’t happen much though, and they usually get them back up quickly (though this is based on personal experience only).

  34. Looking forward to this series….I’ve been blogging on Blogger for a little over a year now and find it easy to set up. I’d like to know more about what blogger can’t do vs. what wp/typepad can, etc.

  35. I have been happily blogging on wordpress.com for a few years now, I love it. I want to make the move to self-hosted WP… would love to see tips on that. I look forward to more in this series!

  36. Just when I’m getting ready to re-launch aprofessorswife.com! This advice is absolutely dead-on, super helpful, I 100% agree. Blogger is fantastic to start – you get the feel of what it is you’re trying to create, you can begin developing your personal brand, you can certainly design some amazing looking blogs (one of my all time favorite designs was when I was still with blogger) and then – off to a self hosted wordpress you go! That’s where the real magic happens, if you’re looking to hit this blog thing at a professional level. I won’t ever dis blogger – that’s where it all started for me :) However, I’m getting ready to switch to a new host for my .com, which makes me a tiny bit giddy inside! :)

  37. I don’t understand what the cons are to blogger. I have used it for about 2 1/2-3 years and honestly, I LOVE it. There is nothing that I haven’t been able to figure out how to do on it (with a little googling). People always talk about the increased functionality of wordpress blogs, and I’d really like to here some examples of things it can do that blogger can’t. Anyone?

    • Rachel I’m right there with you! If there is a plug in a WordPress blog has I simply google the idea (like Instagram feed on blogger blog) and add the code to my blog.

      I think people like that on WordPress you can simply click the plug in and it automatically is added.

    • WP’s strength is its customizability far beyond just appearance. Whereas for WP, you can add things to both the front end and the back end with plugins, for example increased analytics, SEO tools, backend administration tools, etc. This really extends and customizes the functionality for WP so that it’s a tool that’s right for you and your particular blog’s needs.

  38. I started at Blogger and then moved over to WordPress and won’t look back. Sure, there are always headaches (do not load up your WP blog with plugins – trust me on this *LOL*) but if I knew then what I know now, I would have started with WP from the get-go.

  39. I started with Blogger and moved over to WordPress. I couldn’t get much out of Blogger, and WordPress seemed more user-friendly, and I enjoy it more for sure. But it does have its drawbacks. Also, so many of the blogs I follow are on Blogger, so it makes commenting more annoying for me in a sense.
    Excellent post though :)

  40. I’m a dot com on blogger that wishes I would have started out with word press! I just had no clue :) In my humble opinion, if you want your blog to be a business… use WP. If you want your blog for personal use only… use Blogger. Looking forward to the rest of the series :)

  41. I have a WordPress.com blog. Maybe some day I’ll have to self-host, but that’s okay–I like the functionality of WordPress better than Blogger (I switched over from Blogger several years ago).

  42. Shelly says:

    I wanted to put out a small piece of info that most people don’t know: if you start out on a blogger blog, and decide to swap to WordPress self-hosted, you better be prepared to lose a lot of stuff during the move.

    Yes, there are plugins out there to make the move a bit easier, but they are never foolproof. I’ve been developing websites for over 10 years (working with WordPress since version 1.5, but I started out with Blogger, GreyMatter, pMachine and Movable Type before landing on WordPress, so I’ve dabbled in several different platforms) and I have to tell you, moving a site from Blogger to WordPress is a nightmare, every time. I’ll also mention I was a member of the “Install4Free” team that WordPress unofficially sanctioned, and I’ve moved many different platforms to WordPress on a gazillion different types of hosts and servers – so I can honestly say I’ve done this many, many, many times.

    Blogger transfers are always the ones that make me cringe – because I *know* – at some point, the transfer will fail. It’s never a matter of “maybe I’ll get lucky and this will go off without a hitch” – it’s ALWAYS “what will get screwed up, and how much time do I need to put in to fix it?” Sometimes the screw-ups are minimal – most times it’s not.

    I have a client right now that has posted (on average) 2 posts per day for the last year. The two biggest issues I’ve had to this point was importing the blogger content into WordPress. The post content is retained, but blogger bloats that content like you would not believe with TONS of unnecessary code. Also, when you upload your images (this client has an image-heavy site) to Blogger, it doesn’t save it so it’s exportable. It save the images to the blogger server, and pops the images into your post content as hotlinked images. So when you export Blogger to WordPress, your images don’t come with it. Not to mention your tags and categories don’t ‘port over either.

    I’ve spent 3 months (and counting) going through each individual post on this client’s site, manually cleaning out the blogger-bloat, and grabbing the old images off the blogger server and uploading them to WordPress. I also (manually) have to swap back and forth to obtain the tags and categories she’s chosen for her posts as well. It hasn’t been fun, and this site was supposed to be “live” by last Christmas – I’m still “cleaning” because the imported blogger-bloat breaks the site design.

    I should also mention that the exporting of the Blogger content can fail – and often does. Half the content this client had didn’t come through – so I’ve had to manually add posts (and go through phpMyAdmin) to attach comments to the proper posts that went missing via “copy/paste”.

    Blogger may allow monetization and it’s free, but keep in mind – if you *ever* plan to move it, prepare for a super migraine and major delays. I will not say Blogger is horrible – it has its purpose, and it’s a nice service – but if you plan on starting small and growing and business, don’t start with Blogger. 8 times out of 10, your move to a different platform will be a horrible experience. (Which is why most of my clients hire *me* to do it – so they don’t have to deal with it.)

    Blogger is good for the person who is starting out, but you’re better off NOT monetizing, getting a wordpress.com blog, and IF you start getting really popular, move to self-hosted. Self-hosted is cheap (you can get a domain name for about $15 a year, good hosting for $7 a month) and you have limitless possibilities on what you can do with your own site. And moving from wordpress.com to self-hosted is a snap. (Heck, moving from any platform other than Blogger is generally easy-peasy!)

    • Thank you for the tech savy insight. I have been considering switching to WP for a while and it sounds as though I should probably make a decision soon before I have a year’s worth of posts to move.

    • AlisonSWLee says:

      I paid my blog designer to move my Blogger blog to WP self-hosted, and fortunately, I only had 3 months worth of content to move – because like you said, it WAS a nightmare for her. I also lost comments because I was using Disqus, then switched to IntenseDebate (the commenting system on Blogger was one reason I didn’t like it, no option to reply back on the post, though I’m aware they have that feature now). My photos were all weird, the posts layout/ formatting was all funny, and there were literally hundreds of broken links I had to fix.

      Having said that, I did learn a lot just by fixing stuff :)

    • Yikes! I didn’t realize it could be so bad. I migrated from Blogger to WordPress early in my blogging career, and didn’t have any problems. But I also didn’t have much content either. I’ve recently been helping my son to move his blog, but he just wants to keep his name not his content. So, we’ve had no problem with that migration either.

      • It’s not *always*. Like I said, sometimes it goes okay, but (IME) most times something goes wrong. Sometimes something small – but sometimes in huge way. I remember once I had to move someone’s Blogger blog 100% manually because the blogger server would not allow me to export his site without it breaking. I had to manually copy and paste every post from Blogger to his WordPress site. (Thank goodness he only had about 15 posts, and it was a fairly new blog!)

        Sometimes the things that go wrong are minimal, and you can live with it. but I do have yet to move a site from Blogger to WordPress and have it go 100% no-hitch. There’s always something I have to fix. usually, the bigger the Blogger blog, the more chances there are for things to go wrong.

        I do know the only thing that annoys me about the moves is the images. I just don’t like that you can export the posts and comments, but you can’t export the images. They always come through as “hotlinked”. So you either have to manually move the images to your new site (and fix all the posts so the images are attached correctly) or make sure you always keep your blogger blog so the images won’t go away. In some cases, that’s fine – but in the most recent “move to WordPress” site I’ve done, the blogger has a image-heavy site. At least 5 or 6 images in every post. It’s kind of a pain to have to manually move them all. *(Someone told me there’s some way you can do it easier, but they couldn’t tell me what plugin i was that did it, and I’ve been unable to find it. So I just keep plugging along! :) )

        I hope no one gets me wrong – I used Blogger for a while, too (I stopped – because the “server down” stuff all the time drove me nuts – but I don’t think they have that issue so much anymore) and it *is* a great place to get your feet wet and see if blogging is for you. But if you plan it all out, and want to eventually move to WordPress, definitely start out on WordPress.com. Not only can you get the feet wet, but you’ll learn how to use WordPress so it’s not such a huge change.

        I know a lot of people don’t like WordPress.com – and I can tell you why. WordPress.com is actually a single install of WordPress with the “multi-user” function turned on. All themes and plugins that are installed are available to *everyone*. This is why you only get to choose so many things – they have to be approved so that everyone using a wordpress.com account can utilize them if they choose, and why you can’t edit the themes (you edit it for your site, you’ll edit it on *everyone’s*). WordPress.com is meant for you to “get to know” the system and see if blogging is for you. If it is, and you want more, definitely moving to a self-hosted install is worth it. You can do *anything* you want on self-hosted, and if you decide you like something better, it’s totally easy to move your WordPress site to another platform.

  43. I’ve been blogging for 6 years… or maybe 7? can’t remember :) I started on Blogger, and ended up having 3 different Blogger blogs… about a year ago I switched to self-hosted WP because I wanted to have more options and I liked the idea behind having control over everything… while I still don’t have my blog right where I want it as far as design, etc. – I wouldn’t change a thing about what I’ve done :) Next up – checking to see if I’m going to stay with my current host or change when the $$ comes due… any day now! :)

  44. I’m looking forward to this series. As a new blogger, I’m still trying to figure things out and what best fits my needs. I’m currently on Blogger because I’m familiar with it and have been able to customize it for my needs thus far. But there are definitely lots of cool plugins for WP that I would love to have. I haven’t had much time to figure out how to code. I know that everyone raves about WP and can’t wait to hear more.

  45. Self-hosted WP for me.

    Like many bloggers I started with Blogger…and I was adamant I’d never change. In January ’11 I decided I wanted to take my blog and myself more seriously. After discussing the financial side of it with hubby my current blog was born. Slowly it’s getting better and I am hoping that with a re-design in a couple months it’ll start to take off.

    It’s been a slow and even aggravating process but I look at it this way: Altogether I have been blogging for a year and a half. On my current blog, I’ve only been at it for 15 months. Things take time. I cannot expect my wildest bloggy dreams to come true after a little over a year. Just have to keep working hard and plugging away.

  46. wow! Thank you so much for starting this! I’ve been wondering if I should use blogger or wordpress. Now I’m hosting my domain with blogger. I’m looking forward for more info if I should start mapping my domain with wordpress instead. hmm…..I want to know more! :D

  47. There are other options besides these two, including typepad. I’ve been blogging on the typepad platform for years and so do many of the prettiest blogs out there. Typepad has most of the customization of self-hosted, but none of the headache. It’s reasonably priced and there is personal customer service.

    I never understand why more people don’t look into Typepad and only consider blogger or WP. (And no, I’m not sponsored by Typepad in any way, I’ve just been a happy user for years.)

    • You’re right Laura! There are a lot of other great options out there! I would love for you to share your typepad experiences in the SITS forum!

      I have Blogger and don’t feel restricted by plug ins. Any extras that I want I simply look up the coding for and add it into my CSS. It takes work but I feel like I can have anything anyone else can!

    • My blog is in the infancy stage and I started with Typepad. I did a teeny bit of research on Blogger vs. WP vs. Typepad – probably not as much as I should have – and made my choice. SITS girls, I am curious to know why Typepad is not in your discussion. Laura @ Hollywood Housewife – I’m glad to hear you have found value in the Typepad platform – it’s great reassurance for this newbie :)

    • I have love for typepad too, especially the customer service!

  48. I started on wordpress.com before I even knew you could make money with a blog. Needless to say, I switched to self-hosting ASAP once I found that tidbit out. ;)

    I can’t wait to watch this series progress! I have been blogging for several years, but I love to read other viewpoints and opinions on the options we have available.

  49. Selfhosted WP all the way! I find Blogger far too restrictive for most of my needs but would recommend it to any beginner blogger that may be a bit technophobic. Still., I think WP is superior in most other aspects, particularly the ability to customize the platform to your very specific needs through either themes, plugins and/or code modifications if you are a programmer.

  50. I started on Blogger when I didn’t know much about blogging, but made the switch to wordpress and never looked back. Even though you have to pay for the hosting, it was the best move. The freedom and flexibility is well worth the cost of the hosting!

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