We can’t get enough of these comparison posts, and we hope the same holds true for you. Today, we have blogger vs. WordPress in the ring.
Which platform do you think will take the trophy? Let’s ring the bell and may the best contender win!
We shall begin by saying both platforms offer you adequate features to build a website without breaking a sweat.
And while it is great to learn some coding languages, you needn’t have programming skills to use either WordPress or blogger.
In today’s post, we compare blogger vs. WordPress. We take a closer look at the magical stuff that defines each platform.
By the end of this post, you will have all the deets you need to pick the best platform for your specific needs.
Now, let’s sally forth and find out what Blogger and WordPress offer as far as creating a website you’re proud of goes.
Table of Contents
- Blogger vs. WordPress Basic Overview
- Blogger: The Story
- WordPress: The Story
- Recap of WordPress vs. Blogger Overview
- Setting Up a Website on Blogger
- Setting Up a Website On WordPress
- WordPress vs. Blogger Features
- Blogger Design Options
- WordPress Design Options and Features
- WordPress Design Options
- WordPress Page Builders
- WordPress Theme Frameworks, Child Themes & Shortcodes
- Live WordPress Theme Customizer
- WordPress Menus
- WordPress Theme Editor
- Other WordPress Features
- WordPress Admin Dashboard Home
- Plugin Infrastructure
- Media Library
- Extra WordPress Settings
- Blogger vs. WordPress: Support
- Blogger vs. WordPress: Costs
Blogger vs. WordPress Basic Overview
We have a pressing feeling we would impress you if we, first of all, spoke a bit about these two platforms before we take the fight to the costing, design, features and support departments.
Let’s begin with Blogger since the letter B comes before W in the alphabet.
Blogger: The Story
Blogger was born on 23rd August 1999 as a blog publishing service at Pyra Labs, which search engine giant, Google, acquired in 2003. Since then, Blogger has grown by leaps and bounds because Google means business.
In its most basic form, Blogger is a free blogging service akin to WordPress.com, which helps you to create a blog on a subdomain such as yourname.blogspot.com.
Don’t worry so much about the blogspot.com domain name, Blogger and Blogspot are merely synonyms for the Google blogging service that continues to power a large number of sites across the globe.
In a minute, and without spending a dime, you can launch a simple blog on Blogger and start sharing your content and ideas with the world.
In extreme of cases, your blogger site can sink into oblivion the moment you violate any of Google’s TOS or policy, whether it was intentional or not.
You are in the clear if you play by the rules and have the best of intentions at heart. Blogger is not the place for you if you’re a terrorist, hate monger, pedophile and spammer among other nasty people.
We know you’re not any of these bad fruits, but we are just making a point here that Google boxes you in since you can’t do whatever you want with your Blogger site.
Step a bit out of line and Google won’t hesitate to obliterate your site when they delete your account. Yes, they eliminate your website along with your content.
Playing by the book also means you’re at the mercy of Google, and any change of policy might leave you scrambling to save your content and what not. Get the point?
Is WordPress the savior?
WordPress: The Story
Enters WordPress, and you get all the freedoms to do whatever you like with your site. Before we talk about freedoms, here’s a primer.
The story of how WordPress came to be is an interesting one. On 24th January 2003, Matt Mullenweg, the founding father of WordPress, decided to fork b2/cafelog to accommodate his blogging needs.
Four months later on the 27th day of May, Matt and other contributors released the first version of WordPress.
In programming, forking is merely taking source code from another software and building your software upon the source code. To learn more, you can get a head start on the story from our WordPress tutorial.
But to bring you up to speed, WordPress is not a blogging service like Blogger. WordPress is a piece of software that you install on your PC or web server.
Once you have WordPress going, you can build any site you can imagine.
If you’d like to test your coding chops, you can even modify WordPress to create your fork, you know, to accommodate your diverse needs.
In most cases, you won’t need to fork WordPress though, because it’s powerful beyond your expectations.
The best part is WordPress is a free and open-source project. Nobody owns WordPress, not even WordPress.org, the website where you download WordPress.
However, you will need to pay for a domain name and web hosting to put your WordPress site online.
Good thing we offer free web hosting at 000webhost, which means you can test drive WordPress on a subdomain such as yourname.000webhostapp.com without paying a cent. How sweet?
WordPress offers you absolute control over your website and content. You own your content, and nobody can ban or delete your site.
Recap of WordPress vs. Blogger Overview
Blogger is a free subscription-based blogging service that Google offers. It allows you to set up a blog quickly without worrying about setting up any platforms.
It is Google’s responsibility to maintain your server’s security, do upgrades and the works. You sign up, throw together a quick design and start writing.
All the same, you don’t own Blogger, and you must abide by Google terms lest they delete your site, along with your content.
Blogger doesn’t offer you much control over your site, plus you cannot install the blogger platform on your PC. The service is in the cloud.
For these reasons, Blogger is most suitable for people and businesses who want a simple site to share content. It is especially great for hobbyist bloggers and writers who post once in a while.
According to BuiltWith, Blogger powers a mere 1.4% of the top 1 million websites in the world, despite the fact that it launched before WordPress.
WordPress, on the other hand, is a fully-fledged content management system that puts you in charge of your site.
Being in charge means you are responsible for setting up the platform, fortifying security and taking care of upgrades.
All the same, you are in complete control of your site, meaning you can turn your site whichever way you desire.
Nobody owns any part of your site, and you can do pretty much anything you like with WordPress.
Provided you install WordPress on your PC or a free or premium web hosting account, you can build any website in a jiffy.
Thanks to data we pulled from BuiltWith, WordPress powers a whopping 26.3% of the top 1 million websites in the world, which means the uptake is excellent.
WordPress is the platform of choice for small-time bloggers, mid-size businesses and large name brands such as CNN, Sony, and 000webhost among others.
Verdict: In a simple line, WordPress outshines Blogger 26x regarding ownership, control over your content, community and market share even if the latter is four years older.
Moving on swiftly, let us set up a simple website on Blogger and WordPress, just to give you a taste of what to expect with whichever platform you cherry-pick.
Setting Up a Website on Blogger
We’ve mentioned that setting up a site on Blogger is the stuff of fourth graders.
The process is so easy you can create a Blogger site in the time Thor takes to drink a carafe of Dr. Strange’s enchanted snifter.
If you are not logged in to your Google account, Blogger will ask you to sign in:
Sign in with your preferred account, or create a free Google account if you don’t have one already.
If you’re already signed into your Google account, navigating to blogger.com or blogspot.com leads you to this page instead:
If this describes your situation, just hit the Create New Blog button as shown in the image above.
Next, Blogger leads you to the Create a New Blog screen, where you add your blog title, specify a blog address and choose a starter theme as we detail in the image below.
Add the necessary details in the three fields as we label above and click the Create blog! button. Doing so creates your blog and leads you to your dashboard.
From the dashboard, you can easily:
- View your new blog, although there isn’t much to see at the moment since you haven’t added any content
- Create a new blog post to take care of the lack of content
- Manage your entire blog
Here is how our new Blogger site looks like before adding any content.
Note, our author is still logged in, but this doesn’t change the overall layout. To the right side, there is an About section that Blogger adds automatically.
Information from your Google+ profile goes into this About section, but as you can see, our author hasn’t added any information to the Google+ profile linked to the email address he is using for this test, but all is well.
Let us add a simple post to see how some content would change things on our test blog.
Go back to your dashboard and hit the New post button as we saw in our dashboard screenshot.
Blogger launches a visual editor that comes with a couple of nifty features to publish your posts like a pro. You can even toggle the HTML editor if that kind of thing works for you.
When you hit the Publish button, you get a Google+ sharing popup, but that’s just about it.
However, once you publish your post, you can share it on Facebook, Twitter and via email using the More link as shown in the image below. We also get the chance to see how the post looks on the blog.
At this juncture, you have a working Blogger site that the public can access via your subdomain, for example, yourname.blogspot.com.
Creating pages in Blogger is as easy as creating blog posts, so we don’t expect you to run into any problems in this regard.
The page creator looks very much like the post editor, which means you won’t have to look hard to find all the features you need to create a page that stands out.
Here, have a look.
N/B: After creating a page, you need to add the Pages gadget to your site to display a list of your pages. Otherwise, you won’t be able to access your pages from your website.
How to do this? Navigate to the Layouts screen in your Blogger dashboard and choose where you want to add your Pages gadget.
For this tutorial, we are using the Picture Window theme, so we decided to place our Pages gadget just below the header area.
Next, click the Add a Gadget button as shown in the image above to bring up the Gadgets popup. Scroll down until you find the Pages gadget and then hit the + (plus) button as shown below.
On the next screen, choose the pages you want to show and hit the Save button as seen in the following image.
Finally, just click the Save arrangement in the Layout screen to save your changes.
Doing this will place a navigation menu for your pages just below your header. Keep in mind we are using the Picture Window theme, which means your layout might look different depending on the theme you choose.
Now that we have a Blogger site going on for you, let us create a simple blog on WordPress. In a few minutes, we cover all the other features available in Blogger and WordPress, so don’t go anywhere.
Setting Up a Website On WordPress
For this section, we are using the free web hosting service from 000webhost, so we urge you to sign up to get the most out of this article.
Setting up WordPress is easy as pie. Nowadays, most web hosts including 000webhost offer a one-click automatic installation of WordPress.
In most cases, you merely need to input your details, hit a button here and there, and your work is done.
That said, head over to 000webhost.com and click on the red Free Sign Up button.
On the next page, fill out the short form with your email address, password and desired website name. Next, hit the Get Free Hosting button.
On the next screen, 000webhost shows you what’s on offer. On this tiny screen, you can choose to go the premium way and sign up for Hostinger premium web hosting or spring for the free account.
Click on the It’s ok, I want to learn button to proceed.
Don’t do anything on the next screen yet. Login to your email account and verify your email to activate your new website.
Clicking on the Verify email button or link redirects you back to your 000webhost dashboard. Here, click the Manage website “your-website-name” button as shown in the image below.
Note, the sample site we created for this post is “blogger-vs-wordpress,” meaning your Manage website button takes your website name.
The next screen offers you a couple of options to build a website. You can create a website from scratch using 000webhost’s Easy Website Builder, upload a prebuilt site or install a fresh WordPress website.
Click the Install button on the WordPress tab as we outline in the image below.
Next, fill out your login credentials. Word of advice, don’t use admin as your username or password; choose something that is hard to crack.
Hit the Install button as we show above and wait out the installation process. You should see the screen below once the installation is complete.
Now, hit the Go to configuration page to access your website dashboard.
WordPress admin dashboard offers you plenty of control over your site. From the WordPress dashboard, you can:
- Create pages and posts
- Install new themes and plugins
- And do virtually anything else you desire with your blog
Worry not, we cover what you can expect to find in WordPress in a jiffy, but for now, let us see how our new WordPress looks on the front-end (the side your web visitors see)
Not bad at all. Take note that WordPress automatically installs the default Twenty Seventeen theme when you create a new website. It is the theme you see in the image above.
That aside, your default WordPress site comes with a sidebar that shows:
- Search bar
- Recent posts widget
- Archives Widget
- Recent comments
You can change these widgets and replace them with your own to suit your preferences.
Additionally, your new WordPress site shows a list of posts to the left, but we have only one “Hello World” post, so there isn’t much of a list to see.
You can change this region as well by setting a static homepage or using a different layout depending on your theme, but that is a story for another day.
To play fair, let us create a post in WordPress so that we can see how it appears on our newly designed site.
Head back to your WordPress admin dashboard and navigate to Posts -> Add New.
We must confess that the post editor in WordPress is way better than what you have in Blogger, beginning with the fact that WordPress post editor supports mobile-friendly images, and looks way better among other things.
Have a look.
You can extend the post editor to great lengths using plugins such as shortcodes, Visual Composer, Yoast SEO and so much much to create content like the pros.
Likewise, creating pages in WordPress is simple. The page editor looks much like the post editor, with a few minor changes.
You can view your pages, edit existing pages or add new pages via the Pages menu item on your WordPress admin menu.
Similarly, you can extend the page editor using WordPress page builders, so you can build pages from this or any other galaxy.
After adding a simple blog post to our WordPress site, this is how our new website looks.
Verdict: Both Blogger and WordPress are easy to install, even though Blogger doesn’t require you to sign up for a web hosting account.
Note that you don’t need a web hosting account to test-drive WordPress since you can install it on your computer, something that is impossible with Blogger.
Besides, signing up for a web hosting account is an easy process as we saw while signing up for free web hosting from 000webhost.
Additionally, you learn stuff when installing WordPress (both on your PC and online) compared to Blogger, and you never know where and when this knowledge comes in handy.
Now that we have the basics out of the way, and you can install either Blogger or WordPress, let us get down to the best part of this post – the features department.
WordPress vs. Blogger Features
In this section, we take a more in-depth look at the features each blogging platform offers. We look at the design options and functionality available in both blogger and WordPress.
Here comes the most critical part of this post because you get to discover which platform is excellent for you regarding the design options and features you need for your site.
Blogger Design Options
To discover the design options Blogger offers, we need to log into the dashboard once more.
Here, we shall explore the Layout and Theme menu items. Click on the Layout menu item to find out what Blogger offers.
Nothing much to see here, just a basic customizer that allows you to edit elements such as your favicon, navigation, header, sidebars, main content body, and footers.
The options you’d need are hidden behind gadgets, the equivalent of widgets in WordPress.
In other words, you can add a gadget in specific areas such as sidebars and footers. That’s right; you cannot add gadgets wherever you wish.
At the time of writing, Blogger offers 28 official gadgets.
However, you can access 779 third-party gadgets that are, according to our author, useless for any business. Look at the image below, and you will understand what we mean.
Well, unless you need a virtual pet and what not, we don’t see how a number of these third-party gadgets are helpful to any business.
Additionally, Blogger warns that some third-party gadgets are not compatible with HTTPS, a problem that doesn’t exist in WordPress. Plus, they leave it to you to find out which gadgets have HTTPS compatibility issues.
Blogger Theme Designer
If it is any consolation, Blogger ships with a theme designer that helps you to extend your theme further. How to access it?
On the top-right corner of the Layout screen, there is a Theme Designer link. Click on this link to launch the Blogger Theme Designer.
Well, don’t expect to see much here either.
Inside the theme designer, you can:
- Change your background image
- Switch to a new theme even though previewing new themes means losing all modifications you make to your current theme within the theme designer
- Modify your theme’s layout including adding more sidebars and footers as well as moving them around (This does not apply to all themes)
- Adjust your blog width
- Change colors for elements such as links, backgrounds, blog title, gadgets, post title and so on
- Add custom CSS
- And that’s it. See? We told you there isn’t much to see.
Enough of the Layout screen, let us explore what the Theme screen has to offer. Click the Theme menu item within your Blogger dashboard to launch the following screen.
How many themes does Blogger offer? 11 modern themes and one classic theme that doesn’t support the theme designer among other features.
That aside, you can edit the HTML code of your themes easily by clicking on the Edit HTML button that appears below your active theme (see image above).
Other than that, you can backup/restore your theme because things tend to break at the unlikeliest of times.
Other Blogger Features
Blogger doesn’t offer much regarding design options as you can see in the section above. But how does this platform stack up against WordPress concerning other features? Let’s forge ahead and see.
Blogger ships with an inbuilt statistics feature that helps you to stay on top of your traffic. You can quickly tell where your traffic comes from as well as the browsers and operating systems your audience uses.
Additionally, you can see which posts and pages perform the best, referring sites and URLs, search keywords your readers use to find you and the number of followers you have.
We all know traffic is the lifeblood of every website there is on the internet. Without traffic, you have nothing to show for all the effort you put in building your site to begin with.
Blogger offers you the opportunity to generate traffic to your blog using AdWords. Clicking on the Start Now button shown in the image below takes you to AdWords, where you can set up your ads.
The Blogger Settings Panel
Then we have the Settings menu item that carries plenty of advanced settings for your Blogger blog. There are a million and one settings here we won’t go through them all. We touch on the most important.
For starters, Blogger allows you to buy and set up a third-party domain, i.e., yourname.com, instead of using the free sub-domain, i.e., yourname.blogspot.com.
A custom third-party domain is a big win for people who would like a more professional website.
We bet you had no idea Blogger can support multiple bloggers. Well, it does, and this feature is hidden under the Settings menu item.
You can add several authors to your blog, which means you can run a multi-author blog like the big brands instead of a one-man operation.
Posts, Comments, and Sharing
Blogger ships with a section that helps you to control how your posts and comments appear on your blog. You can even activate Google+ Comments instead of using the default comment system.
Further, you can quickly moderate your comments from the Blogger dashboard, and if you need extra control, feel free to explore the Post, Comments and Sharing submenu under the Settings menu item.
Additionally, you can post to your Blogger blog via email and set up whom to send posts to once you hit the Publish button. Think of this feature as a built-in email notification service for your readers.
Going forward, you can automatically share your posts to Google+ upon publishing, but that’s just about it. You cannot share to multiple social sites automatically like it is the case with WordPress.
There is a myth doing rounds on the web that Blogger performs better than WordPress in terms of search rankings because Google owns the former.
It is pure baloney because no platform outshines another in search engine rankings if you don’t optimize your content and website.
We repeat, if you don’t optimize your content and website for search engines, you will not rank well regardless of the platform you use.
Google offers you a couple of SEO guidelines you can follow to score better rankings in search engines, and nowhere do they recommend absconding one platform in favor of another.
The secret to better rankings lies in your content and how well you disseminate this content to real human readers as well as search engine crawlers.
That said, Blogger comes a couple of search preferences, including the ability to toggle on/off meta descriptions, custom Page Not Found pages and redirections, Google search Console and custom robots.txt.
That’s not all; Blogger comes with other settings such as:
- One-click HTTPS redirections
- Ability to connect your blog to Google Analytics
- Site feed
- Site backup and import functionality
- Transliteration that supports one language at a time
- Different time zones
- Blog monetization via Google AdSense
- A reading list that shows the blogs you follow
- A help button because who doesn’t need a little help once a while?
WordPress Design Options and Features
Blogger pales in comparison to WordPress as far as design options and features go. If both platforms were vehicles, Blogger is a mini truck and WordPress is a monster truck.
Let us begin with the design options available in WordPress, and there is plenty, so get ready to rock and rumble.
WordPress Design Options
To discover the design options WordPress offers, we shall explore the Appearance menu item in your WordPress admin dashboard.
Without further ado, log in to your WordPress admin dashboard and navigate to Appearance as shown in the screenshot below.
Mousing over the Appearance menu displays a submenu that helps you to change themes, customize your current theme within the Live WordPress Customizer, add/edit/remove widgets, configure your menus and edit your theme’s code among other things depending on your theme.
Let us go over each of these submenu items.
We are using the default Twenty Seventeen theme on our WordPress sample site, and if you just installed WordPress, you’re probably using the same theme.
That aside, WordPress comes with three default themes name Twenty Fifteen, Twenty Sixteen and Twenty Seventeen. When you install WordPress on 000webhost free hosting, you get an additional theme.
Click on the Themes submenu to launch the themes screen as seen below.
On this screen, you can do a lot of things such as view your active theme as well as other themes installed on your WordPress website, add new themes and customize your theme.
Adding a new WordPress theme is as simple as clicking the Add New button at the top of the screen, which brings up this page.
On this screen, you can install a free WordPress theme right from within your admin dashboard or upload a theme that you downloaded/created previously.
Here is a screenshot showing you the things you can do on the themes screen in WordPress. See the numbered list after the image.
- Upload a WordPress theme from your computer
- Search for a free WordPress theme in various categories
- Read theme details before installing
- Preview how the theme looks on your WordPress site
- Install a WordPress theme with a single click
As you can see, Blogger has nothing on WordPress as far as themes go, and the above is just a tiny sampling of the free WordPress themes available in the WordPress theme repository.
If you’re a little curious, the WordPress theme directory is home to 5,400+ free and 115+ commercial WordPress themes.
Speaking of commercial themes, the web is full of premium WordPress themes that cost next to nothing. For instance, a website such as Themeforest offers over 11,000 WordPress themes, and Themeforest isn’t the only WordPress theme marketplace offering a humongous volume of themes.
If a marketplace is not your cup of tea, you can buy premium WordPress themes directly from the theme developers such as Elegant Themes, ThemeIsle and AThemes among others.
Honestly, you’re spoilt for choice as far as WordPress themes go. There is virtually a WordPress theme for any type of business under the sun. Just rub the genie lamp, make a wish (do a little search) and poof, you have any theme you need.
WordPress Page Builders
You are so wrong if you thought you have seen it all. There are a couple of nifty plugins known as WordPress Page Builders, which help you to build any web page you can imagine.
The best part is, page builders are easy to use since you create a website drag-and-drop style. In other words, you simply need to drag and drop elements into place and you have a web page.
Yep, move an image (or any other element) from one location to another and the page builder takes care of the rest. You never have to write a single line of code unless you wish.
Popular WordPress page builders include Visual Composer, Beaver Builder, and Elementor among others. Oh by the way, lest we forget, page builders work with whatever WordPress theme you have.
WordPress Theme Frameworks, Child Themes & Shortcodes
Then we have WordPress theme frameworks, which are special code libraries that help you to create your own WordPress themes without writing the codebase from scratch.
WordPress theme frameworks help you to create themes in lightning speed, meaning you can create your own custom themes whenever you desire.
Good examples of WordPress theme frameworks include Genesis, Themify, Beans, and Gantry among others.
Using a single WordPress theme framework, you can create an unlimited number of parent and child themes. A parent theme is your typical WordPress theme that you download or buy from WordPress or third-party developers.
A child theme is any theme that borrows design and functionality from the parent theme or theme framework. A child theme allows you to modify your parent theme, without actually editing the parent theme!
Having this functionality means you can build out your website the way you imagine, and still update to the latest version of your parent theme without losing customizations or exposing your site to security vulnerabilities.
If that isn’t enough, the market is full of shortcode plugins that help you to add elements such as social media buttons, Google maps, callouts, buttons, accordions, columns etc anywhere on your website with a couple of clicks.
Live WordPress Theme Customizer
Say you went ahead and installed a WordPress theme you like. Still, it doesn’t look anything like the site you have in your mind. You figure you need to move a couple of things around, change colors, add a favicon and what not.
What to do? Ladies and gentlemen, we introduce you to the Live WordPress Theme Customizer, a built-in feature that helps you to customize your website in real-time, but without affecting your live site.
Once you’re satisfied with your changes, you simply hit the Publish button to apply the edits instantly. In other words, this tool allows you to preview the changes you’re making to your site without saving and refreshing your site multiple times.
To load the Live WordPress theme customizer shown below, click on the Customize submenu as we show you in the image above.
The number of items you can customize in the Live WordPress Theme Customizer depends on your theme. From the image above, you can customize your site identity, colors, header media, menus, widgets, homepage settings and add custom CSS, but that’s because we are using the default Twenty Seventeen theme.
Some themes let you change a lot more things such as editing/removing the “Powered by WordPress” footer link and optimizing performance and SEO right from within the theme customizer. Other themes have a few options just like our sample theme, Twenty Seventeen.
Of importance to note is you can publish your changes immediately, save to draft, schedule the changes and even share the changes via a preview link. We have your back with a screenshot. See below.
If you’re still following, you can clearly see WordPress outshines Blogger as far as customizing your theme goes. Enough about the WordPress Theme Customizer; it’s making Blogger looks bad but we digress.
WordPress widgets are great at adding bits of content to various part of your site. Widgets are especially popular in sidebars and footers, but we have seen theme developers adding widget areas to other parts of the theme including the header and main body.
We cannot say WordPress has an X number of widgets because different themes and plugins come with their own widgets, which means the number varies depending on the theme and plugins you install.
Regardless, adding widgets to your website is child’s play. Just drag a widget into place and that’s it.
Nowadays, you don’t even need to drag the widget into place as the widget displays a drop-down menu of available widget areas, and all you have to do is click the location you desire.
Moreover, you can add extra widget areas to your WordPress theme with a bit of code. Don’t worry, you needn’t any coding skills, just copy-paste this widget code from the Codex.
Remember how deep we had to dig to add a navigation menu (page list) in Blogger? Well, WordPress will have none of that.
While you can quickly add and edit your menus within the Live WordPress Customizer, WordPress offers you a standalone page to add and edit your navigation menus as you desire.
Click on the Menus submenu on the WordPress admin menu to launch the Menus screen.
Wootzah! What do we have here? The menu screen in WordPress puts you in total control of your menus. You control the number of menus you create and where to display them on your site.
You can add any number of items to your menus, although it is advisable to keep things light and not overdo things. Come on mate, 100 items on a single menu is an overkill.
That aside, you can add pages, posts, categories and custom links to your menus and display them in multiple locations depending on menu locations available in your theme.
Additionally, you can choose to have WordPress add new top-level pages to your menu automatically. On top of that, you can add as many menu locations as you desire with this snippet from the Codex.
WordPress Theme Editor
We shall skip the Header submenu because it allows you to edit your header, something you easily do within the Live WordPress Theme Customizer.
Let us see what hides behind the Editor submenu. Click the submenu to load the WordPress theme editor.
Look at that. You have pure code in the left panel and a list of your theme files to the right. Who can guess what happens here?
You’re right, you edit your theme’s core files from this screen. Just remember to backup your site and create a child theme before you go tinkering with your theme files.
The first file you see inside the editor is your theme’s stylesheet (style.css), which controls how your website looks visually. The style.css file controls how your site looks to your readers, and a single error can break your design much to the chagrin of your beloved readers.
However, it doesn’t mean style.css is the most important part of your site – it is just a part, keeping in mind the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
You can edit your files extensively in this window, but don’t edit your parent theme directly! Otherwise, you will lose your modifications when you update your parent theme, but we’ve sort of said this already.
Hopefully, we shall talk about WordPress child themes at a later date, so look out for that by following this blog. At the moment, let us see what other features are there in WordPress.
Other WordPress Features
Now that you know what WordPress offers in terms of design options, let us go ahead and investigate other WordPress features that make creating a website on the platform pure bliss.
WordPress Admin Dashboard Home
The dashboard screen you see as soon as you log in to your WordPress site is way more intuitive than what is available in Blogger.
From the dashboard home screen, you can customize your site or change your theme, write blog posts, add pages, manage widgets and menus, turn comments on and off, and have a glimpse of how your site is fairing, more so if you install the Jetpack plugin.
Speaking of plugins, WordPress ships with a fantastic plugin infrastructure that puts so much functionality in your hands.
To view installed plugins, add new plugins or edit a particular plugin, simply click the Plugins menu item in your admin dashboard as shown in the image above.
But what in the name of asking are plugins? A WordPress plugin is simply a script (piece of software) that you add to your site to add functionality.
You can add any feature you can imagine from social media sharing, spam blockers, sliders, galleries, custom contact forms, events calendars, appointment and booking systems, SEO plugins such as Yoast, and so much more.
In other words, there is practically a plugin for any functionality you can imagine thanks to a huge collection of over 54,000 free plugins at the WordPress plugin directory.
That’s not the end of it, the internet is full of premium WordPress plugins on websites such as CodeCanyon.net that help you to turn your website whichever way you desire.
CodeCanyon.net alone has over 6,400 premium WordPress plugins, so you are spoilt for choice even if you decide to buy plugins instead of going with the free options.
Adding a New Plugin
Adding a new plugin in WordPress is as easy as pie. Simply click the Add New button to bring up this screen.
On this screen, you can either upload a plugin from your computer or install one directly from the WordPress plugin directory.
Take it from us, installing a WordPress plugin is a matter of point and click – click the Install button, wait out the installation process and then click the Activate button.
Remember you have over 54,000 WordPress plugins from which to choose. All you have to do is work the search box at the top and you’re golden.
Editing a WordPress Plugin
If you know your way around code, you can even customize a plugin to suit your specific needs. Click the Editor submenu item in the WordPress admin menu as shown below.
You can edit any plugin on this screen, just make sure you know what you’re doing lest you break your site. Of course, always create full backups before making extensive changes to your site.
Moving on, let us explore the WordPress media library.
WordPress is a powerful content management system and one feature that makes this a reality is the WordPress media library.
Blogger needs a decade to catch up with WordPress concerning the media library and we do not hate. Click Media on the WordPress admin menu.
Just to put it out there, WordPress allows you to upload a wide range of file formats including images, audio, videos and other types of files such as PDFs and Word documents among others.
To upload a new file, simply hit the Add New button and the rest of the process is self-explanatory.
In addition, you can access the media library via the post/page editor by clicking the Add Media button as we outline in the following image.
On the next screen, you can do some interesting things such as add new media, create galleries, set up audio and video playlists as well as add media from URL.
Additionally, you can edit your images, setup featured images and so much more. Moreover, you can extend the WordPress media library using plugins, so yay!
Really, our description here doesn’t do the WordPress media library any justice because this feature is powerful beyond measure.
We had to navigate to the Settings page in Blogger and hit our scroll wheel a couple times just to add a new author (user) to the Blogger sample site.
On the other hand, adding new users in WordPress is a matter of clicking Users on the admin menu.
What can we say? Why does WordPress make running a website so easy? On the Users page, you can add new users, edit existing users, change roles, view your profile and so on.
By the way, WordPress ships with a couple of user roles including Administrator, Editor, Author, Subscriber, Contributor plus some plugins such as MyCatchers helpdesk and Woocommerce among others come with additional user roles.
Click on Your Profile or Edit to see and edit your profile.
Man, what can’t you edit on this page? We shall leave you to find it on your own. Not to mention, you can extend this area with custom user registration plugin.
By now, you’re probably considering moving from Blogger to WordPress, but don’t know what to do. Well, the gift that never stops giving that is WordPress has the perfect tool for you.
You can import your Blogger site into WordPress quickly. Other than Blogger, you can import content from other platforms such as Tumblr, LiveJournal, Movable Type and RSS among others.
Don’t sweat the details yet, we show you how to move your Blogger to WordPress in a minute, so don’t go anywhere yet.
Further, you can export your content to other systems as well convert your categories to tags (and vice versa).
Extra WordPress Settings
The All in One WP Migration menu you see in our screenshots is not part of WordPress, but a migration plugin. Keep in mind that many other plugins add items to the admin menu, so don’t worry if you add a plugin and see an extra menu item.
That said, let’s discover what hides behind the Settings menu item.
Firstly, on the General settings panel, you can change a lot of details including:
- Site title
- Your site tagline
- WordPress address
- Site address if you want your site homepage to different from your WordPress installation
- Modify your admin email address
- Toggle membership on/off so people can register to your site
- Set the default user role for users who register
- Choose site language
- Select your timezone
- Define date and time format
- Specify when the week starts on your blog
Secondly, you have the Writing submenu that allows to:
- Choose default category
- Pick default post format seeing as WordPress ships with multiple post formats such as Standard, Aside, Gallery, Audio, Video, Chat, Quote, Link, Image and Status
- Activate and configure Post by Email, a service that allows you to publish blogs straight from your email account
- Notify various site update services such as Ping-o-Matic whenever you publish a new post
Thirdly, you have the Reading submenu that helps you to:
- Set whether your homepage shows a list of posts or a static page
- Disallow search engines from indexing your site. Don’t tick this checkbox on a live website or you might disappear from search engine results
- Choose the number of items to display on your blog page and feed
- Define the length of articles in a feed
Fourthly, you find the Discussion submenu, which helps you to:
- Control comment moderation on your blog
- Notify blogs that you link from any article you publish
- Arrange when to receive email notifications from your blog regarding comments
- Enable avatars for people who comment on your site
Fifth on the Settings menu is Media, which allows you to:
- Define default image sizes
- Toggle on/off tiled galleries
- Organize your media uploads into month and year-based folders
Last but not least, you have the Permalinks settings, which allow you to set up pretty URLs i.e., yourname.com/sample-post/ instead of yourname.com/?p=123
N/B: Your Settings menu may have extra submenus depending on the plugins you install.
That aside, WordPress comes with a Help button that is located to the top-right corner of your admin dashboard.
Phew! What a journey? Now, let us talk about the support behind Blogger vs. WordPress, so you know where to go whenever you’re stuck.
Blogger vs. WordPress: Support
While both platforms are easy to setup and use, you end up running into a problem or two. It’s inevitable, and no one is safe whether you’re a beginner or an experienced user.
At such times, you need support, but how easy is it to get support for a problem you’re encountering with Blogger or WordPress?
This section answers the question of where to seek help whenever you’re stuck.
We looked hard and found a few blogs that help users with minor Blogger issues. A majority of these websites cover other general topics, meaning they are not dedicated to the Blogger platform.
You can find help on sites such as WikiHow, Lifewire, Chron and Dummies.com, but we couldn’t find a lot of blogs that are dedicated to Blogger as the main topic.
To find help on the aforementioned sites, just type your issue in Google and sift through the results. You might find a couple of YouTube videos as well, so all hope is not lost.
To be fair though, we found one website (bbeginner.com) on the second page of Google, but the other Blogger-specific blogs we found (bloggertipspro.com and mybloggerlab.com) were on the fourth page of Google for the search phrase “How to Add Images in Blogger.”
WikiHow, Lifewire, Chron and Dummies.com dominate the first page of Google for the same search phrase. Perhaps this is an isolated case, or “How to Add Images in Blogger” is not a real beginner problem.
However, the Blogger Support Center came first on Google for the phrase in question. From these findings, Google mainly offers support for the Blogger platform via the dedicated Blogger Support Center and Blogger Help Forum.
On the forum, your Blogger questions are answered by experts and other Blogger users. The Blogger Support Center is just that, a support center with articles on various issues – you cannot discuss solutions and what not.
To begin with, there are numerous blogs dedicated to WordPress as a topic. A simple Google search for “How to Add Image in WordPress” came back with a couple of WordPress-specific blogs.
We noted that a good number of web hosts also offer help for WordPress for one obvious reason – Blogger isn’t a standalone service that you can install on any web server.
We also found results from WordPress.com Support Center as well as the WordPress Codex. That said, there are practically thousands of blogs that are dedicated to WordPress.
These blogs, including our very own, offer you a ton of tips on how to solve WordPress issues. Other than that, you can find a great deal of help on the WordPress Support Forum.
Additionally, each WordPress theme and plugin comes with its own support forum, meaning you can get support from the developers directly considering most problems you encounter with your WordPress site will be related to a plugin or theme.
Additionally, premium theme and plugin vendors offer dedicated support to all of their customers.
Verdict: Both platforms offer you adequate support in our opinion even though the sheer volume of support materials and blogs means it is easier to find help for WordPress than Blogger.
Blogger vs. WordPress: Costs
Starting a simple blog on either platform is free, as we established earlier. All the same, the cost of running a site grows depending on your needs.
Adding a custom domain to Blogger via Google Domains sets you back at least $12/yr but you don’t pay for hosting. The downside is you cannot upload your own files (you’re restricted to the Blogger editor) and there are Google content policy and TOS to contend with.
Additionally, Google Domains is available in a few select countries, which might lock you out of using custom domains. Still, you can use third-party domain registrars, but you need to pay the yearly costs of running a domain name.
A custom domain costs at least $10 bucks per year. Therefore, a Blogger site with a custom domain costs at least $10 bucks a year but you cannot create the website you desire because – restrictions.
For starters, installing WordPress on 000webhost is free. Additionally, you can install WordPress on your computer and start building websites without spending a dime.
On top of that, you can add a custom domain to your free 000webhost website and enjoy our free hosting. As we’ve mentioned, a custom domain costs about $10 bucks.
Verdict: Running a simple blog with custom domain on Blogger or 000webhost costs you just $10 bucks, keeping in mind WordPress offers you more control and there are no restrictions. With WordPress, you have plenty of room to experiment, but Blogger holds you back.
We must confess this is one of the most comprehensive comparisons we’ve created so far. That said, what’s the final verdict? Blogger vs. WordPress, which fascinates you the most?
In terms of support, Blogger has nothing on WordPress. Blogger is trailing, too, in terms of market share and the size of community.
In terms of freedoms and how much you can bend either platform, Blogger comes second as well. What about the features department? Is there hope for Blogger there?
Well, that is a big no. WordPress wins that race as well.
Moreover, WordPress outshines Blogger concerning design options by far. Blogger needs plenty of work to compare with WordPress, even remotely.
From this study, WordPress carries the trophy home. Do you agree with our findings?
Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below. Cheers!