WordPress.com versus Blogger.com. 2

Taking a look at WordPress.com

In this post I am taking a look at WordPress.com. I tend to think of WordPress. com as far more ‘conservative’ both in its choice of themes for the user and also its user interface or dashboard. So for me personally its where I place my more ‘techy type’ blog rather than my more personal daily diary blog. Let’s take a look at WordPress.com shall we?

Wordpress.com enter pageAs with Blogger, for anyone new to setting up a blog WordPress.com is very simple to use. On entering WordPress.com for the first time you are asked to sign up and after filling in a username, password and an email address, providing that the user name is not already in use by someone else, you’ll be soon accessing your own Dashboard and able to make your first post.

Spam etc inside your comments on your blog is easily coped with by Akismet which blocks spam from getting to your blog comments. If it blocks anything that you don’t consider to be Spam then you can always allow that comment yourself. As a WordPress.com user, I can vouch that it really works well in preventing spam.

You will be given the new default theme Twenty Ten for your blog, but you can always change this if you don’t like it for one of 89 other themes available on WordPress.com at the moment. Most themes offered on WordPress.com differ in how much customisation they allow the user to do, you can edit the CSS Style Sheet of most of the themes but you have to purchase the Custom CSS in order to do so. However, some of the newer themes now being offered by the new Theme Team are far more adaptable by the user and have this adaptability built in as standard.  For example, the new default theme  Twenty Ten allows you to alter the CSS Style Sheet, use your own custom  header and also choose your own colour or picture as a background as well.

Post on WordPress showing default themeYou can also add your own pages to your blog and most Themes allow these to be displayed as Menu tags. There is now far more customization available in the new themes now being introduced on WordPress. com and this is obviously for the better.

The main area where I think that WordPress.com does excel is its excellent Dashboard, where you can see just about everything to do with your blog on one page, including your blog stats, latest comments, your top posts both for that day and the past week, all of your comments that you have made elsewhere on others blogs and also the hottest WordPress news and blogs around WordPress.

This  Dashboard is really useful in every way as it manages to contain just about everything a blogger is going to possibly need bar the kitchen sink! For me, its the best part of WordPress in my opinion, and what places it above the rest of the blogging sites available.

Wordpress Dashboard mineTomorrow, I will try and reach some sort of conclusion about these two fantastic free blogging sites. It’s not going to be easy, for there are lot’s of features in both of them that I like.

TG

 

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A granny and a geek? You bet! Still trying desperately to keep up with it all.

5 Responses to WordPress.com versus Blogger.com. 2

  1. fotdmike says:

    Far as I can see the Custom CSS with Twenty Ten works exactly the same as the CSS editor with the other themes. That’s to say, you can edit as much as you like, and preview, but can’t save the changes. Unless you go for their “paid for” CSS upgrade… in which cae you can do prettty much what you want.

    Or have I missed a workaround somewhere?

  2. technogran says:

    What are you trying to do? I think you are probably right which is one reason why I use Live Writer.

    • fotdmike says:

      Wasn’t really trying to do anything specific but I was intrigued by your saying

      “Most themes offered on WordPress.com differ in how much customisation they allow the user to do, you can edit the CSS Style Sheet of most of the themes but you have to purchase the Custom CSS in order to do so. However, some of the newer themes now being offered by the new Theme Team are far more adaptable by the user and have this adaptability built in as standard.”

      cos the way I was reading it made it seem as though you could edit the CSS direct and I’d missed a trick somewhere.

      You’re right in terms of customisation though. This new Twenty Ten theme provides lots more such options than I recollect the previous default theme did.

      • technogran says:

        Yes I probably didn’t word that as correctly as I should have. I meant that these new theme’s have more ‘built in’ customization than the previous one’s did. I could easily alter the width for example on this one to make it wider. (I like my blog area pretty wide)

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