WordPress.com versus Blogger.com. 1.
April 26, 2010 9 Comments
Taking a look at Blogger.
This is my second set of ‘comparison’ posts and this time I intend to compare two free blogging sites, both of them used by myself, one for this blog and the other for a more personal diary type blog. To begin the comparison in this post I am going to run through the features available to the user on Blogger.
Blogger is fairly easy to set up even if you are a newbie to blogging. All you need is a Google Account to sign into Blogger then you are guided into setting up your blog account. It’s really very straight forward. When setting up your blog for the first time, there are only 12 Templates offered for you to choose from initially but this limit is soon complimented by the ease at which you can use Themes and Templates on Blogger that others have converted for the platform and herein lies Bloggers strength.
If you go to http://btemplates.com/ you will find a plethora of different Templates available for your Blogger blog ranging from the Magazine style to the Grunge style. There are nearly 2.000 different templates for you to use, and lot’s of help is available in order to set up your chosen template just as you like it. Even I have managed to choose my own template and alter it to suit myself and I haven’t a clue about HTML at all.
The other big plus in favour of using Blogger is being able to use some wonderful Widgets to add to your Blogger blog that for one reason or another won’t work with other blogging sites. To give one example, take a look at http://www.roytanck.com/get-my-flickr-widget/ This widget is really attractive to look at and displays your latest flickr photos (or from Picasa if you use that) in a circling formation so that readers can easily see most of your photos or choose one from the rotating display and it works really well on Blogger.
You can see this Widget in action on my Blogger blog at http://techno-gran.blogspot.com It will also work on WordPress.org but not on WordPress.com unfortunately. Roy has also done a similar one for Tags as well which looks just as attractive but he hasn’t done one for either Blogger or WordPress.com. You can see that one in action here at http://mymicrosoftlife.com/
In addition to the vast amount of Blogger Templates that others have converted or made available for Blogger, they now have the use of the Blogger Template Designer that I posted about recently on this blog which gives users an additional way to make their blog look more or less unique to them.
So in Bloggers favour are its vast amount of Theme’s and Templates which are available and the ease in which you can use both the huge array of Widgets available on the site itself or alternatively use those provided by others. Many of the available Templates allow you to use a customisable header as well. So for customization, Blogger is really the business when it comes to hosting your blog!
TG Next post we’ll take a look at WordPress.com.