WordPress.com versus Blogger.com 3.
May 2, 2010 8 Comments
This has been a really difficult post to do and I have been unable to arrive at any final conclusion about both of these excellent free blogging sites. Both have their respective strengths. Both are easy to set up for beginner bloggers, and you can soon be blogging away to your hearts content with the minimum of fuss.
It’s when you look at the available themes on each of the sites and how customisable they are that things begin to look rather different. Blogger does not offer all that many default themes, instead seeming to prefer to rely on others to easily port and convert both themes and widgets over to Blogger instead, whereas WordPress.com doesn’t allow this, instead preferring to have there own inside team creating themes and templates for the site.
In that sense as long as you either know some HTML or CSS style sheets or are prepared to be brave and dip your toes in the water (or just take a deep breath and have a go at editing the HTML of your chosen Theme) then Blogger is certainly the preferred blogging site if you want a truly unique theme that you have made your very own. Added to that, Blogger recently introduced the new Blogger Template Designer which I have tried out, and that is easy to use even for a beginner, and it could be argued that once more theme’s/templates/styles are available then it will be possible to also create a unique theme for your blog using that feature as well.
WordPress.com on the other hand has not been taking things lying down! Oh no! Armed with their newly formed Theme Team (love the name) they are now churning out new themes (currently running at once a week at least) like there’s no tomorrow, and even more importantly the new themes tend to be far more customisable than the older themes on there. Where WordPress.com does excel in my opinion is the Dashboard, where just about everything you could wish to see about your blog (and more) is handily placed and accessible from just the one page.
So in the end, I can’t really come to any clear decision about these two excellent free blogging sites. They both have their respective strengths and weaknesses, but really end up level with each other in my opinion. However, whether or not this will be true in say a years time when WordPress.com’s Theme Team have listened to their users and churned out some fantastic fully customisable themes is a moot point.
One feature they both lack in my personal opinion is a feature that we used to have on Live Spaces before the Wave 3 updates. The ability to search for other bloggers with the same interests as yourself, or the same age, or from the same country so that you could then easily find like minded bloggers to make friends with and which would truly make them also full blogging social networks. Let’s face it, how many of us prefer to get to know someone by reading their stories and posts before deciding to become friends, rather than being expected to friend someone online purely by reading their profile or a one line message which ends up telling you nothing much at all about them?
One things for certain, its going to be very interesting to watch what occurs with these two blogging platforms from now on!