TZI Blogging Series:Choosing a Better Blogging Platform

In this post let me just elaborate the emphasis of choosing a better blogging platform. Well you might ask me, what is a blogging platform? Yes, I will start talking about it right away before coming to the point. ” A blogging platform is simply nothing but a blogging application under which you are going to work.” There are both paid and free blogging platforms available online and you can choose any one of them before starting your blog.

As I already told you there are two major blogging platforms that most of the bloggers use, one among them is http://www.blogger.com and the other http://www.wordpress.org . Both of them have their own advantages and disadvantages, I cannot tell you which platform to choose. The choice is all yours, I mean it’s you who have to decide the blogging platform depending up on the long term goals of your blog. Let me just give you a brief introduction for these two blogging platforms.

Blogger:

This is a well known blogging platform, and most of the bloggers use this one as it is totally free of cost. There are absolutely no hidden charges to maintain this blog. However, you can spend some money (just below $10) to get your own domain rather than using a custom BlogSpot domain. Well confused let me explain in detail. If you go for a free service, you will get the blog with a URL “.blogspot” extension. I mean if you name your blog as “xyz” your domain would look like this http://xyz.blogspot.com . If you can spend some money to get a new custom domain, then you would get a domain that looks like this http://www.xyz.com. Blogger always allows you to customize your code without any hidden charges and that’s the reason why most people love to use blogger. But let me tell you something, anything that is free is always worth less than anything that’s not free.

WordPress:

WordPress on the other hand does support free blogging services, and you will have you blog with a “.WordPress” extension, so your blog would look like this http://xyz.wordpress.com (Taking the Above Example into consideration). However, they Do not allow you to customize your code, there are some hidden charges to everything you do. Interestingly, most percentage of successful bloggers use a WordPress blog rather than using a free blog as it has lot of advanced features that can help them attract more visitors to their blog than the free version of the blog.

Options are also available to shift your free blogger blog to WordPress once you generate some revenue with your free version of blog. Now that, I explained you everything about these two blogging platforms, it’s time for you to pick up one platform and start blogging right way.

Just forgot to mention one major difference between these 2 major blogging platforms, that is, on blogger you can have some ads like Adsense or etc…to generate the revenue. But WordPress it totally reverse and at the moment they don’t allow you to have ads on your blog.

If you need any suggestions about choosing a platform, then you can just leave your Comment here and we will make sure that we respond to your comment. Hope you found it useful. Happy Blogging!

25 Responses to “TZI Blogging Series:Choosing a Better Blogging Platform”

  • SP Blogger says:

    Use WordPress.org at your own Hosting. You can earn Adsense there. ;)

  • I’ll vote for WordPress ^_^

  • mohan says:

    yes WordPress self Hosting blog is best, but if you not want to spen money than use blogger.com, it is realy cool.

  • Swashata says:

    Lax, you missed WordPress.org :-o ! Btw for free blogs my first preference is Blogger. Actually with knowledge of CSS/xHTML there is nothing which you can not Do in designing aspects on blogger. And even we can overcome some limitations using conditional server site xml parsing… But when it comes to both features and looks WordPress.org rockz B-)

    • Lax says:

      WordPress.org doesn’t support ads and customization. So i really don’t want anyone to go there..instead they can go for blogger.com (Ultimate platform).

      • Swashata says:

        But lax! WordPress.org just gives us the platform! It is same as our self-hosted WordPress Blog (Like the one you are using :) ) And if you say wordpress.com then I agree than for potentially profitable blogs people should use free blogger.com only! WordPress.com is good for non-profitable hobby blogs :)

        • Lax says:

          Is that .org platform free? Thanks for the time your put to share all these dude..!

          • Swashata says:

            Actually we can download the basic WP software from WordPress.org… It gives us the WP software for free. And also we download all the plugins and free themes from there! But they dont give us host. We have to find that of our own :) Whereas in WordPress.com We get limited access to the WordPress.org Blogging Software along with Free Hosting and free themes :) Correct me if I am wrong :)

            • Lax says:

              Hmm i thought Wp.org and .com redirecting to same. Yes WP s/w is the ultimate king in blogging.

              Only the draw back i feel is wp.com doesn’t support ads. That’s the reason blogger is on top.

              • Swashata says:

                Yaa! Actually Google is pretty much rich :D ! So they can easily permit us to show ads and all!! After all Adsense Adwords all are Google Products so as Blogger! Whereas considering WordPress.com as an Open Source Project there is nothing wrong on their policy :) At least they are doing their best!

  • jason says:

    I dont see as many blogger themes out there now. There used to be a lot of them a few years ago, looks like everyone has switched over to WordPress.

  • If you have a great niche idea, realize that on a self-hosted WordPress blog and go for a premium theme. I lost a lot of time in the past running after blogspot and non-standard blogging/CMS platforms such as php-nuke.

    WordPress, though I hate their production process, is simply the easy pick! I hope that Moveable types and Drupal will evolve faster to set some nice competition :)

    • Lax says:

      It’s not waste of time Ajith, Its learning phase :) That’s how we get what to Do and where to do. I don’t know much about the other blogging platforms apart from bloggers and wp

  • i am running my blog on Blogger with my own domain name..it’s not that bad

    • Lax says:

      Actually its one more great provision of Blogger. Only the problem there is, it’s not that easy to optimize blogger with search engines.

  • sham says:

    WordPress self hosted best choice..:)

  • IMO a newbie should start from Blogspot for a month, later on he should move to WordPress.com and once he understand the blogging , invest some money and get a personal Hosting and domain name….

  • I think majority of them will vote for WordPress self hosted blog and its really a better option for blogging with all useful plugins and themes available to make it ease for blogging.

    Well many start with blogger platform because its free and easy to setup for a newbie to starting with their own blog. I had also personally started with blogger platform to start my very first blog.

  • until now i am still using blogger, not yet to change to WordPress

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