Thursday, 20 September 2007

BlogSpot VS WordPress - Which One Your Like




Recently, I posted a question on Linkedin asking which blogging service provider is better? BlogSpot or WorldPress or any other .... I am quite impressed with all the interesting answers and would like to share them with you here. Thanks once again for all people who answered the question!

Please don't hesitate to comments on this post to tell us your thoughts and blog examples!

Here is a list of all the 17 answers by September 20, 2007 (20:20:00)


David Cote

I’ve been using WordPress for a blog tool for years now. With thousands of developers working around the clock to improve this software each release update gets better and better. At this point, I find it much more than a blogging application. Now it’s perfect for building complete websites. Sure - you can never get a website to be EXACTLY the way you want it unless you do it yourself from the ground up. But, WordPress has so many super features and plugins available, I’m willing to bend in certain areas. Here are a few of my favorite things about WP:

* Easy to install
* Easy to upgrade
* Quickly put together a “complete” site - static pages, a blog with commenting, contact form, etc.
* Themes-a-plenty - Even if you aren’t an expert at CSS, don’t worry. There are many themes ready to go for WP and you can use them as is, or make some slight tweaks in order to make them “just right.”
* Great user interface on the backend.
* All open and ready to customize - both the front and back ends.
* Many plugins — there’s a huge community of developers making little plugins that will do everything from producing a spam-proof contact form to sucking in other open source apps like Gallery.
* Smart from the get go — right after installing, you only have to do a few things to make your site live and ready for traffic.

I could go on and on, but if you’re looking for a simple way to get your site live, give WordPress a spin! Take a couple hours to fool around with it and I bet you’ll be hooked!

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Damian Rees

No experience of blogspot personally, but I like Wordpress. Its very flexible and once its set up its really easy to use on a day to day basis.

The only issues I've had is when I wanted to integrate Wordpress into my website - it got a bit too technical for me but as long as you have that sort of knowledge or someone to help you its a great tool.

David Thiel

Wordpress is far more customizable -- even for a novice with no programming skills. I highly recommend it. (And I've used Wordpress, Typepad, Blogspot, and others...)

Juha Ylitalo

If you are using blog for commercial purposes, you definately want to handle blog under your own domain name. I would assume that this invalidates blogspot as an option.
If you don't want to setup WordPress into your own server and do all administration that it might require, you might want to check Typepad, where you can run your blog as part of your domain (for example blog.example.com). Only downside in comparison to blogspot is that its not free service, but ...

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Scott Hanis

I write a couple of blogs on Blogspot. I've never used Wordpress. I only blog on simple things (sports, job-searching, etc.) so I don't know how adequate it would be for your needs. I like it though.


Guillaume Dufloux

My short answer (is a question) :
"Does wordpress.com allow CSS editing for free?"

Here's what I remember from a recent comparison (July 2007, see link).
Main points for blogspot.com :
- Image storage is 6 times bigger at blogspot (300Mo/50Mo)
- blogspot allows you toinclude third-part-scripts
Main points for wordpress.com :
- Hierarchy is better done at wordpress (Administrator, Editors, Authors and Contributors.)
- Wordpress allows comments editing

So, the better one depends on what you require first.
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Matias Bellone

If you are planning on a blog that will represent your company you definetly want to look very professional. The first thing for that would be to make sure the blog is accessible from your domain. That leaves most hosted services off the game.

After that, you can chose whichever CMS you feel comfortable with. I've worked with WordPress quite a lot and that's why I would recommend it. But you may be better off trying several CMSs just to make sure you use the one option that fits you most. CMS Matrix (see links) is just what you need to check all your options.

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Nate Walton

I'll answer this question as a graphic designer, considering the visual statement you'll want for a business blog. The more professional it looks, the more credibility you'll have.

My experience with Blogspot has been that most of its users are personal bloggers. The recognizable Blogspot themes, as well as the logo at the top make it something I probably would avoid for business blogs.

I've used WordPerss quite a bit, but I've used the open source blog software that I installed on my servers rather than the online signup. (Many hosting providers actually have 1-click installs of Wordpress built into their control panel). This is a very good solution, because you can build it exactly how you want it. But it does require someone to install, configure, and design the blog on your server.

The Wordpress-hosted blogs (at wordpress.com) have a small footer at the bottom of the page that mentions Wordpress, but other than that it's a custom blog. Theyre easy to set up, and there are lots of themes and add-ons.

Some of the most professional business blogs I've seen have used SixApart's Movable Type, linked below. They're advertising Movable Type as their business blogging solution, and their recently released version seems like an excellent piece of software. Their interface designs are also excellent. Again, this one has to be installed and configured on your server.

Juha mentioned TypePad above, also by SixApart. That's one that you sign up for online. I've never used it, but I'd suggest taking a look at it in addition to the other two you're considering. I think SixApart does great work, in both software and visual design.

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Victor Gevers

I would suggest ExpressionEngine. It runs pretty smooth and can handle a heavy user load well. It's has a lot features and it's very flexibel to set up.

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Pamela Hazelton

Worpress


James Dellow

I agree with Guillaume's comments. I use both Blogspot and Wordpress (see links), and each has pros and cons. Wordpress is easier and has many nice features included "out of the box", but I've found Blogspot gives you more freedom. However, I think you need to clarify if you intend to host the blog yourself in your own domain or not, and how much skill/effort you want to put into designing your blog.

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Laura Tanner

I use Wordpress for my blog at www.8alarm.com. I experimented with Blogspot early on, and found it to be quite rigid and limited in terms of design, available add-ons and features. Wordpress has thousands of plugins and themes that can be easily customized. You also have the option of running it on your own servers, via many ISPs or hosted by Wordpress. Moveable Type is another more robust option. If you want a simple solution with minimal maintenance and don't mind a generic look, Blogspot is fine. If you want the flexibility to brand your blog and add functionality over time, Wordpress is the better choice.

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Mia Kosma

I have used both and prefer Wordpress. One of the advantages of Wordpress, in my view, is that even if you start your blog in Wordpess.com, you may later decide to install Wordpress on your own website (you can download the software at wordpress.org).

However, I would try both if I were you. You won't lose anything: they are free services, so you can create a blog for testing purposes and then just delete it. (Or make your "test blog" private and only publish it once you decide which service to use.)

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Jade Cadelina

I haved used Blogspot and Wordpress for my sites.

http://mydaymymonthmyyear.blogspot.com/

http://jadecadelina.wordpress.com/

I decided to setup my own customised blog using Wordpress with a hosting company. I have better control of the backend and tweaked some of the codes by modifying the themes to make more flexible and modular.

If you are looking for a business blog then you are better off getting a hosting package and install Wordpress.

A customised business blog is more professional looking and presentable if you have a good web designer. If you dont want to use a web designer you can choose from the the hundreds of Wordpress themes on http://themes.wordpress.net/

With Wordpress you will need a hosting company that supports PHP and MySQL. You can install Wordpress out of the box by downloading from www.wordpress.net

Wordpress is opensource and you have access to hundreds of experts in the Wordpress forum. You can find a local support by finding a PHP programmer thats familiar with MySQL and a good understanding of Content Management Systems.

Clarification added 1 day ago:

You can check out my site on http://jade.cadelina.com/

Dirk Hoag

Having used Blogspot for the last two years now, I can definitely say that if I had to do it all over again, I'd go with Wordpress. From all of my research it seems much more flexible.

Daniel Thornton

I'd suggest blogspot is far easier to get a blog going with; but it will be noticeable as a blogspot blog, even hosted on your own url (Which is easily done with blogspot).

Wordpress is a little more complex, but is far mroe customisable, more professional, and there are plenty of resources and templates available to make something look very good without much work. The only reason I haven't switched my blogs is that I can't justify the expense of hosting my personal blogs in revenue returns, but I don't want to turn off the adverts.

I'm actually just starting with Expression Engine and it looks pretty good...

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Claudia Tietze

I use BlogSpot primarily, but WordPress lets you do more. There are also a lot of free tools to put your WordPress blog together and post at times you choose, which is very handy to get better exposure.

I have also started using WordPress, and would move my blog over to it, but I am just so hooked into BlogSpot.

What I can suggest is that you create two test blogs. Try out the different things each has to offer before you decide. After all, your blog becomes your baby, so you should be happy with it's "cradle", so to speak.


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