Blogspot vs WordPress
Posted by Haris Gulzar on August 28, 2009
I have recently been thinking to switch my blog from WordPress to Blogspot. When I created my blog, I didn’t know of many blog hosting services. One of my friends told me about WordPress and I created my account there. As I posted entries on my blog, I started to understand all the features that WordPress had and started feeling comfortable using WordPress. But then I came to know about Blogspot as well, and I got a blog address with my name on Blogspot. That made me curious enough to find out the differences between Blogspot and WordPress.
One of the major difference that I found out was that WordPress gives a statistics page from where the blog owner can exactly know the number of page views each day. It also tells which site referred people to our blog, and which post got the most traffic. Ever since I started using WordPress, this stats page was something I spent most of my time on, looking every now and then if my blog got more traffic or not 😛
Another difference that I see between these two services is that of the availability of themes. WordPress gives more options of themes to choose for your blog, where as Blogspot has less options. You cannot be frequently tired from the layout of your blog if you have it on Blogspot. But on the other hand, Blogspot allows editing of themes whereas WordPress doesn’t. So here I’m not sure who takes the lead.
WordPress has another great feature, that of “My Comments”. I think this is one of the best feature they have, because you can so easily trace out if there have been any replies to your comments. Blogspot doesnt have this feature. Besides, Blogspot doesn’t even allow static pages which WordPress does, so we can treat WordPress as our website but Blogspot has to be a blog. And Blogspot allows less image storage as well, and WordPress also allows uploading pdf’s and docs.
Up till now, I guess it has been WordPress taking the lead. But what makes me think about switching my bog from WordPress to Blogspot. The primary reason is Google Adsense :-). WordPress doesn’t allow third party code that can generate Ads, but Blogspot (being a Google service) does. And I think it is not bad to have tiny Ads at the bottom of the page just sitting there quietly and generating revenue for you without even letting anyone know.
Having said all this, I’m still confused if I should really switch :-(. I so like WordPress now and feel so comfortable using it, but Blogspot has its own advantages (or maybe just one advantage). Lets see what I decide 🙂