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« on: September 28, 2008 07:37:58 PM »

First, I'm sorry if this has been discussed ad nauseum. I did a search and didn't find an answer quite as specific as I was hoping for, but feel free to point me in another direction if I just didn't search well enough. Smiley

Now to my question: Will those of you who have experience with Blogger and WordPress please give me your personal comparisons and opinions? I have used both in the past, and at the time I found Blogger annoying (slow and bulky) and loved WordPress, but I was hosting at my own domain. I'm looking at a free site now, and I'm not sure which I'd prefer. For example, I enjoy web design, so I think I would like the freedom that Blogger would give me to alter the design, but I like that WordPress allows static pages. Obviously I have pros and cons on both sides, so I thought I would see if anyone else has specific reasons for liking one over the other before I make a decision. Thanks!

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« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2008 02:19:38 PM »

I'd go with Blogger because I design too and I hate the WP default theme.
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« Reply #2 on: September 30, 2008 04:07:08 PM »

I know everyone is different, but I had my blog on wordpress and actually just switched to Blogger.  MUCH happier!!

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« Reply #3 on: September 30, 2008 04:40:23 PM »

I like blogger...I tried to set up my wordpress but I couldnt quite figure it out..I am a rather web saavy person so I just didnt like how sterile and uncreative it looked..

blogger has some new functions and you can add any html..

good luck deciding..

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« Reply #4 on: October 03, 2008 06:39:13 AM »

I had my personal blog on Blogger for a long time and started one at work there as well. I ended up switching to wordpress because I felt Blogger wasn't going to be a good long term solution. Blogger makes it very difficult to switch or even backup your blog, which I found discouraging and further made my decision for me to switch.

Wordpress does have a bit of a learning curve to it, but the rewards are more flexibility, greater control and a wider range of add-ons/plugins to use due to the larger userbase. I would be glad to help answer some questions or even help out a little, if only to get you on the right track with making that decision.

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« Reply #5 on: October 06, 2008 12:43:18 PM »

Thanks for your input, everyone. I think I ended up even more torn. My big reason for liking WordPress is the extended capabilities for someone who's a little more "advanced" and wants a little more. I much preferred their interface when I worked with both platforms in the past. BUT, the reason I like Blogger is that their free accounts still allow complete CSS customization, which I greatly prefer. I decided to start fiddling around with them both and see what I liked. I was thinking maybe I could find a WP template that I could live with, since I want to keep this project simple anyway, but I just couldn't. I love WP and prefer them in every other way, but I ended up going with Blogger simply because I could do more customizing with the design. Guess that's what I'll stick with for now and see how it goes. This isn't intended to be a "big deal" project anyway; I'd like to use it as an outlet but don't want to put as much time into it as I have in the past, so this might be the best way for me to go. Thanks again!

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« Reply #6 on: October 08, 2008 03:28:30 AM »

Hi PencilNeck!

Did you say you're hosted at a free server? I'm not sure if I understand. Do you have your own domain, or were you asking about blogspot.com and wordpress.com?

As far as I know, Wordpress is wonderful! I've used both before, and feel that blogger can only go so far. With Wordpress (I have it as a content managing system on my site as well), I can make any layout I want and have Wordpress integrated into it.

You can check out how it looks like on my domain, which is completely powered by Wordpress.


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« Reply #7 on: October 08, 2008 05:38:27 PM »

Mei, several years ago I owned my own domain and server space, and I used both Blogger and WordPress with it. I greatly preferred WordPress for many reasons. However, I no longer have my own domain or web space and was just looking into the free blog accounts with both platforms. While I still prefer WordPress, their free option does not allow me to modify html and css, which is pretty important to me. Since I intend to keep this very simple anyway, I think I can live with Blogger for now. Thanks for your input.

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« Reply #8 on: October 09, 2008 02:07:55 AM »

I'm curious about this too. With Blogger, you can just host it on the blogger site, right?
And there are other options for blogs... I have no clue. Which ones look nicest on default or ordinary templates? Also which ones require the least html knowledge? (but I can put in Project Wonderful ads.)

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« Reply #9 on: October 20, 2008 09:10:17 AM »

I know I'm a bit late, but thought I'd give my two sense. I have a wordpress account, but I also use a blogger account for some personal blogging. The usability of the sites, to me, isn't much different. However, when I read blogs and comment, I much prefer the wordpress and typepad set-up. Blogger allows people to customize their commenting and most of the time, it's annoying. You can't see the original post, when you click on the comment form, it opens a separate box, if you do click within the comment window to see the original post, you can't see the pictures. Also the comment form has a different look than the rest of the site. In wordpress and typepad, when you're commenting, it has the same look the rest of the site does.

Many blogs limit who can comment on their site, which means that I can't comment on their site without logging into my business gmail account... which I only set up for that reason. However, I don't like doing it because then I have to log back into my regular gmail account to access google reader. Now, I could comment using my personal gmail account, but that doesn't indicate anything about my "business" website, which is what I want to drive traffic to. It annoys me so much, that I sometimes won't even click on a blogger blog if I don't feel like dealing with it all.

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