There are a wealth of blogging services and software out there -- so which should you use?
Blogger and WordPress.
Blogger was one of the first blogging tools available. Launched back in 1999 by Pyra Labs, it was bought by Google in 2003 and has been upgraded considerably since then.
WordPress is based on the popular WordPress open source server-based blogging software first released in 2003 that underlies many sites on the Web -- Wordpress.org claimed in August of 2011 that its server software powered nearly 15% of the top million web sites in the world.
You won't go wrong choosing either. But as you'll see, they're very different services, aimed at different users. Check out our head-to-head review to see which is right for you.
SetupNo surprise here: Blogger has been designed, from the ground up, for simplicity, and so once you sign up, it's very easy to create your blog, write your first post, and publish. WordPress's myriad options can be intimidating at first, while Blogger guides you through the creation and publishing process with ease. I found it much faster to create my blog with Blogger than with WordPress.
Adding contentFor basic posting, Blogger is clearly superior, offering simple buttons and navigation for adding new content, scheduling content to be published, and automatically adding geotags to posts. WordPress also offers a quick, simple way to add content, but it falls short because some important features are missing such as the ability to format text. However, once you get used to its more feature-filled Dashboard, you'll find plenty of tools -- more powerful ones -- within reach.
WordPress is superior for anyone who wants more advanced content-adding features in a blog. Those who care foremost about simplicity will favor Blogger.
Social networkingWordPress gets the slight edge here, because its Publicize feature goes beyond merely linking to social networking services -- it lets you automatically send messages to those services with links to your latest blog post. For including links to social networking services, Blogger is simpler to use, although if you dig deep in WordPress, you can find add-ons that will perform the same functions.
Site managementI found WordPress to be far superior to Blogger when it comes to site management, most likely because it's built on top of the WordPress platform for managing blogs. Its comment-management tools are exemplary, and it offers plenty of extras such as creating polls, ratings for individual posts, and more. Blogger offers just the basics; however, those basics are quite simple to use.
Traffic managementWordPress offers an extremely wide range of tools, including plenty of free widgets, the ability to customize just about everything about your blog, and even a theme that will display when people visit using an iPad for optimal viewing. Blogger doesn't offer as much, but if you have dreams of making a few dollars from blogging, it makes it easy to use Google AdSense to try to bring in some revenue.
Support and communityWordPress gets the edge here because its forums are more clearly organized and it's easier to quickly find a solution.
ConclusionsBoth Blogger and WordPress are excellent choices for anyone looking for a hosted blogging service. WordPress is clearly aimed at those who are willing to spend time learning its features and can handle an occasionally confusing interface. It offers a wider range of tools for adding content, more widgets and better social networking integration, and superior customization.
Blogger, on the other hand, is much simpler to set up and easier to use; you'll be able to create a blog and manage it in less time and with less effort than is required in WordPress.
So the choice is clear: If you want the fullest set of blogging features, you want WordPress, but if you're looking for simplicity and streamlined blog creation and posting, Blogger is the way to go.