Blogger Sucks: WordPress Rocks!

I love WordPress

UPDATE: June 17, 2010
Provided that you change to a theme that does have the custom menus feature you can achieve what you want to do.

Have you ever wanted to have a different title for one of your pages than the label displayed in your site’s navigation?
Ever wanted to change the order of the list of pages to an order you chose yourself?
Ever wanted to be able to mix pages, categories, and random links in your navigation instead of your theme deciding for you?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you’re in luck! The new custom menus feature will do all those things. The themes that have this custom menu feature are listed in support documentation and here’s an article Custom menus arrive at wordpress.COM that provides more insight into  setting up a custom menu.

Update: August 24, 2010
WordPress.com has now added “more ways to share“,  and you can find the instructions for adding these social networking buttons to your posts in the support documentation at this link – Sharing.

Blogger Sucks: WordPress Rocks!

Like most bloggers I began on a free hosted blogging platform. In contrast to  those who wish to make an income from blogging – I had no such agenda.    I began blogging  on Blogger  software and found it easy to use, but when I decided to try WordPress.com I found there were remarkable contrasts between the software, the features, and the availability of support. Today there’s no doubt in my mind that free hosted WordPress software is superior in every way.

My major beef with Blogspot has to do with the validation. My SEO mentor claims that w3c validation isn’t important for optimization, but I disagree (not to his face, of course) if the code can’t be read easily, how is it supposed to be indexed and consistantly referenced in the SERPs?

The validation errors exist regardless of the template, it’s the way they have the XML set up – the navbar especially has a bunch of validation errors (of course, you can get rid of the navbar legally with your own domain). But wordpress blogs seem to validate like cake right out of the box. — codesucker

Well, there were at least 9 reasons I chose to delete my blogspot blog in 2006 and remain at wordpress.com instead. Here they are summarized:
(1) lack of timely Staff responses to technical support tickets;
(2) lack of a peer-to-peer technical support forum and no sense of community;
(3) templates that did not validate;
(4) limited theme selection and very few themes I considered to be suitable and attractive as well as functional;
(5) no ability to create static pages in the software ( workaround must be used);
(6) awkward comment systems and lack of plugins to increase functionality;
(7) no capacity to use categories or tags that search engines treated as keywords, and consequently no central global tagging pages like wordpress.com that provides traffic from search results;
(8) the blogspot subdomain had many RSS scraper blogs and splogs;
(9) there were also many no quality or low quality content blogs, as well as, blogs with plagiarized content that were obviously just being pimped out to make an income from adsense clicks and affiliate schemes.

User Interface

One of the reasons I moved my blog from blogger to wordpress in 2006 was because the WordPress.com interface had more of the features I wanted and used.  Many changes have been made since then and now the WordPress interface is even better.

Importing

I had no difficulty when it came to exporting the contents of my Blogger blog out of it and into a WordPress.com blog, as WordPress software provides for the import of blogs from Import from Blogger, Yahoo! 360, LiveJournal, TypePad, MovableType or another WordPress blog. Blogger provides only for import from another Blogger (blogspot) blog.

Spam Blogs and Splogs

Blogger was full of splogs and spam blogs in 2006 and is even worse today due to the recession and blogger initiated advertising is allowed on free hosted blogspot blogs.  Google owns Adsense and Blogger is where you find people who have stables of free hosted low quality blogs and no quality splogs pimped out for pennies.

This is not so at WordPress.com where advertising is not allowed on free hosted blogs and where free hosted blogs cannot be used to drive traffic to third party sites. Moreover, WordPress.com members do not hesitate to report and  WordPress Staff and  have a zero tolerance level for sploggers and spammers.

Technical Support

In contrast to the black abyss that was Blogger support I discovered that WordPress.com had two forms for technical support and both rocked. I quickly discovered that WordPress.com had a peer to peer technical support forum where I could ask questions and get prompt answers to my questions from volunteers. Therefore I rarely needed to contact Staff but when I did they delivered – support is 24/7 at WordPress.com. The FAQs at WordPress.com was not extensive in 2006 but today WordPress.com Support  is an outstanding resource.

Commenting Systems

The comment systems for Blogger sucked. I had difficulty leaving comments on Blogger blogs and receiving them as well.  I could moderate comments but could not edit them. In contrast, the comment systems on  WordPress.com blogs were excellent, and one can both moderate and  edit comments as well.

Spam Protection

The Akismet comment spam protection was also better at WordPress.com than what was available at Blogger and this still is the case.

Categories, Tags and Search Engine Referrals

WordPress.com supports categories and tags which are recognized by search engines, indexed and deliver targeted readers to blogs,  Blogger does not.  One can’t sort posts into different focuses at Blogger unless you know how to hack the platform.

Woth WordPress, not only can you add categories and tags with ease, but you can also display each category differently on your front page. Moreover, the search engines acknowledged and indexed the categories and tags on my posts, so I had a better flow from search engine referrals than I ever had at Blogger.

Also at WordPress.com the  assigned categories and tags on my posts were automatically posted onto the WordPress.com global tag pages upon publication, and that meant the WordPress.com global tagging pages  sent me referrals as well.

Speed of Indexing

There was propaganda that since Google owned Blogger, they tended to favor Blogger accounts. My experience of having a blog on each platform demonstrated that it was rubbish.

Static Pages and Password Protected Posts

The ability to create static pages that sit outside the blog structure was and still is absent from Blogger software. It can only be achieved by using a hack ie.creating a horizontal nav bar and linking to it and  creating posts that had to be backdated.  However, at WordPress.com I could create static pages as easily as I could create posts. I also discovered I could password protect a post at wordpress.com, but could not do so at Blogger.

Editor

I preferred the tinyMCE editor at WordPress.com as it has two functions. It’s both a visual and an HTML editor and  one can switch back and forth from one to the other in a single click.

Widgets

At Blogger one has to use third party widgets which they must find on the net. Some work well and others do not. At WordPress.com I could simply go into my dashboard and drag widgets to a sidebar and activate them.

Image storage

Although Blogger provided only 1 gigabite of storage space, every WordPress.com blog comes woth 3 gigabites of strorage space and additional upgrades can be purchased to increase it.

File Types

Users can upload the following file types to their WordPress.com blogs:

Images: jpg, jpeg, png, gif

Documents:  pdf (Portable Document Format; Adobe Acrobat)
.doc, .docx (Microsoft Word Document), ppt,  pptx (Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation), odt (OpenDocument Text Document)

Additional file types can be uploaded to WordPress. com blogs by purchasing Space upgrades.

There are other differences between the two that were not of any importance to me therefore I have not included them.  It’s my opinion that Blogger sucks and WordPress rocks!  The only reasons I can ascertain for choosing Blogger over WordPress.com are that Blogger allows the use of third party javascript and advertising and WordPress.com does not.

References:
Blogger vs. WordPress.com Comparison Chart – 2009
10 Reasons to dump Blogger and date WordPress right NOW!
Self hosting wordpress bloggers see:
The Beginner’s Guide to Tricking Out Your WordPress Blog

Related post found in this blog:
Adsense click fraud is a fools’ game
How and why to get your own domain

95 thoughts on “Blogger Sucks: WordPress Rocks!

  1. very good points. thanks. I am liking WordPress more and more each day. I noticed that your blog site has a different name than your “timethief” name, which is great by the way. Where do I change mine. It would be a good idea if I have more than one blog. I don’t want to write about fashion all the time. Great site. I’ll follow.

    • Hello there,
      It’s actually best for your username, blog title and blog URL to all be the same. That way it’s easy for readers to remember and locate you. I wish mine were but they aren’t and it’s a long and boring story to explain why is that I don’t want to get into.

      You can change to using either a nickname ie. display name, or you can change your username i you wish > see here > http://en.support.wordpress.com/change-your-username/

      Note that when we register a username we provide an email address which becomes our unique identifier at WordPress.com. When we are logged in under that username every blog we register will be registered under that same username. To separate blogs and identities completely we can register another username with a different email address and register a different blog under the second username.

  2. I had two blogger/blogspot blogs for very short periods just before coming to WordPress and I hated them more than I can express. I’ve a ‘real-life’ friend who blogs there and I know countless other people who enjoy and want to stay there, too – but it’s not for me. It’s clunky and limiting and limited. Other people seem to find blogger dashboard and controls easy, but to me they were hopeless. The technical help was not forthcoming, I really think that they just don’t care about the people who use the service.

    I love WordPress (dot com, as I’m not attracted by dot org) and while it did take me quite a while to get the hang of it, now I have, I’m very happy and comfortable here. Thanks for this post TT. (I’m browsing your old posts in my feed reader so you may get some more comments from me, later!)

    • Hi Val,
      I went through the same transition and ended up here as well. As far as I’m concerned this software, support and the fact there is a wordpress.com community made it a superior choice for me.

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  4. Following up from what Nandu commented above, there’s one other important reason to not be on Blogger: the fact Google can delete your blog at any time.
       They have bots going around deleting splogs (a good thing) but they hit false positives (a bad thing). Try getting a legit blog restored—it took me six months to help a friend do just that, using the “proper channels” at Google.
       After that experience, I decided to take my blogs off Blogger in December 2009. We first went on WordPress with a work site two years before so the transition was not too tough. I’ve found the support and community amazing and WordPress is way more powerful—we’ve now even built entire sites with it, using it as a content-management system. Unlike most programs, it also seems to get better with each incarnation.

  5. Yay wordpress!!

    Thanks for sharing this article tt. It solidifies what I already knew. I started out with both a blogger and a wordpress account and it didn’t take me long to realize that wordpress kicked blogger’s arse. :p

  6. Nice post. Reminds me of the reflexion I had a couple of months ago, as I was debating whether to move my existing website to Blogger or WP.com … Three things almost made me go with Blogger: free domain name mapping, JavaScript allowed, and no advertising restrictions.
    Then, I discovered their unfriendly user interface… and the fact that it only allows 10 static pages. Not to mention that ugly bar on top of the blogs and an unfriendly 404 error message (which many visitors would probably land on, due to the fact that the URLs would change)…
    Thank goodness I made the right choice. I think $10 a year for domain mapping is a small price to pay for everything WP.com offers.

    • I agree with everything you have said. I began on Blogger but within a short time of trying WordPress.com blogging I shelved my Blogger blog. WordPress.com have many free features and a community, and as you have pointed out domain mapping is well worth $10.00 per year. Thanks for commenting. It’s good to meet you. :)

  7. Not recommend blogger to anyone they can screwed you by deleting it anytime. Instead use cheap paid hosting and upgrade later to more space or bandwith if required. In this way you can backup your blog by downloading it on your pc, weekly or monthly, its not very difficult.

    And one more thing to say: Never ever buy unlimited Hosting Package, No such thing exist, that kind of package for newbies to make them fool by selling that kind of package. If you by you can never use that service, it related to technical thing. You know when your blog start to get more traffic it will use more CPU Usage and this thing is not unlimited and all web hosting company hide this from customers because non-bloggers or customers have no knowledge for this. And your account start to get suspend regularly and after few suspension they delete your account. I told this here because i found that most people not know this and lost much money for nothing.

    Its not mean buying hosting package and making blog is risky. Buying costly packages initially, instead buy cheap package first and upgrade later if required. This method is good i think. Because it require 6 month or year to popular your blog. You know nothing happened instantly.

    So buy your own space and domain instead using free services. if you use free services you have no control over space and domain. Provider can delete them anytime. If you buy that will be your personal property.

    Thanks for Reading

      • Yes I agree. It not mean to say if Package is its good, I mean to say do your homework before purchasing anything anywhere.

        Here i told about unlimited webhosting. Which is not good to purchase. Its useless to spend my of that kind of thing.

        Unlimited means nothing if you can not use it.

  8. Ok – I read the articles on wp.com vs wp.org. Still scares me to go with an option even more techie if I am already struggling to just set up wp.com on my own here…. so I will stick with.com for how. I definitely hope to get to .org one day. Just one question – will it be foolish to carry on with .com for a year and then move over to .org – what will the implications be for my blog? Kind of silly now to think about monetizing if I have not even got followers yet – will take time….Just dont want to regret if i put this too far in future.

    • Hello Ilze,
      Rather than doing a lot of typing I’m going to post links to related articles. My advice is to purchase a domain for your blog ASAP. The reasons why this will be to your advantage are contained in these posts:
      How and why to get your own domain

      http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2008/06/26/how-and-why-to-get-your-own-domain/

      Bloggers get your own domain

      http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2010/01/08/bloggers-get-your-own-domain/

      Self hosting: What’s your hurry?

      http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2010/01/13/self-hosting-whats-your-hurry/

      Learning how to blog on wordpress software here at wordpress.COM is IMHO a must before one moves to wordpress.ORG. Here we have excellent and easily understood documentation and a great peer support forum. If you can’t get your issue solved there you do have wordpress.com Staff who will help.

      When you move to wordpress.ORG you find the codex documentation to be less user friendly as it expects that bloggers are more technically informed than many actually are. Also posting to the peer support forum there does not always bring forth answers quickly and in some cases there are no answers forthcoming at all. Lastly, there is NO wordpress.ORG Staff to turn to. In essence, when you move to wordpress.ORG you are pretty much on your own, and your blog is like a stand alone island. It’s no longer part of the wordpress.COM community and neither are you, except for the purpose of getting API keys for plugins.

  9. What a fantastic find today after I had sleepless nights over Blogger vs WordPress. JUST started a new blog on wp and the learning curve steep for a non techie, but totally convinced now it ws right thing. But now I need to move on to the next issue – wp.com vs wp.org. The “self-hosting” part bugs me – own backups, site could shut down…etc etc. not sure what this implies for me?? Will i be able to do this? But – I saw a link in here that could help – thanks SOOOO much !!!!! Will go check it out now. TOTALLY answered my question on Blogger though.

  10. Great post! My own journey echoes yours, I’m using self-hosted WordPress and would never go back to the dark ages of Blogger.

    However, in the niche I blog in, Blogger blogs are festering like pimply rabbits. I frequently participate in weekly memes, where you use a 3rd-party linking took (like Mr Linky) and then go on a blog tour of other people’s blogs who’ve also left links.

    What I’ve noticed is that (in the world of book blogs) Blogger blogs outnumber WordPress by about 5 to 1.

    Worse, leaving comments on these blogs is an absolute nightmare. I often just click away from them because I seriously can’t be bothered wasting my life negotiating the comments system.

    And, and, AND! Why oh why do Blogger’s recent ‘template’ revelations make people’s blog look either like teenage girl’s MySpace pages from 2005 OR like scrapbooking projects from hell?

    Has anyone else noticed this?

  11. I have one point of yours which I think needs a bit of an explanation. I wrote support at WP.com to ask if it was ok for me to have a sidebar image which was linked to my gallery at Zazzle where I sell stuff with my photographs on the merchandise. The reply was that not only could I do that but that I could also have an about page about the Zazzle gallery which could also contain a link to the Zazzle site. The catch seems to be that my WP.com site will have posts about the photographs and the locations in which they were taken. In other words it won’t just be a go-here-and-buy-stuff blog.

  12. I recently switched to the free wordpress with a purchased domain. Is it possible to put a code in my blog template? I right articles for pay and they need their code on my template to determine that I actually own my blog. This has been my only issue with the exception of losing my GFC followers…..otherwise I am loving wordpress.

    • Many of us own our domains but we use wordpress.com as a free host and we must comply with the restrictions and the TOS. This is a multiuser blogging platform. It is not like Blogger. We cannot access let alone edit the templates underlying our themes. This is because all those using the same the same theme are in essence using the same underlying template. Only Staff can access and edit those files and every edit they make effects all those using the same theme. http://en.support.wordpress.com/themes/editing-themes/

      In other words, wordpress.com software is not Blogger software. It’s different. It’s also different from wordpress.ORG software. See here > http://support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/

      wordpress.com does not allow duplicate content. http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?answer=66359

      It does not allow blogs with auto-filled content. It does not allow advertising and affiliate links are stripped out by the software. Also note that wordpress.com blogs cannot be equipped for ecommerce and wordpress.com blogs cannot be used to drive traffic to third party sites therefore no retailing or reselling of the work made by others is allowed on wordpress.com blogs. http://en.support.wordpress.com/advertising/

      The only affiliate links allowed are found in types of blogs allowed and not allowed:
      “Affiliate marketing blogs: Blogs with the primary purpose of driving traffic to affiliate programs and get-rich-quick schemes (“Make six figures from home!!”, “20 easy steps to top profits!!”, etc). This includes multi-level marketing (MLM) blogs and pyramid schemes. To be clear, people writing their own original book, movie or game reviews and linking them to Amazon, or people linking to their own products on Etsy do NOT fall into this category.”

      http://en.wordpress.com/types-of-blogs/

      If you believe that your affiliate links ought to be approved then you must present them to Staff for approval. http://en.wordpress.com/types-of-blogs/

  13. timethief,

    I have had the opportunity to use both Blogger and WordPress.com. There are definitely major differences between the two platform. I thoroughly love the administrative back end of the WP platform. It makes managing my blog, easy. Definitely appreciate the inclusion of BlogStats. Yes, I saw that you missed this little feature.

    I have one minor complaint and it is the one thing I liked at Blogger. I liked the visual editor used in making minor and yet valuable changes to a template. I actually liked Benevolence. I just had a couple of tweaks I wanted to make.

    Though I do have some dated knowledge of CSS, I am not fluent with it. All I wanted to do is, change the background color to better suit the photo. Change the font so it is easier to read and perhaps make the sidebar distinctive.

    Actually, it would be nicer to use one of the thousands of free templates for the WordPress platform. Yeah, I know these are meant for use by those doing self hosting.

    • @Barry
      The free wordpress themes that are coded for wordpress.ORG must be adapted in order to run on wordpress.COM software, as we run on a multi-user blogging platform.

      • I take it, this is the difference between the two platform.

        Well, I do take back one comment. I’d love to see more themes using the features demonstrated in Vigilance. I greatly appreciated the ability to make slight modifications to background colors, border colors and link colors. I’ve no problems with leaving the fonts in the hands of the theme.

        • Yes, the difference is that one provides stand alone capability and the other does not. At wordpress.com we are all on a shared multi-user blogging platform. As we share the same templates that underlay our themes we cannot individually access and edit the php and html. If we could make the edits you want then every blog with the same theme would be likewise affected by the edit.

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