Most of the blogging-related Twitter chats I’ve been part of feature two distinct camps of users: those on Blogger and those on WordPress. Both platforms have their share of loyal users. But which is better for you?
What platform should power your blog: Blogger or WordPress? (Or something else?)
Tonight, we’ll chat about the two platforms, and any others you might be using, and give people the chance to ask questions about the other platforms.
For me, I started this blog at AOL’s now-defunct “Journals” platform. From there, I went to Blogger. Eventually, as I slowly learned more and more HTML on the side, which gave me more power to modify the basic themes Blogger offered, I started weighing the possibility of moving from Blogger to a self-hosted WordPress installation.
But there were a lot of questions along the way. And a good deal of misinformation: I was convinced that WordPress was this unwieldy monster that I’d never understand. I was assured that making the switch was next to impossible and would take forever. That was all wrong, but it wasn’t something I realized until I actually took the plunge, and that’s a scary place to be.
Nowadays, there are more options than just that basic question. Blogger offers its users the chance to purchase a domain and have the blog served there, though it’s still on Blogger’s platform. WordPress offers a free version that it hosts for you, though it then tacks on fees depending on how much customization you want and now offers premium themes for purchase.
More options don’t necessarily make such decisions easier.
So if you’re a blogger who’s thinking about where to blog or you’re a blogger who’s seriously contemplating a change of platform — or if you just want to talk about problems or successes you’ve had on either one, be sure to join us tonight at 9pmET for #bloggab!
Patrick is a Christian with more than 26 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.