If you are a newbie in blogging,you will encounter the above terms multiple times without fail.I am pretty sure you have a general understanding of what they are.But I will still explain you the difference between them albeit a bit differently.Let’s start with Blogger.com
Blogger.com is a blogging platform by google.If you have a google account,you can create a blog on Blogger.com and start blogging.You can create up to 100 blogs per google account on Blogger.com
It is a free platform since domain name and hosting of your blog is provided by google. Now when you create a blog on Blogger.com,the blog address you receive is a sub-domain and not an actual domain.For example,
example.com —–> actual domain
example.blogspot.com —–> sub-domain
You can change your blog address from sub-domain to actual domain by buying a domain name and assigning that domain name to your blog.As per hosting,the blogs you create on Blogger.com is hosted by google on it’s servers.
Blogger.com is easy to use and the best place to learn the basics of blogging. You can also start earning money from your blog if your blog generates enough traffic.
For all it’s pros,the cons of using Blogger.com out weights the pros easily.First,since your blog is hosted on google servers,technically google has a right on your blog which means google can shut your blog any time without asking your permission.Whatever content you create on Blogger.com is again technically not yours,google has a right on it.If you violate google’s terms and conditions,again,google can shut down your blog.Second,Blogger.com has limited themes and lacks the option to install plugins which is one of its biggest limitation.Themes play a huge role in any blog because a good theme can enhance the overall performance of the blog and a bad theme can do the reverse of it.Similarly plugins can help add lot more functionality to your blogs with zero hassle and their absence from the blogger platform is a big down vote. Now you can earn money from your Blogger blog through Google AdSense but using other forms of monetization is always a question mark because google having control of your blog may or may not allow you to pursue other forms of monetization for your blog.In my opinion,Blogger.com is a good place to start blogging but not a good place to stay from a long term perspective.Lets move on to WordPress.com
Now from here things get a bit tricky.WordPress.com offers a lot more features than Blogger.com,let’s look at them one by one. First, WordPress.com offers 4 different plans for your blog.
As you can see starting from the free plan,you have Personal,Premium and Business plan with additional features getting added as you move from free to Business.There is also a fifth plan called eCommerce where you can open your own online store.
Now if you compare Blogger.com and the free plan of WordPress.com,they are pretty much the same.If you start a blog on both these,you will get a subdomain as example.blogspot.com and example.wordpress.com. Also you get free hosting with both these plans.However,wherein in Blogger.com you can assign an actual domain name to your blog,you need to upgrade from Free to Personal Plan in WordPress.com to assign a domain name to your blog.Also with AdSense integrated in Blogger.com,you can earn money from it without any hassle if your blog is generating enough traffic.However,the same cannot be said for WordPress.com free plan.You need to upgrade to a Premium,Business or eCommerce plan to access features offering different monetization techniques for your WordPress.com blog.If you are ready to pay at the very least for a premium plan in WordPress.com than you get access to tons of features which you won’t get in Blogger.com
In my opinion,starting a blog in Blogger.com is definitely better than starting a blog using the free plan of WordPress.com,however if you are willing to shell money and buy at the very least the premium plan in WordPress.com,you get a hell lot of features and monetization options for your blog than what you will get if you start a blog in Blogger.com.Now let’s move to WordPress.org
Of all the above three,Blogger.com is easily distinguishable but major confusion arises between WordPress.com and WordPress.org because if you get all features in WordPress.com by just selecting a plan and paying for it,why is WordPress.org needed?
Well,first of all,WordPress is a content management system managed by the WordPress Foundation.It is a software released on May 27,2003,by its founders,Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little under the GNU General Public Licence.Matt Mullenweg later founded the company Automattic in 2005 which manages WordPress.com and a ton of other products.
Now since WordPress was released under the GNU General Public Licence by its founders , it has become an open source software which you can download from WordPress.org.One of the major difference between using WordPress from WordPress.com and WordPress.org is its hosting.While in WordPress.com,all your hosting worries are taken care of,with WordPress.org,you host your own blog or website.Let me break it down for you.If you use WordPress.com,you need to pay for a plan and accordingly you will get access to features provided by your chosen plan.Here you need to pay a single fee for a plan at a single location and accordingly you get access to features depending on what plan you have chosen. However if you use WordPress.org,you can download the WordPress software,install it and host it on your own web server,or you can host your WordPress blog on many web hosts which are out there providing this service,WordPress itself recommends Bluehost, Dreamhost, SiteGround to host your blog.
In general if you ask me the question,why should I use WordPress.org and not WordPress.com,I would say for more control and flexibility for your WordPress website.No matter what,WordPress.com tells you to choose a plan which means you have to work within the framework of that plan.You do not have the entire control of your blog in WordPress.com.However with WordPress.org,you have control of your blog/website from start to finish.This gives you the power to change anything in your blog,modify each and every file,try different types of themes and plugins which you might not be allowed with WordPress.com and customize your blog in whatever way you want as per your need.
Overall I would say,Blogger.com is a good place to start blogging but WordPress.org is the best place to think about blogging from a long term and business perspective.As per WordPress.com,if any of its plan,satisfies the list of things you are looking for your blog/website,you should buy it.