Blogging Wars – WordPress Vs Blogger Part 1

There’s a war going on in the osphere, and it has nothing to do with gers dissing each other on their respective sites. The war is about control of the osphere by several great, many good, and tons of terrible platforms. The average newbie now has “too many” options to choose from, and the battle for supremacy is hotter than ever.

At my site and s, I’m always asked the question “Is WordPress better than ger?”. The answer, of course, is “Yes”. But to really understand why, it’s important to look at both platforms side-by-side and see which one you really need.

You also need to understand that there are different versions of WordPress, the earliest now termed as “WordPress” at WordPress.org, and the hosted version similar to ger now termed “WordPress.com” which is of course available WordPress.com. Only the latter comes with free hosting on a sub-domain account. We’ll discuss this in Part 2.

For Part 1 of this article, we look only at the self-hosted version of WordPress. Here’s the comparison scale:

1) Ease of Set-up And Use

Yes, it’s much easier to set-up a with spot.com and get your own gger account. You can be done in 10 minutes flat. Once you’re set-up you can start posting immediately. If you want to add a ’s touch to your , there are also tons of ger templates available for free.

Installing WordPress however can be a major headache if you don’t know what you’re doing. Since you’re going to host it on your own account, you’ll need to download the installation files, upload them to your server, set-up a database, and run the configuration script.

However, if you know which hosting account to get, you can choose one with Cpanel included. With Cpanel, you can do a one-click installation, upgrade and removal of your WordPress platform.

ger doesn’t allow categories. You can’t sort your articles into different focuses, unless you know how to hack the platform. With WordPress, not only can you add categories, you can also display each category differently on your main page. In fact with the correct plugins you can even turn your WordPress into a magazine-like portal.

Publishing with ger can extremely furstrating. It can take forever to post articles, especially if you’re making changes to the entire site. With WordPress, publishing is much faster, although if you load your system with all kinds of bells and whistles it can be just as frustrating.

With a ger account, you can get additional features like “Shout Boxes” that improve interaction on your site. You can also get pretty themes and nifty little tools that you can add to the core template files. However, that’s as far as you can go with ger.

With WordPress however, the sky is the limit. As cliche as that may sound, not only can you get themes, additional “plugins” and advanced tools, you can also extend WordPress to far beyond just a platform.

The talk today is about using WordPress as a complete, user-friendly Content Management System or CMS. Unlike complicated predecessors like PHPPostNuke, B2, Mambo or even Joomla, WordPress is user friendly. Plus, the availability of source codes in this open-source system coupled with a strong community makes it possible to use WordPress as an article management system, classifieds system, direct-selling site and even a paid membership site.

4) Copyrights and Ownership of Content

I started with ger and I won’t say that it’s bad. But after a while I started to get frustrated with ger, and here’s why: Google Owns Your Content

Google has the authority to shut down your account without warning if they don’t like what you’re about. You don’t have absolute control over your own . With WordPress, you own the domain name and the is hosted on your own account. You have full control over your content.

With the self-hosted version of WordPress (not WordPress.com), you’re free to write about anything you want, and use the software in any way you want. Yes, ger allows you to publish to your own domain, but they still own the database that holds your content! Don’t forget that!

5) and

There’s this propaganda that since Google owns ger, they tend to favor ger accounts. I won’t say that this is illogical, but from my , there’s no such favoritism.

I’ve heard as many stories of getting indexed fast and ranking high in search engines from both WordPress and ger users. As long as the content is good, the spiders will come.

When you post in ger, you can only “ping” a limited amount of sites, whereas with WordPress on your own domain you can ping as many directories as you want, and start getting more .

As a conclusion, I would say that WordPress is only slightly ahead in terms of optimization for search engines, and building large amounts of .

6) Money-Making Potential

There’s no doubt that it’s easier to get started with if you have a ger account. In fact you can now apply for Adsense from within a ger account. Not entirely surprising considering the fact that both are owned by the same company.

With WordPress, it can get tricky. The default installation is not enough. You’ll need a couple of plugins and even a better theme to really maximize the Adsense potential. However, this seems to be getting easier and there’s even “Adsense revenue sharing” plugins around that allow you to share ad revenue with other contributors and writers for your .

When you start using WordPress to build your Adsense sites, you’ll soon discover what I mean. It’s something you need to for yourself. I can tell you one thing though – when you go WordPress, you don’t go back.

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