#Blogging platforms (WordPress vs. Blogger)

For some years now I’ve maintained this blog on the WordPress platform. I find it user friendly, easy to customize (even though I use a FREE version of WordPress), and I love the WordPress reader which allows me to easily follow other bloggers as much, or as little, as I want to – regardless of what blogging platform they use. Also, the huge advantage of WordPress is the fact that I rarely, if ever, get spam comments. Akismet saves me from the annoyance and hassle of spam.

For several years I maintained the blog of my in person bookclub, Whodunit.  This blog was hosted on Blogger.  It too could be customized, though not as easily or as varied as WordPress. It too allows me to follow other bloggers who use the Blogger platform. The biggest problem with Blogger, for me, was the fact that I was constantly inundated with SPAM!  This meant I had to spend valuable blogging/reading time dealing with these comments.

I am interested to know your feelings about these two blogging platforms.  All the positives and not so positive experiences you’ve encountered.

Personally, I’ve found many Blogger blogs that I like and enjoy reading and following. However, I find them not as easy to ‘Like’ a post, not as easy to leave a ‘comment’. and not as easy to ‘share’ a blog post as with the WordPress blogs I follow.

One thing that really irritates me is the error I get when I try to post a comment on a Blogger post – “Your OpenID credentials could not be verified

I’ve tried adding the site as a ‘trusted site’ on my WordPress account.  I’ve also tried verifying via Google and Twitter, all with no luck.  URGH!  Often, I just don’t bother posting comments on Blogger posts because of the inherent frustration involved.

There seems to be a noticeable divide between WordPress and Blogger.  WordPress bloggers tend to follow WordPress bloggers – Blogger users tend to follow other Blogger bloggers.  So much so that I’ve seriously been thinking of hosting a shadow/ghost site for Fictionophile on the Blogger platform.  This of course would create a lot more work for me, as every time I’d post Fictionophile on WordPress, I would then post the same identical post on Blogger… Seems like this should be unnecessary, but the ‘divide’ is making this more and more tempting.  I cringe at the thoughts of dealing with the spam though…

Also, I would like to hear from bloggers who have migrated their WordPress blog from the free version, to a paid version.  Did you lose followers doing this?  Do you feel your blog is ‘safer’ when you own the site? How problematic was the move?

Other questions that I’d like you to weigh in on are: How do you back up your blog?  How often do you do this?

I would appreciate any thoughts you have on these topics.
If you LOVE WordPress, WHY?
If you LOVE Blogger, WHY?

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About Fictionophile

Fiction reviewer ; Goodreads librarian. Retired library cataloger - more time to read! Loves books, gardening, and red wine. I have been a reviewer member of NetGalley since October 2013. I review titles offered by Edelweiss, and participate in blog tours with TLC Book Tours.
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35 Responses to #Blogging platforms (WordPress vs. Blogger)

  1. Pingback: Frustration with Blogger blogs | Fictionophile

  2. popcrate says:

    For me personally, I like wordpress overall a bit (theres more of a community feeling for the wordpress.com)

    The math latex support kinda sucks, however (not a problem that many people run into, and only for wordpress.com), wheres blogger actually allows you to customize the code much more easily and smoothly. I was able to just add in mathjax using a javascript snippet and get the nice equations displayed the way I wanted.

    Of course, I prefer wordpress for many other reasons that Im sure others have described in these comments.

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  3. I played around with Blogger a few years ago and never did like it. So here I am now that I actually blog 😉 But I don’t have enough experience to really compare.

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  4. Annie says:

    I hate blogger. So much. hahaha The only think I don’t like about WP is that you can’t add ads unless you pay, but meh, I don’t even care 😛

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  5. I’ve used Blogger very briefly, so I know I prefer WP. Whenever I go onto Blogger I don’t like it. I think the designs are all a bit old-school and I can’t like or comment on anything easily. I think WP is a much better built site for users & followers alike.

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  6. Like you I do think the two camps tend to mostly follow their own groups simply because the experience is easier. I started on Blogger but moved to WordPress because I preferred the look and feel of it.

    I have also now moved from the free WordPress site to a hosted paid site. I don’t think I lost a lot of readers – because I have a domain name rather than using the WordPress free name and I think that makes the difference. Yours is a popular blog and I think people will follow you.

    One of the reasons I changed to paid hosting was as well as owning the content myself was the continual comments I heard that WordPress were removing some book posts that were blog tours. I wanted to be able to do what I wanted to do on my blog and not be restricted by the rules set by WordPress and be at their mercy.

    As for backing up. My hosting site covers it for me x

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  7. Have to say I’d never heard of the other blogging platform. I’m just new to blogging, so can’t really comment on the difference , but it seems to me WordPress is the better known one. Everyone seems to know about it. I still haven’t figured out lots of stuff on it, butIi think that’s me, I’m not great with technology, and it’s early days.

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  8. luvtoread says:

    I love using WordPress! But I must admit to not ever having tried any other blogging platform.
    I will say that for ease of posting & customization, WP is the best. I’m currently taking classes in Web Development, and in my last class part of the semester was devoted to learning the ins and outs of WP, so I’m debating moving over to self-hosting at some point so I have more customization & the availability to add certain plugins. I have the paid version now, and it’s great – I can add CSS to customize my site, but there’s a bit more design/customization I’d like to do as a learning web developer. But, I also have had issues with people moving to self-hosted WP versions and then I’m suddenly no longer following that blog, which is frustrating. A few sites I’ve had to repeatedly sign up for, and commenting is a bit frustrating sometimes, so I’m a bit worried about losing the interaction I have so haven’t made the move yet.
    A shadow site sounds like a lot of work!

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  9. The first platform I used was blogger and it was so bad I got no pageveiws and the layout was horrid. I love WordPress it’s so easy to use and it seems like all the best bloggers use this platform.

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  10. I’ve always used WordPress so I can’t really compare but I had bookish friends whose blog was on a different platform so I set up an account on bloglovin. They can follow me there and I can follow them, although I have to confess I don’t go on much.

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  11. I have to use Blogger for my school blog because our ISD is google everything, and I never really liked it. I feel like all of the (very few) blogger themes look really amateur, like one of the stupid websites I made in middle school. Look matters a lot to me! But I agree, it should be easier to follow bloggers using other platforms!

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  12. Carrie Rubin says:

    I’ve never had a site on Blogger, but I’ve commented on posts using that host. I agree–it’s not as smooth as it is with WordPress. With WordPress you can comment or ‘like,’ but on Blogger you can only comment. Sometimes we don’t have much to add or have the time to comment, but we want the blogger to know we were there and enjoyed the post, so the ‘like’ button is nice.

    I don’t think I’ll ever leave WordPress. I might, however, need to think about switching to WordPress.org. Just hard to find the time.

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  13. Once again, your timing is amazing since I’ve been struggling with many of the same points. I’ve never used another platform, so WP is all I know. Unfortunately, I’m not a real techie person, so some of the most simple additions have been a problem for me. I started VERY slowly really only getting into it the last couple years. Guess it’s good I started with WP! I have two main issues with the free WP and one is that I can’t use some of the plugins I see. I’ve thought about upgrading, but can’t afford and it would appear that is the only way I could monetize my site, which I thought I might try. (2) When I “reblog” I am not given an option to add my graphics or comments or to make an introduction. It just GOES. (3) I used to be able to use their “live” chat for help. Now it’s a message, and as with the last quest for help resulted in over a week before he really took the time to read and understand my question–and then the answer was a no; can’t do that. When I later asked the size of the graphic that would be included in Goodreads posts, he didn’t know. (Must be smaller than what I’ve used.) (4) I like the auto connections after I publish, but if I must edit and save, it republishes. Don’t want to keep assailing people with a correction–only make the correction go forward from there. Love that most spam gets caught! And back up? I have to back up? Isn’t that done automatically? Ack! Something else I need to research. Thank you! And once again will mention that your site does NOT look like a free one. Good job!

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  14. When I first started blogging, I used Blogger/Blogspot, but my blog there fell into a state of abandonment since I felt it was difficult keeping up the commitment to blogging on a regular basis. Five years later, however, I decided to try out WordPress for a new blog, and I’ve been blogging with WP ever since then.

    I find that WP is a lot more user-friendly and customizable than Blogger. It’s easier to follow others’ blogs, for example. With Blogger, you have to type or copy-and-paste the blog’s URL into its ‘follow’ list, which is really tedious and annoying when you want to follow several Blogger blogs at once. 😣

    WP’s staff and community are really friendly too! 😄

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  15. Allie P. says:

    I’m on wordpress and do tend to follow other wordpress blogs more than blogger but only because it is easier to do so. If the blogger site is really good however I’ll make the effort.

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  16. skyecaitlin says:

    I follow several blogs, some are Word Press, while others aren’t. I have found Word Press to be extremely easy and convenient for comments; whereas, other blog formats pose some difficulty. I have to keep signing in and confirming, and most of the time, I am not alerted if someone has replied or not.

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  17. Cathy says:

    I much prefer WP for the reasons you mention. I find it much more user friendly. I did start a ghost blog on Blogger as a back up but haven’t been able to keep up with it – too much work. If you find a quick and easy way do let me know 😉

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    • Fictionophile says:

      Thanks for letting me know you’ve tried this route Cathy. I have some serious reservations about creating a ghost blog on Blogger, but would really like to be more connected to the Blogger book bloggers out there.

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  18. I find WordPress a lot easier to use than Blogger. I folllow Blogger folks via the WordPress reader. Sharing their posts is harder as I don’t always know their twitter handle and it annoys me that I can’t “like” their posts. Also, there are some I can’t comment on either which makes me sad.

    When I started my blog, I double posted on both platforms but I soon gave that up. It was way too much work, I didn’t always remember to do it and I didn’t think I had that many followers there anyway.

    I’ve never backed up my blog. It’s never even crossed my mind so I should definitely check that out.

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  19. I love the creative atmosphere at WordPress. And of course, the dialogue. But I’m curious: what kind of spam did you receive at Blogger?

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    • Fictionophile says:

      Here is an example of the spam I’ve received on Blogger:
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      A nasty annoyance. I received about 3-4 of similar spam comments with every post.

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  20. PS. Sorry to continue. I have contacted WordPress, and nothing has happened!

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  21. I have to say I am extremely frustrated by WordPress and I pay for the Premium Plan. I do like that WordPress allows my blogs to go to Twitter, Facebook, Linked In, Tumblr, Bloglovin”etc.,but I am not receiving very much feedback from lindasbookobsession.blog/ on WordPress. I started a Facebook Page for free and in one month have 4 times the followers, friends. I did a giveaway and tried to get people to follow WordPress and most had difficulty following since they didn’t belong to WordPress. From WordPress, I have 600 followers on Twitter, but hardly any on my WordPress blog. I don’t understand. Just frustrated. Sorry for venting.! Happy Reading!!!xo. P.S. Help!!!!

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    • Fictionophile says:

      Sorry you’ve experienced this frustration Linda. Is there anything in particular that I can help with? As for feedback, I had my blog for several years before becoming very active with it. I’ve found that if you comment, share posts, and ‘like’ posts on other people’s blogs, then they often reciprocate by commenting, sharing, and liking on yours… Also I recommend that you share your blog info on Goodreads. That is a great way to spread the word about your blog. Join some Goodreads groups and promote your blog.

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  22. My first attempt at blogging was on Blogger and it was awful! So hard to figure out, not as many options, and it was hard to respond and comment. WordPress has been my lifesaver!

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    • Fictionophile says:

      I completely agree. WordPress has been much better for me. I would like to be more connected with Blogger bloggers though…

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      • That’s a serious downfall. I don’t like that you can’t follow blogger blogs with your wordpress account. I find that signing up for emails is so difficult and confusing so I don’t do it 😢

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        • Fictionophile says:

          You can follow Blogger blogs via the WordPress Reader, but it is difficult to comment on some of the Blogger blogs and it is impossible to ‘Like’ a Blogger post, therefore the blogger has no way of knowing that you have read their post. Some Blogger users require an Open ID verification in order to comment. I’ve tried to go that route, but I’m always unsuccessful, so I don’t bother trying to comment on the posts that require it.

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          • Really? I’ve tried to follow blogger blogs before and it wouldn’t let me. But then I mainly use the app on my phone so maybe that’s why. I seem to have issues with the reader on my phone. Thanks for letting me know – I may try again!

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  23. I’ve only ever used WordPress, but I read extensively about both WP and Blogger before deciding on WP. All the articles led me to understand that WP is easier to use than Blogger.

    If you create a ghost site on Blogger, do let me know if it’s not much of a hassle. I’ve been thinking of doing something like that too.😊

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