Saturday, May 19, 2007

Choosing Between Blogger or WordPress

Getting the most of your blogging software, you must recognize your needs and what it is that you wish to accomplish. Each one has different features, and I have both negative and positive things to say about each. I currently use both Blogger (Blogspot) and WordPress, and am satisfied with both, and deal with their quirks!

A Little About Blogger

With Blogger, there is a simplicity that you just can't beat. Implementing widgets is easy, and with a few tweaks, you can create a pretty good blog for free. I really wish they would add a feature in which you could create or write a page, and not just posts. The comments are sort of funky too, you only have the option of pop-up comments or comments on a new page. I do however like the fact that each post has its own page, but wish I could have more control over the length of the URL. Most problems can be solved by using the help files, once or twice I've had to search online for more information. But you can really find out how to go behind the scenes with by reading Publishing a Blog with Blogger: Visual QuickProject Guide. Another good book with a lot of information on how to use it to its full potential is The Rational Guide to Google Blogger (Rational Guides) (Rational Guides). Blogger has also recently added one really great feature, autosave. Perfect for the beginner, and enough to work with to satisfy many pro-bloggers.

A Little About WordPress

WordPress is a little more indepth, feature-rich for the advanced user, but not too intense for a beginning blogger. Although if you want to make a great layout, you'll have to learn a little about the features, and how to use them. The dashboard is full of options, including "Write a Page", which a great feature. It is definitely geared towards more professional blogs, and the choice of many professionals. It has customizable CSS code, as well as Akismet spam comment blocker, which is great. With WordPress, you'll definitely want to do some reading about the features, and get several books to really learn its potential such as WordPress Complete: set up, customize, and market your blog and WordPress 2 (Visual QuickStart Guide). If you're a blogging pro, you'll definitely enjoy the flexibility and features. However for beginners, it can become overwhelming very quickly. Check the help files, and there is a tremendous amount of information available online. Most of their really neat featured are available with a paid upgrade only.

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