Thursday 8 May 2014

Google Blogger Is Better Than WordPress

Yes, Google Blogger is better than WordPress in my opinion.  I've use Google Blogger for about 7 years.  I have used WordPress for about 2 years.  I've also had my website hosted by SiteSell for about 5 years. Don't use SiteSell.

Note: I am referring here not to websites hosted by WordPress but using the WordPress interface (the code, software) while the site is hosted on a commercial server like Hostgator -- you see it is bloody confusing ;). That is the first point. WordPress = confusing : Blogger = Simple.

Why do I think Google Blogger is better than WordPress?  Firstly, Blogger is more reliable.  It is way more reliable.  I have a clear sense that Google engineers are better than WordPress engineers. That makes sense because Google is an enormous company worth many billions of dollars with thousands of engineers writing the very best modern code.

A recent problem highlights what I mean.  Every so often WordPress issue an update to the basic code and the latest update was 3.9. It proved to be incompatible with certain plug-ins and themes.....and the visual editor does not work properly for a lot of people....and image manipulation and positioning etc. is a lot worse than the previous version which is causing a lot of problems for a lot of people and...  I needn't go on but the truth is you don't want to update your WordPress software when they say you have to because you're bound to get a problem somewhere when, for example, a bloody plug-in does not work properly after the update.

There are thousands of plug-ins for WordPress but lots of them - if not all of them - are scripts and they may slow down the load time of your site because the script code is at the top of the page and this causes a blockage when the browser loads the webpage.  Just another glitch. This is important, though, because search results (SEO) are partly dependent on load times.

WordPress is more flexible than Google Blogger.  I will concede that but you don't need flexibility beyond a certain point and there is a perfectly adequate amount of flexibility in Google Blogger to create a website that really appeals regarding appearance.

I almost forgot.  Google Blogger is entirely free.  If you want a unique URL then you have to pay for that but they're very cheap anyway normally.  But the actual hosting of the website is entirely free.

As the WordPress, there will be a fee to host the website and it will be between $100 and $2000 perhaps even more depending on what sort of hosting you choose.  These prices are per annum.

The most important benefit of using Google blogger is reliability.  You have piece of mind and most people these days simply want to focus on writing and not be bogged down with coding things.  With WordPress you really do need to know a bit about code because not infrequently you are involved in patching up incompatibility issues or problems here and there.

And the code is complicated.  WordPress code isn't just straightforward HTML.  It does depend on what version of WordPress you are using but  unless you're comfortable with coding you might be intimidated.  In addition, even simply running the control panels of plug-ins and your website generally can be complicated.  Google blogger is much more straightforward which allows you to focus on what matters, content.

Lastly, as Google Blogger is a Google product, if you consistently write  good (excellent) content on your Google blog, Google will like it and will find it in search results.  So the last good point about Google blogger and one reason why it is better than WordPress is because it is inherently better from the point of view of SEO and you haven't got to do any fancy SEO work to achieve that (unlike WordPress).

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