There’s a war going on in the blogosphere, and it has nothing to do with bloggers dissing each other on their particular sites. The war is about control of the blogosphere by several fantastic, many great, and lots of terrible blogging platforms. The typical novice now has “a lot of” choices to choose from, and the fight for blogging supremacy is hotter than ever.

At my site and blogs, I’m always asked the question “Is WordPress much better than Blogger?”. The answer, of course, is “Yes”. To really understand why, it’s essential to look at both blogging platforms side-by-side and see which one you really require.

You also need to understand that there are different variations of WordPress, the earliest now described as “WordPress” at WordPress.org, and the hosted version similar to Blogger now termed “WordPress.com”. Only the latter includes free hosting on a sub-domain account. We’ll discuss this in Part 2.

For Part 1 of this article, we look just 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 blog with Blogspot.com and get your own Bloggger account. If you want to include a designer’s touch to your blog, there are likewise tons of blogger templates readily available for totally free.

If you don’t know what you’re doing, Installing WordPress can be a significant headache. Because you’re going to host it on your own account, you’ll need to download the setup files, publish them to your server, set-up a database, and run the configuration script.

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

2) Customization & Advanced Use

With WordPress, not only can you add categories, you can likewise display each category differently on your main page. With the right plugins you can even turn your WordPress into a magazine-like website.

Publishing with Blogger can be extremely furstrating. It can take forever to publish articles, particularly if you’re making modifications to the entire website. With WordPress, publishing is much faster, although if you load your system with all type of bells and whistles it can be just as frustrating.

With a Blogger account, you can get additional features like “Shout Boxes” that enhance interaction on your site. You can likewise get themes and nice little tools that you can add to the core template files. That’s as far as you can go with Blogger.

With WordPress however, the sky is the limitation. As cliche as that may sound, not only do you get themes, extra “plugins” and advanced tools, you can likewise extend WordPress to far beyond simply a blogging platform.

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

4) Copyrights and Ownership of Content

I started with Blogger and I won’t say that it’s bad. However after a while I began to get irritated with Blogger, and here’s why: Google Owns Your Content

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

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

5) Search Engine Optimization and Traffic

There’s this propaganda that since Google owns Blogger, they tend to favor Blogger accounts. I will not say that this doesnt make sense, but from my experience, it doesnt appear to hold up in reality.

I’ve heard as many stories of getting indexed quickly and ranking high in search engines from both WordPress and Blogger users. As long as the material is excellent, the spiders will come.

When you publish in Blogger, you can only “ping” a restricted amount of websites, whereas with WordPress by yourself domain you can ping as lots of blog directory sites as you desire, and begin getting more traffic.

As a conclusion, I would state that WordPress is only slightly ahead in regards to optimization for online search engine, and building large amounts of traffic.

6) Money-Making Potential

There’s no doubt that it’s much easier to get started with Google Adsense if you have a Blogger account. You can now apply for Adsense from within a Blogger account. Not entirely surprising thinking about the truth that both are owned by the same business.

With WordPress, it can get challenging. The default installation is inadequate. You’ll need a number of plugins and a decent theme to really make the most of the Adsense potential. This appears to be getting simpler and there’s even “Adsense earnings sharing” plugins around that enable you to share ad income with other contributors and writers for your blog.

When you begin utilizing WordPress to construct your Adsense sites, you’ll quickly find what I suggest. It’s something you need to experience on your own. I can inform you one thing though – when you go WordPress, you do not go back.