Monday, March 30, 2009

5 Reasons To Choose Blogger over Wordpress

I write for a number of blogs - most of them are self hosted and use the Wordpress platform. I also generally recommend using Wordpress to others, but today I wanted to write this post to explain a bit about why I chose blogger for this blog.

Here are 5 reasons to choose Blogger over a self hosted Wordpress

  1. No Distractions - Wordpress has thousnads of plugins which turn it from a mere blogging platform into a full blown CMS. Sure this is great for a vareity of blogs, but if all you want to do is churn out content, blogger eliminates these "distractions" by offering no plugins.
  2. Reliability - I host my Wordpress blogs on whats meant to be a fail-sage grid system. But even this expensive hosting goes down for matience. Blogger on the other hand rarely goes down (can you remember when you couldn't access your Blogger blog)
  3. Zero Learning Curve - Sure Wordpress is super simple, but its still got a lot of options. The more options a product has, the more there is to find out about - ie learn!
  4. Easy to Monetize - The newish Google Adsense integration is easy and built in. You can quickly switch on ads that match your blogs design.
  5. Security - This ones a biggy. See Wordpress can at times contain security flaws. Sure Wordpress puts out regular security fixes for these issues, but if you're lazy like me, you can end up getting burned.
So there you have it - 5 reasons why you might choose Blogger over Wordpress. I have found many people start with a Blogger blog and then move to a self-hosted Wordpress one, simply because they want more control and features. I on the other hand, for this blog, wanted to simply put out regular content free from disctractions about a topic I love. I didn't want the commitment of having my own domain, hosting etc.

I still love Wordpress (its rated as my number 1 online app) - and I still use it everyday for idezy and Tweetgain but its always a good idea to look at all the options available. Remember choose the right software not just based on the type of blogger you are - but the type of content you are creating.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

31 Days to Build a Better Blog

Problogger is once again hosting "31 Days to Build a Better Blog"

Starting April 1st (he promises its no joke), Problogger will post a new challenge aiming to help you build a better blog.

This year you can also register for the event - this might give that little extra bit of an incentive to actually participate for the full 31 days.

Check it Out Here