Are you planning to start a blog with little to no budget due to financial constraint? If yes, there are 2 popular platforms you can use which are the hosted WordPress.com platform and Google Blogger Platform.
In this article, you’ll get to learn how to make the best decision whether you should choose a Free hosted WordPress or Blogspot platform for starting your blog.
The battle between WordPress or Blogspot is one that has been for ages and you might have already come across several articles online discussing these two. In 2016, I published an article about whether you should go for WordPress or Blogger but in today’s case study, we want to be comparing the FREE WordPress and Blogspot Platform.
Personal Opinion: Having used the 2 Platform for a while, I can assure you that the Self-Hosted WordPress beats Blogger in many ways. If you have the financial budget, you can setup a Self-Hosted WordPress Blog by purchasing a hosting plan from Bluehost (aff link at no extra cost)
Before we continue, it is important I let you know that the comparison we’re about to made on this post is based on the Free Hosted WordPress vs Blogspot and not the Self-Hosted WordPress version. With that in mind, let’s get started.
About the FREE hosted WordPress.com blog
WordPress.com is a platform for self-publishing that is popular for blogging. It is owned and operated by Automattic, Inc. This website provides free blog hosting for registered users and is financially supported via paid upgrades, “VIP” services, and advertising. (Wikipedia)
From the above definition, here are some important things you should have known about FREE hosted WordPress.com.
- WordPress.com is a popular platform for blogging and, also to build a website.
- The platform owner and operator is Automattic
- Blogs created on the FREE hosted platform are accessed from a subdomain of wordpress.com unless an upgrade to a custom domain is done.
- You do not need to pay for hosting as the platform provides free hosting once you’ve registered on the platform.
- WordPress.com is financed by paid upgrades from the platform, advertising on blogs, and “VIP” services.
- WordPress.com is a freemium product (check plans and pricing here)
- 3GB worth of free storage.
About the Free Hosted Blogspot Platform
Blogger (popularly referred to as Blogspot) is an American blog-publishing service that allows multi-user blogs with time-stamped entries. The blogs are hosted by Google and generally accessed from a subdomain of blogspot.com.
However, Blogs can also be served from a custom domain owned by the user making use of DNS to direct a domain to Google’s servers. As of the time of writing this article, A single user can have up to 100 blogs per account. (Wikipedia)
From the above definition, here are 5 Important things you should know about the Blogger platform;
- Blogspot is an online publishing platform mainly designed for blogging
- Blogs created on the platform can be accessed from a subdomain of blogspot.com (e.g netsocialblog.blogspot.com)
- A single user can create up to 100 blogs for free.
- A custom domain can be purchased and directed to Google’s servers by using DNS facilities (Sponsored: How to Change to . Com)
- Allow multiple users to post on one blog.
Free WordPress or Blogspot, Which One is Better?
The decision to choose either Free hosted WordPress or Blogspot would depends solely on what you want to achieve with your blog.
Despite that there are similarities between these two platforms, there are still some huge differences to consider before making a choice you’d like to go with.
For instance; if you’re looking to set up a nice-looking blog or website with powerful writing tools, the WordPress.com platform will be the best choice for you (considering the fact that you do not have any to little budget).
While if you want to set up a blog with a larger storage limit (over 4GB) and also do not want to see 3rd party ads on your blog – with just basic writing tools, then the Blogspot Platform will be the choice for you (based on your little to no budget).
Like i earlier mentioned, it is extremely important for you to know what you’d like to achieve with your blog. This will help you decide what platform to choose. You can as well as head over to Blogger.com (for the Blogspot Platform) and WordPress.com (for the Free hosted WordPress) to check the comparison.