When you want to create a website, especially a blog, you will hear people on the internet comparing WordPress.org, WordPress.com, and Blogger.
This will usually make people confused.
Worse yet, you can choose wrong.
Therefore, now we will discuss objectively what are the advantages and disadvantages of each platform.
Differences WordPress.com and WordPress.org
First, we discuss the twin brothers first.
Although the name is the same and comes from the same company, but WordPress.org and WordPress.com have a huge difference.
In a sense, WordPress.org is a self hosted service, while WordPress.com is a hosted service.
What is that?
In order to be easily understood, we say as a place to live:
Self hosted is like a private home. A house that is entirely your own, in your own land, and not someone else’s.
While hosted it is like an apartment. The land is not yours, you only have a unit in an apartment. The apartment belongs to someone else.
(Blogger.com also includes hosted)
Have you got the picture?
In essence, this self hosted WordPress.org is 100% yours.
Now, let’s compare the three from various aspects.
WordPress (hosted and self-hosted) is currently ranked first as the most popular CMS with a market share of 39% over the total of other CMS users.
While Blogger is ranked 4 with a percentage of the market 1%.
Easy to make
WordPress.com and Blogger equivalent. Both are the easiest to create because you only need to register an account on their respective websites.
Sign up for WordPress
While WordPress.org is a bit more difficult.
To create a WordPress.org-based site, you must hire a hosting and domain and then install.
The stages are described in the next chapter.
Cost of manufacture and development
Again here is WordPress.com and Blogger equivalent.
You do not need any fees at all to create an account in both. Although there is a storage limit, you can pay monthly to increase capacity.
WordPress.com is limited to 3 GB, $ 99 / year for upgrades to 13 GB.
While on Blogger free 15 GB (for unlimited photos). Here’s a list of pricing packages to add to their capacity, starting at $ 4 / month.
Google storage price plan
You also do not need to buy a domain if you are willing to address your website so like this: websiteanda.blogspot.com or websiteanda.wordpress.com.
In order to be websiteanda.com, it costs Rp 100,000 per year.
For WordPress.org, you need hosting and domain fees.
The cost of hosting and domain is around Rp 350,000 – 400,000 per year. The hosting capacity for this price is an average of 1-10 GB (depending on which hosting service)
WordPress.org needs a startup fee, WordPress.com and Blogger do not need it. But in its development later, WordPress.org become cheaper.
Easy to use
Actually all three are equal.
To learn the basics, until you can write and publish writing, these three options are just as easy.
But here are some more considerations:
WordPress.com and .org are easier to manage and have a more friendly dashboard look. Bloggers are a bit more confusing especially when you want to find a menu on the dashboard.
Even so, the difference is not much.
After using for 1-2 days, you will get used to it.
This Blogger dashboard view:
And this WordPress dashboard view:
There are 2 things I want to discuss in this section.
First, if we look at the basic look without changing anything in it. WordPress (.com and .org) are superior to Blogger.
This is because the basic look of Blogger is outdated.
Secondly, the flexibility of the display.
The most flexible is WordPress.org.
There are thousands of free and paid templates that you can use. If you are still not satisfied, can also change itself to suit your taste.
In second place is Blogger.
Although the choice of templates in Blogger is not much, but it looks you can change yourself according to taste if you understand HTML and CSS.
While WordPress.com is at least flexible. There are few template options and can not be changed anymore.
Ratings for display flexibility:
If we look at the basic features as CMS, all three are equivalent. Equally able to create posts and pages, insert images, video, and other multimedia.
But bloggers have weaknesses:
1 page limited can only size 1 MB. So you will not be able to create 1 page that contains many pictures.
If we look at the flexibility, WordPress.org excels.
In WordPress.org self hosted, you can add extra features