Blog Baby Blog Week 6: Blogger vs Wordpress

I'm back for Blog Baby Blog this week with a Blogger vs. Wordpress showdown.  Want to catch up on the other posts from this summer?  Here you go:

Maria from Kinder Craze and Emily from Education to the Core were nice enough to help me out.  Not only are they amazing bloggers, but they are kind of Wordpress bosses.  These ladies know what they’re doing.

I thought it would be funny to photoshop pictures of us looking tough and facing off on a field, but it's not actually at all accurate and would have been time consuming and maybe a little creepy.

So, you get nice smiley pictures of them instead.
I've been on Blogger for three years now, and I'm very happy where I am.  Maria and Emily made the switch to Wordpress some time ago and love it.  The two platforms are very different though, so it's good to know about both.  It's not like Walgreens and CVS, identical concept but different logos.  There are pros and cons to both, and you have to think about what's going to be best for you as a blogger.

Here's a very basic break down:

Blogger Pros:

•If you’re just getting started, Blogger is easier to learn.  You go to, click on new blog, put in your blog name and address, and you’re ready to post.  There is also a log of support and tutorials within the teacher blogging community to help you get started.

•Blogger is free.  You may choose to pay for a design or .com yourself, but actually blogging on blogger is free.

•You don’t have to do anything to your blog.  Since it’s hosted on Google, they’re doing all the work for you.  Those widgets on your sidebar? They update themselves.  You never have to update your Blogger software.  Everything is stored for you.  Getting a lot of traffic or writing a ton of posts? No need to worry about storage, bandwidth, etc.  Google’s got you covered.

•If you do want to purchase a blog design, they are many options out there in a wide variety of price ranges.  The WP designers aren’t trying to rip you off.  It’s just a lot more expensive to design for Wordpress sites.

Blogger Cons:

•There’s a whole wide world of widgets and plugins out there.  The Wordpress world is a lot bigger giving you a lot more options.

•Blogger’s layout is pretty limited.  You can make customizations to it, but it takes a lot of HTML knowledge to override that.  Also, since it is an override, it can make your website kind of clunky-slow to load and many overrides don’t work on mobile view.

•Google owns Blogger.  They own the servers.  They’ve got your stuff.  They can shut you down.  (Before you go in panic mode, the same is true for Instagram and Facebook, but you’re not going to run screaming from them.)  With Wordpress, you’re paying for the hosting, so it’s all managed by you.

Wordpress Pros:

•That wide world of plugins? If you are looking for a more business driven site, this can be very useful.  You have a lot more options for functionality and layout than with Blogger.  (Be careful though-sometimes I visit a blog and can’t figure out where the heck the blog posts are.  You can do a lot with Wordpress, but don’t try to do it all or the site can be overwhelming.)

•SEO say what? Search Engine Optimization (helping people find your content) can be optimized in Wordpress if you are willing to put the time into it.  You would think that a Google owned site would be best for helping people find you, but you can do more to make your content searchable with Wordpress.

•Wordpress is a more professional platform. You can do more with it and customize it to fit your needs.  It much more easily lends itself to a website looks and layout.

Wordpress Cons:

•Wordpress is more expensive.  And I don’t just mean the designs.  You’re going to need to pay yearly hosting fees which add up quickly, you’ll need to purchase a framework, and a theme.  The plugins? Many are free, many aren’t.  I just set up a practice site for designing Wordpress, and all I can say is ouch.

•You have more maintenance.  You have to make sure your software and plugins are up to date to work properly and keep your site from being vulnerable.

•Making the switch is not cheap.  If you have been on Blogger for a while, migrating your content over can be expensive.  I know there are plugins that will do that for you, but a plugin like that is a bandaid.  If the plugin goes down or Wordpress stops supporting it, where is your content?

So how do you know which one is best for you?  This part is my personal opinion based on my blogging experience and experience designing blogs for others.

Are you a . . . .

New Blogger?

Completely just my opinion, but--Don't do it.  You will hear people say, "I wish I had just started in Wordpress."  Keep in mind those people are B4Ls (Bloggers for Life).  Blogging is in their blood, they live for it, they love it, they are killing it.

I work with a lot of new bloggers.  Often, I install designs for people that try it for a few months and quit or even never end up writing a single post.  And you know what?  That's perfectly okay.  How do you know if you like something without trying it first?  Because of the up front expenses as well as yearly expenses associated with starting on Wordpress, it's not something I would recommend.  (Yearly self hosting fees, framework, theme, additional design costs, it adds up quickly.)

Established Blogger?

What kind of established blogger are you? Do you post routinely or is it hit or miss whenever you can squeeze it in during the school year?  If you blog routinely and you are ready to take your blog to the next level and really maximize it (i.e.: put time and effort into learning the extra work necessary to do that), then it is time for you to really think about making the transition.  Since there is greater cost and learning involved, it needs to have recognizable added value other than it sounds cool.

Professional Blogger

You've grown your blog, social media outlets, and you are ready for more.  Sounds like a Wordpress switch would make sense for you.

**Side note on sounding cool
Someone did actually say that to me recently, and she meant it in the best possible way.  She is an awesome blogger and definitely has the knowledge, skill, and drive to take her blog to the next level, so all the good things she heard about Wordpress did sound cool to her.  As in, it is really cool that I can get all of these additional features to maximize my blog.  Don't do it if you're talking about it sounding cool in the way Girbaud jeans were to me in junior high.

Feeling nostalgic?  You can go buy some Girbaud jeans on Etsy:

So, why am I still on Blogger?  I'm lazy.  That's it.  I love blogging.  Love love love it, but there are times that this little blog gets neglected.  I know with teaching, TPT, blog designing, and my family, I'm pretty much lucky to get anything on here.  I really can't do more during the school year other than hope to post once a week.  Plus, I have Etsy listings for Girbaud jeans in my post for crying out loud.  How serious am I about blogging?  Could that change in the future?  Absolutely.  But for now, I'm good.

Having said that . . . .

I'll be making the switch to Wordpress for A Bird in Hand Designs.  It does make sense there.  I'm going to start offering Wordpress designs in the next few months.  For me to do that authentically, I need to know what the heck I'm doing not just design wise but with the actual experience.  It also offers bloggers a chance to "see" me in Wordpress action there and in Blogger action over here, as well as giving me some other features and configurations that are not possible in Blogger.

What do you think? Are you Blogger for life or seeing the Wordpress light?


  1. SUCH a great post, MEEGAN!
    I have thought about switching to Wordpress but two important obstacles were in my way.
    1) I've decided that I need to be more established and blog more consistently.
    2) YOU have not started designing for Wordpress

    Obviously, the 2nd one was the main reason ;)

    Thanks for the excellent post!

  2. This is excellent and great advice (all around). Im excited you're making the partial switch for ABIHD....I'll be keeping that in my info in my back pocket. Seriously, I love this series you've done--everything has been so timely.

    And then you went with Girbaud. What about z Cavaricci? Or Tight Rolls? Then I just hear that the song Hanging Tough turned 25. Okay, I'll stop.


  3. I LOVE this post. This is such a hot topic right now, and your pro and con list was perfect! You learn the ropes on the Wordpress side, and then eventually I can make the switch once you are a pro ;)

  4. You had me at the topic and then you sooooo had me at Girbaud!!!!! Really, though, I majorly appreciate your post as I am thinking about switching over. Couldn't quite decide if I'm an established or that has me thinking I'll wait a bit. :-)

  5. Great post! I am glad I decided to take the WP plunge last year! I can't wait to see what awesome designs you create! :)

  6. Oh my goodness!

    I just made the switch and will definitely need to contact you about a wordpress design in the future!

    Thank you for laying this out!! It totally confirmed my move (which i have been questioning due to frustrations). :)


  7. i love this post! i just can NOT see myself giving the dedication it takes to learning it. lol ....

  8. I've been a WPer since 2009 and love it. When I started my blog a few weeks ago, I looked everywhere for an education blog designer to help me with WP and came up empty handed (even asked you at that point). Soooo happy to see someone jumping on the bandwagon to help teacher bloggers with that platform!!! Great post!!!

  9. Hi, Megan! I'm so happy to see that ABIHD will be making the switch. I had a difficult time finding a blog design that I liked on WordPress. I used something that was generic and paid the designer to dress it up just a little. However, I want to get a customized one done soon, so hopefully you'll be designing for WordPress bloggers soon. I went straight away to Word Press when I first began blogging not really knowing what I"m doing. I'm constantly looking at tutorials to try to improve mine. Hopefully, I'll get it all down soon. Have a great week! Linda's Learning Loot

  10. I love you and your designs! I can't wait to see your gorgeous new site! This is such an excellent pros/cons list!! Although, I think you could have added a Hypercolor shirt, too :)

    ☘ Molly
    Lucky to Be in First

  11. GREAT post! WP is so overwhelming when you try to compare! XO

  12. Great thoughts Megan! I'm going to be sticking around Blogger for awhile! I don't blog enough and consistently to swallow the price. Thanks for really laying out all the mumbled thoughts going on in my mind!
    A Burst of First

  13. Do you think you'll offer a package to move a Blogger blog to Wordpress? If so I am SHOTGUNNING now haha

    1. Not right now. The migration piece is too big to squeeze in between teaching and family. If you do want to start on Wordpress, I can do the design and recommend someone to migrate you!

  14. I so appreciate your Blog Baby Blog pages! I've looked at all of your tutorials to help me out! I started on Wordpress (free version) and then switched to Blogger so I can customize more. I know Wordpress is "better" and I may be back but for now, Blogger is for me! My blog is definitely a huge work in progress but it is what is is because of your tutorials!