I need help. I’m currently in the process of setting up a second blog. This one isn’t going anywhere, but I’ve been spending a lot of time entertaining myself with non-Wow things and I’d like to start writing about movies, books and other video games.
I find myself at the same crossroads I was as when I created this blog. Blogspot or WordPress? Initially, my plan was to create the new blog on WordPress so I could do a thorough comparison of the two and then move them both onto the platform I liked best. Now I’m not so sure (no one can beat a Libra on the indecisiveness front).
In my view, these are the main differences between the two platforms:
|Blogspot||WordPress (basic, hosted)|
|Custom Themes||-Allows you to customize the basic templates
-Allows you to use non-Blogspot templates
|-Can only choose from the set of 90 or so WordPress templates
-Only some things are customizable (e.g., headers) unless you want to pay for it
|Widgets||-Has a set of plug ins you can use
-Can use 3rd party plug ins
|-There seem to be a slightly wider range of basic plug ins, but as far as I can tell, no way to add 3rd party plug ins|
|Stats||-Google analytics are now included in the Blogger dashboard
-Can also add scripts for 3rd party stats
|-Stats available through the dashboard
-Can’t add 3rd party scripts
|Ads||-Option to use Adsense and Amazon for monetization||– Not available|
|Comment Spam||-I have no hard data on this, but in 8 months I haven’t gotten any spam in my comments||– I have seen a number of complaints from WordPress users about comment spam|
I find the basic, free WordPress platform a little deficient. When I created this blog I actually made it on both platforms, but when I saw that I couldn’t edit css without paying for it, I went with the Blogspot version.
Now I’m thinking about using self-hosted WordPress. A lot of the blogs I follow have done some really great things with their WordPress blogs, and I want my blog to be pretty too. The problem I’m having is that the free version of WordPress isn’t doing a good job of selling me the self-hosted version.
I’m looking for input from people who have gone from wordpress hosted to self-hosted. Do you like it? How easy is it to customize? Is it worth the hosting costs?