There has been a large debate for quite a while about what is better – Self-Hosted WordPress or Blogger. I’ll be honest, either one is perfectly fine and many people run highly popular blogs on both platforms.
Some people like to claim the WordPress (self-hosted) is always best because “you own your content and no one can shut your blog down.” Well, that’s not exactly true, now is it? Your host can shut down your hosting at any time for whatever reason it sees fit. Someone makes formal complaint to your host about content on your blog? Your host can shut you down. Host decides they aren’t making enough money/can’t stay in business? Bye bye blog. Trust me, they don’t always tell you they’re shutting down. But you can backup your WordPress installation and files and start over elsewhere you say.
Yeah, and you can do the same on Blogger. It’s not that hard. Really. You can back up your blog and your template, and you don’t have to upload your images to Blogger to use them there – you can use services like TinyPic (my personal favorite for hosting images that need to be hotlinked) to host your images. Can Google shut down your blog for no apparent reason? Yes. But as I said above, so can your host. Does Google own your content? No. I’ve never seen anywhere in Google’s TOS for Blogger that says that they own your content. And in all honesty, I’ve never heard of a blogger having their Blogger blog shut down for absolutely no reason. If they shut down your blog, you’ve somehow gone agains their TOS.
Again, there are quite a few successful bloggers who use Blogger, not self-hosted WordPress and they’re just fine. Their blogs are on the internet, they haven’t been shut down, and not one of them has ever indicated that Google owns their content or that they’ve been told that their content is the property of Google. If that were true, you wouldn’t be able to export your blog posts out to WordPress later if you choose. You wouldn’t be able to delete posts. Because they’d belong to Google, not you.
I’ve also seen people say WordPress is better because it’s easier to use. I don’t know about that. A good friend of mine uses Blogger for her blog because she can understand it where she can’t understand WordPress at all. When she had a self-hosted WordPress blog, it was all she could do to log in and make a post. On Blogger, while she hasn’t gotten to the point of putting in a “custom” template yet, she can edit her chosen template, she figured out how to use a domain name and how to set it up. In WordPress, she couldn’t even figure out how to change her theme to a pre-installed theme. But I also know bloggers who look at Blogger’s interface and are utterly confused by it.
You have to figure out which platform works for you. Either platform is fine. You just have to make sure you backup your blog regularly.
The only platform I don’t suggest if you’re looking to have your blog be monetized is WordPress.com because they don’t allow monetization of blogs on that platform. If you want to use WordPress and make money from your blog you have to use self-hosted WordPress.
Conclusion: Blogger and WordPress (self-hosted) are equally fine to use. Blogger is especially good for those not wanting to pay for hosting because it’s free. You can add a domain name later if you wish. Self-hosted WordPress requires you to obtain hosting, domain names, etc. It can be much more costly to run a self-hosted WordPress blog than Blogger, so if you’re looking to start off cheap, you can start off on Blogger and if you feel it necessary, you can switch to self-hosted WordPress later on.