I think one of the most confusing things when you are starting to blog is to choose the right platform to fit your needs. And things get also confusing when you are trying to upgrade and migrate, how can you know witch platform is right for you? Well to help out a little I decided to make a little table to explain a little the main differences between WordPress.com, WordPress.org and Blogger in terms of usability.
|Cost||Free software, but you need to pay web hosting and domain*||FREE||FREE|
|Level of customization allowed||FULL: You can transform it to look like a website or blog, set up slideshows, add PHP, Javascripst, etc.||MEDIUM: You can customize the CSS file purchasing an upgrade normally $40/yr but it will only change the slylesheet and fonts – so you can NOT run a custom theme .||FULL: You can transform it to look like a website or blog, set up slideshows, add PHP, Javascripst, etc. but the capabilities are more limited.|
|Set up level||You will need to set up a database and then install the WordPress software in your host.||Only requires you to set up an account. You can have multiple blogs under the same account.||Only requires you to set up an account. You can have multiple blogs under the same account.|
|Software updates||You have to manually update the software and plugging, you will get a notification on the dashboard when a new version is available.||The update is automatic for the software, no plugging allowed.||Automatic updates and usually they will notify you in the dashboard when new features are added.|
|Allow Pages||Yes, Unlimited||Yes||Up to 10 pages|
|Supports widgets**||Yes||No. Does not support 3rd party scripts or most html codes.||Yes|
Yes, you HAVE to set it up with a custom domain.
|Yes. You can link your domain (www.domainname.com) to your blog paying about $15/yr. Your default link is something like
|Yes. You can link your domain (www.domainname.com) to your blog for FREE. Your default link is something like
|Good for||Advanced bloggers that want more control or flexibility with your blogging.
Individuals that want to build a personal brand.
|New bloggers that are not too interested in tweaking your blog or getting all the latest and greatest features and plugging offered by self-hosted options. Bloggers that don’t have the resources to manage a custom installed blog.||New bloggers that are not too interested in tweaking your blog or getting all the latest and greatest features and plugging offered by self-hosted options. Starter businesses that need a web presence but don’t have the resources for a hosting plan.|
*Most hosting providers cost anywhere from $3-12 dollars a month and they almost always come with a free domain name (in case you don’t have one already) I recommend: Blue Host, Fat Cow Host, Host Gator and Go Daddy.
**Widgets are HTML or PHP code added normally on sidebars or footers. Example: Google Friend connect, BlogHer, PassionFruitsads, Counters, Google Adsense, etc.