I have been blogging on Blogspot for the past few months and I decided to try out the newly launched WordPress.com service. This is what I found in comparison.
Editor: Blogspot wins hands down. It has got a very good WYSIWYG editor. It is very easy to insert Html tags, links and photos and get your post online in a jiffy.
WordPress editor sucks big time. It is quite cumbersome to type, plus it is very difficult to insert Html tags into the text area. The Insert link icon is disabled for some reason. One has to click the Html icon on the tools list which pops up a gooey with all that messy tags and one has to manually correct it all oneself.
If you want to Insert photos then WordPress editor makes you cry. You have to upload the photo, then right click on the photo and change “Use Thumbnail” option to “Use Original”, then click on send to editor, then u have to use the photo icon on the tools list and manually enter the dimensions of the photo after ofcourse finding it out yourself on some Photo editor like Paint or such.
But one plus point on WordPress is that it allows one to break a long post into two parts so that the visitor can click on the More link if he wants to read the whole post. Unlike Blogspot where the entire post appears on one page and if it is a really looooonnnnnnngggggggg post all your earlier masterful pieces of literature will get buried down and cause you much heartburn. The point is your frontpage looks neat and professional on WordPress.
Categories: WordPress wins big time. This is something that Blogspot should seriously consider or else it would lose many of its patrons. On WordPress one can assign each post to many different categories and it is easy to retrieve old posts which are relevant to a particular subject. For example I have a few posts on Nepal and if I click on the category Nepal all those posts even the earliest ones come up. It is quite easy for me to stay on the topic. If I want to write one more follow up post I can easily refer the earlier posts and avoid repeating what I have already said before.
In Blogspot the earlier posts are getting archived and lost and once your Blog accumulates a large body of posts it becomes very clumsy and cumbersome to access the earlier posts. One will have to repeat what he has already said maybe 3 months and 2291657817 posts ago.
Plus the ability to categorize can help a Blogger to either diversify or get deeper into his area of interest. This helps keep up the Blogger’s interest. In case of Blogspot there has been a large case of burnouts; people who have been blogging for quite a while tend to gather a certain audience which shares those tastes and if they blog for say 5 posts on different matters other than the core interest their main posts will have gotten buried, this puts pressure on them not to stray too far from the topic and once they have said all that they have to say on the topic and start going around in circles they lose interest and call it a day. Some examples of my favourite bloggers calling it a day. The Religious Policeman, Secular-Right, Shaunak
The above happens to a much lesser extent on WordPress. The most fearsome bloggers like feminists, National interest hawks etc… Are on WordPress platform. Since it gives them the option to stray off topic every now and then and explore other subjects of their interest, it keeps them rejuvenated and refreshed.
Trackbacks and pingbacks: WordPress provides this facility, Blogspot does not. Essentially if u have quoted a fellow blogger’s post u can include a link to his post within the comments section. In case one has enabled pingbacks this happens automatically. It pings the links embedded in your post and writes a link in the comments section of the other Blogger’s post.
But adding Blogrolls on WordPress.com is easier than on Blogspot. One does not need to edit the template code on WordPress like in Blogspot.
Publishing very convenient on WordPress. One does not need to publish the whole blog again like in Blogspot. Just click save and its done.
After weighing all the pros and cons I have decided to move to WordPress. Even though the WordPress editor sucks big time the final cut looks very professional and that is what really matters at the end.