As a new blogger, you probably like to choose a Free blog service to get started. Both Google blogger and WordPress.com provide this kind of Free service you can get. However, you may want to find out the similarities and differences between them before you decide to pick one. Since I own both Google Blogger and WordPress.com blog, I can tell you what the similarities and differences between them:
|Requires minimal HTML knowledge
||No need to know anything about HTML
|Allows CSS edit||Don’t allow CSS edit unless you upgrade it|
| Allows Google AdSense & new Amazon products
||Don’t allow any third-party codes|
|Allows you to edit HTML code||Can’t access any files|
|Allows you to add your own footer||Can’t do anything about the footer|
|new Now it allows you to create pages||Allows you to create pages|
|new Now it allows you to import and export other blogs||Allows you to import and export other blogs|
|Layout is narrow but can be modified||Has more variety wider themes|
|No trackback service instead it has backlink services||Has trackback service|
|No comment spam protection||Offers free anti-spam protection (Akismet)|
|Can add images & videos||Can add images, videos, audio, and media|
|Labels (can be Categories/Tags) is available||Tags and Categories are available|
|Can add your own widgets||Some themes came with certain widgets. Allows you to add text widgets|
|Hard to redirect to your paid-hosting server||Can easy redirect to your paid- hosting server|
|Allows you to schedule future-dated posts||Allows you to schedule future-dated posts|
|Has OpenID Service||Has OpenID Service|
|new Now it has undo/redo function in its editor||Has undo/redo function in its editor|
|No table function in its editor||No table function in its editor|
|Comment editor is in-line||Comment editor is in-line|
|Allows you to moderate comments||Allows you to moderate comments|
|Offers feed service||Offers feed service|
|No Blog Stats, no Blog Surfer, and no Tag Surfer services||Offers Blog Stats, Blog Surfer, and Tag Surfer services|
|new Now it allows your readers to sign up||Allows your readers to sign up|
These are all I can recall so far. Make a wise decision before you choose one. For me I prefer Google Blogger since it allows me to hack the codes the way I like. I also like my self-hosted WordPress blog too for it also allows me to study those PHP files there.
However, if you are thinking to temporarily use a Free blog service and eventually transition it to a paid-hosting service. Then I suggest you to get WordPress.com blog since it will make your life easier when one day you are ready to pay for your own hosting.
WordPress.org blog doesn’t give those limitations listed above from WordPress.com. See The Difference Between WordPress.com and WordPress.org here. WordPress.org gives all the freedoms you need; no limitations such as posting third-party codes. Moreover you can have full access to all the files.
Would you like to use Google Blogger or WordPress.com blog? Please leave a comment below.
Update: I’ll add updates to this post whenever I recall some features about Google Blogger vs. WordPress.com. More updates have been added. See the items marked new.