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Blog Platforms: What’s the difference?
Posted by DDS on 24 Sep. Categories: Blog Posts, Information, Useful Tools 8 Comments

Today, I will be discussing blog platforms. WordPress.com, WordPress.org & Blogger.com. I will discuss prices, the difference, and how to figure out which is best for you.

Blogger, WordPress, WordPress.org: What is the difference?!

Blogger.com
The price: Free
Offers Hosting: Yes. Hosted with blogger and has blogspot.com at the end of your blog. (Example: deliciousdesignstudio.blogspot.com)
Supports Widgets: Yes
Supports Ads (Google, BlogHer, etc): Yes
Allows for customization of design: Yes
Can be transformed to look like a website: Yes
Allows Pages: No
Domain Linking: Yes. You can link your domain (example: www.domainname.com) to your blog for free.
Able to import & export blog: Yes
Offers widgets such as blogroll, subscribe to, follow me, twitter: Yes
Note: Great for those who do not want to pay for hosting. Who want a blog and to be able to have free control of their design, widgets and ads.

WordPress.com
The price: Free
Offers Hosting: Yes. Hosted with wordpress and has wordpress.com at the end of your blog. (Example: deliciousdesignstudio.wordpress.com)
Supports Widgets: No. Does not support 3rd party scripts or most html codes.
Supports Ads (Google, BlogHer, etc): No
Allows for customization of design: No. WordPress.com charges $15 for css customization, which only allows you to change colors.
Can be transformed to look like a website: No
Allows Pages: Yes
Able to import & export blog: Yes
Offers widgets such as blogroll, subscribe to, follow me, twitter: Yes
Note: We do not offer design services for wordpress.com blogs

WordPress.org
The price: Free, Hosting required
*Most hosting providers cost anywhere from $5-6 dollars a month. Yes, that’s it. They almost always come with a free domain name too.*
Offers Hosting: No. Visit our recommends page for hosting information and ideas.
Supports Widgets: Yes
Supports Ads (Google, BlogHer, etc): Yes
Allows for customization of design: Yes
Can be transformed to look like a website: Yes
Allows Pages: Yes
Able to import & export blog: Yes
Offers widgets such as blogroll, subscribe to, follow me, twitter: Yes
Note: Great for businesses or those who are serious bloggers. Great for professionals and also those who want to use a great blogging platform.

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