WordPress Plugins vs Blogger Widgets – Essential Kit

“Well, what an unfair comparison” you may think. Blogger is what the name itself speaks, a dedicated free blogging platform with standard features, while the master of plugins, WordPress.org, has all the facilities of a CMS. When you are a blogging wannabe however, you most likely start with a checklist of tools and gadgets you seek in your hosting platform. Things are as simple as that – you will choose the one that best meets your needs.

WordPress and Blogger seem to compete in courting users with dedicated enhancements for all purposes. This article nails the essential gallery of features you can find in WordPress plugins directory and Blogger widgets, sorted by their function.

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Anti Spam Protection

Anti spam protection

This is a vital feature for each blog. Filtering comments spam and preventing automatic form submissions can be a knight war at times. Fortunately, both hosting platforms provide effective anti-spam tools. WordPress has privatized the anti-spam measures with plugins such as Akismet, Security Ninja and Short Comment Filter, while Blogger has no external anti-spam widgets and relies on Google spam filtering technologies.

Content Backup

Content backup

It’s always a good idea to perform safety backups on your blog’s content and export an archival copy of the database. WordPress plugins such as WP Backup Complete and the VaultPress Status serve all backup necessities. Blogger, on the other hand, provides an Import and Export feature among the tools in the blog’s settings.

SEO and XML Sitemaps

SEO and XML sitemaps

Of course, we mean on-page SEO. A lot of site owners prefer to perform SEO by hand and not use any dedicated plugin or widget. However, the process could be time consuming and there’s a considerable chance of missing important spots. WordPress again seems to have tools for every purpose: SEO Smart Links, SEO Super Comments and SEO Friendly Images (adds Alt attribute), not to mention the All in One SEO Pack. Blogger lacks in dedicated widgets but we can always rely on Google Webmaster Tools.

Web Analytics, Social Metrics and Posts View Count

Web analytics, social metrics and posts view count

Google Analytics is the universal tool for monitoring traffic on any platform. In addition, WordPress has an extended range of dedicated plugins for each segment you need stats about: Cleveritics plugin as a global web analytics provider, Social Metrics to monitor performance over main social networks and WP Post Views for displaying visitors count on each post. Blogger too, on the other hand, is reach in analytics options: Blog Patrol, Popular Posts, Blog Stats.

Form Making

Form making

Contact forms, order forms for e-commerce, event registration forms – any blog needs at least one of these types. WordPress plugins directory lists a variety of form builders: 123ContactForm, Gravity Forms, Contact Form 7. If with WordPress.org administrators can also choose to code their own forms, Blogger entirely relies on third party services, as this platform does not allow server side scripting. Some of the solutions listed above also integrate with Blogger.

E-mail Export, Mailing lists, Newsletter

E-mail export, mailing lists, newsletter

On WordPress, Joe’s Web Tools plugin helps you export e-mail addresses visitors have provided and Email Newsletter takes on the process of sending messages with the desired template. For Blogger, Google Friends Connect offers a newsletter option, but it’s bounded to this network.

Social Media Sharing

Social media sharing

Options seem unlimited here. For each social network there is a possibility of adding a sharing button or synchronizing the blog posts with the public profile. Among WordPress top plugins for social media we may mention Walleria, Social Box and, of course Sexy Bookmarks. Blogger has Social Feed as well as dedicated widgets for each network.

Feed Subscribers Tracking

Feed subscribers tracking

The first name in this category is Feedburner, for both WordPress and Blogger. With WP, Feed Styler plugin helps create custom subscription boxes with CSS and background images and other plugins mediate subscriptions from YouTube, Facebook and other channels. On Blogger, you need to manage most subscription tasks via e-mail. It’s also possible to create a custom subscription box widget with own CSS, through a different technique than WP but with the same result.

Comment Handling

Comment  handling

This is a key function of any blog. WordPress offers extensive facilities: Facebook comments, subscribing to comments, displaying recent comments and the famous CommentLuv plugin. Blogger too has very effective widgets for comments handling: Easy comments, Recent comments, Top commentators, Disquss (independent platform for outsourcing comments).

Content Management

Content management

Content is king and the features for displaying it in a friendly way are the honor members of the royal court. As a blogger you will need instruments to interlink posts, perform searches, categorize the most popular posts, to archive old entries, to make review-like posts with ratings, have an editorial calendar, embed videos and display lightboxes with photo galleries. Main WordPress plugins for each of these purposes are Insights, Most Popular Posts, Similar Posts, Snazzy Archives, Review Ratings, Editorial Calendar, VidEmbed, Vimeo, Video Gallery. Blogger main content widgets are Popular posts, Related posts, Recent posts with thumbnails, Tag/label cloud, Picasa, Simple search, Archive calendar and Author info (similar to WP author card info).

Communication Tools

Communication tools

Communication tools

Your blog is not just a publishing platform, but also a communication hot spot. There are plugins and widgets that enable real-time message exchange from administrator to visitors or chat between community members. Just activate one of the the Message Bar plugins for WordPress or VideoWhisper Video Conference Integration and you will be the next official speaker of your blog. If you are on Blogger, you can use widgets for Google Talk, Meebo Me, Skype and many others.
To sum up things, you can find great features to match everyone’s preferences on both WordPress and Blogger. While WordPress relies on a set of individual plugins you can choose from to perform the essential operations, Blogger has some built-in features, more robust but with less customization options. In the end, the choice considerably depends on your personal taste.

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  • http://www.techflaps.com Binish Mathew

    Being a person migrated from Blogger platform you cannot even compare WordPress and Blogger. It’s like he’ll and heaven.

  • Sü Smith

    What I like about blogger is that you can set it up and forget about it. You don’t have to worry about bandwidth, security vulnerabilities, keeping things up to date, etc. Google does a pretty great job of handling all of that. I can just log in and blog without being distracted with updates adding up in the admin area. ;)

    Blogger recently discontinued GFC, which includes the newsletter service. You can still add the friends gadget to your blogger blog, but cannot manage the service from google.com/friendconnect.

    I’ve heard talk of GFC being phased out completely at some point and they are encouraging users to switch over to G+.

    • http://www.123contactform.com Laura

      True. Google announced the Friend Connect phasing out FOR NON BLOGGER SITES on March 1. But then again, it’s in the habits of Google to discontinue products unexpectedly.
      Hope this didn’t do damage for you. Thanks for reading my post!


  • http://blog.logoswish.com Alex

    WordPress is a great blog platform. And this plugins makes it even better.

  • http://linuxthebest.com Sinbad Konick

    Anyone say anything i just love wordpress Plugins :D

  • http://www.navapavan.com Pavan Somu

    Plugins are ready made snippets that make our work more effectively with a single click. This is the reason WordPress rocks.

  • Manuel Garcia

    I think wordpress has been in the heart of most of the bloggers. But still, I used blogger as of this moment since i feel more comfortable using it. Anyway, this post didn’t start any fire between the two that’s why it is worth reading in an ethical way.

  • http://www.crackingzilla.net SirDarknight

    Haha, really nice. This post will make a argument between wordpress and blogger lovers. Both are perfect. WordPress is a good CMS but not good blog, but blogger is good blog but not good CMS.

    So I think we shouldn’t compare them like this.

    Thank you

  • http://www.ashtricks.com Ashish

    I liked the article but i would like to dawn upon the fact that use of many Wp plugins can cause your site to slow down where as in blogger it is only codes and google servers are as fast as ever
    all the functions you have mentioned above there are many plugins for each of them. if i install them all my site will crawl and take ages to load :P

  • http://www.123contactform.com Laura

    Of course, Ashish, you made a great point that could make a topic for an article on its own.

    Too many plugins will definitely slow down your site, but hey, there’s even a plugin to fix that! :) It’s called P3 (Plugin Performance Profiler) and it’s pretty useful in detecting which of the current plugins are slowing down your site.

    • http://www.ashtricks.com Ashish

      Coming back after a ling time :P
      But ill definitely try P3 ! :)

  • http://smashfreakz.com/ Dyzk

    Thanks Laura for awasome article.

  • Bev

    Thanks for the info Laura on the P3 Plugin Performance Profilier I hadn’t heard of that.
    I think both Word Press and Blogger are very workable platforms, it just depends on how much work you want to put into your blog. As Su Smith said Blogger is fairly worry free and can be easily used by just about anyone.

  • Jai

    I like wordpress but I know little about PHP so I was focusing on blogger now because I can configure the blog theme anytime. But the two platform is nice for everyone.

  • Pradeep

    As per my opinion blogger is just for newbies. The main awesome thing in WordPress is the plugins. Thanks for the share.

  • http://www.jaffablog.com Lavi

    I always consider WordPress plugins as the most powerful than any other CMS plugins.

  • http://blogged.jimdo.com Ben Stuart

    Thanks, a great article. I was a blogger guy, and then in the last month or so went to wordpress free version, but I hope to try the .org version soon, to take a look at the mentioned plug-ins.The do sound like great attachments to a site. Blogger was great too, I moved because blogger would not allow me a template design I had created due to some bug or something!

  • http://www.satyathakur.com Satya Thakur

    WordPress does provide many plugins, but still I like blogger. Its simple and very easy to handle.

  • Prabha

    WordPress always wins the race against the blogger, that’s why i love wordpress.

  • Tarun Jaitely

    Nice list of essential kit. I will always suggest to have content backup of your blog, No matter it is hosted on Blogger or a self hosted wordpress blog.

  • https://www.facebook.com/nikhil.sharma.982845 Nikhil Sharma

    I think blogger has some restrictions in terms of plugins and widgets while WordPress is way ahead of it.