From Blogger to WordPress: 6 Things You’d Be Surprised to Know

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Blogger and WordPress are two of the most popular platforms chosen by bloggers. It is for these purpose they were originally started. But while Blogger still remains faithful to its aim, WordPress has immensely outgrown what it was at the beginning and is now way more than a simple blogging platform.

Although both platforms are heard of by virtually everyone, there are some facts that might obscure and unknown to the majority of internet users and even bloggers themselves. We perceive it could be interesting for you to see the comparison of Blogger to WordPress in terms of market share, SEO and other points and possibly it will change your views on the two “tools” in question.

Blogger is 4 years older than WordPress.

Blogger was founded in 1999 by Pyra Labs, and in 2003 acquired by Google, which brought a lot of changes into the platform. In the same year, 2003, when Blogger was already a “toddler”, WordPress “was born” and entered its “baby” phase.

WordPress is not the original name.

WordPress is actually a successor of b2\cafelog project, which was written in PHP and was installed on about 2,000 blogs in May, 2003. It was then that Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little created its fork and named it WordPress.

WordPress has a “brother”.

The  b2\cafelog project that WordPress originated from, gave a start to another project that is actively developed nowadays. It’s called b2evolution, and is positioned as content and community management system,which allows managing different types of content and multiple blogs from one admin panel. Nevertheless, its popularity is gradually declining compared to WordPress.

WordPress has 58.9% share of CMS market.

In other words, 58.9% of the websites on the Net that are using a content management system, work on WordPress. The remaining 41,1% is shared among really numerous other CMSs, according to W3tTechs. As to Blogger, its market share is 2.5%. 

…and is aiming to obtain a “controlling share” of the whole web.

According to WordPress founder, Matt Mullenweg in an interview he gave for Kitchen Sink WordPress, their next aim is to cover 50% of all websites on the internet: “The next goal is the majority of websites. We want to get to 50%+ and there’s a lot of work between now and then”.

Matt emphasized the necessity of integration with social networks and refining the platform for use on tablets and smartphones which are going to dominate the market soon. So, great changes are coming.

For you to understand the scope of work, at the moment of writing, WordPress is used by 26.7% of all the websites. For Blogger, compared to WordPress, this number is small – just 1.1%.

Matt Cutts uses WordPress for his blog.

Are you now looking quizzically at the screen and asking, “So what? And who’s Matt Cutts and why should I care?” If so, let us clear up a little bit. Matt Cutts is Google’s top SEO expert, looked up to for advice on best SEO practices. It would be natural if a guy who works for Google, which owns Blogger, used it for his website. But he explained his choice, “WordPress automatically solves a ton of SEO issues”. Blogger lags far behind in this matter leaving little to be done for better search engine optimization.

Your Blogger blog is up to be down anytime.

It is quite common for beginner bloggers to start out with Blogger as a platform for their website. Why not? It’s free, easy to use and allows to start posting right after signing up.

However, potentially, it can take away all your work and suspend your account with the equal ease and speed, in case it violates any policies. Moreover, suspension is done without any prior notice and with hardly any chance to recover the blog. So, this free platform can turn out to cost too much in this case.

Wrapping up

In conclusion, facts remain the facts, and selecting a platform for your blog is your choice. Anyway, if you decide that you’ve outgrown your Blogger and would like to switch to self-hosted WordPress, Cms2Cms is here to help. It will automatedly handle your Blogger to WordPress migration, letting you focus on refining your new website. There’s no better way to try it than set up the free Demo right now and see how easy it may be.

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