WordPress vs. Blogger vs. Tumblr

Let me preface this review with the fact that I’ve been using WordPress since 2003, so I have a lot of experience with WordPress (self-hosted) and I’m a huge fan of WordPress. But let me dive into the hosted platforms, because they’re different than the self-hosted applications.

Let’s look at WordPress.com (Hosted WordPress), Blogger.com, and Tumblr.com, at an overview of their feature set. By no means is this an exhaustive list of features, but it’s a feature set which I feel is a good comparison between the platforms.

Feature / Platform
WordPress.com
Blogger.com
Tumblr.com
Free to Sign-up
Yes
Yes
Yes
Custom Domain Name
$12/year
Yes
Free
Run your own Advertising
No
Yes
Yes
Follow other blogs
Yes
Yes
Yes
Re-blog/Re-post/Share Post
Yes
Yes
Yes
Use your own Custom Theme
Sort of – $$
Yes
Yes
Easy Mobile Management
Yes
Yes
Yes
Google Analytics Allowed
No
Yes
Yes
Search Engine Optimized
Yes
Yes
Yes
Auth to Google Webmaster Tools
Yes
Yes
Yes
Manage Multiple Blogs from a Single Account
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plenty of Free Themes Available
Yes
Yes
Yes

Let’s go beyond the feature set. Let’s dive into each platform and look at how each platform is typically used.

WordPress.com

WordPress.com is the hosted version of WordPress.org, which is open source and downloadable by anyone.

WordPress.com certainly has quite a few limitations when it comes to security, theme editing, and plugins. Compared to its rivals Blogger and Tumblr, it actually somewhat falls short.

Looking at the feature set listed above, it makes you question, why would I choose WordPress.com over its competitors?

Here are the reasons I would choose WordPress.com:

  • Intuitively designed User Interface (which it adopts from the WordPress.org open-source project, community driven)
  • Well-designed internal linking system across all of the WordPress.com blogs, which helps drive traffic and is good for SEO
  • Built-in stats applications
  • Huge community
  • Easy to move to self-hosted WordPress, if a user wants more control
  • Built-in “Editor Help” tools, like “Request Feedback” and “Copy Post”

Blogger.com (BlogSpot)

After having used WordPress for so long, I strongly dislike the Blogger interface. It both looks very dated and old, as well as the tagging/category system uses “labels” instead, which I’m not a fan of. Besides, the labels have spaces in the URLs, which isn’t exactly SEO friendly (which is shocking, since Blogger is owned by Google.)

Overall, I just feel like the interface is ugly and not very user-friendly.

Blogger has built-in options for monetization, which means you can use AdSense.

But overall, I just feel it’s an ugly interface.

Tumblr.com

Tumblr, I have to admit, has a beautiful interface. I would even go as far to say that their interface is as beautiful as the WordPress Dashboard.

While Tumblr only offers “tags” and no “categories” as a method of organization, I think that’s alright for most people. The posting interace is simple, yet elegant.

Tumblr offers full-HTML customization, with some options to do some things dynamically in the templates, which is better than what WordPress.com offers.

Conclusion

Given my preface of the post, my bias choice is WordPress.com. However, looking at all three platforms, both WordPress.com and Tumblr.com look like great choices. I still don’t like Blogger, for the reasons above.

One thing I wish all the platforms would do, is allow some sort of dynamic counting for “popular posts” and surface that in a widget to be used.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>