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Starting a Blog? Is WordPress or Blogger the Best Option for You?

Choosing the right blogging platform is essential for longtime blogging success

Choosing the right blogging platform is essential for longtime blogging success

Does your business need a blog? If so, choosing a blogging platform for it can be challenging because there are many good options out there. So, how do you choose the best one? Two of the most popular options are WordPress and Blogger.

While this is not an extensive review of either site, I've highlighted the pros and cons of each based on my user experiences, and then I've offered some suggestions on how to find and register a domain name.

WordPress is a feature-rich, robust content management system

WordPress is a feature-rich, robust content management system

WordPress

WordPress is a powerful content management system that offers more than most blogging platforms for both beginning and pro bloggers.

Because it can be customized to your specifications with themes, layouts, designs and plugins, its versatility is limitless.

You have your choice of two options: wordpress.com and wordpress.org.

What Are My Options?

The application, WordPress, is free but you must decide if you will self-host your blog (choose WordPress.org) or host it at WordPress.com.

For self-hosting, you need a domain name and a hosting service to get started.

WP Self-Hosting Advantages and Disadvantages

Self-hosting is a good way to go if you don't mind handling issues like site security and updates or you are tech-savvy. According to HostIndex.com, if you host with HostMonster, BlueHost, or IX Web Hosting, your monthly costs would average around $3.95 to $5.95 or about $75 a year.

The non-techie blogger may want to choose a hosting service that offers Managed WordPress services like GoDaddy. For as little as $1.00 per month, you get your domain, WordPress installation and management services, and web hosting. Some managed services include:

  • Automatic updates to the WordPress core
  • Backups done nightly
  • Redundancy in the firewalls
  • Malware scanning
  • 99.9% uptime guarantee
  • Approximately $250 credit to spend on Google AdWords, Bing ads or Facebook ads
Blogging can be an enjoyable hobby or a profitable career - it's your choice

Blogging can be an enjoyable hobby or a profitable career - it's your choice

WordPress Hosted

However, if your technical skills are limited or you want a quick, easy way to get a blog up and running without investing a lot of time and effort, wordpress.com might be a better choice.

It's free, so you won't have to buy a domain name, and it's user friendly for even the tech-challenged, so you can get your blog up to speed and producing fast.

A major downside to wordpress.com is the limits to monetizing your blog. For example, is Google Adsense a major part of your income stream?

Hosted WordPress.com blogs cannot run Google ads; instead, the advertising on these blogs is controlled by wordpress.com, not the blog owner. If it is important to you to control your blog advertising program, managed WordPress self-hosting may be a better option for you.

Where Can I Get WordPress?

You can download WordPress from Wordpress.org, and if you would like an idea of the types of companies and services that depend on WordPress for their websites and blogs, check out their client showcase at wordpress.org/showcase.

Additionally, most web hosts offer one-click WP installation in the cpanel, so if you are choosing a web hosting service, you might want to make that feature part of your search criteria.

Want to Know More? WordPress.Org vs. WordPress.com

Pros and Cons of WordPress

Pros

Here are some of my personal reasons for using WordPress:

  • As already mentioned, the customization features
  • Open source
  • Offers an active, supportive community
  • User friendly.

Cons

Here are some of the challenges I've faced with WordPress (because I am not tech literate):

  • Because of all of the features available, there is a higher learning curve
  • If you opt for the .com version, you do not have control over the advertising
  • If you want to do advanced customizations, you may have to hire someone to do the work if your technical skills are not good or you are unfamiliar with WordPress.


Are you already blogging? If not, why not give it a try?

Are you already blogging? If not, why not give it a try?

Blogger

Blogger is an easy-to-use blog creation tool and perfect for the entry-level blogger with few technical skills such as coding or HTML. Conversely, you could be a tech literate individual who wants a blogging platform that is simple to manipulate and manage.

As a book reviewer, I needed a blog to post book reviews but I wasn't ready to become a professional blogger. Blogger was the perfect way to build a professional looking blog for my publishers and readers.

Getting Started with Blogger

To get started, you just need a Google account or a gmail account. Blogger is a free service, fairly dependable, and simple to use so if you are in the market for a minimalistic blogging platform, make Blogger your go-to-source.

You can choose to use the default "www.name.blogspot.com URL" or buy a domain name from Google, GoDaddy or some other source. Blogger is a good way to go if you do not need the feature-rich functionality of WordPress, if you just want to experiment with blogging to see if it suits you, or you just want to learn how blogging works.

Do the pros outweigh the cons?

Do the pros outweigh the cons?

Pros and Cons of Blogger

The pros are its security and easy monetization.

Because it is a Google product, it is tied to Google Adsense so you can get ads up and running quickly.

Additionally, as a Google product, it plays well with other Google products like Feedburner and Google+.

Some cons of using Blogger for your blog include:

  • Google owns the blog, not you, so you could potentially lose your blog and all your work if Google decided to shut down Blogger. (Google has a history of shutting down products: think Google reader.)
  • While Blogger is user friendly and easy to use, its functionality is limited to the built-in themes and tools. Making your blog stand out in the competition from all the other Blogger blogs may be difficult because of these limitations.
  • Since this is a Google-owned blog, you must abide by their terms of service. This may limit or exclude some content you were planning to publish.

Blogger vs. WordPress.com

Choosing a Domain Name

Choosing a domain name takes time and effort but it is worth it. Your domain name tells the world what to expect when they come to your website or blog and brands your products or services. After you choose your domain name, you need to register it.

WordPress versus Blogger

Tips for Choosing Domain Names

Just as you would inspect a house for hidden damage and liabilities before you made a purchase offer, inspect a domain name before investing in it.

For instance, has the domain ever been banned by Google? What kind of content is currently or was hosted there? When does it expire? Who owns it now? Here are some other tips I used to find my domain name:

  1. The best domain names are short, descriptive and memorable: think Amazon.com, eBay.com, PayPal.com. One or two word domains are best.
  2. Domain names with .com extensions are the most popular and easiest to remember; they are also the most difficult to find because the perception is "all the good names have been taken." However, with a little ingenuity and a lot of trial and error, you can find good, unregistered names with .com extensions.
  3. Register all the versions of your domain name, whether you plan to use them or not. If the name is singular, register the plurals. If it could be misspelled, register all possible versions.
  4. An example of this is a domain name I was considering but decided not to buy: organic food adviser. Adviser is also be spelled advisor, so registering both versions as well as all possible extensions would have been my smartest move. This keeps the domain names locked up for you to use or sell later. It also prevents your competition from piggybacking on your successful domain name.
  5. Don't get sidetracked by trying to find a keyword-rich domain name. With all the Google Panda, Penguin and Hummingbird updates, your best bet is to focus on creating or finding a domain name that describes your product or service.
  6. Use a different registrar for your domain name than the one you purchased from. This protects you in case you want to move the domain or the company goes out of business. GoDaddy, and Pool.com are good sources for domain registration.

Free Tools for Finding Domain Names

I found these free tools helpful in finding profitable domain names:

  • Bust A Name: Do a quick search on names you are considering or use their word combiner to generate domain names.
  • DomainBots: A fast and intuitive search engine for domain names, DomainBots makes recommendations based on the keywords you enter. Filter results for prefixes, suffixes, extensions and synonyms. Once you decide on a name, Domain.Bots tells you where to buy it for the best deal.
  • WHOis.net: Search or register a domain name on WHOis.net.
Time to decide: WordPress or Blogger?

Time to decide: WordPress or Blogger?

WordPress Versus Blogger: Which Will You Choose?

User-friendly blogger platforms like WordPress and Blogger can turn almost anyone into a content publisher with just a few easy steps.

Whether you are interested in blogging as a career or hobby, you might want to investigate one or both of these content management systems before you launch your next blog.

Resources

Undisclosed author, "Top 3 Cheapest Average Hosting Cost Packages for Webmasters, Developers, Small Businesses, and Individuals," accessed 12/29/2014, http://www.hostindex.com/web/webhostingnews/averagehostingcost/average_hosting_cost.shtm

© 2014 Donna Cosmato

What blogging platform do you prefer? Why?

Donna Cosmato (author) from USA on January 27, 2015:

Hi Miebakagh57. I wish I could answer your question about Adsense, but I'm not sure why you are having that problem. Have you tried contacting Google via your webmaster tools?

Donna Cosmato (author) from USA on January 27, 2015:

Hi DzyMzLizzy, boy, I can relate to not wanting to learn anything else new and the frustration of things like Adsense not working! I was at the point of threatening to just delete all my blogs when a friend talked me "down off the ledge" and suggested I try Lynda.com's video tutorials. She even paid for my first month there, and I was amazed at how well everything was explained. Long story short, I didn't delete my blogs, but I was tempted!

Donna Cosmato (author) from USA on January 27, 2015:

Thank you Huntgoddess for the votes of confidence and for commenting on this blog that compares WordPress vs Blogger. There are lots of video tutorials on the Web for both of these blogging platforms. Personally, I found the instructional videos on Lynda.com to be a great resource for a very small fee. Good luck with your blogs!

Donna Cosmato (author) from USA on January 27, 2015:

Hi Cari Jean. Like you, I really like the user friendly Blogger interface and the fact that it is tied to Adsense. I find myself moving back and forth between both platforms - for now - as I try to analyze which has been more profitable. Thanks for sharing your input!

Donna Cosmato (author) from USA on January 27, 2015:

Thanks Samprita for your kind words and vote of confidence.

Huntgoddess from Midwest U.S.A. on January 27, 2015:

Congratulations on HOTD!

I really appreciate having all this information in one place. I can't remember it all at once, but I have to keep it for reference.

I have several blogs, in several places, but I'm not even close to understanding all I need.

Meanwhile, I just try to keep writing, as much as possible.

Thanks for the great Hub of the Day.

Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on January 26, 2015:

I guess my comment from a week or so ago got lost in cyberspace. LOL

I was saying that I prefer Blogger, as I'm not tech-savvy enough to make the Word Press features of much use to me.

In any case, my several blogs have been neglected for some time, so I guess it's a moot point. ;-)

But congrats on HOTD! voted up +++

Donna Cosmato (author) from USA on January 26, 2015:

Thank you for the complimentary words culinarycaveman. I'm not inclined to the technical side naturally but found that by watching video tutorials I could learn what I needed to know. I'm so glad this hub on blogging platforms like Blogger and WordPress was helpful for you.

Donna Cosmato (author) from USA on January 26, 2015:

Thank you for the congratulations and for commenting on this comparison of WordPress vs Blogger for blogging purposes. The more I use WordPress the better I like it. I agree with you that it is the perfect choice for blogging!

Donna Cosmato (author) from USA on January 26, 2015:

Hi Elsie, you're right about spam being a problem, especially if you have a popular WordPress site. You could try installing a plug-in like Akismet or closing the comment options on some posts. Thanks for commenting on this hub.

Donna Cosmato (author) from USA on January 26, 2015:

Thanks for commenting techygran! I too was frustrated with WordPress the first few times I used it, so I just kept using Blogger because it was easier. However, I decided to take an online course on WordPress basics and I'm glad I did. It was well worth the small fee to find out I could install and run WordPress like a pro! Good luck with your blogs on whatever platform works best for you!

Miebakagh57 on January 25, 2015:

Hi DonnaCosmato, I've been reading and re-reading your "Starting A Blog..." as not to miss any salient feature. I use WP and Blogger but very active on the later's platform. I had an issue about getting Bloggers AdSense on either my blog or Hubpages. I had 15 articles each, over 3,000 words published on HubPages. The articles on my Blogger blog carried over 1800 words an article. Is this not enough for the approval of AdSense?

Donna Cosmato (author) from USA on January 25, 2015:

I agree with you peachpurple about WordPress being more user friendly and easier to monetize. Thanks for sharing your feedback!

Donna Cosmato (author) from USA on January 25, 2015:

Thank you, nancynurse, for your kind words about my writing style. I'm a former teacher and I love to write how to articles explaining things to others because it's a way for me to learn more at the same time. Thank you for taking time to comment on this hub about the differences between WordPress and Blogger.

Donna Cosmato (author) from USA on January 25, 2015:

Hi Vinaya, do give WordPress another try. There are lots of free tutorials available online that will walk you through installation and set up. Best of luck to you!

Donna Cosmato (author) from USA on January 25, 2015:

Gia Moroe: Thanks for reading and commenting on this hub comparing WordPress to Blogger. I'm glad you found it interesting and I hope it was helpful to you.

Donna Cosmato (author) from USA on January 23, 2015:

Do give WordPress a try DreamerMeg. I think you will be surprised at how versatile it is once you learn how to use it.

Donna Cosmato (author) from USA on January 23, 2015:

Thank you for your feedback greatstuffblogger. Blogger is my choice for a blogging platform with few bells and whistles but lots of simplicity.

Donna Cosmato (author) from USA on January 23, 2015:

Hi ChitrangadaSharan, Yes, either blogging platform is great for those who do more creative writing. Sounds like you are doing well with Blogger. One of my Blogger blogs is an educational one and I like the simplicity of being able to write and upload content in a hurry, don't you?

Donna Cosmato (author) from USA on January 23, 2015:

Thanks for your input easylearningweb. It sounds like you are competent with both blogging platforms - good for you!

Donna Cosmato (author) from USA on January 23, 2015:

Hi colorfulone, I think you will like the functionality of WordPress once you give it a try. As I mentioned, the online courses at Lynda.com were my salvation because I'm not a techie. (Well, I guess now I am!)

Donna Cosmato (author) from USA on January 23, 2015:

Hi Carly - like you, I prefer WordPress but Blogger has its advantages as well. I guess it is like Windows and Mac - both have their fans and foes!

Donna Cosmato (author) from USA on January 23, 2015:

Hi Don Bobbitt, thanks for your feedback; I appreciate it! I'm noticing a common thread in the comments of those who either tried WordPress and got frustrated with the learning curve or are hesitant about trying it because of a lack of technical expertise. That was me before a friend told me about Lynda.com. I signed up there and am taking their WordPress courses. I highly recommend them because I'm a visual learner and they are video tutorials. I installed WordPress in about 15 minutes following the tutorial and I'm definitely not a techie! I tried YouTube videos but the ones I found assumed a level of technical knowledge that I didn't have. Lynda.com took me from the very beginning to the end seamlessly. (Disclaimer - I'm not an affiliate for Lynda.com, just a very satisfied student!)

Donna Cosmato (author) from USA on January 23, 2015:

Thanks for responding and sharing your feedback Susan Deppner. This started as a Ben Franklin comparison for me as I was trying to decided where to start another blog. As I worked through the process, I realized it might make a good article. I'm glad you liked it!

Miebakagh57 on January 22, 2015:

Thank you so much. I am new to the blogging world. I have now change my blog name from dynamicnewyou to Goodhealth as my blog is all about good food, health and fitness.

Huntgoddess from Midwest U.S.A. on January 22, 2015:

Thanks for this great information. I actually have blogs on each of these, but I'm pretty unskilled with them.

Glad to learn anything new. I like your nice, organized format here.

Up useful, interesting.

Cari Jean from Bismarck, ND on January 22, 2015:

I have used both WP and Blogger and found Blogger much more user friendly plus I like that it is directly tied to adsense. I am concerned however that my content does not belong to me and for this reason am thinking about going back over to WP. I know there are ways to transfer a Blogger blog over to WP but I've also heard it's not a very fun task!

Dr. Samprita Sahu from Indore, India on January 22, 2015:

Thanks for such an informative article!!!! Indeed helpful. Voting it up!!!

culinarycaveman from Dem Woods, Sussex, England on January 22, 2015:

Perfect hub, being a caveman I need as much help as possible in understanding this modern world of information transference. What a great job you've done, thanks.

Positive Harmonious Vibrations . .

amazmerizing from PACIFIC NORTHWEST, USA on January 22, 2015:

Oh hey great article... congratulations on HubODay!!! My blog is on WP and I like it there, I pay for the domain and they do have so many options. It does get technical for newbies but there are youtubes 4 most any of it... It's a good choice! Namaste!

Elsie Hagley from New Zealand on January 21, 2015:

Excellent review. I would sooner use WordPress, but if you didn't want to pay all the cost involved use Blogger but I don't like it. Another thing I don't like is all the spam you get on wordpress.

Congratulations for HOTD

Cynthia Zirkwitz from Vancouver Island, Canada on January 21, 2015:

Congratulations Donna on a great blog and HOTD!

I have settled on Blogger over the years because when I had a WordPress site I was often technologically frustrated and dependent on the graces of my dear son. I did love the versatility of the WP site (and the fact that it didn't look like a cookie cutter site) but I just couldn't deal with not being able to competently deal with the issues that arose.

This was a great choice of topic! Sharing, pinning and voting you up++

~Cynthia

peachy from Home Sweet Home on January 21, 2015:

i prefer blogger than wordpress because blogger is much user friendly and i can add more third part ads

Nancy McClintock from Southeast USA on January 21, 2015:

Great Hub Thanks so much for sharing. You are very talented and love your writing style.

Vinaya Ghimire from Nepal on January 21, 2015:

I have a blog with blogger, but it is dead now. I also used to have a blog at wordpress, however I deleted my account because I did not have money to self host. In the recent times, I am again thinking to get a wordpress account.

Gia Moroe from Texas, USA on January 21, 2015:

This was very interesting. I'll keep this in mind. Thanks for the info.

DreamerMeg from Northern Ireland on January 21, 2015:

Excellent information. I have only used Wordpress but might have a go at Blogger. Thanks

Susie Lehto from Minnesota on January 21, 2015:

I have not tried Word Press, but I know that I should get over there and learn the ropes and build something great. I have several friends who do very well WP. I do use blogger.

Carly Sullens from St. Louis, Missouri on January 21, 2015:

Congratulations on HOTD. Great review. I have used both and find things I like and don't like about both of them. If I had to choose just one, I would choose Wordpress because I like more autonomy on how the blog looks.

Don Bobbitt from Ruskin Florida on January 21, 2015:

Great Hub. I, personally am in the consolidation mode. Over the years I have ended up with 2-WordPress sits, and 5 Blogger sites. The Blogger sites are for making a few bucks at the moment, and I am in the process of taking my Wordpress.org site commercial. Once I get over the fear of the potential tech problems, that is.

DON

The Examiner-1 on January 21, 2015:

That was a very, very interesting Hub Donna. It just so happens that I am in the process of looking into changing to a domain name. (I have a blog with Blogger.) So this was very informative and helpful to me. I vote this+++, share it and pin it.

Kevin

Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on January 21, 2015:

I use both and like both, and I would give the same advice that you offer here for those who are trying to decide what platform to use for a blog. You've made it easy for those who are looking for comparisons and answers. Congratulations on the well-deserved Hub of the Day honors!

Donna Cosmato (author) from USA on January 21, 2015:

Best wishes to you, poetryman6969. I am a control freak so WordPress.org works better for me. Blogger has been frustrating at times because I don't have as much control.

Donna Cosmato (author) from USA on January 21, 2015:

Hi hostaguy, I don't think you will regret going with WordPress. It costs more upfront to get a blog started, but it is well worth it, especially if you need to flip the blog in the future. A well-maintained, income producing blog is a good investment.

Donna Cosmato (author) from USA on January 21, 2015:

Thanks for adding your feedback to this hub, Relationshipc. I agree that Blogger lacks the bells and whistles of WordPress. After trying three blogs on Blogger and flopping, I hired a consultant, who recommended WordPress. My domain is parked there while I get my WordPress blog just the way I want it and populate it with some epic content. No more failures to launch!

Donna Cosmato (author) from USA on January 21, 2015:

Thanks for commenting on this hub, tlcs. I'm glad you liked this and found it thought-provoking.

Donna Cosmato (author) from USA on January 21, 2015:

Thanks dragonflycolor, I was so surprised when I saw the HOTD email in my inbox! I'm with you on Blogger - I still have 3 blogs there - and while I hope Google doesn't close it down, I felt like I had to mention that as a possibility.

Donna Cosmato (author) from USA on January 21, 2015:

Thanks Joel, I appreciate your feedback! I was going through the decision making process myself so writing it out really helped me focus on which was best (for me).

Donna Cosmato (author) from USA on January 21, 2015:

Hi Easy_Exercise, I'm glad this helped you! After making too many mistakes and losing one blog because I didn't understand hosting and other technical aspects of blogging, I decide to educate myself. Next thing I knew, I had the basis for an article!

Kelly A Burnett from United States on January 21, 2015:

Donna,

This is one of my many questions. What a great foundation you have provided. I look forward to reading more.

Joel Diffendarfer from Jonesville on January 21, 2015:

Well rounded article with both pros and cons listed. A great study and well written. Very helpful indeed! Thanks.

dragonflycolor on January 21, 2015:

Congrats on HOTD! I personally use Blogger because I feel like I have more control of the look, but I do get stumped with HTML coding here and there. In any case, I hope Google doesn't down Blogger because if they do, I'll be piping mad! Thanks for an informative hub.

Trudy Cooper from Hampshire, UK on January 21, 2015:

Very interesting read, lots to think about.

Kari on January 21, 2015:

Blogger doesn't look very professional, at least not to me. But, WordPress can get pretty messy if you don't have a theme that looks good.

I noticed you said you used WordPress, but the blog you are linked to in your profile is on blogger.

frank nyikos from 8374 E State Rd 45 Unionville IN 47468 on January 21, 2015:

Congrats on the hub of the day Donna. It was very timely. I was just in the process of choosing a blogging platform. I think your blog as well as the comments have convinced me to use WordPress. Thanks

poetryman6969 on January 21, 2015:

Thanks for the information. I need to see if I can strike out on my own.

Mazlan A from Malaysia on January 21, 2015:

I started on Blogger, but have now moved to HP. Will probably stick around longer on HP. Good article with easy to understand terms and pros & cons for both sites. Congrats on your HOTD!

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on January 21, 2015:

I am marking t his to refer to later. I have considered a blog ...so will check this out again when I give it more serious consideration.

Congrats on HOTD ps

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps

Cynthia B Turner from Georgia on January 21, 2015:

Congrats on Hub of the Day. Good review of the pros and cons for blogging platforms. Since there are great aspects to each, it can still be difficult to choose. Thanks for the great information. Voted up and useful.

Marcelle Bell on January 21, 2015:

Nice job on this hub, Donna! I hope to start a food blog one day soon and this was a very helpful article for me to read. I really like the pictures you chose. They do a nice job enhancing the article. Congrats on HOTD!

omar21 on January 21, 2015:

Please, i want to ask you several questions, and i hope you help me.

I made a blog on wordpress (!!!!!!!!!!.Wordpress.com), and i want it for business, i want to advertise on it, so is making it enough or i should buy a domain or what, and wordpress itself offers domains so should i buy from it or not?

Sorry for my bad language

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on January 21, 2015:

Congratulations for HOTD!

I do have account on blogger and I enjoy writing poems there, since poems do not bring views at HP. Blogspot is kind of personal space for me to write anything of interest that I want. I haven't tried Wordpress, but may try in future. Thanks for sharing a comparative review.

Amelia Griggs from U.S. on January 09, 2015:

Good comparison article, Donna. I use both. I use Google Blogger for my e-learning blog specifically for training and education articles. I also use WordPress for two different sites, first I use WordPress for my main website, with purchased domain names and hosted by Blue Host; I also just recently created another WordPress website using wordpress.com to showcase my short stories.

I really do like all the themes that are available with WordPress and how you can customize them through the dashboard.

Thanks and Regards.

Donna Cosmato (author) from USA on December 30, 2014:

Thanks for commenting on this hub about choosing a blogging platform, craftdrawer. You're right - both have their advantages and disadvantages. I'm taking a course now and learning about WordPress so I'm anxious to get my new blog live.

Donna Cosmato (author) from USA on December 30, 2014:

Thanks for commenting, Ron. I have three Blogger blogs that do well with reader engagement and page ranking. I've been very pleased with Blogger but I'm at the point where I'd like more functionality in my next blog. Also, I did not mention it in the post, but if you do much guest blogging, it can be easy to line them up if you use WordPress rather than Blogger.

Donna Cosmato (author) from USA on December 30, 2014:

Thanks for sharing your experience with hosting services and blogging platforms, heidithorne. This is a process for me as I try to find the best CMS to match my (growing) skill levels.

craftdrawer on December 30, 2014:

I use both Wordpress and Blogger for two different themed blogs and there are things I like about each one of them. Great article!!

Ronald E Franklin from Mechanicsburg, PA on December 30, 2014:

Good overview. I've only used Wordpress.com, but have been thinking about trying Blogger, so this is good info.

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on December 30, 2014:

Good review of two of the most powerful blogging platforms out there. I self-hosted my WP blog for years and I agree that the upkeep on it, in terms of both cost and time, can be daunting. However, I still use self-hosted WP for my regular website. Use of the WP platform for regular non-blog sites is growing and with good reason. Flexible, robust and open source. BTW, I moved my blog here to HP. But, you're right about the possibility of ANY hosted platform going away and leaving the blogger out in the cold. Voted up, useful and sharing!

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