Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Here's a list of reasons why I choose Blogger over WordPress, from a technical perspective

A System76 server, being built. via System76
A website that I visit just talked about them moving to another WordPress hosting company. They talked about topics such as load, performance/scaling, and other terms around hosting a website. They talked about using a Managed WordPress hosting company, which will monitor their WordPress install and fix issues on the spot, usually before anyone noticed a difference.

You see, however, the entire time I was thinking about how much benefit Google's Blogger content management system brings to me. While it has disadvantages from using WordPress, the technical side of things are basically covered. All you really have to do to set up Blogger on a custom domain is to drop 2 CNAME DNS records, and sometimes have to wait a few minutes (or hours) for the global DNS system to pick up on your changes.

I wanted to make a quick list of what Blogger does, at least to my knowledge, that us users don't really have to worry about.

  1. Hosting - Google takes care of this and they have PLENTY of hosting space for blogs. However for images I must say that you are only allowed 1GB for hosting images for free, but after the first few months I no longer use Blogger to host images, I use a third party.
  2. Security - Security for your website is up to Google, except for your Google Account. If your Google Account is secure, than your website should have no risk of getting hacked. Google operates the servers, once more, so security for their own servers are up to them, which host other websites as well. Not just mine.
  3. Denial of Service (DoS) Attacks - If you don't know what a DoS attack is, then look here to read up on it. Google manages the servers, so it is up to them to handle DoS attacks, which could be common. I actually don't know how often hackers try to attack them, but from what I know Google hasn't been compromised much. Note I said much, not that they were immune to an attack.
  4. General Server Maintenance/Issues - Google takes care of this. It's been explained enough that you should probably get the picture by now.
  5. Future - Your site becomes more advanced as Google's servers go. So for example, IPv6. That is the latest IP standards, and is slowly coming into wide use. Blogger already has IPv6 support, for example look at this test.
  6. ....and more that I can't think of at the moment.
And of course, there are other bad points about Blogger that I am aware of, and I know that WordPress can be better than Blogger in better areas, but feature set is not the topic in this post. It is about server attention alone, and I hope you can all see why I choose Blogger now. If you haven't caught on yet, I mostly choose Blogger because of server attention, and those points above are all reasons why I use Blogger, and will probably continue to use it for a long time.

So, I know you guys probably have some counter examples, so post them below. I want everyone's opinion on what they want to host a website.