Last week we discussed blogging platform’s TOS (terms of service) and how that can impact your blog if you do something in violation of their TOS. You might not even realize what you are doing is “wrong” in the eyes of your blogging platform. In a casual survey, when polled, most book bloggers say that Self-Hosting a wordpress blog is the safest and most stable way to host your blog. But, that costs money. There are pros and cons of any blogging platform it is up to  you to factor in those pros and cons and decide on the one that works best for you.

Blogging platforms pros and cons

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The Pros & Cons of some of the Major Book Blogger Blogging Platforms:

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Blogger
Free
Unlimited
Blogger Platform pros and cons


Blogger Pros:

  • Free Service
  • You can sell ads
  • You can participate in blog tours
  • Integrates with Google Account
  • Easy to Use Interface
  • Multiple designs & templates
  • Drag and Drop layout area
  • Editable Templates
  • HTML/CSS
  • No domain or hosting required

Blogger Cons:

  • Violation of TOS leads to blog deletion
  • Hard to use media library
  • Limited space for images
  • Automatic styling within post editor
  • Limited “upgrades”
  • Limited “bells & whistles”
  • Stat counter is flawed
  • Restrictive TOS
  • Can reach page-size limit
  • You can not import other blogging platforms
 
Wordpress.com
Free
3GB of Space
Wordpress.com Pros and Cons


Wordpress.com Pros:

  • Free Service
  • Free Back-ups
  • Easy to Use Interface
  • Multiple designs & templates
  • Drag and Drop widget area
  • No domain or hosting required
  • Can import your Blogger & Tumblr+ blogs into WordPress

WordPress.com Cons:

  • Violation of TOS leads to blog deletion
  • Limited space 3GB
  • Upgrades cost $$$
  • Stat counter is flawed
  • Restrictive TOS
  • Can reach page-size limit
  • They place ads on your site
  • Can not sell ads
  • Blog tours are considered spam
  • Can not customize themes
  • No plugins
  • No Javascript
  • They can delete your theme
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Booklikes
Free
Unlimited
Booklikes pros & cons


Booklikes.com Pros:

  • Free Service
  • Easy to Use Interface
  • Tumble blog interface
  • Integrates with Affiliate links
  • Integrates with Goodreads
  • Easy to search Book Database
  • Just for Book Bloggers & Authors
  • Some designs & templates
  • Ad sales are technically available
  • Users can easily reblog your content
  • Quick follow buttons & display
  • User dashboard for easy reading content like Tumblr
  • Easy to install analytics
  • Limited TOS
  • No domain or hosting required
  • You can import your book reviews from Goodreads

Booklikes.com Cons:

  • Fancier templates cost money
  • Tumble blog results in hard to read analytics since most users read content in dashboard
  • Violation of TOS leads to blog deletion
  • They place ads on dashboard
  • Hard to customize themes
  • No plugins
  • Not many bells & whistles
  • Dashboard leads to less pageviews
  • New program
  • You can not import your Blogger or other platforms into Booklikes, just Goodreads reviews
Wordpress.org
Sorta Free
Purchase of 3rd Party Hosting Required, estimated $70 yearly
Wordpress.org pros and cons


Wordpress.org Pros:

  • You are in complete control
  • Your blog can not be deleted for TOS violation
  • Free Software that can easily be installed on your host
  • Easy to Use Interface
  • You are only restricted to your hosting services TOS
  • Tons of plugins available
  • Bells & Whistles galore
  • Custom themes
  • Easily modify themes
  • Sell ads (any kind)
  • Easy to use analytics
  • CSS/php
  • Constantly updating the software and increasing functions
  • Can import your Blogger & Tumblr+ blogs into WordPress

WordPress.org  Cons:

  • Domain and hosting required
  • Interface can be advanced on the back-end
  • Hiring a designer or programmer might be required
  • More bells & whistles leads to an intimidation factor for some users
  • Security nightmare if not protected
  • Automatically changes some of your content in post edit
  • Constant backups and updates required

 

These are just some of the pros and cons of the different blogging platforms available to you as a book blogger. Choosing a platform that is right for you is a personal decision. I choose WordPress.org because I want total control of my blog and learned that I needed total control while I was using Blogger and had my blog “disappear” for two days.  This doesn’t happen often, but once was enough for me. WordPress.org has it’s headaches – and I have gone down (max downtime was 2 hours) but it was because of my host company, GoDaddy and I called them, spoke to a real person and they fixed the issue. That is what I like. That is why I pay people. But, again it is up to your personal preferences.