In the following chart features at Blogger (blogspot.com) and WordPress.com are compared. These are the two main contenders for free blog hosting. Features which are clearly better at either BlogSpot or WordPress have been highlighted. Widgets are listed in another summary table after the features list. If you have your own website with PHP/MySQL support, you can download and use WordPress with no restrictions (get it here).
|Themes and customization||Blogger has introduced a collection of easy-to-customize templates. Earlier templates can still be edited, but don't have all the features. New: Google Web Fonts available (more info).||No template editing. Style sheet editing is only available as a paid upgrade. Many of the 100+ themes let you upload a header image. Some have additional customization options.|
|Visitor stats||Built-in dashboard stats (more info). You can also include third party tracker scripts — or any type of script.||No scripts allowed. The admin dashboard shows 2 days of stats and daily, weekly and monthly charts.|
|Import||Only from another BlogSpot blog.||Import from Blogger, Yahoo! 360, Type·Pad, MovabIe·Type, Blogli, Israblog, Posterous, Vox.com, Live·JournaI or another WordPress blog.|
|Image storage||1 Gigabyte. There is no interface to browse through the images unless you sign up for Picasa Web Albums.||3 Gigabytes. Paid upgrades are available to add more space.
You can also upload .ppt, .doc, .odt and .pdf files (more file types with an upgrade).
|Galleries||You can use Picasa Web Albums.||Simply add the tag to any post or page (more info).|
|Static pages||Blogger allows up to 10 static pages to be created (more info).||Create posts or 'pages'. Static pages are listed in separate menus.|
|Post excerpts||Expandable post excerpts (more info).||Post excerpts with a "more" tag.|
|Post by email||Submit your posts by email. You can receive new posts by email too (helpful for team blogs).||Submit your posts by email. Images can be attached (more info).|
|Contact forms||Not available.
You could add a third-party contact form, however.
|Simply add the tag
to any post or page or use advanced features.
|Domain names||Free domain name mapping (more info).||A paid upgrade is required to map a custom domain.|
|Private blogs||You can restrict access to invited Google account holders.||You can restrict access to 35 invited WordPress account holders (unlimited with a paid upgrade).|
|Team blogs||Administrators and non-administrators only.||Administrator, Editors, Authors & Contributors. Option to receive post changes by email.|
|Comments||Visual confirmation, spam filtering and moderation options, but no editing of comments.||Moderation, comment editing and Akismet spam protection.|
|Widgets||See the next table.|