There has been a lot of discussion about the fact that Tumblr now has more subscribers than WordPress. As a first time blogger, I took the liberty of creating both a Tumblr and WordPress account to see where I could best set up shop to display my work and which one best embodies my style. I thought what better way to do this than to pit the two together. I figured since I’m just starting out and haven’t used one more than other, that it would qualify my opinion as unbiased. So here we go.
I chose the following categories for the two hosting sites to be compared:
Posting is the lifeblood of the web and you’ll need to be quick and stand out if you want your posts to be read. WordPress has a few more formatting tools when posting text like Header formats and changing the color of your text. Where as Tumblr‘s point and shoot style is quick and simple.
Tumblr has a chat type post that allows your post to look like a dialog. Something that would be good for if you had a funny conversation with your daughter or someone who didn’t understand what you are saying. Just so you don’t have to put “and then she said”. I could see this coming in handy for telling jokes too.
WordPress has two other post types: polls and custom forms. The Polls are done by Polldaddy and are very cool at getting ideas or making decisions on dates for events, new projects, etc. and they even tally the results so you could see it in graph form or percentages. An awesome feature for gathering data. The custom forms is another feature that allows you to add a form in the middle of your post. Another tool for gathering data or organizing feedback.
Both sites have their own theme library which vary from the super simple to complex. If you know HTML/CSS you’ll be able to go further than most and customize to your desire. Without getting into each detail, WordPress has a lot more customizations that are just drag and drop where Tumblr holds to it’s function of simplicity. There is also a larger community for WordPress designers, so there are tons of widgets to choose from. Tumblr has the same but you might have to learn a little HTML/CSS if you are picky about designs. Also WordPress looks more corporate and Tumblr looks more creative, just an overall observation on majority of the themes.
Both have mobile apps that allow you to post on the go. Your able to see posts that are in the drafts and in the queue and able to upload images and posts like normal. Since Tumblr has it’s dashboard you are able to see what’s happening with people you are following, where as WordPress, you could only see comments to your posts.
These sites both have ties into Twitter and Facebook. The only difference that I could find is that with Tumblr you have to turn off the feed to Facebook in the settings section if you don’t want a particular post to be sent to Facebook. In WordPress you have both Facebook and Twitter as check boxes on each post, so you could customize after you write. WordPress also has feeds to del.icio.us, Meebo and Flickr, if those are sites that you subscribe to.
My Final Thoughts
No matter how you slice it, I have to say that WordPress is the better blogging site. Tumblr is a good site too, but I find it to be a website sideways from Facebook. If Facebook allowed the user profile pages to be customizable then you could have Tumblr right there. But then you would be looking more like MySpace and not Facebook. Not sure if that would be a good thing.
Due to it’s rich tools and customization, it is better for professional bloggers and those that want to write posts such as this one to use WordPress. I mean that’s why you are reading this here instead of there.
I’d love to hear back from you on either side. Leave a comment, tell me what you think.