Blogger is a very popular and free blogging platform that is owned by Google. With thousands of websites across the internet, you could say that Blogger is a very popular content management system. However, what are the things that truly define a CMS and does blogger qualify as one?

A CMS as defined by Wikipedia is the following:

A content management system (CMS) is a computer application that allows publishing, editing and modifying content, organizing, deleting as well as maintenance from a central interface. Such systems of content management provide procedures to manage workflow in a collaborative environment.

Poor Structure and Organization

Blogger does allow you to do all of the following except for organization and maintenance. Blogger is not meant to be used for high profile websites nor is it particularly powerful. You are not able to run PHP on Blogger, and you are not able to setup any sort of login system for users. You are left to only run HTML, CSS, and JavaScript which heavily limits your capabilities.

No True Login or Registration System

For instance, a basic WordPress website comes with a registration system, and it allows you to set permissions. In Blogger you are only able to set the permissions as author or as administrator and while most websites will only need these settings you are not able to have someone add to your website outside of posting an article. This is only the beginning of the limitations of the platform.

Not Extendable

Blogger is not extendable outside of its “app” store which is a little interface with widgets that have been added by the community and they are typically low quality and are not very functional. In fact, you are able to find better widgets by doing a simple Google search than you would from the Blogger app store. While on a platform such as WordPress or Drupal you have directories filled with thousands of plugins that add a ton of functionality to your website.

While Blogger is a simple and easy to use platform it is difficult to classify it as a CMS as it misses out on most of the necessary features that a CMS needs. While there are some high profile websites that are running the Blogger platform I am willing to bet if they shifted to another platform such as WordPress or Drupal they would be much happier. Even though, it is more costly most of these websites can afford the little amount of money that is required to host a website.

What are your thoughts? Do you think that Blogger is a CMS or is it another blogging platform like Tumblr?


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