If you are new to the whole website building world you might have heard about this thing called WordPress. It is supposed to allow you to build your website and you can do things on it yourself without calling a web designer.
You might have also stumbled across two confusing things. WordPress.com and WordPress.org.
What’s the difference?
Basically it boils down to two major things. WordPress.com is a website where you create your website and it is hosted by wordpress.com and wordpress.org is a program (WordPress) that you download and upload to your own server – (no cost for wordpress.org software – called ‘open source’)
So, which one is for me?
Here are some bullet points of pros and cons that might help you decide.
- Free to get started
- Good for hobbists or occasional blogging
- They have several pre-made templates to choose from
- No maintenance required as it is hosted on their servers
- Fairly quick to get up and running
- They place ads on all free websites. (pay to remove)
- You cannot upload plugins (these are small software programs that give WordPress huge enhancements to functionality).
- You cannot upload custom themes.
- You get a website.wordpress.com domain name (can pay for your own domain name).
- Does not offer e-commerce functionality or payment gateways.
- WordPress.com has ultimate control of your website and ownership.
- You have full control over your website – look, feel, functionality etc.
- You can install any plugin you want.
- You can sell items from your website (e-commerce).
- Large selection of pre-made themes available.
- No charge for wordpress.org software itself.
- Large community to turn to for support.
- You will need a web hosting service.
- You will need to register your own domain name.
- You are responsible for updates
- You are responsible for maintenance and security
My Bias opinion..
If you are doing a weekend side hustle or blogging for pleasure or only need a basic – here are the facts about my business, then I would recommend wordpress.com. If you are starting a full-time business and want full control and customization then wordpress.org is my recommendation.
*Note – with both options there is still a bit of a learning curve on how to install and use them – however with the wordpress.org option it will leave you open to much more opportunities down the road.
So made up your mind yet? Have an additional opinion(s) – I’d love to hear it – just fill in the below comments section.
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