In my design work thus far, I have had the pleasure to utilize WordPress as blogging software. If you’re not familiar with WordPress, you may be wondering what the heck it is. Well, WordPress is a free and open source blogging tool and content management system and is currently the most popular blogging system in use on the Web.
It is available in two forms, WordPress.com and WordPress.org. The first is completely free for anyone to use, meaning that they provide free themes (templates) and free hosting. Along with these free services comes limitations which is the biggest drawback to this option.
For those who prefer to have fewer to no limitations whatsover, your best bet is WordPress.org where you will find the software for free but will have to self-host (pay for your own hosting) and domain name.
Things to Consider when deciding between WordPress.org and WordPress.com
Depending on what your goals are with your blog, you may want to consider the following before starting your blog:
- Knowledge: WordPress.org requires more technical “know-how” than WordPress.com
- Customization: For beginners, WordPress.com provides enough customization but it is very limited. If you want to be able to customize to your heart’s content, WordPress.org is the way to go.
- Monetization: If you plan on incorporating advertisers into your blog, be aware that WordPress.com does not allow this.
- Future of your blog: If you start out on WordPress.com and your blog takes off, you may have to move things over to WordPress.org in order to grow your business.
So if you’re considering a new website for your business or for personal use, I definitely recommend hosting your own site simply for the flexibility and I definitely recommend BlueHost!
Not only do they provide fantastic customer support at an affordable price (as low as $3.45 per month), they also include a FREE domain name ($15 value)!
Are you just starting your blog but don’t know where to start? Check out my easy-to-follow post How to Start a WordPress Blog.
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