WordPress.org vs. WordPress.com

WordPress.org vs. WordPress.com

When I started blogging back in my teens I used blogger.com, this was purely because I thought it was the easiest option and I wasn’t really aware of the alternatives.

Although Blogger.com is a great little platform, you don’t really have much control and it’s very limited in it’s capabilities. From design to SEO, WordPress has so many advantages and is much more powerful than the alternatives. When it comes to starting a WordPress you will notice there are two options, WordPress.org and WordPress.com, I know, confusing right? In this post I’ll go through the two options and clarify what the main differences are, helping you choose the right option.

WordPress.com 

This option is fine if you write every now and then and have no plans to grow your blog. There are many limitations that will hold your blog back if you’re hoping to expand and advertise. This often seems as the attractive option for bloggers as it is free, however, it hugely lacks in so many areas. Here are some of the pro’s and con’s:

Pro’s

  • It’s free
  • WordPress will take care of backups and updates
  • You don’t need to purchase hosting

Con’s

  • You have to use a sub-domain (yourblogname.wordpress.com)
  • You have limited access to plug-ins
  • You have limited access to themes and cannot customise/upload your own
  • You don’t own the content
  • Limited in terms of customisation
  • You have limited storage of 3GB (not ideal if you upload regular images)
  • You cannot monetise content
  • Limited SEO control and analytics
  • You’ll have to show ‘powered by WordPress’ at the top of your blog

WordPress.org

This is by far the best option if you are serious about your blog, it has so many fantastic tools to really take your blog to the next level. One of the best things about WordPress as opposed to blogger.com is the use of plugins, they’re great at enhancing your blog. From an SEO point of view, WordPress is easy to optimise and gives you so much control over your content.

Pro’s

  • You can use your own domain
  • You have access to thousands of plug-ins
  • You have access to many themes and can upload your own
  • You own your content
  • You have full control over customisation
  • You can monetise your content
  • Great for SEO and analytics

Con’s

  • You have to pay for hosting
  • You will manually backup and update

Moving over to WordPress.org is the best move i’ve made and I’m so happy I did. I migrated my blog myself, however, many will pay a small fee to a developer or web hosting company who will do it for you.  I will be uploading a tutorial on how I migrated from blogger to WordPress so watch this space if you’re interested in learning how.

The possibilities really are endless with WordPress, it’s definitely the way to go and will really help you take your blog to the next level.

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WordPress.org vs. WordPress.com

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