In this article, I’m going to quickly discuss the differences between WordPress options (.com and .org). Then I’ll show you exactly how to set up a professional wordpress.org website. Self-hosted, custom theme.
I felt inclined to write an article about the difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org because I am seeing so many people making the mistake and choosing the wrong one. Yes, wordpress.com has its place. But if you are trying to have a professional website or blog. Going with a .org is a complete must.
To be clear: WordPress is a software that is free to use. But the one major difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org is who’s actually hosting your website.
WordPress.com is a great platform to create a blog and to engage with other blog people. It’s almost like a social media platform. Very limited in design capabilities and you as the blog “owner” doesn’t, in fact, own the property like you do a self-hosted website.
I see all too often is people want to launch a professional Website or Blog and they choose .com instead of .org.
If you are serious about your business or project. Please don’t choose WordPress.com
The two main reasons this is such a big mistake is:
- You do not own your domain on WordPress.com and therefore do not get your own domain without the ugly .wordpress.com in it.
- You cannot customize your website professionally.
Let take a look at the differences:
- Easy to set up. No messing with hosting or domains
- 100% Free
- Easy to customized.
- You don’t own your blog. (It might as well be a facebook page because that’s how much you don’t own your WordPress url).
- No Plugins (Want to do something cool on your site? Sorry-not here)
- A limited amount of themes both Free and Paid.
- 100% free to download
- Use any theme
- Unlimited potential for design and coding.
- Numerous Plugins
- You control everything on the site from design to monetization.
- You get to build something of real value over time.
- You Pay for hosting (for a small price of $3.95 if you choose Siteground)
- Set up and install WordPress
- You have to develop your website( this may seem scary at first but I am going to give you a simple solution on how you can become a WordPress Wizard in 1 day).
The pros of WordPress.org tremendously outweigh the cons. Which is why 54% of all CMS(content management system) usage is with WP.
Once you have made the decision to create a website using wordpress.org on a self-hosted domain you are now faced with
How Do I Start?
There are many resources on Youtube that will teach you how to start building a website using WP.org. Very quickly you can go from zero knowledge to having a firm grasp on how to get up a professional looking blog.
Last note: I HIGHLY recommend using Siteground hosting and the Divi theme to create your website.
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