I’m not a techie person and I’m not the most skilled when it comes to handling blogs. Most of the things I know, I’ve learned through experience or Google. I wouldn’t say I have a lot of knowledge but I do have some. Today, I want to share with you some of the things I’ve learned when I made the move from WordPress.com to WordPress.org.
WordPress is a free and open-source content management system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL. WordPress is installed on a web server that is either part of an Internet hosting service or a network host in its own right. The first case may be a service like WordPress.com, for example, and the second case could be a computer running the software package WordPress.org. –Wikipedia
Think of this in terms of where you live. You have two options – a condominium where everything is already taken care for versus a house where you have to maintain and have more responsibility. Where you choose to live greatly influences your lifestyle and life choices.
With that said, the main difference between the two is hosting. With WordPress.com, WordPress hosts you (or takes care of hosting) while for WordPress.org, you have to find a host to sign with and take care of everything.
Let’s dive in a little deeper.
If you’re a beginner and all you really want to do is blog, the best and only option for you is WordPress.com. With WordPress.com, they take care of everything. They worry about security, backups, and spam for you. They do it all for you! All you have to do is create content.
With WordPress.com you can choose between a free or paid account. There are limitations – tons of them – for free accounts. While there are additional bonuses for paid accounts. However, based on personal experience, what you’re paying for isn’t really worth it. For example, previously I was on a Premium account. That cost me $99. All I got from it was a free domain, WordAds, customization, and tons of Premium themes. Is that really worth $99 when you can buy Premium themes for as low as $39 and the profit from WordAds are divided?
What’s great when you sign up with WordPress.com is their community. With them, you get access to The Daily Post which enables you to link with other bloggers and put your content out there. Your tagged posts also become searchable on the WordPress reader. That means when people search for a specific tag, your post will show up. You also get a chance to join and maximize the Blogging U. You get to choose between courses and learn new tips, tricks, and the ins and outs of blogging. It’s really the community that makes WordPress.com the best choice most especially if all you want to do is blog.
If you’re a beginner, don’t worry. You’re going to be fine with WordPress.org! All you have to initially worry about is finding yourself a domain and hosting service. Once you get those out of the way, it’s practically the same thanks to JetPack.
Back to hosting. There are tons of companies that offer hosting. When I made the move, I picked NameCheap because they’re the cheapest out there plus they have an awesome customer service. Someone will always be available to chat with you if you have any questions. My hosting, transfer of the domain, and SSL security only cost me $23.93 for a whole year. That is value for money.
Thanks to JetPack, WordPress.org is practically the same as WordPress.com. JetPack is a plugin you should install the second you log in to your account. This makes everything easier and assists you in everything. Think of it as a bridge – it connects the differences between WordPress.com and WordPress.org. Aside from JetPack, there are also tons of plugins available that can help you or can customize your site to your heart’s content. There’s just too many out there to discuss but just know that plugins are your friends.
Lastly, with WordPress.org, you get a lot of freedom. No one will stop you from trying to monetize your blog or limit you when it comes to customization. You can do whatever you want because it’s yours. This can be a pro or con depending on your level of knowledge. Don’t worry though, Google helps with everything!
There you go, guys! To recap here are the main differences the two. I hope I was able to clarify some things and enlighten you on their differences.