WordPress: Which Version?
WordPress For Absolute Beginners Which version should you choose
WordPress.org or WordPress.com. Which version should you choose? If you have just started your Quest to build an online presence for any reason, you have probably come across quite a few recommendations for WordPress for beginners. It is described as the easiest blogging platform. A quick search on Google, however, can cause some confusion for beginners. There are a .org and a .com version. How do you know which one is better, easier or more robust for long-term use?
Both platforms are free and you can customise both to create your unique website. They are also user-friendly and dependable for blogging and other purposes. I’ll describe the differences below, to help you to choose which one is right for your needs and goals.
WordPress.com Pros and Cons.
When it comes to ease of use for beginners who know very little about websites, hosting and the online world, the .com version of this popular content management system (CMS) may be the best choice. It is much closer to ‘click and go’ than the .org version ie there is less to do with the setup. It does, however, have certain limitations.
For personal sites or online profiles, the .com version offers quick and easy setup. You can launch your site a lot more quickly than with the .org setup. Simply sign up on the web page, fill out the necessary information, and bingo, there is your blog site!
Many unique site themes or templates are ready for installation, with a simple click. You can have an attractive looking site in just minutes. The hosting is 100% free and reliable which means your site will display at all times to anyone you share the link with.
Although there is a good selection of templates, you cannot customise your website further without paying an upgrade fee. Themes from other sources may not be installed and the code is locked up so you cannot change anything.
If you intend to run a small business or other freelance services, the. com version has more limitations. Instead of a neat and easy to remember SiteName.com URL, it will always be SiteName.com.wordpress.com. This looks cheap to potential customers and clients.It is also more difficult to fit onto business cards and advertising.
Added to this, the service does not allow you to post third-party ads at all. This is because WP hosts its own ads on your website. These ads may get in the way of your information or entice site visitors elsewhere. Something highly damaging to your success online. The .com setup means monetising the site through contextual advertising like Google Adsense and similar programs is strictly forbidden.
WordPress.org Pros and Cons
The wordpress.org version of this website building program does require more learning about the online world before you can launch a site. However, the benefits of going this way from the beginning of your blogging or site ownership adventure, far outweigh the negatives for most people.
Since you must install the .org WP program on your own hosting account, you have complete control over every aspect of the site. Your domain will not have the unprofessional extension leaving it as SiteName.com. This makes it more marketable to potential customers and clients.
Design options abound with a vast collection of free and bespoke themes. Installation takes a few clicks, but the customisation options are almost unlimited for many. Learn how or hire someone to change the design or other code to get unique possibilities.
Third-party plugins and other additions work perfectly and can greatly increase the capability and interest of your website or blog. These include everything from a contact form creator to a video gallery add-in to a fully featured and secure e-commerce shopping platform.
There are no ads on your website unless you put them there. With this in mind if you want to monetise your site, .org is a must.
There is quite a learning curve when it comes to buying domain names, finding a quality hosting account, installing the program and filling your site with great content. All of which does cost money as well.
To get the professional .com website address for your site, you need to register a domain name. This costs about $10 to $15(US) per year. You also need a web host account. This is essentially the internet ‘real estate’ where your web pages will sit. This can cost anywhere from less than $5(US) per month to $20 and more. Hosting larger sites and those with more traffic, generally cost more.
Recommending WordPress for beginners and more experienced website owners makes sense. It is the easiest blogging platform but never compromises on capability or power. So choose .org or .com and begin to build your online platform. Be it for fun, business pleasure.
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I wish all the best in your endeavours.
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