When it comes to setting up your blog, one name comes to mind: WordPress. The question is, which WordPress is the right choice to start a blog? Well, that depends on your technical skills. Despite sharing the same name, WordPress.com and WordPress.org are actually two different platforms. The breakdown of each is listed below.
WordPress.com was created by the co-founder of WordPress, Matt Mullenweg. (How’s that for confusing?)
- Free to start (up to 3 GB), after that plans start at $48 and go up to $5,000.
- Great for those just starting a blog.
- Little to no technical skills needed.
- No need to worry about updates or backups. It’s taken care of for you.
- Very limited. Due to the nature of the blog site, you are limited to the themes that are available. No customizations are allowed. Also no plugins can be uploaded.
- The free version runs ads on the site, which means you can’t sell your own ad space.
- No way to sell products via eCommerce unless you switch to the eCommerce plan.
- Website could be deleted at any time if it’s decided it violates the terms of service.
- Unable to set up Google Analytics
Perfect for bloggers with a little more technical skills, WordPress.org is a choice for those who wish to own their content.
- WordPress is open source, meaning it can be modified freely.
- You own the content on your website.
- Can make the website look like anything that you want with the help of a template or a custom design.
- Ability to sell products, memberships, or anything.
- Run your own ads.
- Set up Google Analytics.
- Web hosting and a domain are needed.
- Must make updates and backups on your own.