WordPress.org VS WordPress.com? Which one?

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WordPress.org vs WordPress.com? It’s one of the earliest decisions a blossoming entrepreneur like yourself will face. So, what’s a girl to do?

When you’re in the beginning stages of building a business it’s hard to know where to start, what services you should be using and so on.

There’s also a high chance you’ll lock yourself into services, do a whole lot of work then realise later that “said” service doesn’t fit your needs.

In this post I’ll be answering your burning questions so you can make an educated decision and move past this hurdle confident that you’re making the right choice.

 When you’re just in the beginning stages of business it’s hard to know where to start, what services you should be using and so on. There’s also a high chance you’ll lock yourself into services, do a whole lot of work then realise later that “said” service doesn’t fit your needs. In this post I’ll be answering those burning questions so you can move past this hurdle confident that you’re making the right choice.

But first, let me get the elephant outta the room.

I know there’s a huge pull toward anything that’s fast or free when you’re just getting your business off the ground but in most cases, you’ll find there’s limitations to what you can and can’t do with it.

In this post you’ll see exactly what those limitations are with ONE really awesome example where the best things in life, really are free.

So, let me answer that first Q for ya real fast.

The only reason anyone should consider the “free-ness” of WordPress.com is if you know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that you’re not starting a business and that your website will be somewhat of a public journal, then you should be fine to go ahead and sign up.

On the other hand, if your need for a website is business related {and I’m guessing it is}, you should look no further than WordPress.org.

LET ME GIVE YOU THE 411 ON THAT…

Although both are free and really great options, the key differences lie in the pricing structure & freedoms and limitations.

WordPress.org vs WordPress.com on Pricing.

WordPress.com – Basically, you can get started right away with:

  • Free hosting and a free WordPress.com domain name (www.yourdomain.wordpress.com).
  • You also have the option to upgrade to a custom domain name (www.yourdomain.com) if you choose.

WordPress.org – Although it’s free to download and use however you like,

  • You will have to purchase your own domain name and hosting.

Maybe you’re warming up to the idea of going ahead with the WordPress.com option anyway? After all, it looks like the clear winner here huh?

Keep reading sistah, there’s more to this than meets the eye.

Let me point out something real quick. There’s a big difference between a WordPress domain name and a standard domain name.

  • WordPress.com domain name – www.yourdomain.wordpress.com
  • Standard domain name – www.yourdomain.com

The first is actually a sub domain of the domain name, WordPress.com. I know this might be a little confusing so…

THINK OF THE WORDPRESS DOMAIN NAME LIKE THIS…

They own the house (www.wordpress.com) and you are lodging in one of the rooms (www.yourdomain.wordpress.com).
In return for your lodging, they get some free advertising mileage out of your business every time you post a link to your website.

They understand that a proper domain name (www.yourdomain.com) is necessary to those in business for credibility which is why you’ll have to upgrade to get a custom domain name.

Free pretty much ALWAYS translates to “but there’s a catch” and when it comes to domain names, you compromise your own credibility by choosing the free option.

WordPress.org vs WordPress.com on Freedoms and limitations.

WordPress.com

  • Limited Plugins and standard themes.
  • 3G of storage space for your website images, documents etc…
  • Ads may be shown on your site.

If you want –

  • Control over the way your site looks and functions.
  • More storage space.
  • E-commerce functionality.
  • Full control over what your visitors see by removing ads,

You’ll have to upgrade to one of their plans

WordPress.org –

  • Full control over how your website looks and functions with free & premium themes and plugins
  • No storage limits.
  • E-commerce and membership ready.
  • Full control over what your visitors see on your site.

When you’re just in the beginning stages of business it’s hard to know where to start, what services you should be using and so on. There’s also a high chance you’ll lock yourself into services, do a whole lot of work then realise later that “said” service doesn’t fit your needs. In this post I’ll be answering those burning questions so you can move past this hurdle confident that you’re making the right choice.

In summary

TO USE WORDPRESS.ORG you pay for hosting and a domain name but you get the features and benefits free. {SEE : Best things in life are Free.}

TO USE WORDPRESS.COM you get a free sub-domain name and hosting but pay for the features.

So don’t let the promise of a FREE domain name and hosting be the deal maker for you because the platforms that offer such {which also include Weebly, Wix and others like them} are running businesses too so they will always make their money by way of placing ads to promote their business on Your site.

And of course, there are the upgrades to access the necessary features and benefits that business owners need.

It’s important to get your foundations right.

Although you can set up a site fast and free on the .com platform it’s inevitable that you’ll end up having to upgrade at some stage to access more features which will definitely wind up costing you more than it would on the .org platform. So start smart.

My Recommendation: It’s a no-brainer – WordPress.org.

It may take more time and effort to get up and running but you will have total control over how your site looks and feels plus the ability to increase your website’s functionality with the use of plugins.

Still got questions? Go ahead + ask me in the comments below.

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