WordPress is one of the leading web publishing programs currently available. It is free software in like manner actually download and install the software on your web server will cost practically nothing. WordPress comes in two distinct formats both look the same and are in affect exactly the same but with some subtle differences.
WordPress.com is a complete WordPress publishing environment that is really hosted by the company behind the WordPress software. Which means that you do not have to worry about hosting fees, backups or system improvements as that is all cared for you. All of this is offered completely free of cost, simply sign up, pick a name for your blog or use a name that is already not being used and away you go. Within a couple of minutes you will be writing content and publishing to your blog all free and hassle free. Since WordPress.com is heavily trafficked you will find that the major search engines will soon notice your blog and commence indexing your site very quickly, which is perfect for bettering your web presence.
As part of the service your blog will have the next installed:
- Askimet anti-spam (prevents comment SPAM)
- Stats – Full stats engine therefore you can monitor the visitors your site
- Fully mobile optimized – Ideal for blog readers using I phone or Android mobile devices
- Backups – All handled by WordPress themselves
WordPress do impose some constraints on the sort of blog that you can run on wordpress.com these are as follows:
- How-to, tips and reviews
- Scraper blogs:
- SEO blogs:
- Affiliate marketing blogs:
- Warez blogs:
- Automated blogs:
On the downside, you will not be able to add many custom features to your blog, other than those listed and you cannot on the free programmer use a custom domain name which could be a bit limiting if you need to brand the blog in line with your business. It’s very much a horses for courses approach. Less hassle to manage but limited in features and you will need to weigh this upward when making a choice.
So to conclude WordPress.com is an easy, cheap and easy way to get your blog site up and operating real quickly.
WordPress.org is the self-hosted version of WordPress. This requires you to supply your own web hosting and before you rush in and order up some web hosting booking that the web hosting provider meets the minimum requirements for a Blogger blog. The requirements are listed on the WordPress.org site along with some recommended web hosts.
To setup the WordPress software you can either download the package from the site or install manually using the instructions on the wordpress.org site, it is very simple and quick to do, having said that it can require a rudimentary knowledge of FTP and editing text files, so I would suggest that if you are not comfortable with doing this seek advice from a somebody who has the required knowledge. Alternatively some web hosts provide a just one click install utility from within the hosting control panel which will auto set up WordPress for you. Examine with your web host to see if this features is available.
Once installed you have full control over the look and feel of your blog site so you can change themes or add specific functionality on your blog as you see fit. You are not limited to the sort of content you upload to your blog (assuming it does not breach the Web hosts TOS) and you will run advertising as well without having restrictions.
The basic WordPress install does not include the stats or askimet plug-ins, you will need to setup these and activate them yourself (I would advise that you do this) and you will find a whole raft of other plug-ins that will allow you to personalize the blog to your desires.
To summarize WordPress.com is a little like renting a house whereby you have limitations as to what you can actually do with the site and wordpress.org is like owning a house you can pretty much do what you want with it.