Why I Would NEVER Recommend WordPress.Com For Blogging?

 wordpress.org vs wordpress.com

When someone is new in this field it becomes difficult for him to figure out which one is a better choice among  Self-Hosted WordPress.org and WordPress.com. This article is all about these two types of WordPress. I will list all the advantages and disadvantages of using them. At the end it will be decided that which one is a better choice.

As shown in the image the two WordPress are brothers. We have to find the better among them.

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WordPress.org - What Makes It The Leader?

In this service you have your own domain name and you have full control over your site.

Pros

  • It is free of cost.
  • It is easy to use so anyone can use it.
  • You have your own site so anyone else can't turn it off. You, yourself are responsible for your data so you site can only be turned down if you are doing something that is illegal.
  • You have full rights to upload your own plugins and use them.
  • You an apply themes of your choice. You can also edit their files.
  • You will earn money with ads you want to be seen on your site.

Cons

  • You will need a web hosting service for your site. It costs between $3 to $7.
  • You will have to update the WordPress manually. But it is not a very tough thing.
  • You will need to store backups for your site in case anything goes wrong. But backup services are easily available.
  • You will have to handle scams but you can enable Akismet to stop them.
wordpress.com the free version of wordpress

WordPress.com

It this service everything is controlled by someone else and you have to blog according to certain limitations.

wordpress.com pros and cons

Pros

  • You can use 3GB of space for free. But if your site expands you will have to choose a package for getting extra space which is costly.
  • You site will automatically be backed up.

Cons

  • Some ads will be placed on your site. You will have to face them until you are using free service. You will have to pay them to get rid of these ads.
  • You will have to get 25,000 page views monthly to place your own ads on your site.
  • You are not allowed to use plugins until you are using free service. Only VIP members are allowed to use plugins and they pay them $3750 per month.
  • You can't use you own made themes. What you can do is to change the colors and that costs $30 per year.
  • You will have to use their analytic tools.
  • They have full right to delete your site if they want to.
  • They can also change your theme according to their choice.

Which one is a Better Choice?

If you are making a site for your own self then yous should go with WordPress.com. It is the best for you as it doesn't cost any money and you don't have to get a lot of features. But if you want to earn some money with the help of your blog, you have to choose WordPress.org. It will cost you money. You will have to invest in the starting but them you will get the cost from your blog itself.

If you use WordPress.com you will not get the required features in your site even if you are paying them enough.

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Now if you have decided to use WordPress.org you should use Bluehost. Its package includes web hosting service along with a domain name. It will cost you $3.95 per month.

Recommendation

There is no doubt, that I would never recommend using free version of WordPress, which is WordPress.com. Checkout the video above if you haven't yet. I go into that all in detail.

Hope this helps you out in making a decision.

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