WordPress is one of the most popular platforms for blogging. It’s also versatile enough to become virtually anything a user wants. Whether it’s eCommerce or setting up a service page for your business, WordPress can do it all.
Why Use WordPress?
There are a variety of reasons why people love using this platform. Not only is the Content Management System completely customizable, but it’s also easy enough that virtually anyone can use it.
The ease of use and flexibility of the WordPress CMS is why it holds nearly 60% of the market share of all systems on the Internet. With popularity comes innovation.
Because it is such a popular platform, this CMS has a large number of developers constantly creating new plugins and themes to engage the audience. This means you can probably find elements to add to your website that are pretty close to being perfect for your needs.
With more than 45,000 plugins available, it’s relatively easy to create that perfect site complete with fun features. For example, I plan on adding a nutrition field on my health blog when I start posting my recipes. And yes, it looks just like it came off of a box you see at the store. All I need to do is add the information.
The plugin does the rest of the work, like most add-ons you’ll find in this system.
Which Should You Choose, WordPress.org or WordPress.com?
So, the primary difference between WordPress.org and WordPress.com is the fact that one is a free hosted account while the other offers the actual application to install on your website. Both are free, but only the actual application allows for complete control of the content.
The free .com version is great for those who want to test the waters of operating a blog. It does have a lot of features that make the experience worthwhile. However, you are limited to what you can do as opposed to hosting your own platform.
For me, I use WordPress on my server from Hostgator. I have complete access to root folders, all plugins and the core files if I want to make specific modifications. Of course, installing your own copy of the CMS requires a server to host your files to the Internet. That can cost from $120 and up per year depending on the services you want.
I am currently working on tutorials to help those who want to take advantage of this wonderfully adaptive system. Because of its sheer popularity, it’s safe to assume that it will be around for quite some time.
So, let’s get into it.
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