Should I use Wordpress.com or Wordpress.org?
WordPress is web software you can use to create a beautiful website, blog, or app. We like to say that WordPress is both free and priceless at the same time. The core software is built by hundreds of community volunteers, and when you’re ready for more there are thousands of plugins and themes available to transform your site into almost anything you can imagine. Over 60 million people have chosen WordPress to power the place on the web they call “home” — we’d love you to join the family."
Those are the words from the Wordpress.org website. In order to join that family, though, it is necessary for you to find yourself someone to host your website, eg godaddy. Now, most companies that offer web hosting will want a monthly sum from you, and sign you up to a contract that gives them all the rights, and you all the responsibilities of payment. How I detest having to give my paypal details for a so-called free trial! What a lengthy, difficult process it is to withdraw from these agreements!
So, perhaps Wordpress.com is better. After all, it is free, isn't it? Well, it has a price. A big part of building traffic to a website these days is networking, so perception is everything. Also, the search engines give more credibility to paid domain names. I would rather you wait and save your money then to choose a free host today with the intentions of upgrading to paid hosting later. You will go to all the trouble of making your website under their terms and conditions.
What's the safest and most inexpensive way to get control of your own piece of the internet? Here are five simple steps in simple speak:
1. Before you buy a domain, book a free consultation with me. Get the first step right.
2. Web hosting can be one affordable yearly payment. No contract. Leave anytime. Contact me
3. Website development is an initial cost (starts at $700), but a one off expense. You can do it too, and save this money, if you have the time and inclination.
4. A few specific lessons on updating your website, via email, and you are set to go.
5. Join the online community on utube and learn heaps about Wordpress.