Which Blog Platform to Use ?
Hey, It’s 2017 and it’s already late if you didn’t start a Blog. If we talk about starting a blog, We have lots of options to choose. WordPress, Blogger and Tumblr are popular ones to name a few.
Blogging as a Hobby or for Personal Use:
Choosing the right blogging platform depends on the type of blog you wanted and what you would like to post on your site or blog.
If you are blogging for fun or as a hobby or as a means of personal project or website, you can use BlogSpot (Sub-Domain), WordPress.com (Sub-Domain) or Tumblr, as they are free and don’t require many workarounds like bothering about SEO, Design and all as you hosted for your personal purpose and you don’t want Google to Index it.
You can make your blog visible to search engines like Google, Bing or so that people around the world can see your site or you can turn visibility off so that only the people with access can see it.
Blogging to Earn Money or to Promote Business:
If you are blogging to promote your business or to make money online, self-hosted WordPress.org is preferable as there are tons of options for monetization as well as some extra options for self-hosted WordPress which I’ll blog about in my later articles.
In this guide, I will tell you all about what WordPress is and I will explain you the difference between these two flavors of WordPress. This will help you understand which WordPress platform suits you.
What is the WordPress?
WordPress is a free and open-source CMS started as a blogging tool, and later evolved into a full CMS (content management system).
The first version of WordPress was released in 2003, as an open source project licensed under GPLV2.
Over the past decade, WordPress has evolved as Top Players among Blogging Platforms and now WordPress Powers 25% of all sites across the web.
That’s according to the newest data from W3Techs, a company that tracks the usage of different web technologies.
WordPress is based on PHP and MySQL. It was founded by Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little, WordPress is a project backed by their parent company Automattic Inc, which offers various WordPress related products and services, such as WordPress.com, VaultPress, JetPack, Gravatar, and many others.
Now, Let’s talk something more interesting!
WordPress is just a Platform for Blogging, Every other blog looks the same without themes and customizations. Gone are those days where a user should have proper coding skills to design their own website using HTML, CSS, JS. WordPress Themes can be applied directly and no coding knowledge is required.
Themes play a crucial role in attracting visitors and makes your visitors easy to navigate across your articles and makes them stay on your site. Offcourse design is the primary thing which they get attracted towards.
WordPress offers free as well as premium WordPress themes.
Free WordPress themes can be downloaded from official WordPress repo, or from third party websites. Premium themes have lots of advantages when compared to free themes like faster page load speeds, Adsense Optimization, Hell lots of customization and many more.
Innovative Blogger uses Schema WordPress Theme. Schema is WordPress Optimized and SEO Optimized theme and is perfect for Blogging.
WordPress Plugins extend the core features of the WordPress software.
They help to add new features to your websites. There is a WordPress plugin for almost everything. Each plugin has it’s own functionality like page builders, Caching plugins etc
You can download WordPress plugins from the official WordPress plugin’s site or you can browse them from your WordPress panel or from plugin developers sites or companies.
WordPress.com vs WordPress.org: What’s the Real Difference?
Let’s start with WordPress.com
It is a free blogging platform offered by Automattic, which allows anyone to create a blog for free with its free subdomain.
When you create a blog on WordPress.com, you will get a web address like “yourblogname.wordpress.com” which is known as sub-domain.
Quick Knowledge: Sites with name types such as blogname.com are called as domain names, Where as sites with name types such as [email protected] are called as sub-domains.
There are lots of service providers such as WordPress, Weebly, Wix etc.
Your blog will be hosted on the WordPress server. This platform is great for people who want to write their personal things or project related documentations or something like that.
You can buy custom domain names, use paid themes, plugins and so on.
Limitations on WordPress.com
- As it is a free platform developers won’t show much interest in developing free themes as they put their hard effort in designing them they’ll charge for it, So you’ll hardly find great themes for WordPress.com.
- No third party themes are allowed.
- If it is a personal blog, there is no harm as the WordPress team takes care of managing your blog’s architecture and back-up.
- WordPress.com is preferred for:
- Individuals who want to start a personal blog, Contests or Promotions at Site or Blog Level.
WordPress.com is not preferred for:
People who are about to start a business like Startups.
People who want to start a Brand.
People who are planning to make money online from a blog.
People who wanna add custom codes, modify existing codes or plugin or FTP etc.
People who want to promote a particular product or brand as Affiliates.
WordPress.org is also popularly known as a “self-hosted WordPress blog,”.
WordPress.org aka Self-hosted:
WordPress.org is a great solution for people who are looking to start a blog for making money online, promoting a business or a brand or for creating an E-Commerce Site etc.
WordPress.com and WordPress.org have same User interface.
WordPress.org, Removes all the limitations of WordPress.com, and offers complete control over your blog.
You can Upload a Custom theme or Plugin, You can create them or you can use already existing ones.
You can install third party plugins.
You can Monetize using various methods such as Adsense, Affiliate Marketing, Paid Reviews etc
I hope this article has helped you to understand what WordPress is as well as the differences between WordPress.com and WordPress.org (self-hosted).
If you have any questions or doubts regarding WordPress, feel free to ask me via the comments section below.
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Here are some other interesting facts about WordPress:
- Most popular websites in the world like (TechCrunch, Forbes etc) are powered by WordPress VIP.
- WordPress app is available for all mobile platforms ( Android, iOS, Blackberry).
- You can migrate existing blog from Blogger.com or WordPress.com to a self-hosted WordPress.org.
You can post jobs or find any jobs on many freelance marketplaces like contentmart.com, Fiverr.com, Freelancer.com.
- You will get great support for WordPress from different websites and different forums and from the WordPress Official Community Forum too.
- You can design anytype of website using wordpress, Call it a Ticketing Website for Booking Tickets or an Online Community Forum or anything there are lots of themes for everything. You can install WordPress locally to test or develop anything on WordPress. (Windows and Mac)
InnovativeBlogger is Powered by WordPress.org!
Innovative Blogger uses Schema WordPress Theme.