You want a website- a real website- a WordPress website! So you Google “WordPress website”. The top link says “WordPress.com: Create a Free Blog or Website”. Sweet! Your very own website FOR FREE!!! Or is it?
One of the BIGGEST mistakes I see new business owners make is sign up for a website through WordPress.com. And so often it happens because they honestly don’t know there is another option. I mean, why would you? You’re a total newbie at this, and the bigwigs aren’t making this easy.
So I want to take a few minutes and break down the major differences between a .com and a .org website so you can make sure to choose the right one!
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WordPress.org vs WordPress.com: What’s the Difference
So here’s the dirty secret most new website owners don’t know: WordPress is a FREE platform to build a website on. Yup, totally free. But it’s got to live somewhere. That’s where hosting comes in.
If your website is a house, hosting is the plot of land it sits on. Without land for your home, you’re pretty much out of luck. (Your domain is your address by the way. It just tells other people where your website lives). And no matter what you use to build your website (WP, Squarespace, Wix, Weebly, etc.), it has to live somewhere.
The techy answer is that hosting is renting space on someone else’s servers (like giant computers) for your website to live. If you build a site through Squarespace, Wix, or Weebly, your website is hosted on their company’s servers. But WP isn’t owned by a company (hello, free!), so it needs to be hosted somewhere.
WP.com is a company that hosts websites on its servers. They offer very limited free plans and then very expensive paid plans. Honestly, to get a professional looking website, you’d need to be on their $25/month plan, which is just outrageous. (In comparison, Siteground, which is my hosting recommendation, is $3.95 a month)
WP.org is just the platform that needs to be hosted on someone else’s servers. If you’ve ever heard of people getting hosting through Siteground or GoDaddy or Bluehost, that’s why! These are called self-hosted websites, and is absolutely the best way to create a website for your business.
Most hosting companies offer one-click installs of WP, so they make it nice and easy to get the platform. (This post shows you how to set up a website on Siteground. You can install any theme or plugin you want to get the perfect site for your business.
Confused on the Best Options for You?
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