Blogger, TypePad & WordPress Review… Part 3 of 4

by Brian on February 11, 2010

Today is part 3 of 4 of our Blogger, TypePad & WordPress Review. Today we are going to look at WordPress.com and WordPress.org.

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WordPress.org is often confused with WordPress.com… let’s take a look at the differences between the two. To note, Automattic owns them both.

WordPress.com provides free hosting for the WordPress software, but it’s not nearly as versatile. This is a much easier way to set up your blog.

It literally takes 5 minutes to set up a simple WordPress Blog. It’s free, it’s easy and all of your posts are automatically backed up. It’s highly unlikely that your site will ever crash because of a spike in traffic.

There are a ton of downsides to using WordPress.com. It’s very limited to what you can and can’t do without paying for upgrades.

  • You can’t use AdSense or do any type of affiliate marketing without upgrading to VIP WordPress.com hosting, which starts at $500 per month.
  • If you want your own domain name, you not only have to buy it, but you have to pay an additional $10 per year to WordPress.com for using it.
  • If you don’t want ads displayed on your blog, you have to pay $29 a year.
  • If you want to customize your layout through CSS, it’s an additional $15 per year.
  • If you want to upload videos to your blog you have to pay $59 per year and so on and so on.
  • The best part about these fees is, if you have multiple blogs, you have to pay the fees separately for each blog.

One of the biggest things to consider when using WordPress.com is that if you violate their terms of service, they can delete your blog and all of its content without warning…

The freeness of WordPress.com quickly goes away when you realize that it costs a lot of money to do the things you need to do to make money with it. Not to mention 4 MAJOR drawbacks.

  1. There are only around 80 themes to choose from.
  2. It’s very limited.
  3. You cannot install third-party plug-ins, e.g. Feedburner.
  4. There is very little Tech Support.

If you’re still interested in signing up for a WordPress.com account, Click Here

BUT there is a brightside… Automattic has WordPress.org.

The WordPress platform software is free to download, but you have to find your own hosting service for the software.

Hosting typically runs $4 – $20 per month. Hosting can run up to thousands of dollars per month depending on the type of services that are featured with the subscription and the amount of traffic coming to your blog.

Using WordPress.org gives you complete control over your blog. If you are technically capable, you can make your blog do just about anything, not limited to using Google AdSense, uploading any theme you like and uploading any plug-in you like (because WordPress.org supports 95% of all plug-ins). There are literally thousands of plug-ins available for the WordPress platform.

The downside to using the WordPress platform is:

  • It requires a little more technical knowledge to set up and run.
  • You are responsible for stopping spam and handling your backups.
  • You typically have to manually upgrade your software when new versions come out.
  • Not to mention, unless you have a robust hosting solution, if you get a spike in traffic your site will probably go down.

But with the right theme, you can make one of the best blogs on the Internet.

To Sign Up for a free WordPress.org account Click Here.

Stay tuned tomorrow, we are going to give you our no holds barred summary of who we think is the best blogging platform.

Do you use WordPress.com or WordPress.org?

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