So, you want to move your site to WordPress?
What is WordPress?
WordPress is a blogging software and a CMS (content-management system) based on MySQL relational database management system and PHP server-side scripting language. It is free and open source but requires a web hosting service for it to run.
Those who are new to WordPress find that the first obstacle when starting with WordPress is which one to choose between WordPress.com and WordPress.org.
I, myself, am not an exemption. When I first started my first WordPress blog, GEORYL, I was surprised to discover that there are two ways of using WordPress.
Difference Between WordPress.com and WordPress.org
WordPress.com and WordPress.org refers to the same WordPress software. In WordPress.com, however, they provide you a free web hosting service and allow you to publish your site as their subdomain like this: sample.wordpress.com.
WordPress.org, on the other hand, requires you to have your own domain name and web hosting account before you can create a blog. In the past, you need to download, install and configure the software on your hosting account before you can start blogging. These days, it’s easier to use this software because most web hosts offer user-friendly ways of installing WordPress like the Fantastico De Luxe used by Hostgator and WordPress Website Builder of BlueHost.
Advantages of Using WordPress.com
The obvious advantage of using WordPress.com is that it’s free. You do not need to pay for your own web hosting because your site is hosted on the WordPress servers.
Disadvantages of Using WordPress.com
At WordPress.com, you won’t have access to the core files and must abide with the policies and restrictions set by WordPress.com for your account. They even have the right to include ads on your site to help them pay with the bills. You can use a limited number of plug-ins and your site is branded with their logo.
Advantages of Using WordPress.org
At WordPress.org, you will have access to the core files which makes it easier for you to achieve the look and obtain the functionality that you need for your site. You can publish ads and accept sponsored posts or do whatever you want to your site (subject to restrictions of your web hosting company and prevailing laws).
Disadvantages of Using WordPress.org
Using this software requires that you have your own domain name and hosting account. Both of these are not free. You need to renew your domain name annually and maintain a web hosting account that usually costs $3.00 to $15.00 per month.
I suggest WordPress.org to those who want to be professional bloggers. Although it entails costs, you will have control over your site and will not be restricted by rules and terms set by WordPress.com. It also gives advertisers the impression that you are serious with your business.