The best description is posted by iThemes.com and is as follows: “WordPress is an online, open source website creation tool written in PHP. But in non-geek speak, it’s probably the easiest and most powerful blogging and website content management system (or CMS) in existence today.”
It’s important to understand that WordPress is like software or a platform. A Really awesome and powerful software. And it’s maintained by a community of amazing people and developers, who are constantly creating and updating all kinds of cool stuff. It’s as if by magic, if you imagine something you want your website to do… someone has developed a plugin or theme to do it AND it might actually be free!
WordPress.org is the non-profit community of developers and geniuses that create, update and build all of the above mentioned amazingness.
WordPress.com is a company, designed to make money. They provide free and premium hosting of a wordpress site. Their free sites are free, with links and access to premium bells and whistles however (and this is a big however) You are not free to do what you want, with your free site. In fact, I recently created a free coupon site while recording a tutorial and my site got banned for illegal content. When I re-read the fine print I didn’t see anything that should have banned by content, and I emailed them. They said my coupon site wasn’t a “good fit” for wordpress.com and that I should consider self hosting.
I LOVE WordPress The Platform
(and you should too!)
I love the platform because it has brought internet marketing and websites to the people. Seriously, you can get up and running with a full on fantastic and valuable website all by yourself in less then 5 days (see Wealthy Affiliates Free Trial if you’re interested in getting up to speed fast), but besides being easy… WordPress (the platform) is accessible. You don’t NEED to go to wordpress.com to access all of the great (and free) functionality of a premium wordpress site.
It’s important to understand the differences between the (3) wordpresses, because only 1 of them is a money making entity. Yes, I’m a little bitter that they axed my coupon website, because I think coupons are valuable and it’s nice to be able to show people how they can create ongoing revenue by creating website promoting other peoples products and deal. AND I’ve been working with WordPress for over 15 years, the bottom line is the Platform is solid and the free bells and whistles are solid and (here’s the best part) it’s easy.
The beauty of the wordpress system is it’s easy of use. ANYONE can turn a blank new WordPress installation into a thriving online business. For those of us in the know, we don’t hesitate, for those that don’t… they may step into the WordPress.com system and end up paying more for less.
You can do it, or have it done for you.
Going self hosted with WordPress is easy and I’m going to give you the quick rundown of the (2) basic offers. My favorite hosting / domain company is www.easybuildawebsite.com, I use them because their support is top notch and their rates excellent (especially their renewals which aren’t jacked up like most other hosting companies).
As illustrated below, they offer a “WordPress Site/Blog” package. This is a Managed Hosting Account, which means: It’s done for you. The is different then their standard Hosting package (as you’ll see further down). I’ll point out there, that this group of pricings is a little more expensive then the standard hosting, but mostly because it’s a “managed product” which means that they are taking care of the backend installation, the security, the updates, the performance. All of these things that can affect your online presence and your stress level, are taking care of for you. So, you’re paying a little more.
The Standard Hosting Packages carry more back end bells and whistles such as free email accounts, more unlimited sites, no limit to visitors or uploads. With these packages you can still install and maintain your wonderful wordpress site AND there’s still an easy way to install it, with the click of a few buttons. The difference is the “managed” part. You are the manager. You are in charge of installing security plugin’s and monitoring the site speed and other things. For many, the savings is a no brainer, however for some the peace of mind of a managed site is more valuable.
WordPress.com is not the only place to start your online journey, in fact if you are interested in spending less money and have complete control over the various websites you decide to publish I suggest going with www.easybuildawebsite.com and selecting either their Deluxe or Ultimate package. The Deluxe package provides the room online for unlimited websites for under $60.00 a YEAR! Imagine that freedom.
AND because these are “self hosted” websites you will not have ANYONE stepping in and telling you that your content isn’t a GOOD FIT. 🙂 (yes, I see that I’m a little bitter, but I’m working through it, ha ha ha ha ha)
No seriously, when you provide a genuine and valuables service online, you want to have the freedom to post and detail and show anything you want. In my case, I was creating a video tutorial on how to create a profitable website free…. and WordPress.com put the Kabash on that! I know, I can go with Blogger, that platform doesn’t stop most posts (provided they’re legal) and YES, I know blogger is free, but it’s not wordpress. It’s not pretty like wordpress, it isn’t as easy to make a professional looking site, like wordpress, and doesn’t have the community support like wordpress. SO… For a few pennies a day, you can turn it into revenue, with your own self hosted WordPress Site.
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