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If you want to get started with WordPress, the existence of these two kinds of blogs will probably be a little confusing to you. This is why it is time to brief you on the differences between both systems, as well as on their respective pros and cons, so that you can make a well-informed choice.
WordPress itself is an open-source blogging Content Management Software, maintained and developed by a huge community.
WordPress.org is the official WordPress website, where you can download the installation files for free before installing them on your own server or hosting package. The site also offers free themes and plug-ins that allow you to complete the basic files, as well as forums where you can get support when you have questions.
WordPress.com is a platform, created by the founders of WordPress.org, on which the WordPress software is installed. There, everyone can start their own blog, without any technical knowledge. WordPress.com is a hosted service, which means that you do not need to take care of software installation and maintenance – you can get started right away. But it also has a few limitations that you should be aware of. You will find them below.
However, there is also a middle ground: Managed WordPress Hosting, like the one that Combell offers you. This solution has the great benefits of WordPress.org, but you do not need to worry about installation, maintenance, security and backups, and there is no inconvenience due to the limitations of WordPress.com.
If you want a basic site, with the limitations you know about, and have no problem with the fact that third-party advertisements are displayed on your site, WordPress.com is probably the best solution for you – linked to your domain name or not.
If, on the other hand, you are a professional user, blogger or webmaster who wants a unique design with full control over all aspects, including plug-ins, WordPress.org might be a better option, especially when you intend to install a web store on your website. No third-party ads will be displayed on your site, there will be no limitations, and you will be free to do everything you want. The growth potential is endless. Everything is possible!
WordPress.com: starting a blog is free, but if you want more options, you need to switch to a paying plan. WordPress.com currently offers the following plans:
For a full-service WordPress hosting solution with its unlimited possibilities, we advise you to visit Combell’s website.
Go to the My Combell control panel. In the DNS & forwarding management section, click on DNS & Forwarding next to the chosen domain. In the empty “web forwarding” field in front of your domain name, enter your www, and in the “Destination” field, enter the name of your WordPress.com blog (e.g. myblog.wordpress.com). Also, check the “Cloaked” box if you want the address bar to show the address www.myblog.be at all times. Click on “Add” and you are done!
Give the system some time to apply the changes. From now on, visitors who enter your www.myblog.be address will be forwarded to your free wordpress.com blog.
In order to be able to use wordpress.org, you need a Linux hosting account. You can order one on Combell’s website. If you are a returning customer and already have a hosting package, one click is all that's needed to install WordPress via your control panel. If you prefer help with the install, send a simple e-mail to our helpdesk and we will install WordPress for you!
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Now, you know the differences between wordpress.com and wordpress.org. Which option will you choose and why? Let us know in the feedback section below.
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