WHICH WORDPRESS?

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What is WordPress?

WordPress is the simplest, most popular way to create your own website or blog.

WordPress is an open-source content management system that means anyone can use or modify the WordPress software for free. It can be compared to Joomla or Drupal but distinguishes itself with an array of extensions, designs, and elements.

The result is that WordPress makes building a website accessible to anyone – even people who aren’t coders.

Blogging and CMS

A Blogging Engine is basically a subclass of a CMS that has been specialized to allow people to post short articles easily, usually allowing comments from users. Some blogging engines are just as flexible as CMS’s but are different only because of their stated intention.

A CMS is a general-purpose system that allows authors to upload and manage all kinds of content like text articles, images, videos, audio files etc. The site administrators can also decide exactly how each page looks by its layout, the placement of navigation, advertisements etc. The administrator also controls who is allowed access to the system.

.com and .org

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Now there are two different WordPress CMS’s. What is the difference and is one better than the other?

Well, it can be confusing but let’s go over the differences between WordPress.com and WordPress.org.

Hosting

WordPress.com takes care of your hosting needs. There is nothing to manage through a web server. With WordPress.org you manage your own stuff.

Downloading

In .org you need to download the software (free) but with .com there is nothing to download.

Flexibility

Let’s start with .com. There a few limits to a free site here. You can not activate plugins and your users will see ads. There are no custom themes and you are at risk of deletion if you violate the terms of service. If you want more flexibility you need to pay for a business plan.

Now .org has some differences. You can install plugins and custom themes or make your own. Your site can’t be turned off, you can run ads for money, and have an online store, YAY!

Storage

Well now, the ever-important storage. WordPress.com offers 3GB of storage for the free version and if you pay you will receive more. WordPress.org storage depends on the hosting site you use (but that is a paid service).

Containers

A container content area is simply a label of something that holds the content. The layout itself is a combination of a header, footer, sidebar, page decorator and the main content.

You can alter these just by clicking the arrow and changing the information given.

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Closing Thoughts

There is a bit of confusion between .com and .org. Hopefully, this post helps clear some of that up for you. Happy creating!

 

 

 

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