As small business owners wish to be able to edit their own websites, WordPress has become the content management system (CMS) platform of choice for millions of websites. In fact, WordPress is currently the largest self-hosted blogging/website tool with 60 Million sites/users. However, many people do not realize the difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org. Here are the main differences:

WordPress.comwordpresscom

This is where you go to WordPress.com online and register for a free hosted site. You can choose from a variety of themes, but the overall functionality of the site (in terms of plugins, customization, and the ability to install server-based files such as Google webmaster tools) is limited.
1.Free hosted solution.
2.Few plugins available.
3.Domain mapping but content on WordPress server.
4.Limited themes and design options.
5.Can’t access CSS stylesheet, PHP files to modify.
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WordPress.org

WordPress.org is installed on a hosting account and provides free themes, paid premium themes and custom themes (such as ones that MTECH designs for its clients). You should always select a hosting company that is very familiar with WordPress.org, has support for PHP 5.0 and above, and MYSQL. WordPress is not built on simple HTML, so you may need to change hosting companies if you want to use WordPress. It is especially helpful if the hosting company uses Cpanel.

1.Purchase hosting from $7-$15/month.
2.More than 25,000 plugins
3.Content on your own. server with unique domain
4.Thousands of themes.
5.Full access to modify core theme style and functionality.

Next week I will discuss the differences between free themes, premium themes and custom themes. For additional questions on WordPress for small business owners, please contact us at 970-903-3605.