When it comes to blogging, WordPress is probably the largest platform out there. While micro-blogging services such as Tumblr are fool-proof and offer a unique twist, WordPress is a lot more powerful. However, those looking to begin using WordPress for the first time often find themselves confused because there are two versions. WordPress.org is the original open source platform and it remains completely free to run on any compatible server. WordPress.com is a commercial service — run by the folks at Automattic — which lets anyone create a blog for free. There are several benefits and drawbacks to going with one over the other — here are somethings you need to consider:
Going with the open source version offers more control over your website, but it also requires registering a domain, getting hosting provider, and installing WordPress. Buying a domain is fairly affordable and will run you just $10. Shared hosting is also not too expensive with some companies offering plans for just $5 a month. Getting through the entire process is not necessarily difficult, but it is tough for those who are not too technologically adept. Users also need to ensure their copy of WordPress is always on the latest versions to minimise any security vulnerabilities. The benefits of managing WordPress on your own include the free to customize anything and have access to tons of plugins. For those wondering, Skatter Tech runs on this platform.
Creating a blog on WordPress.com is as easy as making a new email address. You just need to provide some contact information and select a URL for your domain (e.g. myblog.wordpress.com). Picking a theme from a large selection and having everything ready to publish your first blog post should only take a few minutes. There are no complications you need to deal with. Those who want a custom domain, extra storage space, remove ads, or other features can pay for those add-ons. It is a pretty darn good deal considering you do not need to pay a penny for the basics.