WordPress is one of the oldest blogging platforms in the business. There are others, but WordPress holds the market in shear users numbers. Last count had WordPress in the twenty million range. I am sure that number has since grown. And with more and more people getting online daily, there is a large market who have no idea how to host a WP websites or use a WordPress Plugin.
So to support both markets, WordPress has what is called WordPress.org for the techie folks and WordPress.com for the now techie types. The article below by Social Media Today explores the pluses and the minuses of doing business on both platforms…
Thinking about building your own blog? There are many different options out there and this post is going to focus on two of them: WordPress.com and WordPress.org. WordPress.com is hosted by Automattic, the team that developed WordPress. WordPress.org is the self-hosted version of WordPress and the version “The Fried Side uses.” Though similar, you should be aware of the differences before deciding which way to go. Making the right choice for you in the beginning can go a long way toward making your life easier in the long run.
If you go the WordPress.org route, you must host the site yourself. This means you are responsible for finding a hosting company for your WordPress.org site and you will have to pay a monthly fee usually in the $5 to $15 range. You will also have to purchase your own domain name to associate with your WordPress.org blog. When shopping for a host, you may want to look for one that advertises “Easy WordPress Install” or “One-Click WordPress Install” because the next thing you’ll have to do is install WordPress on your host.
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