Compare Self hosted WordPress and WordPress.com as Free Blogging Platform

Are you planning to start a blog? I would highly recommend WordPress as blogging platform for non techie as well as tech savvy people. Matt Mullenweg and few other folks created WordPress back in 2003 which is now the best CMS platform awarded by reputed organizations. WordPress comes in two different versions, one is available online at WordPress.com where you don’t need to worry about hosting, domains as your content will be hosted by Automattic (the parent company of WordPress) and even you will get a domain like yourblog.wordpress.com. The other version of WordPress is a complete package which you can download and install on your rented server and of course can make changes in the vanilla code of WordPress as per your need. Whether you should choose self hosted WordPress package or hassle-free WordPress.com, we will try to help you in making this decision. WordPress.com – Advantages and Disadvantages In this comparison post, first I will talk about WordPress.com which is already hosting more than 10 million websites. Here you just need to register yourself using the signup window and provide few details about your blog, sub-domain name choice etc. and your blog will be ready in no time. You can start blogging in less than 5 minutes. There are lot many theme templates available for free, you can choose any one of them for your blog and once selected, the theme will be visible on your blog. Isn’t it so easy to manage and start a blog without paying a single dollar? Of course it is as easy as buying a baby diaper from store. In WordPress.com, you can browse other blogs hosted on the domain by using tag surfer and can have a community feeling as well. WordPress is also having a community platform named BuddyPress which is a dedicated platform for building community sites, but here you will get a feeling of being part of a huge platform and browse great articles by other users. But as WordPress.com is managed by Automattic team, you get very less customization options. For example, you can’t edit the theme files to customize them as per your need. You can edit the CSS to change width, background color, fonts etc. but can’s add things directly into the code. You have widgets to use but then your selected theme should be widget ready. Your blog will be hosted on WordPress server, they are fast and reliable servers but still you don’t have caching feature to load your pages much faster than normal loading. Self Hosted WordPress – A Complete Package To overcome these restrictions, you can try self hosted WordPress package. You need to download the latest version of WordPress...

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