What is WordPress?

First things first. What is WordPress?

Well there are two types of platform you can choose from, but we will be concentrating on WordPress.org because it’s free and easy to work with! 🙂

WordPress.com and WordPress.org

WordPress.com is a hosting platform that makes it easy for anyone to publish online. The software is hosted and maintained by the team here at Automattic, letting you focus on creating awesome content!

WordPress.com is brought to you by some of the same folks who work on WordPress, the open source blogging software that powers millions of websites.

WordPress.com Benefits

  • It’s super easy to set up
  • All of the technical maintenance work is taken care of — Setup, upgrades, spam, backups, security, etc.
  • Your blog is on hundreds of servers, so it’ll always remain available, even under high traffic
  • Your content is backed up automatically
  • You’ll get extra traffic from being a part of the WordPress.com community
  • You can find like-minded bloggers using search and the reader
  • Your dashboard is secure (SSL) making it even safer to log in on shared networks

WordPress.com Cons

  • We provide 210+ themes (and adding more every day) which you can customize, but you cannot upload a custom theme
  • You can’t modify the PHP code behind your blog
  • You can’t upload plugins

Note: The VIP program on WordPress.com for high-traffic and high-profile sites allows you to run custom themes, custom PHP code, ad code, and WordPress plugins.

WordPress.org (self-hosted) Benefits

  • Ability to upload custom themes
  • Ability to upload plugins
  • Complete control to change code if you’re technically minded

WordPress.org (self-hosted) Cons

  • You need a good web host  — This generally costs ÂŁ7-12 a month, or thousands of pounds per month for a high traffic site
  • Requires more technical knowledge to set up and run
  • You’re responsible for stopping spam
  • You’re responsible for creating and maintaining backups of your site
  • You’re responsible for updating the WordPress software when new versions are released
  • If you get a huge spike in traffic, your site will probably go down unless you have a robust hosting setup

WordPress.org is free blogging software. With WordPress, you can install themes and plugins, run advertisements, edit the database and even modify the PHP code that powers your site. Anyone can download the software for free from http://wordpress.org, but it must be installed on a web server before it will work. Hosting your own WordPress software can be fun and rewarding, but it also places full responsibility on the blogger. If you mismanage your web server, you could lose your entire blog.

WordPress is web software you can use to create a beautiful website or blog. We like to say that WordPress is both free and priceless at the same time.

The core software is built by hundreds of community volunteers, and when you’re ready for more there are thousands of plugins and themes available to transform your site into almost anything you can imagine. Over 60 million people have chosen WordPress to power the place on the web they call “home” — we’d love you to join the family.