Is WordPress just for blogs? Not anymore. Learn more about how this common misconception took hold and the differences between WordPress.com and WordPress.org
WordPress.com – the blog hosting service
The misconception that WordPress is just for blogs is a valid misconception as it was invented primarily as a blogging platform back in 2003. Since then, many people have used a simplified version of WordPress through WordPress.com – a dedicated blog hosting service.
Ten years ago everyone seemed to be on WordPress.com – It is a great place for simple personal blogs that don’t need an actual website and business’s used to use the platform to host their blogs and then link them to their website.
Advantages of WordPress.com
- Completely free – your blog is hosted on wordpress.com
- Great for personal blogs
Disadvantages of WordPress.com
- Very limited functionality
- Inability to monetise your blog with advertising
- Design limitations
- No plugin options for extra functionality such as e-commerce, membership etc.
- Not suited to businesses
Enter WordPress.org – The Content Management System
When people talk about WordPress these days they are actually talking about WordPress.org. WordPress.org is free open-source software, you just need your own website hosting package and domain name to get started.
Being open-source means that there is a whole community of developers and designers continually contributing to the core functionalities of WordPress. This is how it has evolved into one of the most popular content management systems in the world. 2017 statistics state that WordPress is powering over 28% of the internet and 14% of the top 100 websites in the world! (source here)
Many WordPress websites today don’t even have a blog, although I usually recommend you have one if you have the time to write the content. A blog on your website is a great way to add regular, relevant content to your website which the search engines love. Great for low-budget SEO.
Advantages of WordPress.org
- Fully customisable
- Add as much additional functionality as you like through free & paid plugins
- Ability to custom code theme designs, templates and plugins
- Have complete control over your website
- Make the design fit your branding
- Easily add e-commerce, membership options
- Great SEO options
- Excellent Security & Backup options available
- Easily integrate with social media or your e-newsletter
Disadvantages of WordPress.org
- Ongoing costs – WordPress itself is free, but you need to pay for your own website hosting and domain name (which your web designer can organise for you)
- Updating the website is essential to maintain a high level of security and prevent hacks
(your web designer may have plans to take care of the technical updates of the site as well as backups and additional security features)
With WordPress as your Content Management System – the possibilities are endless!