WordPress.org VS WordPress.com
Did you know that WordPress.com and WordPress.org are actually two very different platforms?
WordPress.org aka “the real WordPress”, is the popular website platform that you have heard all the great things about.
It is open-source and 100% free for anyone to use. All you need is a domain name and web hosting. This is why it is also referred to as self-hosted WordPress.
WordPress.com is a hosting service created by the co-founder of WordPress, Matt Mullenweg. Because of the same founder, often users confuse WordPress.com with the popular WordPress.org software.
The WordPress.com hosting service has 5 plans:
- Free – Very limited.
- Personal – $48 per year
- Premium – $96 per year
- Business – $300 per year
- eCommerce – $540 per year
- VIP – starting at $5000 per month
What is it good for?
The platform is an excellent choice for bloggers but is frequently used to build a wide range of websites. This includes online shops, real estate websites, personal blogs and magazines, company websites.
How does it work?
The dashboard of WordPress is always the same but owners can add on additional features using plugins to create a unique website with its own set of features. Most of the plugins are available for free. Some will have upgrades available to purchase.
The more plugins you install the more updates will be needed for your website. Updating plugins and ensuring your website is working is not difficult if done on a regular basis.
How does it look?
The look of a WordPress site can be customised by changing the website theme or changing the colour and font settings of the theme in use. But with our recommended visual builder you don’t have to be restricted by a theme (Elemntor works with most themes, even the free ones).
Editing of pages is easier with visual builders (a category of plugins) like Elementor. This plugin will help you add the content (text, images, multimedia) onto pages of your website. You will be able to create a page layout and update colours and fonts using Elementor.
Pro version of the plugin is included with this course and we have already installed it on your website!
How does it develop?
You should always improve your website and keep it aligned with the goals of your business. This may mean you have to add plugins and integrate WordPress with third party software and business tools. Some integrations help to sell online (PayPal, Stripe). Other help with marketing (MailChimp, HubSpot).
Also, you have access to statistics of your website to analyse which parts may need improvement. Either way, you stay in full control and with a large number of tutorials, articles and forums available online you can either do it yourself or find a professional to do it for you easily.
Design WP Website
- Understand static/dynamic content
- Use Elementor to drag & drop elements
- Install plugins to add functionality
- Search for answers in Google if you get stuck
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