What is WordPress & understanding WordPress.org vs. WordPress.com

What is WordPress?

WordPress is software. Think of it like Microsoft Word or Adobe Photoshop. WordPress is a software program you can download for free and use.

More specifically, WordPress is a type of software called a Content Management System (CMS). This means it will allow you and anyone you choose to add, edit, store and retrieve data from a database.

Whoa, that got geeky fast. The easiest way to think of it as a tool that allows non-tech people to leverage a powerful tech storage tool (a database).

WordPress.org vs. WordPress.com

WordPress.com is free for blogging using a domain name like http://yourname.wordpress.com.

WordPress.org is where you can download the software, so you can install it on your own server.

While WordPress.com can be used for business, it’s not very cost-effective, as many things, like removing ads, using your own domain name, removing credit link, customizing your design, etc. WP Beginner has a great info sheet on this here, which also compares .org and .com.

The biggest pro to using WordPress.com is that it is simpler. They take care of the hosting, the regular software, and backups. Therefore, you don’t have to worry about those things.

If you are a professional, we strongly recommend wordpress.org. You can read about all the reasons we recommend WordPress, but the bottom line is that your business will evolve and so your website should be able to enable you to grow when you’re ready. You can run WordPress software on your server using the domain and hosting you purchase.

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