When you’re brand new to WordPress it can be confusing to figure out what you really need and what the different kinds of WordPress actually are. One of the first things to understand is WordPress hosted vs self hosted, often described as “WordPress.com vs WordPress.org.”
Here are some more ways you may see this question phrased:
Do you need WordPress.com or WordPress.org?
What’s the difference between WordPress hosted vs self hosted?
Should you start a blog on WordPress.com?
So what do these things really mean?
- 1 WordPress.com Or WordPress.org?
- 2 Understanding WordPress Hosted Vs Self Hosted
- 3 Your Own Website With The WordPress Platform Installed On It
- 4 What You Should Know About Web Hosting Companies
- 5 How The WordPress Platform Gets Installed On Your Website
- 6 Getting A Good Web Hosting Plan And Starting Your Blog
WordPress.com Or WordPress.org?
You’ll see the question, “WordPress.com or WordPress.org?” all over the place. Usually with short answers that don’t really explain things.
The problem is that question itself is misleading. WordPress.com and WordPress.org are just websites. You don’t actually need either of them!
- WordPress.com is a website run by the same people who make the WordPress platform. They give free blogs there, but those blogs are very limited and they won’t let you do everything you want to do.
- WordPress.org is another website run by the same people. It’s a website that provides WordPress support, but it’s not a website to put blogs on at all.
What you need is neither WordPress.com nor WordPress.org. You need the WordPress platform installed on your own website.
Understanding WordPress Hosted Vs Self Hosted
Having the WordPress platform installed on your own website is called “self hosted WordPress.” It means the entire WordPress system will be on your own website instead of hosted on someone else’s website. This gives you full control and lets you install anything you want including themes and plugins.
Having full control of your own website and of your own WordPress platform is really important from the start if you’re planning to make money with your blog.
So it’s not even about WordPress.com vs WordPress.org. It’s about putting the WordPress platform on your own website. Next I’ll explain how to do that…
Your Own Website With The WordPress Platform Installed On It
Okay, so far so good, right? You now understand that you won’t actually use the WordPress.com website or the WordPress.org website, you’ll use your own website. When it comes to WordPress hosted vs self hosted you want to choose self hosted WordPress on your own website.
But how do you get your own website and install the WordPress platform on it?
It can be broken down into just two steps:
- Buy your own web hosting account and register your own domain name at the same time.
- Install the WordPress platform on your new website using the automated tool provided by the web hosting company.
Don’t worry, it’s actually pretty easy to do.
The only decision left is which web hosting company to choose. There are lots of companies out there and it can be hard to choose if you don’t know much about them. There’s a hosting company I recommend for most folks but first, here’s more information about how to choose a hosting company in the first place…
What You Should Know About Web Hosting Companies
Generally speaking those really gigantic web hosting companies don’t provide great service and support — they are so big that their customers tend to get lost in the shuffle. I don’t recommend using your phone company or the big companies that advertise during the SuperBowl for your web hosting.
The ones that tend to provide the best service are the medium sized independent companies that are entirely focused on web hosting. They are big enough to provide what you need but small enough to help you when you need it.
BTW, I’m a big fan of working with your web hosting company whenever you need help and building a relationship with them. Good web hosting companies are happy to help you and they do it fast with no fuss.
How The WordPress Platform Gets Installed On Your Website
Once you have a hosting account there’s one more step and that’s putting the WordPress platform on your website. You only have to do that part once and you may do so right from the web hosting control panel using the tools provided by the hosting company.
Good hosting companies use an easy control panel system, like the one called called CPanel, which gives you all of your account options in one place. You may configure your websites, add SSL/HTTPS, set up email and access all of the features you need to run your websites.
Getting A Good Web Hosting Plan And Starting Your Blog
The medium sized independent hosting company I like gives you a fast website, fast support, the CPanel system and the price is all-inclusive — no extra charges. That’s really important especially since things like SSL/HTTPS security are included too.
They offer three account options including two plans that support having multiple websites for one price. So I recommend choosing the middle account which will give you everything you need now and later.
The medium hosting plan is $15/month. And there’s a discount when you first sign up, too. Take a look at the features and if you have any questions (or would like to go through the process together step by step) just let me know.