Last week, I decided to migrate my blog from fully-hosted WordPress.com to self-hosted WordPress.org. Some of you have asked what the difference is or are currently weighing out the pros and cons of doing something like this.
What is WordPress.com?
WordPress.com is where I started. It was easy and didn’t require too much computer tech experience. At WordPress.com, your blog is fully hosted. That means the good people of WordPress take care of the tech stuff and provide you with all the tools you need to produce your very own blog.
What is WordPress.org?
Moving to a self-hosted version of WordPress means that I no longer have some of those perks that come with having someone else do all the hard stuff for me. What’s the trade-off? Having a bit more control over my site. And, it’s more than just changing font colors. There are things that I can do with a self-hosted site that I wouldn’t be able to do through WordPress.com.
Here is a must-read article explaining the difference between the two. This blog author does an excellent job explaining the difference, likening the decision to figuring out whether you should rent or buy a house.
When it came to this million dollar question, “WordPress.com or WordPress.org?” I found a lot of articles favoring WordPress.org, mainly because it provides the blogger with some creative control. However, I don’t think going the self-hosted route is necessarily for everyone.
What is the Best Choice for You?
If you …
- are happy with the many choices of themes that WordPress.com offers
- are not tech-savvy or have no desire to learn html, etc.
- blog for the purpose of journaling, sharing information, connecting with other individuals
- enjoy the community environment within WordPress.com and the ease of connecting with other bloggers
- want to keep blogging without having to pay anything
Then, WordPress.com is a good option for you.
If you …
- want to do more customizing of your blog
- want to get involved with more affiliate marketing and advertising
- want to grow a business
- want to learn more about the tech side of blogging
- are willing to pay some fees (such as your own custom domain and web hosting … I used WebHostingHub.com)
Then, consider switching to WordPress.org.
Moving Means Time: Make Sure You Have Lots of It
But, let me warn you. If you already have a WordPress.com blog, it may not be a smooth transition to WordPress.org. At least it wasn’t for me. I spent more time on it than I really wanted to. As a result, I sacrificed some sleep to get everything completed, so that it wouldn’t get in the way of my homeschool day with the kids. I should’ve waited to do this when life was less busy (summer perhaps). But, the reason why I jumped on this opportunity now was because of a promotion from Blogelina, which included a free year of web hosting. I thought this would be a good way to “get my feet wet” without the upfront cost of getting a web host. I just opted to set it up myself because I can be a bit of a control freak sometimes. I probably could’ve saved myself the time and headache by letting Blogelina do all the techie stuff for me since that was part of the deal. Oh well! It was a good lesson to learn.
If you are still thinking about running a self-hosted site, click here for a helpful tutorial about moving from WordPress.com to WordPress.org.
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