WordPress is the most popular CMS (Content Management Sytem) today.
More and more bloggers, entrepreneurs, business owners are using or switching over to WordPress for their websites for a lot of reasons. First of all it’s FREE and really is a no-brainer” once you learned how to use it.
If you are thinking of using or switching to WordPress, maybe this statistics will help you decide:
1. Usage statistics and market share of WordPress for websites – this will show a pretty detailed stats WordPress usage.
2. How Many People Use WordPress: Statistics, Percentages, and Comparisons – an info-graphic showing comparisons and how many people use WordPress.
3. 25 Reasons Your Business Should Switch to WordPress – in this article the author pretty much nailed the reasons why you should be using this totally amazing platform.
Before we go further on WordPress, it will be helpful that you know the 2 types of WordPress.WordPress.com and WordPress.org.
Basic wordpress.com is free but has its limitations which you can get rid off by paying for upgrades. For example using a .com cost $18/year and you also have to pay to get access with custom design features. Here your site is hosted in their servers and they handle most of the technical things for you including back-ups, security and availability.
The only catch is, they can pretty much do whatever they want with your content and if you read their TOS it states that:
“By submitting Content to Automattic for inclusion on your Website, you grant Automattic a world-wide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to reproduce, modify, adapt and publish the Content solely for the purpose of displaying, distributing and promoting your blog. If you delete Content, Automattic will use reasonable efforts to remove it from the Website, but you acknowledge that caching or references to the Content may not be made immediately unavailable.”
And wait there’s more!
“Automattic may terminate your access to all or any part of the Website at any time, with or without cause, with or without notice, effective immediately.”
So if they decide that you somehow violated the terms they terminate your ass.
WordPress.org is a FREE downloadable version of WordPress. You need to have your own domain and hosting where you can install it. Since you are hosting your own you are incharge and responsible with everything that goes on in your site. Aside from you definitley own your content you have full control of the design and layout and add whatever functionality you need!
The catch? As I have mentioned with self hosted WordPress you are incharge and responsible of your site and maintaining a self hosted site can be a lot of work, you actually might need to get help and assistance from professionals specially fo a big and busy website.
WordPress.com or WordPress.org, it is both WordPress and you will do great whichever you choose as long as it fits to your needs. So for me, WordPress.com is ideal for personal blogs and small websites especially if you are not into technology but if you are and you really want to be inchagre of your own blog and site then go for WordPress.org and get crazy with it!