A free and open-source content management system (CMS)
There are many different (free) platforms to start a blog. The best known is WordPress. Because there are so many options, with Blogging Rebels we focus on WordPress.org
WordPress is open source software for creating websites and published under the terms of the GNU General Public License. WordPress was developed by Matthew Mullenweg, but it is supported by a wider group of developers. WordPress is the most widely used content management system.
WordPress is software designed for everyone, emphasizing accessibility, performance, security, and ease of use. We believe great software should work with minimum set up, so you can focus on sharing your story, product, or services freely. The basic WordPress software is simple and predictable so you can easily get started. It also offers powerful features for growth and success.
We believe in democratizing publishing and the freedoms that come with open source. Supporting this idea is a large community of people collaborating on and contributing to this project. The WordPress community is welcoming and inclusive. Our contributors’ passion drives the success of WordPress which, in turn, helps you reach your goals. *source: wordpress.org/about/
WordPress.org vs. WordPress.com
WordPress has two different platforms: WordPress.org and WordPress.com. Both versions are free to use, but there can be costs involved that vary depending on how you want to start your blog website.
You can download and use WordPress.org for free, but you will have to purchase hosting and a domain name yourself from a third party. If you want to use a WordPress.org website, you do not pay anything to WordPress itself, but you do pay to your hosting party for placing your website on their server.
You don’t pay anything for a WordPress.com blog website. You use a piece of their server from WordPress.com and you don’t have your own domain name. Your website will not be called yourdomainname.com but yourdomainname.wordpress.com. However, it is possible for a small fee to get your own domain name with WordPress.com, you pay this fee directly to WordPress.
The differences, pros and cons for the two WordPress platforms.
- Your own domain name
- Use all themes (free and paid)
- You can use plugins for extra functionalities
- Optionally place advertisements, you do not have to share revenue
- You have full control over the code and you can make it anything you want
- Better search engine optimization (SEO)
- Some technical knowledge is required (you will learn the basics in our course)
- You have to arrange and pay for hosting and a domain name yourself, this gives you more freedom to do what you want
- You have to make backups, security (SSL) and watch for spam yourself
- No technical knowledge required
- You don’t have to worry about backups, spam, security, etc.
- You can choose from more than 100 different themes but no custom themes
- Integrated statistics system
- Your login is secured (SSL)
- You get extra traffic through blogs of the day
- Not your own domain name but yourdomainname.wordpress.com
- Choose from more than 100 different themes, it is a disadvantage that you cannot use custom themes
- You cannot install plugins for extra functionalities
- You cannot change anything in the PHP code (for the techies)
- Ads are sometimes displayed on your website, no control over ads and share revenue with WordPress.com
Overall WordPress.org is a better option but you do have to learn some technical skills (this comes in very handy and is not that difficult, I assure you). WordPress.com is recommended when it comes to someone who likes to post a blog article every now and then. Do you want to blog professionally and make some revenue? Then go for WordPress.org.
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