Hey Health Coaches, Here’s the 411 On The WordPress Platform
If you’re new to WordPress, these are two very common questions asked about WordPress.
“I thought WordPress was free?”
“What is the difference between WordPress.org and WordPress.com?”
In this post I will answer these two questions and help you decide what WordPress platform is best for you and your business goals.
The WordPress Platform Free
The difference in cost will depend on your business goals & the investment you want to make
The 411 on WordPress.com
It is actually FREE, and does not cost anything for you to start your blog.
WordPress.com is a commercial website where you can host a free website with some limitations or pay a yearly fee to remove the restrictions. All you have to do is start an account by entering your username, password, and your website name. (YourName.WordPress.com)
- WordPress.com is great if you are new to blogging and want to try out WordPress for the first time, without a huge commitment.
- WordPress.com is an excellent way to create a simple, no frills website.
- WordPress.com is great if you don’t want to have an active part in your design, your advertising, or keeping up with the maintenance of your website.
- WordPress.com is pretty much free if you are just what you want to write about is just a hobby, and you are not interested in doing business online. Many business owners want to use their websites to write about their products, and sell products online.
On The Flip Side
Here are the limitations you will find on WordPress.com
- Limited to WordPress.com themes, you can’t upload your own.
- You may not use your own custom plugins.
- You have limited storage space, which means you are limited to, the content you can have on your blog.
- You have limited control of your content.
- You must pay to remove ads, and some content is not allowed at all.
- You have no FTP access to your files.
- It’s also important to note that with WordPress.com you can’t use third-party advertising solutions, such as Google Adsense. You also can’t track your stats with Google Analytics.
- You can’t have a custom domain.
Attention Affiliate & NetWork Marketers
- If you are an affiliate marketer who wants to sell items from Amazon, Clickbank, CJ, or any other affiliate program, save yourself time and money and pass up on WordPress.com even though it is free.
I have heard so many nightmare stories of online marketers who have spent many hours on their website and then to have it taken down because they had violated WordPress.com’s strict policy guidelines.
- If you are a network marketer, you also want to avoid WordPress.com. Your network marketing methods are also usually frowned on by the strict policy guidelines.
Here’s The 411 On The WordPress Platform
I am sure by this time I am sounding a little biased, the truth is I am. I know as a business owner if you are serious about building your online business, you will need to invest in a stand alone WordPress website.
If you want to add to your bottom line and create revenue online, you need to put your WordPress website your own server, with your own domain and your own design.
- You need to have a stand alone WordPress website with your own domain.
The Answer for Most Business Owners Is WordPress.org
WordPress.org is an informational website where you can grab the free software, download plugins, and find 1000s of free articles on how to make your business WordPress website better.
For most business owners the answer to their online success can be found in having a stand alone WordPress website. To do this you will need to choose the WordPress.org system.
When you set up a site using WordPress on your own server, you have the freedom to do whatever you want with it. Yes, there is a little bit of a learning curve, but don’t worry, I am here to help you out with that. 🙂
The 411 on WordPress.org
- You can use any free or premium plugin that you want to choose.
- You can use any free or premium theme to make your website, feel like it represents you.
- You have access to your FTP, so you can add and edit files via FTP, cPanel or whatever method your web host allows.
- Love to code? You can tweak your WordPress files any way you want, as well as you can set up your server settings to improve performance.
- You have full control of your website and your content, the only ads on your site, are the ones you authorize, and the ones you are getting paid for.
On The Flip Side
Having full control over your site also comes with great responsibility. You will need to be prepared to regularly maintain and update your site. You will also need to make sure your site is secure and less vulnerable to hacking.
- On top of that, if you have any problems with your server, you will need to sort it out yourself with your web host.
My Recommendation: WordPress.org
When it comes down to cost, freedoms and limitations, and maintenance and development considerations, WordPress.org wins hands down.
It may take more time and effort to set up a WordPress.org stand alone website, but you will have full control over the look and feel of your site.
So if it’s not the money, what should be the deciding factor?
Simple — it’s you. This is your site, your brand, and your voice. The deciding point is how you wish to present yourself to your customers.