WordPress.org: the ultimate site management system?

Last week we looked at the pros and cons of WordPress.com. This week, we’re looking at WordPress.org: this is for you if you want total control! You can change the way your site appears and add in all sorts of widgets and plugins. Unless you have technical knowhow you will need to get help with set up but you get the same easy-to-use control panel and can update the site yourself. It is the best system if you want to monetise your site.

WordPress.org Benefits

  • Ability to upload themes
  • Ability to upload plugins
  • Complete control to change code if you’re technically minded

WordPress.org Cons

  • You need a good web host, which you will have to pay for – costs are a few quid a month to start but can increase if you have LOTS of traffic
  • Requires more technical knowledge to set up and run
  • You’re responsible for stopping spam
  • You have to handle backups
  • You must upgrade the software manually when a new version comes out
  • If you get a huge spike in traffic (from  a plug on the front page of a site like Digg) your hosting needs to be able to cope

If you are unsure, start with WordPress.com and all your input and work can be transferred across to a WordPress.org site at a later stage or once you start feeling the limitations of what you can do. The most important thing is to START BLOGGING and get some content up there.

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