What is the difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org

What is the difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org

This boggled my mind for a quite a while when I started blogging. I signed up for a free blog on wordpress.com. Got everything up and running then figured out I can’t run ads or change things the way I wanted to. Everyone kept saying you have to use WordPress.org or you have to be self-hosted for those things. So I googled WordPress.org and tried to sign up but I couldn’t. Then with more research, I found out you can’t sign up for WordPress.org unless your self-hosted. What the hell. It should say that on the home page of wordpress.org. So If you are confused on the whole .com/.org thing here is a step by step guide that you have probably already been thru. Then I will explain how to go about it

 

What you probably have been thru:

  • Decide to start a blog
  • Don’t want to spend any money
  • Sign up with a free blogging site such as wordpress.com
  • Get your blog going, posting, sharing, getting traffic
  • Decide you want to start advertising (monetize)
  • Find out you can’t unless you go with wp.org
  • Try to sign up with wp.org but there’s nowhere to do it
  • Confused
  • Google it
  • Can’t find the answer
  • Want to break your computer/ but can’t
  • Ask people on forums
  • Still, don’t understand
  • Feel like an idiot
  • Try to sign up for wp.org again
  • Still, can’t find a spot to sign up
  • Ready to give up?

 

Don’t!  Why? Because I will explain in lamens terms “What is the Difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org”

(That’s what I needed and couldn’t find it anywhere)

WordPress. com is a free blogging platform. In order to use WordPress.org you have to be self hosted.

 

Here’s how to go from Wp.com to Wp.org (wordpress.com to wordpress.org)

 

I have no experience on any other free platform besides wordpress.com but I don’t think it would be much different.

And of course, I have included affiliate links for companies I recommend. I will get a small commission if you sign up thru my links but that is how I make money on my blog and how you will too at some point. My links will not cost you any extra money and I will post the best deals that are available to me.

If you already have your blog set up on a free blogging platform like wordpress.com all you have to do is pick a hosting company ( I have compared four hosting companies side by side and will share that later) You have quite a few options my favorite is site ground and you can also read more about that latter.

So you have your blog setup you decide on a hosting company XYZ you pay your fee for them to self-host pick out your brand new domain name or use the one you had to go thru the hosting

go thru the hosting company’s questions. Your ready but now they want you to migrate your website over. Okay, but what the hell does that mean????? It means to transfer your files from wp.com to wp.org. They have detailed directions on how to do that but it includes words that you have never heard like FTP.

If you chose the right hosting company they will do it for you. For free. That’s why I picked site ground. I had Bluehost at first and couldn’t figure out how to migrate my site wp.com would do it for over a $100 and Bluehost offered to do it for over a $100 as well. I actually accidentally shut my site down three times trying to migrate(and panicked). I felt like an idiot. How am I going to run a blog if I can’t migrate my website? I couldn’t afford to pay to have it done so thankfully I was able to cancel with Bluehost it was day 29 of their 30-day money back guarantee. Then I joined with Siteground who did it all for me for free. I will go thru those steps below

 

Where you started:

  • Decide to start a blog
  • Don’t want to spend any money
  • Sign up with a free blogging site such as wordpress.com
  • Get your blog going, posting, sharing, getting traffic
  • Decide you want to start advertising (monetize)
  • Find out you can’t unless you go with wp.org
  • Try to sign up with wp.org but there’s nowhere to do it
  • Confused

 

So here is where I will help you:

  • You already have WordPress.com or another free platform
  • Pick a hosting company
  • download the one click WordPress install
  • contact your new hosting company to have them migrate your site if they offer it. ( it doesn’t take that long, Siteground will do it for free)
  • pick a new theme (site ground will also upload your new theme for you) some themes can be transferred, if not you will have to make some adjustments to a new one, change around pics and the way post are. It will make you crazy but it has to be done
    • on a side note if you pick a theme then decide later on to go with their paid version you will have to make more changes so its best to pick a theme, pay for it, and stick with it. I spent countless hours redoing my site because of this. You’re better of spending a lot of time picking your theme then paying for their upgraded version (which you will eventually need) and doing all of this mess once.The theme I decided on was Kale Pro. Here are some other popular ones
  • Now don’t get confused with the whole Cpanel thing. Just type in your new domain name and add/wp-admin EXP: www.yourdomain.com/wp-admin
  • You will have to sign in with the username and password you chose on the one click install
  • once you sign in your dashboard won’t look much different than your wp.com dashboard
  • but you will have more options on the side panel
    • Such as
    • widgets this is where you will place banner ads, about me, social media follows……
    • plugins how you add cool features to your blog. Like SEO,
    • customizing- changing the features on your blog

this is what you want now you can start to play around and change your theme how you want. As you get more comfortable you will also be able to change codes so your links are different or to change the font and colors of your website even different layouts offered by your theme.

I hope this clears things up and puts it in more lamens terms for people like me who are not tech savvy and can’t believe they’re starting a blog when they can’t figure out how to become self-hosted.

If you have any questions leave it in the comments below. I will try to help as much as possible. Check out my blogger resource page for more tips on starting and running a blog. or check out my recipes if you’re hungry. Everyone’s gotta eat!