What is WORDPRESS ??
WordPress is software which is used to create websites including blogs. The word “Blog” stands for Weblog or Web Log and means a diary or chronicle of personal events or of other sequentially dated content. Click here for Techopedia’s definition of a BLOG.
The emergence and growth of blogs in the late 1990s coincided with the advent of web publishing tools that facilitated the posting of content by non-technical users who did not have much experience with HTML or computer programming. From Wikipedia
I have been using the FREE software from WordPress.com and the hosting services of the WordPress.com website / company, since 2012. The software (call it WordPress) is available via the “file servers” (computers of the WordPress.com company which are set up to provide shared access to software).
If you set up a blog / website via WordPress.com you are not downloading or saving the software and running it yourself, but you are accessing the software from WordPress.com. This is the reason why you can’t make changes to the inner workings of your blog (i.e. add “code” or programmes) – because doing so can maliciously affect the WordPress.com files (if someone purposely sets out to do so or accidentally does this).
WordPress.org is a Foundation (a legal nonprofit organisation) and a website that stores the WordPress software on its servers (computers), and that promotes the development of the WordPress software, and of associated plugins. WordPress.org makes its software available to WordPress.com to package into a “Content Management System” (CMS) which is what you set up when you register with WordPress.com and follow the online instructions to set up the framework for your own blog / website.
If you have never used WordPress.com and would like to sign up just for a User Name with WordPress.com OR to sign up for a WordPress User Name and start your own blog, please follow my instructions by clicking on the link below.
A big difference between setting up a website through WordPress.com or setting it up with a web hosting provider and installing the WordPress software from WordPress.org is that you can only use additional programmes called PLUG-INS (or plugins) such as e-commerce options (i.e. an online store), forums, calendars, events and advanced mailing lists, by running the WordPress software on a self-hosted site.
To elaborate –
If you download or save the WordPress software from WordPress.org to your computer, you will have to run those files on a suitable WEB HOSTING SERVICE which means that you will have to find a company that you pay hosting for, in order to install the WordPress software on the file servers of the hosting company. This option will enable you to install plugins.
If you sign up for a blog / website with WordPress.com you don’t need to download anything. You just follow the initial prompts to get a framework / “skeleton” for your blog or site, and you can refer to my comprehensive GUIDELINES on how to configure or set up your free WordPress.com website fully, and how to run it or maintain it.
Having said the above, if you sign up for a Business Plan with WordPress.com the Automattic company will then “tweak” or change your access to their files, and you will be allowed to run plug-ins on your WordPress.com site, but this option costs a fortune, compared to using a web hosting provider like Bluehost, so instead you should consider finding a web hosting provider which will let you install the WordPress software, and should download the WordPress software from WordPress.org if you really need plug-ins or advanced customisation of your site. Going with self-hosting and using software downloaded from WordPress.org will give you plugins and more control over customisation of your site.
Having a FREE website with WordPress.com means a limited colour scheme and limited customisation, but you can still set up and run a beautiful blog or website.
See here for a detailed explanation of
WordPress.com versus WordPress.org
When you hear someone talk about a “self-hosted site” or a “self-hosted WordPress site” what it usually means is not that the person who has this type of website is literally hosting her files herself on her own computer server, but that they have arranged for a web hosting provider to host the software and associated files (i.e. the images and blog content that you create). When you use WordPress.com it is the WordPress.com company that hosts your software files for free.
Things are further confused when some people recommend that you “go with WordPress.org” because WordPress.org provides the WordPress software not web hosting. If you want a WordPress self-hosted website or blog, it would be best to start with, or go with a web hosting company such as Bluehost, which hosts WordPress software. The hosting company will guide you through downloading and installing the WordPress software on their file servers, of which ostensibly you are hiring space on their servers.
If you are interested in the WordPress.com paid Plans (which provide benefits that are not available when running a free WordPress blog) click here .
For tips and useful information about using WordPress, follow my WordPress Guidelines blog HERE .
You may see advertisements on this blog. This is because this blog uses the free WordPress.com platform. If you don’t like the ads, just brush them away like you would with an annoying bug.