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Wednesday Words: WordPress.com hosted site

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Wednesday Words: WordPress.com hosted site

There are two types of WordPress – self-hosted and hosted via WordPress.com. Today we’re defining WordPress.com hosting.

WordPress.com is a service provider which provides interested individuals with free and/or premium WordPress hosting. Unlike self-hosted, a free account with WordPress.com limits what you can or cannot do with WordPress. For example, with self-hosted you can chose from any number of free or premium themes. With the free WordPress.com account, you can only select from a certain number of free themes or purchase a one time use premium theme for your site. There are other limitations as well – such as no additional plugins other than what is already provided by WordPress.com.  That being said – for anyone who is looking to start a blog, not looking to invest any money and wants updates and everything handled for them, the free account at WordPress.com might be the way to go. If you change your mind down the road, you can always port your site from WordPress.com hosting to your own server.

The premium WordPress.com option provides more options, but still has minor limitations. However, if you aren’t technologically savvy and don’t have a friend or relative who is that is willing to help you, premium WordPress might be for you.

It is also important to note you cannot monetize your sites (sell ads or have ads on it) via WordPress.com unless you have a certain hit count per month (this is true for Free Accounts not sure on paid).

All in all, WordPress.com is useful for several things – including plugins, like JetPack, associated with self-hosted WordPress sites. It’s also a great, free tool for anyone who wants to try WordPress out and start a blog before investing time and money into a server and going from there. My best advice for anyone considering a blog – start out with WordPress.com. If you are doing well with it and want more control, consider upgrading or moving to your own servers.

Enjoy!

Wednesday Words are a series of definitions posted weekly on Wednesdays regarding a word or phrase related to WordPress or it may be a generic word dealing with websites in general. These definitions are to help provide you with a better understanding of common and uncommon terms associated with WordPress and websites. You can find all the Wednesday Words by clicking on the Wednesday Words tag below, or clicking on the Wednesday Words Category link in the right menu or clicking here. Wednesday Words will also be available in a glossary in the future.

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