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WordPress vs WordPress.org vs WordPress.com

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In this video I’m going to go over the difference between WordPress, WordPress.org and WordPress.com.

WordPress is a publishing platform that makes it easy for anyone to publish a website online. It comes in two flavors: the fully hosted WordPress.com, and the self-hosted version, whose software is available for free at WordPress.org.

WordPress is the application itself.  This application is free open source software that you will install on your own hosting.  Installing on your own hosting provides you lots of flexibility. You can install any WordPress theme or plugin to give your website the functionality it needs.  You also have the ability to edit the backend code of themes for further flexibility.  Some of the hosting companies you could go through such as Blue Host, Godaddy, Host Gator and so on.

The majority of the tutorials are about WordPress as I recommend to use it 99.9% of the time.

WordPress.org is where you can download the WordPress application, find support through their forums, and view or download any of the different plugins and themes.  This is where you can find anything you need for hosting the application on your own hosting.

WordPress.com is where you can host a free WordPress website on wordpress.com. This means you won’t have to purchase your own hosting.  You would be using WordPress’ for that. This setup is not as flexible as if you were to install on your own hosting, unless you upgrade to a higher package which allows more customization.  If you upgrade to the Premium or Business package, it will cost more than buying your own hosting package and it still won’t provide as much flexibility.  There are few types of websites that I’d recommend going in this direction.  Maybe a very basic blog would work ok on this platform.  Before I get into the limitations, I’ll go through the 2 bonuses with going with a wordpress.com website.  The first is it’s very easy to set up.  You create a login and it will set up the site for you.  And secondly, they manage the plugins and themes therefore you don’t have to worry about keeping them up to date with the latest releases which in turn will give you better protection from hackers getting access to your website.  I will go into this in more detail in a video on security.

As for the limitations of WordPress.com: with this type of install, you are limited to the themes that they have available.  They do have 100’s of themes to choose from (some free but the majority have a fee), but once these themes are installed, you don’t have much flexibility to edit the theme beyond the little customization they provide.

You will also be limited to what plugins you can install.  Once again, you can only choose from the ones they provide. If you need any additional plugins to add functionality to your website that aren’t provided on wordpress.com you can request they add them, but you can’t count on that happening.  If they won’t provide you with that plugin, you may need to upgrade and move it to a self-hosted website.  This could take some time so instead of going through the process of moving it, I’d recommend starting off on a self-hosted website.

That does it for this video.  In the remaining videos in this series, I will be talking about WordPress as an application that you’ll install on your own hosting provider since that’s what will provide you the most flexibility which the majority of businesses require.

WordPress Basics
Pre Website
Buy a Domain   (5:20)
Buy Hosting   (7:44)
Create a Sitemap   (7:14)
Introduction To WordPress
WordPress vs WordPress.org vs WordPress.com   (3:32)
Installing WordPress on your own hosting   (7:56)
Logging into the admin dashboard   (2:22)
Admin Dashboard Overview   (9:22)
Dashboard Screen Options   (3:37)
Changing WordPress Settings
General Settings   (4:34)
Writing Settings   (3:53)
Reading Settings   (1:55)
Discussion Settings   (6:46)
Media Settings   (2:19)
Permalinks Settings   (4:37)
Setting up your site
Change Themes   (2:49)
Customize Themes   (7:50)
Menu Screen Options   (3:50)
Add A Menu   (4:07)
Edit Your Menus   (5:13)
Sidebar Widgets   (7:50)
Footer Widgets   (9:18)
Adding Users   (4:47)
Edit Users   (5:00)
Adding Content
Pages vs. Posts   (2:47)
Post & Page Screen Options   (8:15)
Visual Editor Menu   (11:44)
Post Formats   (4:18)
Publishing a Post   (11:13)
Publishing a Page   (8:42)
Adding Images   (11:48)
Adding a PDF as a Link   (2:35)
Linking Text to a URL   (3:15)
Pasting Text From Word or Other Editor   (7:26)
Categories & Tags   (7:35)
Custom Fields
Scheduling a Post   (1:32)
Updating WordPress
Updating WordPress   (1:50)
Updating Plugins   (1:50)
Plugins
Plugins Overview   (7:15)
Plugin Screen Options   (1:14)
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