After writing my step by step guide about starting a blog, I got to thinking about how complicated the process was and how a single post wasn’t quite enough to do it justice.
So, while that guide has all the basic info you need about starting a blog, I’ve decided to do break down some of the further elements into simpler steps
While their names are similar, their functionalities are completely different. What are those differences and what will it mean for you and your blog?
One of the first things that you have to decide when starting a blog is what platform you will use. A platform is where you publish the content of your blog. For example, I use WordPress, which is what we’ll be covering today. Other names you might recognize are Joomla, Drupal, or Ghost.
WordPress is arguably one of the best and most popular platforms out there. It is widely used and has a large network for support. I completely recommend going to them for your blog’s platform.
That being said, it can be a bit confusing to navigate if you’re just beginning your blogging journey.
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The choice between WP.com and WP.org comes down to whether or not you want to have a self-hosted blog.
Self-hosting is whether you will pay to host your blog through a separate company (such as SiteGround or Bluehost – you can read my feelings about those two hosts here) or whether you will let WP.com host your blog for free. There are advantages and disadvantages for both of these choices.
I’ve made this nifty little graphic so that you can easily see the differences between the two and make an informed decision about your blog.
Really, at its core, the difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org is what your goal for your blog is.
Do you want to eventually monetize your blog? Do you want full customization options? Do you want your own personalized web address? If that’s the case, go with a self-hosted blog on WordPress.org. It’ll cost a bit of change, but it’s worth it for the customization.
If you just want a no-frills experience for you blog, or you just want to test the water before jumping in, then WordPress.com is what you want!
Check out my latest post about getting your blog started today! It’s so easy if you follow my step by step instructions.
You can also check out this super helpful list of 10 blogs every beginner blogger needs to follow for some blogging inspiration!
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So, which platform have you decided to use for your blog?