WordPress is the most used Content management system aka CMS today and has been for quite a while (as far as tech years are concerned).
It went from being a blog posting platform to now a more robust tool in the tech tool belt for many entrepreneurs.
Since the rise of self-hosted CMS platforms like Wix, Squarespace, and Shopify you might be on your computer overwhelmed and frustrated because you don’t know what platform to build your website on. ⠀
I have transferred too many websites from these others to count and have built websites themselves on the hosted platforms as well. WordPress has the widest opportunity for growth and creativity in my opinion. However for clarity when I talk about WordPress though I am talking about wordpress.org NOT wordpress.com.
What is the difference between wordpress.com and wordpress.org?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Just like Wix, Squarespace, and Shopify, wordpress.com is a hosted CMS on wordpress.com’s servers. You can move your WordPress site but it will be more costly and cause more of a headache than if you built the site in wordpress.org’s open-source code.
While it seems like a smart choice in the beginning, when it is time to expand you will be limited and your site will be subject to more crashes than if it were with a reliable host. (I recommend Siteground)
You also will not have access to the large library of support offered in the opensource community of wordpress.org
In summary, wordpress.org is better than wordpress.com because wordpress.org gives you full access and customization to the WordPress open-source platform. If you have to choose between wordpress.com or another self-hosted CMS I would choose Shopify, if you aren’t running an eCommerce store then I would choose Squarespace.
Personally, I haven’t had a good experience with WordPress.com and there are so many microtransactions you ultimately are not saving money in the end.