Why WordPress?

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.