If you’re like me when I was starting out, you may not have even known there was a WordPress.org, much less what the difference is. I always heard WordPress was the place to be if you were wanting to take your blog seriously, and I figured since my website had a “.com” URL and not a “.wordpress” URL, I just assumed I owned it.
I was wrong.
I would constantly try to add things like Google AdSense, or just simple widgets to my website and it never worked. This confused me, because there were tons of tutorials on how to add them to your WordPress site. I thought, “There’s got to be something I’m missing here.”
I had made a WordPress.Com website, NOT a WordPress.Org website. Even though my URL was still www.buildstrongvibes.com, I did NOT own it like I had thought. Even though I was paying the most I could for it, I was limited on what my template could do and what I could add to my site. Frustrated, I started researching.
When I found out I could have saved money, had more freedom on my website, and owned it I was a little frustrated to say the least. Switching from the .COM to the .ORG ended up taking so much work. Although the people at Bluehost were SO amazing, and did everything for me, my old template didn’t work so I had to start over completely fresh to build my new site.
So, don’t make the same mistakes I did.
If you’re wanting to own your domain, make sure you go through WordPress.Org. The major difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org is who’s actually hosting your website. With WordPress.org, YOU host your own blog or website. WordPress.org is where you’ll find the free WordPress software that you can download and install on your own web server.
It sounds confusing, but I promise you it’s not. And it’s cheaper than you might think.
Step 1.) Buy a domain name (Unless you use my recommendation with step #2, and then it’s free! Yay!)
Step 2.) Get a hosting service, I highly recommend Bluehost for lot’s of reasons. They’re the cheapest, customer service is amazing, and your domain name is included for free!
Step 3.) Start blogging!
Save time and money by starting with WordPress.Org! Please leave any questions you have about this topic below and I’ll help you get started!