In today’s era, having a website for your company or blogging for your passion is increasing and many bloggers performing very well in their passions. Whenever we look into starting a new business or blog, we come up with options like – Blogger, WordPress, and Tumblr. WordPress has made our life simple and fast and helped to get rid out of coding practices. In just a few simple steps, your website is ready.
In this guide, I’ll tell you the complete information on WordPress Community. WordPress was started in May 2003, as a blogging tool, and till now WordPress is used by almost 27% of the peoples around the world. Now, WordPress is completely an open source CMS (Content Management System) based on PHP and MySQL. WordPress is installed on a web server that is either part of an Internet Hosting service or network hosts in its own right.
WordPress was released in May 2003, by its founders Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little.
For starters, there are two important things you should know:
- WordPress Themes: WordPress users are required to choose and install a variety of responsive and attractive themes according to their business profession. WordPress has free themes and premium themes. Themes allow you to change the look and functionality of your website without altering the codes or site content. Every WordPress website is supported by a single theme.
- WordPress Plugins: WordPress plugins extend the core features of the WordPress software. They add interesting new features and functionality to your website/blog. These customization vary from SEO to client portals, widgets and navigation bars etc. All you need to do is find a plugin (features) that you need for your WordPress powered website. You can download plugins from the official plugins directory or from third parties who offer plugins through their own websites, many of them are paid plugins.
WordPress has over 50,316 plugins, each of them offers custom functions and features to your website.
Besides all this, WordPress has other features which integrate link management; an SEO friendly, clean Permalink structure, multiple categories for posting, tagging of posts, etc. WordPress posts can be edited in HTML and CSS or using the Visual Editor.
Now many bloggers have started their journey through WordPress.com and later shifted to WordPress.org. Here, I’ll tell you about the difference between WordPress.com vs WordPress.org?
WordPress offers two varieties of its software – WordPress.com and WordPress.org
WordPress.org: A self-hosted platform
When it comes to earning money through AdSense, Affiliate Marketing, or buying and selling of products/services, promoting a business or creating an e-commerce site – then WordPress.org is the only solution. It is one of the most and widely used platform and many big companies are working on these platforms.
You can do the following:
- Create custom themes/install third party themes
- Third party plugins are supported
- Can monetize the website (AdSense, Affiliate Marketing, in-text ads, paid reviews, e-books and more)
- Automated updates and backups with VaultPress
- Great community and support forums
- Unique URL address
WordPress.com is free blogging platform offered by Automatic, which allows anyone to create a blog for free. When you create a blog using this platform then the URL will be like www.domain.wordpress.com. Hence, your website is getting hosted by WordPress server. This platform is perfect for someone who is new to WordPress or wants to experience the blogging simply.
There are many paid add-ons available, and you can use custom domain names like www.domain.com by purchasing premium themes.
WordPress.com has many limitations and it does not support third party plugins and themes.
You can do the following:
- Individuals who want to start blogging journey for free
- Can choose and install WordPress themes and plugins only
- Full control of WordPress on setup, upgrades, backups, security.
- Free staff support and great community and forums support
- It’s Free.
Here is theofficial TOS pagefor using WordPress.com blogs, which will give you all the information you need regarding fair usage and the full TOS of WordPress.