Recently a friend of mine asked me to help her setup a blog but she did not understand the difference between the .org site and the .com site , Basically there difference is that wordpress.com allows you to setup a blog in a few easy steps and its free. Its aimed at those that are not really interested in having a major customizable site. I would recommended it strongly for students with projects and/or hobbies.
However if you serious about your website I would not recommend it as it is not very customizable and the name of you site will have wordpress in it. For example, if I created my site in wordpress.com then the name would have been www.spartydesigns.wordpress.com , quiet a mouthful and not very professional. Your website is your image on the web and if it looks cheap and unprofessional your customers will feel the same of your business.
Also when we say wordpress.com we actually refer to the sitebuilder wordpress and not the actual site. You can install wordpress on your site without actually going to wordpress.com directly. Most Service providers have Apps Installers that will allow you to install the site directly from your Cpanel (site admin panel). See below pic
Some Pro’s and Cons
- Very easy to setup with limited knowledge of webdesign
- Very quick to install
- Its Free !!!
- No worries of downtime as WordPress is a solid reputable provider
- You limited on the design
- You limited on widgets and plugins which used can be extend your site functionality
- WordPress have the right to show ads on your site.
- You have complete control over your site and design
- You can install and run any widgets and plugin to really increase your site functionality
- You have your own domain like spartydesigns.co.za and email address as in firstname.lastname@example.org
- Cost ! There will be a cost factor when you run your own site
- Some knowledge of technologies like ftp , SQL database etc.
- Site maintenance is your responsibility and choosing a website designer and host is really important here.
NB – At spartydesigns we take care of the last 2 points under Cons. We manage the site for you and you don’t really need to know any technical knowledge We also setup your site in such a way that you will be able to update content yourself.