wordpress.com vs. wordpress.org

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    I am a new blogger here at wordpress.com, my blog is mmalowdown.com. I am very happy here and I am having a lot of fun. However, I was wanting to be able to use plugins and customize a little more. I have been thinking about moving to wordpress.org and paying for a host. I dont know html and I dont want to change over and then regret it. My question is: is the editing of your blog pretty much the same, in the sense that you use the control panel and things like that? Or do you have to do everything in html? I would really be able to use a similar system, with more customization available to me. Thanks in advance for your help.



    wow, lots of questions i can’t answer. but you can find the answers by searching the forums, as there are plenty of past threads discussing this issue. i think there are many who are in the same situation as you in those threads.



    No, to edit a theme, you have to edit the PHP files that come with the theme. This includes HTML as well.

    Not having to do that is one of the pluses of wp.com. It’s a trade off.



    Customization of your blog on wordpress.org is much the same in terms of choosing your theme. As well, you have sidebar widgets that you can just drop and drag. Where it differs is your ability to actually go into the code and place things where you want and add whatever you want.

    As well, customization of header image and CSS colors of title is not really there. You have to just point the stylesheet yourself to image you want. It is easy once you get the hang of it, but more difficult than the easy interface of WordPress.com

    Plugins is the main reason that people would want to host on their own account. It gives you the ability to put whatever you want, whenever and wherever you want it. That makes customization more advanced.

    Some of the dis-advantages of wordpress.org include having to worry about installation of the program itself. While this is a ‘click here’ installation, you have to get a host, get a domain name and point it to your server, download the files, upload them and then when everything is ready, install! Simple really, but daunting for someone that is not really used to doing all of this.

    Security, spam, backups, account access and other important issues all of a sudden become your own responsibility as well. If you are ready to do this, it can be rewarding. I have a hosting account and still have 6 of my blogs on wordpress.com with and without domain names to simplify my life and just let me blog. It depends on what you want and need.

    WordPress.com has the upgrade features, but when it is all said and done, it really can be cheaper with all of them than a hosting account! I know that you can install other programs than WP on your own server, but if you just want to blog, wordpress.com is as cheap as you want (even free).

    WordPress.org has a great support forum and so does wordpress.com. Both have great documentation and FAQ, so either way you are not alone.

    I guess the easiest thing to do is ask yourself what you really want and need and then compare the lists to you. Either way you win!




    Here’s a link to a thread that clarifies the three wordpress options. http://wordpress.com/forums/topic.php?id=6406&replies=9



    You guys have been more than helpful…Thank you so much for going out of your way to help everyone out here in the forums…You guys really go above and beyond.



    Thank you. [w00t! somebody likes us ;)]

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