Why use WordPress? And what is the difference between .com and .org?

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WordPress has been popular for a while now and doesn’t look like it is going to change in the near future. One of the main reasons it is so popular is that it is Open Source. Meaning that it is free, therefore loads of people not only use it but develop for it too. It also means there is lots of help out there.

A lot of our clients want websites that they can easily edit content and WordPress has become our preferred choice. The user interface is fairly easy to use and if you are struggling there are lots of online tutorials available, including ours. We also offer one to one tuition if required.

Another reason for WordPress is there is lots of evidence that it is Search Engine friendly and plugins like Yoast make it easy to control your meta titles and descriptions. If you haven’t got Yoast for SEO installed on your site let us know and we will see what we can do.

What is the difference between WordPress .com and .org?

The main difference is .com is run from the WordPress server and .org you download the files and host them on your own. If you have your own website hosting I would recommend you go the .org (self hosted) route as you have much more flexibility to change theme templates  and personalise your site and add additional plugins. Also officially .com is not for businesses.

If you want to read up more here are some articles you might find useful:

About WordPress
WordPress.com vs WordPress.org
Why WordPress is Great for Small Businesses

You might be asking if WordPress is free and Open Source, why would you pay someone like us to do your website? There is a simple answer – time! We know what we are doing and know how to do it well. You might not have the time or the inclination to do it yourself, also our design skills will give your site the personalised look that engages your business with your clients. We always try to tailor our services to our clients needs. If you are working on a tight budget and want to do some of the work yourself thats fine with us we are happy to start you on your way.

If you would like to find out more about our services and just to have a chat contact us.

Mike from startbloggingonline.com has kindly offered us the use of his infographic about the differences between wordpress.com and wordpress.org

Wordpress Infographic

2 Responses to Why use WordPress? And what is the difference between .com and .org?

  1. Sarah 13th April 2013 at 8:58 pm #

    Hi Lynette

    Good summing up of WordPress strengths and weaknesses.

    I agree about SEO as Google definitely picks up WordPress content REALLY well in my experience. I love it as the vehicle for an integrated blog in a website, and its SEO strength makes it brilliant if you can get clients to really understand the benefit of regular posting and the importance of inserting keyword rich tags in their blog entries (I set them up ready for them. That helps). That said, I personally don’t much like it for CMS on a whole site as you can’t do enough to lock down the format and design and stop clients inadvertently b*llsing up their website – but that’s just my view…

    Pet peeve? It’s not nearly as good as BlogSpot for simple, sticky ‘follow’ strategies. At least I’ve never managed to crack it to my satisfaction. A big fat ‘follow’ button. That’s all I want…. Drives me nuts!

    P.S. I couldn’t agree more about getting a pro (like us) to build the site – I am all for helping clients to then manage it themselves. To use an analogy, if you want to hit the road you need to learn how to drive a car, not how to build a car.

    • Lynette Marshall 14th April 2013 at 11:54 am #

      Hi Sarah
      Thanks for your comment. I think its important for clients to have an understanding of WordPress so they can make an educated decision as to how much they realistically want to manage. Like you I believe it is important to use the right man/woman for the right job!