The vast majority of internet users turned to Facebook and Twitter rather than traditional blogging. However, this social media channels present lots of limitations regarding the control and administration of your posts when compared to blogs.
What’s with WordPress?
WordPress is one of the most popular blogging platform. There are two types of WordPress environments: WordPress.com and WordPress.org.
In the first one, your webpage is hosted by WordPress under a certain domain name (ie. chosen-name.wordpress.com). Main advantage is that you have no cost at all. On the other hand, you won’t be able to use certain advanced features, such as plugins. Your site will also be “ad-supported”, which means that random publicity may be displayed on it.
Regarding WordPress.org, it will be necessary that you find your own web hosting provider and install the program yourself. You will also need to register your own domain name. However, the program is fully customizable, to the extent of modifying CSS, HTML codes and themes. In other words, you will experience full control over your blog to adapt it to your needs.
Both .com and .org experiences are recommendable. But full control over your blog is what you should aim for. Besides, the cost of a domain name registration is, hardly, one hundred dollars per year, that you can raise by placing ads on your website (ie. Google AdWords).
To use WordPress.org, you need to choose a compatible web hosting package. This may sound complicated, but actually is really simple: you only need to check that you plan has PHP and MySQL support. Once you have that for sure, you are good to go.
Moving from WordPress.com to WordPress.org
If you wish to go from .com to .org to experience the full features of the WordPress platform, you can configure your blog in just a few steps. Remember cheking if the hosting service you have supports PHP as well as MySQL. Check if the hosting package is WordPress compatible. Once you discarded compatibility issues, you should install the WordPress program to your hosting account. Then, you will need to migrate your content from the .com account to your new hosting allocated space. From your .com account, you will have the possibility of exporting the posts in one single file and uploading it to the new location.
Once you have the WordPress program installed, you may start personalizing your WordPress site. Customization is one of WordPress’ most relevant features. The right election of the blog’s theme determines the overall look and dynamics of the website. You will find a great deal of themes within the admin panel of the WordPress program. You can also find paid themes over the internet, that you can afterwards apply to your blog via FTP access.