Making this new blog has been one of the most stressful moments of my life! Dios mío! I highly recommend before ANYONE decides to create a new blog, they do every little bit of research possible on the website they want to have a blog on. If they don’t it will take weeks to do what can be done in a few hours.
For those of you who want to have a FREE blog and without a lot of technical/computer knowledge, I would highly suggest WordPress.com. The website is free because:
- WordPress gives you free hosting
- All technical maintenance is taken care of
- You’ll get extra traffic for being part of the WordPress.com community
However, some cons to WordPress.com are:
- No plugins allowed
- Cannot upload a custom theme
When I had my free account on WordPress.com, it worked totally fine. However, since I run a business and want to show and possibly some of my pieces on here, I needed more customization abilities. So then, I tried at making a WordPress.org account.
For me, the main “pro” for a WordPress.org account is the ability to use plugins. What is a plugin you ask? I’ll explain in another blog post. When you get a WordPress.com account, you get a limited number of widgets. Plugins are basically widgets except that some people other than WordPress create them, so there are thousands of widgets out there. They help customize your blog and make it more interactive and easy to use.
Because I don’t have a lot of technical knowledge when it comes to creating websites, I tried going through step by step tutorials and guides on how to do it myself without paying $129 for the WordPress team to do it for me. Let me just say this: IF YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU’RE DOING WHEN IT COMES TO CREATING A WEBSITE, HIRE SOMEONE ELSE TO DO IT FOR YOU. Not only does it save you weeks of wasted effort, but someone else makes sure it is done RIGHT. I am so happy that I payed to have a WordPress employee do the transfer for me because it only took a few hours to do and with great success. It was extremely easy.
Also with WordPress.org, you have to download and install files to your computer making it all more complicated for those who aren’t technologically savvy.
I honestly spent about 2 weeks straight trying to figure out how to set up my own WordPress.org account but to no success. I figured I would let a professional do it for me so I know 100% for sure that things are done correctly and that I didn’t overlook something that would hurt me in the long run.
However, with WordPress.org, there is no free hosting. Meaning, you have to sign up with a web host (WordPress.org gives you a list of recommended hosts) and pay yearly for them to keep your website alive.
If you want more detailed information the differences between WordPress.org and WordPress.com, click here.
Also, here is a page that explains the $129 guided transfer service
If you would still prefer to try and create a WordPress.org on your own, click here.