Which WordPress is best for your new blog?
(Hosting your site with WordPress.com)
- The cost to start? FREE!
- A blog, which you can turn into a full-on static or hybrid (part blog, part static) website.
- 3GB of free storage for posts and media.
- Publicize, a tool for connecting your blog with social networks.
- Free statistics for tracking visitors.
- Access to hundreds of non-premium (free) themes and paid premium themes.
- Includes mobile responsive themes which can be viewed and READ from a desktop or mobile device.
- Add a popup MailChimp email form.
- WordPress.com access from mobile apps.
- You don’t have to manage a hosting account.
- Your FREE blog may show ads … WordPress will get the revenue from these ads. To eliminate the free ads you’ll need to upgrade your blog to Premium at $99 a year or business at $299 per year.
- On a FREE blog, you can’t add advertisements to your blog and receive the revenue. Can’t add affiliate links either.
- A FREE Blog has a limited selection of approved themes. The approved themes only allow for minimal customization, background color, the header or the navigation menu. You can purchase an upgraded theme that will give you a more sophisticated design, but you’ll still have the customization restrictions. You can do a Custom Design Upgrade for $30 a year. This will give you upgraded fonts, and you can use your own CSS for additional styling. https://theme.wordpress.com/customize/help/
- FREE blogs can’t have @domain name emails. Like firstname.lastname@example.org. The domain name email address gives a sense of professionalism.
- With a FREE blog, you can’t use 3rd party plugins. – My favorite SEO plugin, Yoast SEO can’t be used on a FREE blog.
- With a FREE blog, WordPress could shut down your blog if you violate their terms of service. It’s renting an apt vs. owning a house. https://en.wordpress.com/tos/
- With WordPress.com hosting your site is always backed up and updates are always done. It’s pay and play.