Have you ever wanted to start your blog but didn’t know where to begin? You’re not alone. Many people have the same idea but never follow through because they don’t know where to start. The good news is that today, creating a blog is easier than ever.
Whether you’re a beginner or not, WordPress is the perfect tool for creating a site that’s both professional and easy to manage. But where should you begin?
WordPress is a content management system (CMS) for bloggers that helps them organize and maintain their blogs. The WordPress.org foundation offers WordPress as a free and open-source piece of software. The WordPress blogging platform is responsible for the great majority of the millions of daily blog entries. WordPress, Automattic’s free blogging platform, is now available for download. To publish your articles and blog posts, you can create a free blog on WordPress.com or use the WordPress.org CMS on a self-hosted site.
WordPress has everything you need to start, whether you want to blog about fashion, food, design, or something unique. With a massive ecosystem of plugins and widgets, you can create a blog that perfectly fits your brand, style, and content. Best of all, it’s easy to get started.
Create a blog on WordPress.com or WordPress.org:
WordPress has two functions. You can either create a free WordPress.com blog or utilize the WordPress.org CMS on your domain (which I introduced above).
You may be asking what makes these two WordPress versions different. So, let me clarify the differences. WordPress.com is a free blogging platform.
You get your own name/domain name.wordpress.com address, one of WordPress.com’s millions of subdomains, like Blogger, Weebly, or Tumblr. The downside of starting your blog on WordPress.com is that you won’t be able to install third-party plugins or themes to enhance your site’s functionality. Many users prefer WordPress to other CMSs because of the available plugins and themes.
The ability to use thousands of freely available third-party themes and plugins is one of the benefits of having a content management system. Before you start building a WordPress blog from scratch, you’ll need to pay a nominal fee for web hosting and a domain name. Because the initial cost is small, you can get started right away. The entire procedure should take no more than 5-10 minutes.
I’ll also remark that Google doesn’t give free blogging platforms like WordPress much weight in its search rankings.
Of course, you can pay to get your customname.com address, which is a significant domain rather than a sub-domain. However, your blog will be limited to the features available to free WordPress blogs.
Unless you subscribe to their Business plan, you will have restricted storage and monetization options.
Benefits of Using WordPress.org
In the last section, I outlined the benefits of WordPress.org. However, here are the advantages of using WordPress.org over a free blogging platform like WordPress.com:
- Thousands of free third-party themes and plugins are available to use.
- You can edit your website with custom code.
- Managing massive, sophisticated websites with daily traffic of thousands
- Your website’s settings may help you rank higher in Google’s search results.
- Making money from a blog or website
Now that you know the obvious advantages of using WordPress.org’s CMS versus WordPress.com let’s get to the heart of the problem. Is using WordPress as free as ‘free air’?
To build a WordPress blog from scratch, you’ll need to invest in hosting and a domain name (your address on the web).
Because the initial investment is low, you can get started right away. So, let’s continue your WordPress journey.
You have to select whether you want a blog or a static page as your homepage. You can also limit the number of posts that appear on the blog page at any given moment, which can be customized as well.