WordPress.com versus WordPress.org
When I decided to start Cerebellum Strategies, I made a conscious choice to host on Amazon EC2 and install my own WordPress instance from WordPress.org. I like technology and figuring things out so this made sense for me. My blog has been operating for several months so I think I have a good idea about how installing your own copy of WordPress works. However, you can also host your WordPress blog with WordPress at WordPress.com. I have ideas for other blogs and I am curious about how wordpress.com works. Since Cerebellum Strategies is a serious blog about information technology careers, I decided to start something less serious and low effort. I decided to dedicate my new blog to cheese.
Enter Coagulated Goodness
- Create a WordPress login and login.
- Click My Blog
- Click Create New Blog.
- Picking a Name is probably the hardest step all of the obvious and clever names are taken.
- Once you have a name – fill in the blog address, blog name and privacy settings. I want my blog visible to the internet and search engines. The language (not shown) is English.
- Choose free versus paid. I picked free with Create Blog.
- You will get redirected to a new page where you can chose a theme. I picked Origin, which is free.
- The next step confused me. I got returned to the WordPress home page. I clicked on the My Blogs tab and I saw my new blog. When I hit post, I was directed to the familiar WordPress Admin Console.
WordPress.com Admin Console
The wordpress admin console has several differences with the WordPress.org console that you install yourself.
- Jetpack is built in – You have to install Jetpack on WordPress.org installs.
- Akismet spam filtering and has a panel under Dashboard. You have to pay to enable it under WordPress.org installs.
- Links are already populated with a number of WordPress links.
- Polls and Ratings – These options don’t appear in WordPress.org installs.
- Plugins – You can’t install plugins.
- Advertising – It doesn’t look like you can advertise your site, because you can’t install plugins and add ads.
- RSS Feeds are automatic – http://coagulatedgoodness.wordpress.com/feed/
The end result is my new blog – http://coagulatedgoodness.wordpress.com/
WordPress.com blogs are very easy to setup and automate a number of features. However, you can’t advertise or tweak the setup much.
I just found out about a similar article at Freestyle Interactive on WordPress.org versus WordPress.com.