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For new users the difference between wordpress.com and wordpress.org might not be immediately clear. Basically wordpress.org allows you to download the complete source code and run your own version of WordPress. WordPress.com is a commercial service that quickly provides you with a “free” WordPress based blog, but introduces a lot of limitations. Most of which can be lifted by spending money.

WordPress Free

With a free wordpress.com account you will be able to run a WordPress blog on the .wordpress.com sub domain in a few clicks. For example yourblogname.wordpress.com. If you want to use a .com domain you will be charged €21,99 (note: a regular price for a .com domain is  €8-10/year).

The following limitations are introduced

  • Only use select wordpress.com free themes
  • No Ecommerce allowed
  • No customization (no custom css) allowed
  • No plugins allowed
  • No video storage allowed
  • limited to 3GB of space
  • ‘Powered by WordPress.com’ footer obligated
  • Your site can be deleted at any time if it violates policy
  • You are unable to use external analytics (such as Google Analytics)

There is another catch; wordpress.com is allowed to place ads on your website. At the same time you are not allowed to make money with your WordPress blog. Once you hit 25.000 page views/month you can apply for a feature called ‘ad control’. If you are approved you will have to split ad revenue 50/50 with them.

So although it is fast and free the wordpress.com free account might not be the best available path in the long run.

Lifting the WordPress.com limitations

As I noted before WordPress.com is a commercial enterprise. Therefore they allow you to spend money to lift some of these limitations.

The first step would be the Premium plan that costs €80 yearly. For €80 you can upgrade to the following ‘perks’

  • Your own domain
  • 13 GB of space
  • No ads
  • Custom design (including CSS customization)

Other limitations still apply. So you cannot use plugins, ecommerce, ads and tracking code (Google analytics). Your website will still have to show “powered by wordpress.com” and it can be deleted for policy violations.

One step further is the Business account which goes for €240 yearly. This account unlocks the usage of e-commerce and includes a free premium theme.  Although the official page does not list it, it is being said that for $3550/month you unlock the ability to use plugins.

If you are considering upgrading to a Premium wordpress.com account then I would personally recommend changing too wordpress.org. Keep reading to find out why…

So what about wordpress.org

The WordPress package from wordpress.org is completely free and does not have any limitations at all!

So now you can use plugins, which is the best feature of WordPress because it allows for incredible flexibility. There are thousands of plugins. If you need caching, a review function, a recipe manager, affiliate manager, contact form… pretty much anything is possible with a plugin.

Furthermore you are in complete control. So you can use custom themes, custom css, google analytics, your own domain name, etc. This also means you can monetize your website and use it for e-commerce. There is also no fear of your website being deleted for a policy violation (as long as you do nothing illegal obviously).

Let’s summarize the advantages

  • No ads
  • No referral to wordpress.com or themes
  • E-commerce allowed
  • Monetization allowed
  • Plugins
  • thousands of themes
  • custom css
  • custom tracking code
  • full code control (if you want)
  • your domain name
  • no strict policy

So what is the catch here?

Well you need a few things to use it!

  • Hosting plan to store your blog and make it accessible via the internet
  • A domain name where you can be visited
  • WordPress install

So you need to spend a little money to get going. This does not have to be expensive though. Our parent company Sedeko offers hosting plans starting from €4 monthly and your own .com domain will cost €8 yearly. Meaning that you can be up and running for €56/yearly. This is a lot cheaper than the WordPress.com premium package. The only downside is that you will have to install and update WordPress yourself.

Now if this is something you are not looking forward too than do not worry. Just use a managed WordPress hosting plan. This way the hosting company will install and update your WordPress without the limitations imposed  by wordpress.com. Our parent company Sedeko offers managed WordPress hosting from €10 monthly which already includes a free domain! If you use our referral code you will receive a ?50%? discount.

Summary

So which is better? WordPress.com or WordPress.org. If you ask me then WordPress.com is great to get to know WordPress because it is so easy to setup. However if you take this route then you are missing out on one of the best parts of WordPress; Plugin flexibility. So if you are going to spend serious time on your blog then at some point you will need to choose between wordpress.com premium and paid hosting. I really recommend the latter because it offers complete freedom and control.

For a new WordPress user the difference between posts and pages might not be clear. They both use the same editor, featured image and publish settings. So how are they different?

WordPress post: A WordPress post always part of something bigger. You have to assign a post to one or more categories. They will be automatically displayed in chronological order and can be filtered for categories and tags. They are very limited in terms of styling.

WordPress Page: A WordPress Page is a static page, it has no category or tags. However you can still modify it. The appearance of pages can be modified by custom templates that come with most themes. Often they also include “page builders” to create good looking layouts.

When to use pages

Pages are best used for things that have no relations to other items on your website. For example a privacy policy or contact us page. It would not make much sense to stick these together in a category. They are separate items.

But there are other applications!

As an added bonus pages offer a lot more flexibility in terms of design. A lot of themes offer “page builders” that allow you to drop and drag beautiful layouts. In WordPress a Page is the only way to create a beautiful and uniquely styled website. You simply cannot do it with posts.

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A good application for pages would be a company website. Often these contain a lot of static information. For example “About us” or a sales pitch about your products. These are not items you “blog” about weekly. They are an important part of your website and are there to stay. You might update them once in a while but you do not want them to get ‘pushed down’ by new content. As an added bonus you get to use cool designs using the page builders mentioned above.

In conclusion pages are best used for pretty much anything other than timely blogging.

When to use posts

Imagine you are writing a series of tutorials about cars. Now you have to choose between using a series of pages and a series of posts.

Choosing pages for this purposes is not ideal because these will not automatically show up on your website. You would have to give each page a permanent place in your navigation menu. Because it is not possible to use categories and tags on pages it will also become hard for your viewers to navigate between articles.

A much better way is to write your car tutorial series in posts. For example you could create you could create a category named cars. Now the first time you start writing these tutorials you will add the car category to your navigation menu. From now on each post you write that is set to cars will now automatically show up on this page! Users can view all car tutorials by clicking the associated category.

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So if you plan to write regularly about a certain topic then you should write them in posts.

To summarize post or  page

  • Use Posts for blogging
  • Use Pages for the rest (Product pages, Contact Us, About us, Privacy Policy, etc)

Key differences between post and pages

  • Pages are sorted on hierarchy, posts chronologically
  • Pages can have custom design templates, posts can not
  • Posts have tags and categories, pages do not
  • Posts are included in RSS feeds, pages do not

Questions?

Questions about this article, did I miss something? Feel free to ask around in the comments.

When you start building a new website you really want to prevent Google from indexing it. Once Google has discovered a certain url it will try to crawl that url for years. So if you change the url structure or relocate some articles you are asking for trouble. Therefore it is best to “forbid” search engines from indexing your site until you are satisfied with its content and structure.

Disable indexing: Change WordPress Search Engine Visibility setting

Log onto your administrator panel (/wp-admin). Now go to Settings>Reading. Here you will find a setting called  “Search Engine Visibility”. It states “Discourage search engines from indexing this site”.

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Enabling this setting will add the following code to all pages

<meta name=”robots” content=”noindex,follow”/>

Basically this tells Google and other search engines to NOT index your website.

Disable indexing: Add a robots.txt file

If you really want to be certain your site will not be indexed you can block it completely with a robots.txt. You can setup the robots.txt file to tell search engines to NOT visit your website. Let’s get started…

First create an empty .txt file (in Windows this can be done from the right mouse menu in any folder). Now add the following code and save it as robots.txt:

User-agent: *

Disallow: /

Now to upload this file to the root directory of your website (usually public_html). You can do this with your favorite FTP software. If you are unsure how to do this then you can checkout this tutorial.

Summary

By adding noindex and a robots.txt file to your website you have ensured that your website will not be indexed by Google. Obviously I recommend removing robots.txt and disabling the option when your site is finished.

Questions? Feel free to ask them in the comments.

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