Who am I? Matthew Blackford LimeSquare – Digital Marketing Agency Based in the Majoran Distillery Developer – WordPres...
Why does it matter? Access to different features (plugins, themes) Different levels of maintenance required Locked-in t...
WordPress is software Just like Microsoft Word Gets installed on a computer (a web server) You can download it from www...
WordPress.org is awebsite Supported by the WordPress Foundation (non-profit) A community of developers hang out here - ...
Self Hosted Using WordPress.org implies you are ‘Self Hosted’ This means WordPress is running on: Your local computer; ...
WordPress.org
WordPress.com isanother website Run by Automattic and is a commercial venture They can install and host WordPress for yo...
WordPress.com’sComputerWordPress.org
Self Hosted vsWordPress.com
Setup time and easy ofuse WordPress.com Simple, quick and free Don’t have to worry about security or maintenance Self ...
Domain names WordPress.com Free example.wordpress.com address Custom domains (www.mattisawesome.com) $13 /year Self Ho...
Themes and plugins WordPress.com A small range of approved themes and plugins Can access additional ones by paying a fe...
Advertising WordPress.com They may choose to display ads on your site Can pay $30 to remove ads Self Hosted No ads, u...
Which should you choose? It depends on your requirements: Personal blog Temporary website (once-off event, testing an i...
Personal blog You want something free Easy to use and setup You can focus on writingGo for WordPress.com
Temporary Website Quick to setup and test your idea Easy to throwaway Need your own domain (i.e. www.myidea.com.au)Go f...
Business website You need control Easy to update and manage You will be making money from your siteYou need Self Hosted
Ecommerce website You need a lot of flexibility SEO (search engine optimisation) is important You need the ability to s...
What to look for in a host? Location close to where you visitors live Reputation Google them, and read http://forums.w...
Recommendations? I currently like VentraIP www.ventraip.com.au $7.95 to $24.95 per year good support and reliable Any...
How hard is it, really?
Live demo…
Questions? Future talk ideas? Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) Digital marketing basics – get visitors to your site
WordPress.com vs WordPress.org - How to Choose Your Host
WordPress.com vs WordPress.org - How to Choose Your Host
WordPress.com vs WordPress.org - How to Choose Your Host
WordPress.com vs WordPress.org - How to Choose Your Host
WordPress.com vs WordPress.org - How to Choose Your Host
WordPress.com vs WordPress.org - How to Choose Your Host
WordPress.com vs WordPress.org - How to Choose Your Host
WordPress.com vs WordPress.org - How to Choose Your Host
WordPress.com vs WordPress.org - How to Choose Your Host
WordPress.com vs WordPress.org - How to Choose Your Host
WordPress.com vs WordPress.org - How to Choose Your Host
WordPress.com vs WordPress.org - How to Choose Your Host
WordPress.com vs WordPress.org - How to Choose Your Host
WordPress.com vs WordPress.org - How to Choose Your Host
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What is the difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org? Where should you host your website?

These slides are from a presentation given to the Adelaide WordPress Meetup group on Wednesday June 12, 2013, by Matthew Blackford from LimeSquare.

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WordPress.com vs WordPress.org - How to Choose Your Host

  1. 1. Who am I? Matthew Blackford LimeSquare – Digital Marketing Agency Based in the Majoran Distillery Developer – WordPress and web technologies
  2. 2. Why does it matter? Access to different features (plugins, themes) Different levels of maintenance required Locked-in to wrong choices Can be costly to change
  3. 3. WordPress is software Just like Microsoft Word Gets installed on a computer (a web server) You can download it from www.WordPress.org
  4. 4. WordPress.org is awebsite Supported by the WordPress Foundation (non-profit) A community of developers hang out here - they make WordPress better A directory of free themes and plugins
  5. 5. Self Hosted Using WordPress.org implies you are ‘Self Hosted’ This means WordPress is running on: Your local computer; or more likely Your web host More on this soon…
  6. 6. WordPress.org
  7. 7. WordPress.com isanother website Run by Automattic and is a commercial venture They can install and host WordPress for you The basic plans are free, but with limitedfunctionality Often with a wordpress.com address: matthewsblog.wordpress.com
  8. 8. WordPress.com’sComputerWordPress.org
  9. 9. Self Hosted vsWordPress.com
  10. 10. Setup time and easy ofuse WordPress.com Simple, quick and free Don’t have to worry about security or maintenance Self Hosted Requires ‘some’ technical expertise Must be updated on a regular basis
  11. 11. Domain names WordPress.com Free example.wordpress.com address Custom domains (www.mattisawesome.com) $13 /year Self Hosted You need to purchase your own domain Costs approximately $10 to $20 / year
  12. 12. Themes and plugins WordPress.com A small range of approved themes and plugins Can access additional ones by paying a fee Self Hosted Access to millions (well, lots) of free plugins andthemes Awesome premium themes from $30 Can get a theme custom designed and developed
  13. 13. Advertising WordPress.com They may choose to display ads on your site Can pay $30 to remove ads Self Hosted No ads, unless you put them there yourself!
  14. 14. Which should you choose? It depends on your requirements: Personal blog Temporary website (once-off event, testing an idea) Business website E-Commerce website
  15. 15. Personal blog You want something free Easy to use and setup You can focus on writingGo for WordPress.com
  16. 16. Temporary Website Quick to setup and test your idea Easy to throwaway Need your own domain (i.e. www.myidea.com.au)Go for WordPress.com
  17. 17. Business website You need control Easy to update and manage You will be making money from your siteYou need Self Hosted
  18. 18. Ecommerce website You need a lot of flexibility SEO (search engine optimisation) is important You need the ability to scale and make millions $$$You need Self Hosted
  19. 19. What to look for in a host? Location close to where you visitors live Reputation Google them, and read http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/ Price Cheap and Expensive are both bad Pay between $8 and $25 a month
  20. 20. Recommendations? I currently like VentraIP www.ventraip.com.au $7.95 to $24.95 per year good support and reliable Any others?
  21. 21. How hard is it, really?
  22. 22. Live demo…
  23. 23. Questions? Future talk ideas? Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) Digital marketing basics – get visitors to your site

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