WordPress.com Review

27 September 2020

A Review into the online version of WP, WordPress.com, where we will review their prices, features, and tools, all in an effort to determine if they are still the best builder, or if it is time for someone else to take the lead. Finding not only the best program but also the one best suited for one's needs is possibly the most excruciating part of building websites, online stores, and so forth. So let us see if WordPress.com is the program for you.

Now there is a lot of confusion when it comes to WP, about the downloadable version and the online version, so here is an explanation:

WordPress.org - this would be the main website where you will be able to download the free WP software for installation with your own hosting company and you will link your own domain to it.

WordPress.com – This Platform is very similar to a blogging platform as to the way they work. Here you can use the WP platform without the need for your own hosting and domain. Unlike with WordPress.org, when building a blog on this platform, you will not have full ownership, because your site or blog will be hosted on their servers.


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WordPress - Overview


Who Are The Founders?

WordPress was founded by Matthew Charles Mullenweg and is now run by the WordPress Foundation.

A Short History

The precursor to WordPress was b2/cafelog, better known as b2 or just cafelog. In May 2003, it was estimated that b2 was installed on approximately 2 000 blogs. Michel Valdrighi, a contributing developer for WP, wrote b2 in PHP to be used for MySQL. Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little joined efforts to create a fork for b2 in 2003, which is when WordPress first appeared. A friend of Matt named Christine Selleck Tremoulet suggested that the program/company be named WordPress, which it was after release on 27 May 2003.

What Does it Cost?

This platform works in a very similar way to an online blogging platform, that will enable you to use the WP platform, but without the need for your own hosting or domain. The basic features are free, but you are presented with the option to upgrade to bigger bandwidth and storage along with more advanced plug-ins and premium features.

Basic: Free

Basic templates, SSL Certificate, 3GB Storage, and basic JetPack Features.

Personal: $4 per month. (Bare basics only)

6GB Storage, Custom Domain 1 year, Support, No Ads. No plugins or eCommerce.

Premium: $8 per month. (Basics)

13GB Storage, Custom Domain 1 Year, Support, No Ads, Premium Themes, Customization, Social Media, Payments, Videopress Support, Google analytics. No Plug-ins or eCommerce.

Business: $25 per month. (Everything but eCommerce)

200GB Storage, Custom Domain 1 Year, Support, 24/7 live chat, SEO Tools, No Ads, Premium Themes, Customization, Social Media, Payments, Videopress Support, Google analytics, Plug-ins. No eCommerce

Ecommerce: $8 - $45 per month.

Eccomerce Tools depend on the plan chosen.

WordPress VIP: Enterprise solutions starting at $1 700 and up per month.

Woocommerce: $45 - $105 per month, or $37.50 - $87.50 per month, annually.

WordPress.com plus Pressable: $25 - $90 per month, or $20.83 - $75 per month, annually.

There is also a custom plan, price depending on what is included.


What about a money-back guarantee?

WordPress does not have money-back guarantees, but they do have free versions and demos of their program that one can use to test the product.

What About Support?

WordPress offers 24/7 support to all its customers, with support being in the form of online chat, email, forums, online community, FAQ pages, blog, or call. The form of support can vary depending on plans and where you live.


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WordPress - Pros


WordPress.com offers a lifetime free version for those who cannot afford it. 

They have plenty of useful add-ons, plugins, and extensions. 

They offer thousands of theme options that are rather easy to customize. 

Because of the fact that WordPress is such a popular program, most third-party companies and tools offer WordPress integration. 

"Go by WordPress.com", where experts share their knowledge on building and growing a successful web presence.

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Cons 

It can take some time for beginners to learn to use WP. 

All of the important features such as Plug-ins, Google Analytics, SEO Tools, and so forth, is only available in the more expensive plans, such as Premium, Business, eCommerce, and so forth.


Let's Sum This Up...

WordPress is the cream of the crop when it comes to website builders. There is nothing you cannot create with all the plug-ins, Tools, and Themes that are available. That is if you download it on your own host or join a host with WP already installed.  I feel that WordPress.com could do a bit better with their free version and at least include plug-in's, or a few basic ones to sweeten the experience. WordPress without plug-ins is like a website without content, just not worth it.  A free version of a program is usually what attracts people to upgrade and spend money. I do not feel that the free version is enough to encourage me to upgrade, especially when top hosting companies offer cheaper options with the full functionality of WordPress, which includes all the plug-ins. 

WordPress - Features


WordPress is highly customizable with a vast variety of widgets and plugins to choose from which overall gives webmasters total control over their sites. WP indeed has tons of themes to choose from, and if you can't find what you are looking for, there are even more free downloads available all over the internet. WordPress allows its users to add sub-pages, making it more convenient to organize the site content. We all know that a messy blog is just about enough to chase visitors away, and by using sub-pages content can be organized neatly and attractively. Having a unique blog or site will always have a positive result.


Website Builder

WordPress is a very popular program, used to build websites, e-Commerce and so much more. They provide you with a lot of features, tools, and capabilities, including the following:

  • Built-in SEO
  • Social Media Integration
  • Support in the form of Live Chats, Emails, Videos, Forums, and Support Pages.
  • Custom CSS
  • Website statistics
  • Themes
  • Desktop/Mobile Apps
  • Website, Blog, or Both - You can either build a stand-alone website, create a blog, or do both, it is your choice.
  • Intuitive Builder - The WordPress Editor is a fast and intuitive builder that includes HTML and Markdown support. It, furthermore, will save your work every few seconds while you are building, so you will never lose your progress.
  • Embed or Upload Media - The drag and drop tool allows you to well, drag and drop images onto pages and posts. This enables you to create and design stunning photo galleries. You can also embed documents, audio and so much more onto your pages and posts.

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Domains

Domain names allow people to find your website easily, and the more unique it is the better. With WordPress, you can either buy a new domain name or transfer one that you already own. WP also allows you to connect your email with your custom domain. All you have to do is use your custom domain name in your email address. You can do so by activating email forwarding, G Suite, or one of the other existing email services.

Custom Domains or only available to personal plans or greater.


e-Commerce

WordPress e-Commerce offers a massive amount of e-Commerce options, from a fully customizable online store to one-click payments. They allow you to go crazy when creating your online store and the only limit is your imagination. It is way easier to accept payment when using WP and you can literally sell any product anywhere in the world. They even provide every tool needed to create an online store including extra. E-Commerce could not be made simpler.

These tools and features are only available with the eCommerce plans.

Themes

WordPress has hundreds if not thousands of themes/templates that are free to all users no matter the plan that is chosen. They also have premium themes, professionally tailored for businesses, and so on.


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Google Analytics Integration

With Google Analytics, you will get detailed statistics showing you where your visitors are coming from and if they are responding to your marketing efforts.

Plugins

WordPress offers you a wide variety of plugins to make everything simpler, easier, and to give you the ability to do something great. WordPress comes with thousands of plugins included, plus the option to download and install even more. I will not list them all, due to the fact that there are so many.

Keep in mind that plug-ins are only available to those with a business plan or greater. the free, basic, pro, and premium plans do not give access.

  • Essential SEO (Search Engine Optimization)
  • WordPress.com stats (Our version of Google Analytics)
  • Akismet (Advanced anti-spam security)
  • Embeds (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and more)
  • Advanced Commenting (Comment likes, user mentions, notifications, and more)
  • Backup & Export (24/7 backup of your entire site)
  • Advanced galleries (Tiled, mosaic, slideshows, and more)
  • Extended Widgets (Flickr, Eventbrite, Google Calendar, Twitter, and more)
  • Extended Shortcodes (Video, audio, and more)
  • Form builder (Contact forms)
  • Email subscriptions (Follow button)
  • Likes (For Posts)

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Woocommerce

Woocommerce is a WordPress builder for online stores, with managed hosting and all the features that go with it. woocommerce offered by WordPress.com is also partnered with Pressable, meaning you get everything WordPress has to offer, along with Pressable and all that it entails.

Hosting

WordPress.com offers free basic shared hosting with all of its plans, with managed WordPress Hosting when you choose Woocommerce, WordPress.com + Pressable, or WordPress VIP. Most hosting companies also offer hosting that is designed for WordPress.





Do you use WordPress.com or used it in the past?

Please be so kind as to leave a comment and tell us about your experience. Always nice if an opinion is not one-sided and shared by many, it will help others to make the right decision and save time and money.

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