A quick and detail overview of WordPress, the world’s leading website building tool. When building a website, in is most important to find the correct building/hosting tool there is, especially with so many on the market like blogger, GVO and a bunch of others. Yes, some companies like Wealthy Affiliate and Blue Host use WordPress, but is it worth it to use a company just because of it? Is WordPress worth it? Well, that is why we are here, and if you can just stick with me a little longer, we can determine if it is the right choice for you.
WordPress – Quick Overview
Who are the founders?
WordPress was co-founded by Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little.
What Does it Cost?
There are 5 WordPress.com plans to choose from and they are as follows:
1. Free: For Life.
The free version allows you to build a simple website easily, however no personal content and so forth is allowed and the domain belongs to WordPress. (Domain name will be as follows, www.******.wordpress.****).
2. Personal: $4/month, billed yearly. $48 a year.
It allows you to personalize your site along with a custom domain and 24/7 support.
3. Premium: $8/month, billed yearly. $96 a year.
It allows you to not only build a personalized website with a custom domain, but gives you access to Custom CSS, Google Analytic support and advanced design tools.
4. Business: $25/ month, billed yearly. $300 yearly.
Gives you access to all previously stated tools/features, plus custom themes and plug-ins, life support and 200GB of storage.
5. eCommerce: $45/month, billed yearly. $540 yearly.
It allows you to open an online store with the use of a flexible, yet powerful platform that will grow with you and gives you access to multiple tools.
Are There Any Up-sales?
No, WordPress does not have any up-sales of any kind. The yearly payment, if that was your option, is the only payment you will have to make.
A Short History:
WordPress.com, WP for short, was first made available to the public in 2005 on 21 November. It is based on the WordPress.org blogging platform and was initially only available via invitation. It has been confused with WordPress.org ever since its creation, even though the difference is great. WordPress.com has grown quite a bit since 2005, as it is now available to anyone, no invitation needed and it has been kept up to date by the amazing team behind the program, which has also grown quite a bit since then. The program has furthermore been banned in a few countries; as they believe in the freedom of speech which does not always sit well with others.
Is There a Money-Back Guarantee?
All WordPress plans have a 30-day money-back policy; however the same cannot be said for domains. If you would like to refund your domain, it will have to be done within 48 hours.
Scam or Not?
WordPress.com is most definitely not a scam. It has existed for more than 14 years and it has built up quite a reputation. Millions of people worldwide make use of the program and the WordPress team has always pursued perfection, correcting every mistake the program has ever had.
What About Support?
WP has a team of over 300 people that offer support in many ways including, community forums, life support, email, and even a call center which is only available in a few certain countries. Support/help can also be found in other ways, which include forums, online communities and so forth. They even have a page with the most frequently asked questions along with their answers, so one can get help fast, without having to wait on it.
WordPress – Features
WordPress has quite a few features that are blogging specific and a few that are not, however, everything needed is provided. The features included are as follows:
- Built-in SEO
- Social Media Integration
- All in One Hosting
- Automatic Software updates
- Custom CSS
- Website statistics
- Mobile Ready
As with the blogging features, WordPress will provide you with a few features related to website creation and/or blog creation. These features include:
- Advanced customization and themes
- Storage space
- Business tools
- Intuitive editor
- Constant saving
- Drag and Drop tools
- Social Media Sharing
- Site Statistics
- Basic SEO
- Hundreds of Themes
- Desktop and Mobile Apps
Keep in mind that a lot of the features are only available with the paid versions of WordPress.
Search for new domains, register a domain or even connect an already registered domain to WordPress.
Use the WordPress eCommerce platform to create your online store or website. It does not matter whether you want to sell pastries to the neighbors or collect funds for an organization. With WordPress, you can do it all.
- Payment buttons
- Website Builder
- Payment methods
WordPress gives you access to their themes library, which includes thousands of themes, each with its own structure. The themes also contain “topics” such as food-related or clothing related so one that fits with your site can be used. All themes are organized in different categories such as; old to new, alphabetical, clothing, food, pets, and so forth.
WP now moreover has created a boat load of Google related features to help further Website creation and success. These Features/apps include the following:
- Google Analytics
- G Suite by Google Cloud
- Search Console
- Google Docs
- Google Photos
Please note: these features are only accessible if the business plan is your choice.
WP offers thousands of custom plug-ins to choose from, whether it be
statistical plug-ins, security-related or even spam protection. If you
want a plug-in for a certain purpose, I can bet you will find it.
Other WordPress.com Solutions
WordPress.com for students
Enterprises, aka VIP
Managed WordPress, aka Pressable
WordPress – Pros
They offer a free version that never expires. It can be used for free, for the rest of your life.
Not only do they have a free version, but they also have a money-back guarantee, just in case you decide it is not for you.
The prices are actually manageable, especially considering what other companies charge.
The program is rather easy to understand and simple to use, no matter the amount of experience one has.
If you do decide to upgrade, it is hassle-free. Just go to your account, choose the plan you want to upgrade to, make the payment and you are done. It is really as easy as that.
WordPress Blog with lots and lots of helpful articles to help with website development.
Even though WP is a great platform, there are a few things to be aware of; such as the fact that no matter what, unless you choose WordPress VIP, all content belongs to them. Since your site is hosted on their servers, they have control over all content.
All plans have to be paid yearly, even though they provide the monthly cost.
Certain features are only allowed access to if certain plans are chosen, for instance; the Google Apps can only be accessed through the business plan.
Do you use WordPress or used it in the past? Please be so kind to tell us about your experience, it would be appreciated!