Since this post I have since switched to Weebly.com (A backwards switch for most but it allowed me to customize without coding and focus on my portfolio instead of constantly redesigning my site!)
When I first started my business journey I created a blog on blogger.com I had looked into different blog formats including WordPress but blogger had the most customization and it was easier for me to learn (seeing as I was a beginner) This blog was successful for everything I needed it to do at the time, but then I started illustrating. I didn't want to have my illustrations shared only in blog format. I needed a portfolio of some kind, and I also wanted to be able to provide a link back to somewhere you could find everything about me. So, I decided to create my own website and that prompted the question...
Wordpress.com or Wordpress.org?
Cons to Wordpress.com
In the end when looking into the pros and cons from both sides I chose wordpress.com because I'm a beginner. I would love the freedom to own my own site, completely customize it, and make money. At the same time, these freedoms come with an extensive knowledge of computers and programming.
When researching between .org and .com a lot of people said they were scared because according to the terms and conditions WordPress.com, “may terminate your access to all or any part of the Website at any time, with or without cause, with or without notice, effective immediately.” Now that is pretty scary but what I think is worse is causing the destruction of your own website!
I'm not great at backing up files and I can't trouble shoot computer glitches. These can easily get you in trouble if something goes wrong and at this point in my life one of them is a real possibility and the other is just something to keep in mind down the road.
So for me wordpress.com was the way to go. It's easy, it's user-friendly, and the company makes sure your website stays up and running no matter how much you manage to screw it up! (I kid)
Until next time,