If you have an account with WordPress.com, I highly recommend moving your site to your own installation of WordPress. The good news is that most website hosts offer one-click installation of WordPress (Which comes originally from WordPress.org.)
|Installation||Takes 2 minutes with a website host that offers “one click” installation.
(such as www.hammock-hosting.com)
|Extremely quick and easy|
|Cost of Domain Name||approx $10 to $30 per year||$18 per year|
|Cost of Hosting Site||$5 to $30 per month depending on web host||Free to $25 per month depending on the plan|
|Get Rid of Advertising||n/a||$25 per year|
|Functionality||Unlimited||Limited. No ability to install any of the thousands of plugins available to you.|
|Ability to Customize||Unlimited||Limited. Premium Themes are $50/year extra.|
|E-Commerce||Many free shopping cart plugins.||One shopping cart available|
http://en.support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/ is a thorough explanation from WordPress.com.
http://wpmu.org/wordpress-org-vs-wordpress-com/ is another clear comparison.
How To Set Up A Site At WordPress.com
- Go to http://wordpress.com/
- Click on Get Started Here and continue through signup process
- Register a domain name from within your Dashboard
How To Set Up Your Own WordPress Installation
- Register a domain name with www.hammock-registration.com or any of the thousands of other domain name registrars
- Sign up for a website hosting account with www.hammock-hosting.com or any of the thousands of other web hosts
- Point your domain name to your web host server (your web host can help with this)
- Install WordPress in your web host control panel (your web host can help with this)
So, the bottom line is, if you set up your site on WordPress.com, it’s extremely quick, easy, and cheap. But very limited. If you’re a blogger with no plans to sell anything, then WordPress.com is fine. The price is right.
If you you’re planning on selling things, you need WordPress installed in your own web hosting account.