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If you are asking yourself what is WordPress and how does it work, I bet you are thinking about starting a blog or a website. This video will give you a simple explanation of what is WordPress and by the end of the video you can even learn how to use WordPress to create a simple beginner-level website.
You probably figured out by now that WordPress is used for building websites or blogs. It’s a web publishing software that powers about 35% of the entire Internet Universe.
WordPress is also called a CMS – Content Management System – because it actually allows you to manage content without learning how to code your website. You can simply add texts, images and videos to an editor that looks very similar to Microsoft Word.
You might have heard that WordPress is an Open Source software. What does that even mean? It means that Wodpress is free to use and is developed by hundreds of volunteers around the world.
The next question a lot of people ask is what is the difference between WordPress.org and WordPress.com and whether or not WordPress is really free.
This confusion comes from the fact they are both called WordPress so let me explain first what is WordPress.com and why you shouldn’t use it. So, is WordPress really free?
Wordpress.com is a blog hosting service provider and although you can start a blog on WordPress.com for free, it will have lots of limitations.
1. You cannot install plugins on your WordPress.com site. The ease of using plugins to add features and customize your site is the best thing about Wordress software and on WordPress.com you can’t use plugins. Just this limitation alone is enough reason for most of the people to switch to a self-hosted site.
2. Also, you cannot use custom themes on WordPress.com.
3. The third thing you need to remember is if you are starting a blog to make money with it forget about WordPress.com because your monetization will be only limited to the ads that WordPress.com wants you to run on your site. It’s not just about Google Adsense which you can’t use on WordPress.com, the Terms of Service even forbids You writing sponsored posts, making product reviews and any other commercial activity on a free website.
4. Your site will not have a pretty domain you’d like to have, it will be something like yourwebsite.wordpress.com.
5. Last but not least, with all these limitations, WordPress.com is ruthlessly enforcing their ToS and even for a minor violation your site can get suspended on their platform.
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