What’s the Difference Between WordPress.org and WordPress.com?

What’s the Difference Between WordPress.org and WordPress.com?

I see this question a lot in different groups and forums I participate in. If you’re confused about it, you are not alone. 

So just what is the difference between wordpress.org and wordpress.com?

What's the difference between wordpress.org and wordpress.com

Let’s see if I can explain it in regular people speak. Because I have a hard time with all that tech mumbo jumbo, too.

WordPress.com is a blogging and content management system. Huh? Yeah. Okay. That’s a little fuzzy to me, too. Basically, WordPress provides you a spot to do your blogging the same way Blogger (BlogSpot) does. You simply sign up with WordPress.com, fill in a few blanks like what you want your blog name to be, your email, etc. and start writing. It’s free and there’s no commitment. Decide blogging’s not for you? No biggie. Just stop. You haven’t paid for anything. 

The drawback is that WordPress has ultimate control of your content. Oh, you can write whatever you want as long as it’s within their terms, but if the WordPress.com service went away, so would your hard work. Or if they decided they didn’t like something you wrote, usually someone has reported a blogger for that to happen, they can shut down your blog. If you had decided you liked blogging and blogged your heart out – for years – it could all be gone. Vaporized at the whim of WordPress.com. Now, I’m sure this doesn’t happen all that often to normal bloggers, but it could. You never know. It could happen by a comedy of errors. Only you wouldn’t think it was very funny. But the most annoying thing is that you are not allowed to monetize your blog with wordpress.com. You can’t put ads on your blog. Which might not be a deal breaker for you, but if you’re a serious blogger, putting in full time hours, you’ll certainly want to monetize.

WordPress.org does not provide you a place to blog. It’s only the where you go to download the program to do it. 

You have to:

  1. Get a domain name (A domain name is ex.: http://justvintagehome.com)
  2. Find a host to park your domain. I use WebHostingBuzz, have since their inception and am very content. No problems. But there are a multitude of good hosting companies out there.
  3. You’ll have a place to automatically download WordPress. That will make sense when you see it. Not something to go into here.
  4. Follow the simple – really super easy! – instructions and you can start blogging right away.

But it doesn’t stop there. You’ll want to find a free (or paid, if you like) theme, add plug-ins for all kinds of cool things, like recipe cards, galleries, Pinterest buttons, bios…. just about anything can be automated. Ultimately, you’re in total control. Coding is not necessary, but some of us like to tinker. Some of us kill our blogs tinkering, too. It’s happened to me more than once. Ha! But you don’t have to tinker. It’s ready to go without it.

In short, wordpress.com is an all encompassing venue, wordpress.org is just the place to get the “software.”

A note about wordpress.com. You can have your own domain name there, but it is not necessary, where with wordpress.org it is.

Neither is right or wrong. What’s right is what’s right for you. I highly recommend wordpress.org, but I like being in control. I enjoy tinkering under the hood if the urge hits. I like customizing. And I like to make money. Or at least the potential to make money. Not that I’m getting rich here or anything. 

My Favorite Valentine’s Day Collectibles

I thought today I’d share my favorite Valentine’s Day collectibles with you. Two antique and all three hand made. 

This first one is a large card. Made early 20th century. Plain, gray cardboard was used with strips of colored paper and two chubby cherub cut outs.

Antique Hand Made Valentine

It’s faded and torn and dirty. I had to reglue the bottom cherub and the top piece of paper that had completely torn off. But I love the simplicity of it all. 

Antique Hand Made Valentine

Antique Hand Made Valentine

It has an easel on the back to stand on its on. 

Next is a beaded heart. 

Vintage Beaded Heart

It was probably made in the early 20th century as well.

Then about 100 years later, I made this heart from a Jello mold. I still love it. 

Heart Mold Valentine Decoration

An Old Paint Can Gets A New Life – What To Do With An Old Paint Can

What to do with an old paint can……….

We see the really old paint cans with the wonderful graphics on them all the time. It’s a given that most of us like and appreciate them. But what about the later cans? The ones that had paper labels and are now just rusty, metal cans? I want to say that they can be equally as appealing. 

I pulled this one out of storage and a few minutes later had this “vase.”

New Use For Old Rusty Paint Can

Wouldn’t that be a pretty Valentine’s Day decoration that moves easily into spring and summer? 

And what about other uses? It could hold shop supplies, craft supplies, kitchen utensils, office supplies….. It has a feminine and industrial look at the same time. 

Don’t have an old paint can lying around? Well, I just happen to have another in my {Etsy shop} and the one pictured above is in our booth at Angel’s in Opelika. But if it stays there long, it’ll have to come home with me. I really like it.