Free WordPress Plan or Hosting?
I have been asked this question a lot. And since no one seems to have a simple and clear answer to it, I thought I would give a detailed overview of the different types of WordPress hosting and plans available today.
Basic Or Pro?
This is a question that every new WordPress user is asked at some point. It is one of the most common inquiries among those looking to create a blog or website. For the longest time, the choice really was pretty much down to one of two options: basic or professional.
The former is the free version of WordPress, which is open source. It is entirely possible to install this version on your own server. However, this comes with some serious limitations. The biggest issue is that while it is very easy to use, set up, and maintain, there are a ton of things that you simply cannot do with this version. For example, you cannot sell and/or promote affiliate products through your blog. You cannot use certain plugins that are available for paid versions of WordPress. And you certainly cannot use hosting that is not dedicated to basic websites. Finally, if you are looking for a professional-looking site, you are going to have to pay for the privilege. In other words, if you are wondering if an online store is offering a special deal, you will have to check their specific website to find out.
The Differences Between The Two
Nowadays, it is possible to get all of the above with the paid version of WordPress. So, what is the difference between the two? Let’s examine:
- Pro is the paid version of WordPress. It comes with all of the features that you could ever want or need. It also supports multiple languages, has a full backup service, and is very stable. This is, in fact, the recommended version of WordPress if you are serious about blogging. However, one of the major drawbacks is that, although it is easy to use, a lot of people think that it is overkill. It doesn’t come with a free trial either, which, for some, is a deal breaker. All of these factors mean that there is a lot of competition in the paid WordPress market. So, if you really want to make sure that you are getting the best price, you will have to go through lots of offers. Alternatively, you could opt for the basic version and try to find a coupon code that will give you a special price.
- Basic is the free version of WordPress. It is very limited in its functionality, but it has enough features to get the job done. This is the recommended version of WordPress if you are looking for something simple and don’t want to break the bank. However, one major drawback is that it does not support multi-site networks. This can be a significant limitation if you are running a business and have multiple sites that you want to keep up-to-date. In other words, if you are looking for a free version of WordPress that you can use to create a basic blog or website, this is the one you should go for. However, if you are looking for a more professional-looking site, you should opt for the paid version.
- Self-hosted is when you own and operate your own web server. This is the most professional way to go about creating a website. It is the most flexible solution in terms of what you can do with it. You can use any CMS (content management system) that you want. You can install any plugins that you want. And since it is on your own server, you are free to do anything that you want with it. This is the most popular choice among website and blog owners who want to keep things private and secure. The downside is that it can be a lot of work to set up and maintain. In other words, you will have to learn a lot before you can start making websites. Finally, it costs money to run your own web server. So, if you are looking for a more stable and professional-looking site, this is the one you should go for.
- Cloudhosted is when you rent a virtual server that is hosted on a remote server. This is the easiest solution to set up and maintain a website or blog since you do not have to worry about anything. You simply have to install WordPress and fill out a few forms to get started. You then have access to all of the servers’ resources, including bandwidth and storage space. The drawback is that you cannot control what type of service the host provides. So, you could run into problems with downtime or performance. In other words, it is not always the most stable solution. But, for the absolute beginner, it is still very accessible and convenient.
- Free is the best solution if you are looking for a quick and easy way to launch a blog or website. There are various free blog hosts that you can choose from. However, you will have to deal with lots of advertisements and junk content when using these services. So, if you are looking for a free service that you can use to create a professional-looking blog or website, this is the one you should go for. The downside is that they are very limited in what they provide. You will not have access to advanced functionality. In other words, if you are looking for a stable and reliable service, this is the one you should opt for.
- Validated is similar to the above, but it comes with a money-back guarantee if you meet the right criteria. So, you are essentially getting what you paid for. This is a popular solution among those who want to create a simple blog or website and do not want to break the bank. The downside is that not all providers are created equal. In other words, some may charge you a lot for what you are getting. In other words, it is not always the best choice for beginners, but it is still very popular among those who want to create a basic blog or website.
Hopefully, this article answered your question about Free WordPress Plan or Hosting. But, if not, please feel free to drop me a line and I will get back to you as soon as I can.