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Its kind of hard to have browse the internet and not see the words 'WordPress'. Many people see it but still don't really know what it is. No prize for guessing what this article is about then. Okay, I will tell you anyway, its going to be about the WordPress platform.

Think WordPress think blogs. Ether self hosted powered by the WordPress publishing platform, or provided as a subdomain to WordPress.com.

So what's the difference between wordpress.com and wordpress.org? Visually, for the user, not very much at all, but under the hood for the blogger, there is a massive difference.
 
Open QuoteA semantic personal publishing platform with a focus on aesthetics, web standards, and usability.Close Quote
Source: WordPress Blog Tool and Publishing Platform Website

WordPress.com is very good for people who just want a blog, and aren't really that great with code and technical stuff. If you would like to have a little more control over your blog, be able to customise more things and if you have a basic code knowledge, then a WordPress.org powered blog is probably best for you.


With a WordPress.org blog you have all the added benefits of not only being able to change and messy bits of code, but you can also install plugins. Plugins can help you to (as WordPress says) "do almost anything you can imagine". There are currently over ten thousand (yes 10,000) plugins, and that number is rapidly increasing.

WordPress Logo So, why not just make up your own template, and run your own style of blog. Answer: you can. There is no need for any system, as it gives you even more control and customisability. However, the easy option is WordPress. It takes me about 5-10 minutes to launch a blog post, WordPress allows me to do it instantly on my philosophy blog, or schedule it for a later date.

Why do I not use WordPress to power my technology blog then? Well when I first started my tech blog, I didn't know about WordPress's full potential, and it would be hell trying to change a self run blog into a WordPress powered one.

Maybe in the new year I might stick all my old posts in a massive archive, and start a fresh using WordPress, but for the time being I am happy here!

If you have never hear of WordPress and what it can do, have a look at my philosophy blog, and see what that is like. If you like it, go and investigate wordpress.com and wordpress.org. The rest is happy blogging!

Links: Philosophy Blog - WordPress.com - WordPress.org

Posted By: Christopher (Admin)
Date posted: 10th September 2010

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