Which WordPress version is best?

WordPress comes in two different versions:

  1. WordPress.com (managed hosting)
  2. WordPress.org (self hosting)

If you’re new to WordPress, I suggest you first sign up with WordPress.com, which takes care of all the software for you, leaving you to focus on growing your website content.

WordPress.com comes with many free themes, and if you want to use your own custom domain name, it only costs $5/month (paid yearly) to upgrade to the personal plan, which also removes the ads that come with the free plan.

You may find that over time, your website requirements outgrow the WordPress.com platform; you need custom plugins, which aren’t allowed to be installed on WordPress.com.

This is the time to start using the self hosted WordPress.org version. It’s best to find good quality cPanel web hosting which comes with the ability to install WordPress for free. This version of WordPress can be customised to your heart’s content. The caveat is that you’ll need to manage updates to WordPress yourself, which isn’t difficult. You can hire WordPress specialists to maintain your website for you.