2019 September 23rd
WordPress is quite possibly the biggest name in website building and website hosting - and it's easy to see why.
Over the years, WordPress has adopted an endless list of features, plugins and customizable parts, more so than any other website builder I know (and believe me, I have experienced quite a few).
WordPress.com (not to confuse with WordPress.org) is a personal site and blog building platform that offers everything you may need for your online presence.
In this WordPress.com review, I'll take a look at the main WP.com features and we'll try to see why this is the most popular platform for launching online projects.
Shaking Hands With WordPress.com
There are two versions of WordPress - WordPress.com, and WordPress.org. Just to clarify and avoid any confusion before moving forward, this is a WordPress.com review.
In short, WordPress.com can help you build and host your website but it's not as flexible and customizable as WordPress.org. WordPress.org is an open source and you can use it for free and customize it in any way you want.
Want to find out more? Check out our WordPress.org vs WordPress.com comparison. If you're nicely caught up, then let's continue.
WordPress began as a blogging platform in 2003, which explains why WordPress.com has such excellent blogging features. One which caught my eye, in particular, was the option to add a team who can contribute to your blog.
But the good stuff doesn't end there. Another wonderful thing about WordPress is that it adapts to your needs.
That being said let's get back to WordPress.com as it's the hero of this review. I'd like to start where any user would, and that's with signing up.
To determine your capabilities and how much assistance you'll need WordPress will ask you how experienced you are (rating 1-5). Even for experienced web builders, I'd recommend selecting the lower rating just to get you started.
You can then select your website's domain.
The free version only includes a WordPress.com subdomain.
If you are satisfied with the .blog domain name and features provided, this package will cost $5 per month (paid yearly and will remove WordPress ads, will give you additional storage space and email support.
For beginners, the WordPress admin panel can appear daunting but don't be afraid as it's really responsive and easy to get hold of.
WordPress offers over three-hundred themes, some of which are unavailable with the free and personal plan. Nevertheless, each theme comes with its own customization settings and live demo, to help you get the very best out of your design.
Unlike most web builders, WordPress is not a simple drag and drop editor. Instead, it's a form-based editor that separates the content from the design. This way of editing may take a little time to get used too, especially for inexperienced users who are used to a simple drag and drop editor.
Let's take a look at some of the WordPress plugins to see how they can transform your site.
Variety Of WordPress Plugins
WordPress plugins are a key and important feature for all businesses. This feature is available to users who upgrade to the WordPress pro plan.
Plugins are like apps for your WordPress site, and there are thousands to choose from. This is probably WordPress's most valuable and impressive feature.
Some of the WordPress plugins only provide specific features. However, plugins such as WooCommerce have their own ecosystem of plugins and themes - and feel like a platform built on top of the platform.
Plugins can also help boost your SEO. Yoast is another popular plugin that will help refine your content to improve your search engine rankings.
In fact, if you have some questions on how to install the most useful WordPress plugins, we are ready to help!
WordPress offers its clients one subscription option: per month - but billed annually.
The plans range from $0.00 to $25.00 per month, depending on which package you choose. The more expensive the plan - the better features you get.
Here are the WordPress plans in more detail:
|Number of Templates||15+||15+||All||All|
|Support||Community Forum||Email & Live Chat||Email & Live Chat||Email & Live Chat|
|eCommerce||No||No||No||Yes (With Plugin)|
As you can see, WordPress has a lot to offer. To begin with, their free plan is great for individuals who are looking to build an impressive looking website or blog.
However, due to its lack of support alone, I would avoid the free plan and jump straight to the personal one.
The premium plan is the most popular at $8.00 month-to-month. It comes with 13GB storage, advanced design options, CSS editing, and a great selection of support features. Additional features include HD video uploads and a no ads feature. It's quite easy to see why this package is so popular.
To add to my short WordPress premium review, I'd like to say that this is an outstanding package for entrepreneurs or freelancers.
The final plan (business) is priced at $25.00 month-to-month, which is a great deal for any small business. The plugins alone make this plan great value for money, and if you compare its endless possibilities with other web builders such as Squarespace, there is only one winner (and that's WordPress).
If you are determined to launch an online store, WordPress has something to offer too.
Here are the WordPress packages optimized for online businesses:
Simple Payments for $8.00 will give you an ability to add buttons for credit and debit card options
Multi‑purpose business site plan for 25$ per month provides all the plugins, themes, analytics and storage you may need for a successful eCommerce store
eCommerce experience package for $45.00/month gives full online store experience in one place and includes premium integration, allowing for your business to expand.
To complete the performance of WordPress, I ran some tests to check how well It performs in the speed field.
This was a rather average result, and therefore I cannot say anything too good or bad regarding the speed of WordPress, as it completely depends on where you are located.
Final Thoughts from My WordPress Review
In all my experience of using WordPress.com, it has only been brilliant. There are very few flaws and most of which come from its learning curve.
It's packed with outstanding features (some of which are free), and because there is a WordPress plugin for almost everything, you can sell, build, blog, donate, the list goes on.
For individuals who want an appealing blog, and for small businesses who want a career defining website - say 'hi' to WordPress. It's almost impossible to fault, but its lack of support features do let it down slightly.
If you do try WordPress, please feel free to leave your own WordPress reviews and experiences below.
- Completely free plan available
- Great variety of plugins
- 300+ unique templates
- Unlimited storage
- Can appear complicated for beginners
- No customer support with free plan