When we talk about WordPress, unless you're out of this connected world, it seems clear that we all know that it's a system of doing those so popular web pages and that both have revived the generation of personal pages, known as blogs or blogs. The same translation of the word, something like " printed word ", in clear analogy to journalism, seems to indicate that it is a system of publication of news or opinions, but this time oriented to the particular user and not to newspapers to use.
But there are people who start with this blog and confused with questions as simple as the question posed by this article.
And there are many great and good tutorials about almost everything related to blogs and the different publication systems but they do not always go into the detail of explaining each concept.
To begin with, we could define that WordPress is a Content Management System where the design and contents of the blog are handled in very different parts. This, which seems simple, is an advance to how other older systems and already expired in the network work. Years ago, the design and content of web pages were generated in a single process so that when we updated any small text we had to "send" all the complete content to where we had placed our page. With WordPress and other systems like Movable Type (more complicated to configure) or Blogger (more limited) this changed radically.
With WordPress you design the look of your blog and then, in a separate process, you are adding your writings, experiences, articles, which are usually called posts or entries. And the system of adding content is as simple as the one you would use by writing a letter in an application of text editing on your computer, but everything is connected and without having to use additional programs and without having to install nothing on your computer.
Well, more or less, that's WordPress. But you may have heard that there are two types of WordPress: WordPress.com and WordPress.org . And no, they are not just two Internet addresses but totally different concepts of using the same system. Let's explain each one so you can see the differences, although you'll really see that there are 3 …
Both systems were designed by the same founder, Matt but they are aimed at different types of user and offer particularities. Although the system on which they are based is similar (in fact they are versions of it) they provide different qualities depending on the needs.
Having a blog on wordpress.com is as simple as registering on its website providing a email address and a username, and in the next step you can access the bowels of your blog which is already created and ready for you to start putting it to your liking and write "your stuff" .
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I'm not going to detail here all the things you can do in your blog but I'll tell you that to begin with you should click on the sidebar labeled "Administración "To access the configuration of the blog that, well organized in" tabs "separators, shows you in your language the different actions you can perform in your new space (Write, manage files, review and edit the articles already published, change its appearance , etc.)
What it is to highlight, and differs from the "other WordPress" are some of these tabs, about which I call your attention. One of them, called Interblog is a place from which, adding the name of a friend who also has his blog on WordPress.com, you can see his articles every day without having to visit his blog. The other, also extremely interesting is the Tag Browser …
The Tags or Tags is a concept that you have to start to handle and know when you throw yourself into the world of publication in the network, and are words that help identify published content. They serve you and serve search engines like Google. In fact, when you write a new article on your blog you have the possibility of adding tags that identify you on the Internet so that it is easier to locate your blog around the world . In this way if, for example, you write an article about how beautiful Granada is and the architectural beauties of the Alhambra that you saw on your trip in the summer of 2007, in the place defined for it, you will write labels like " granada ] "," alhambra "," trips "and / or" summer ". In this way, any navigator, by typing the word " granada " or " alhambra " on your Internet search engine will have more chances to get to your blog .
In WordPress.com it works in a similar way, because not only will you be "announcing" what you're talking about all over the Internet, but users of this service will have, thanks to this Tag Browser a Quick way to find articles related to the text of them. Just enter your favorite tags or related to the theme of your blog and you will discover new blogs and, who knows, new friends in the WordPress.com network.
The rest of the sections of this Administration Panel, which is what it is called, would be ] subject of an article that escapes what we want here, but I want you to know that it is really easy to configure any section and, more importantly, if you have any problem you can contact the technical support of WordPress.com so that you help or visit the Spanish WordPress forums or follow the articles of this blog.
The best of WordPress.com ?several things, but what main is that the system is opaque for you and allows you to concentrate on the main thing of a blog: write . Another important factor is the number of visits you receive almost automatically, thanks to Tag Browser . The speed of viewing blogs is impressive and they are practically never dropped ((It is said that a server is down when the required load of sample pages is greater than the capacity of the host computer)).
Worst WordPress.com ?. As the system does not handle it, you can have fewer customizations than your own installation. You depend on the templates ((Pre-defined designs that with a simple click allow you to change the whole aspect of a blog)) available, you can not add more features of the existing ones or include advertising for your blog to generate income. Another thing that you should keep in mind is that the capacity to archive images or documents is limited (50 Mb as of the date of this article).
We could say that WordPress.org is the entry point of the "tripe" WordPress the software that facilitates both the publication of content. From this web is where you can download the application that will allow you, as in the previous case, to have a powerful system of publication and Content Management .
The main difference, and there are not many more , is that here you are the one who has to take care of the installation, maintenance and updating of the system . You will also miss Interblog and the Tag Browser but the rest of the Administration Panel is similar, except that here you have control total of what you can do and customize in your blog .
Now, you need a broader knowledge and also have a "space" on the network to host your blog. You can get free hosting places for your blog, however, where they will facilitate much the whole process. One that I can recommend is Freehostia which, although in English, makes life a lot easier for the installation of a WordPress blog. Now, do not expect great viewing speeds of your blog or much space to store files and documents, for this you must pay for quality accommodation.
The process to have your blog here is longer and more complicated. It is not an impossible task but it does have more steps and you need to have certain applications installed on your computer. You will need a file decompressor as the file containing WordPress comes compressed and a FTP client to upload the files, once unpacked, to your hosting.
You just have to download the latest version uncompress the zip or tgz file on your computer, and upload the complete content resulting from this process to your hosting using the FTP client .
Then begins the well-known as " installation in three steps " which replaces the registration process of WordPress.com. You can see the complete process (from windows) in this video or see the series that Guillermo did .
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That yes, in spite of the complications inherent in the installation, the control that you acquire from your blog is absolute . You can install more templates add plugins ((Small applications that add functionality to your blog)), modify the code of installation files, include advertising for make money with your blog and many other things that you will see in this blog and they are impossible in WordPress.com.
The best of WordPress.org ?. Absolute control on the contents of your blog, access to infinite functionalities, possibility of generating income and, above all, to learn a lot about the publication in the network and everything related to this system. Larger storage space for images, documents, etc.
Worst of WordPress.org ?. You stop receiving visits from Tag Browser and it is up to you whether or not you appear in the search engines (remember what we discussed above in the Tags). The maintenance and updates of the system depend on you and bad management could leave your blog without service. The speed of the page depends on the server you have hired.
Well, I hope this article has helped you. In my particular case I started a blog on WordPress.com but my concern to learn, something pathological in me, prompted me to hire a domain and own accommodation to move to WordPress.org and to have the blog to my taste without any restriction. I have to say that I have learned a lot, I am even encouraging to modify code, but I already had some blackout that I would not have suffered in WordPress.com and I had intruders . In my case it has been enriching and it has not diminished my ability to write but on the contrary because now in WordPress Help I can even share what I have learned . That if, when you have to update something my legs tremble