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Posted on May 09 2008

I’ve had a couple of emails and comments from people asking what the difference is between and, and where they should start their blog.Blogging with wordpress

So here we go….

WordPress For Dummies 🙂

WordPress is a platform. A big whole pile of code that, when all put together, forms a blog. WordPress is NOT a website. It is a platform. So if you want to start a wordpress blog you have 2 choices.

#1. Go to, and they will host that big pile of code for you.

#2. Go to and download that big pile of code, install it on your own web host, and run the blog yourself.

So what’s the advantage of #1? 

You don’t need to be paying for a web host each month.
You don’t need to worry about any wordpress updates (updates to that big pile of code).

And what’s the advantage of #2?

You don’t have to abide by the Terms of Service, which prohibits ‘commercial’ blogs.
You can add javascript to the sidebars (including google adsense), and have the ability to customise the look and feel of each theme.
You can install any theme that has been made for the wordpress platform, whereas has a limited number of themes (although enough to get started).
You can install plugins, which make your blog to different things – from post to twitter automatically, to optimising the blog for search engines.

If you have never had a blog before and you don’t have your own web hosting package (to host your own website, etc), I would recommend going with for now.

But don’t forget to do regular ‘exports’ of your blog. This creates a complete backup, posts, comments, tags, categories, the lot, for you to upload to another wordpress blog. So if at a later date you decide to move to a self-hosted blog, it will be fairly pain-free and seamless.

Hope this helps!

Lewis 🙂

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  1. Mike Stokes says:

    A great expanation, thanks!

    Mike Stokes
    Baton Rouge, LA

  2. xpSquid says:

    I can has!?

  3. Dimitri says:

    Thank you so much for explanation, I never could get it before what’s the difference and I read books an the subject.
    Again, thanks a lot….

  4. Thank you for this information. 🙂

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