Meet the best WordPress.org web hosting provider. Why you should replace WordPress.com with WordPress.org
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How to delete my WordPress.com blog?
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How to delete my account?
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How do I cancel a paid account?
You can go to this page for all information on cancelling domain names and hosting plans.
How to get a refund?
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How to transfer my content to a new WordPress.org web host?
First make a backup of your content to your computer. Visit this page for all information on how to do that. By the way, WordPress recommends two web hosts. Don't follow the company's recommendation because there are many complaints about these two web hosting providers. Importing your content to a new WordPress.org blog or site can be done with the help of a handy plugin: click here for more information.
Note: You will also be able to export and import subscribers. This can be done with the help of the JetPack plugin. However, please keep in mind that it's impossible to export/import your theme and widgets. On the other hand this is no problem at all because WordPress.org enables you to upload the same theme and widgets if you want and much more than that. The company offers a solution for almost anything.
How to cancel PayPal recurring payments?
In your PayPal account go to Profile/Settings/Financial Information/Pre-approved Payments and cancel.
How to stop payments from my credit card?
If you are paying by credit card and you suspect that they will not stop getting money from it, despite your cancellation request, you can call the bank and tell them that your credit card is lost. The bank will block the card immediately and usually issue a new one within a week.
WordPress.com is the most popular free web hosting platform. This infographic and article focus on the advantages and disadvantages. Let's start with the pros:
It costs nothing.
Creating a blog or website is very easy and knowledge of programming is not required.
Unlimited traffic is allowed without payment.
Automatic comment spam blocking.
Automatic maintainance of your blog by WordPress.com
Here are the cons:
If you have a free blog or website, your only support option are the forums. There isn't any guarantee that your problem will be resolved in a timely manner and there's even a chance that your issue will never be resolved.
If you have a paid plan with a problem, you can email support or chat with them. However, their chatters aren't always available and trouble tickets don't come with a guaranteed maximum response time. They work only from 7am until 7pm and are closed during weekends. So even paid plans are still very limited.
The company doesn't allow you to monetize your blog or website with an online shop or through third party advertising. WordPress.com's Terms of Service restrict you from using your creation for any commercial activity.
Basically one of the biggest advantages of WP are the plugins. Plugins can be installed and used by anyone with or without technical knowledge in order to enhance the functionality of your blog. The problem however is, that, if you pay nothing, only a few "approved" plugins are available to you. If you want more, you'll have to upgrade to a paid plan.
You can only choose from a limited set of designs called templates or themes. Again, if you want more than this limited choice, you'll have to upgrade.
You are unable to change anything of the theme you have chosen.
Any complaint from anyone can make your blog shut down by the company. So, if someone complaints that you are an email spammer for example, there's a good chance that you never get your blog back.
You will have to buy your domain email somewhere else or upgrade to a paid package because WP doesn't offer email addresses on their free hosting plans.
In my opinion the free hosting option is an excellent opportunity for starters with personal blogs to test and develop their skills. But, that is the only positive remark I have. For the rest the drawbacks greatly outweigh the benefits of free WordPress.com web hosting. And with the rest I mean that anyone who is serious about doing business online should prefer one of the more professional paid WordPress.org hosting packages that are available on the market. Insiders call this self-hosted WordPress websites and that is what you should go for. If you host with a dotorg provider instead of dotcom all the disadvantages as mentioned above will turn into advantages. My web host Linux Hosts Inc. has many years of experience with this content management system (CMS) and all their clients get the latest version at no charge. The company's support engineers know more about this CMS than WordPress itself so, if ever there is a technical issue, you can rest assured that the problem will be resolved in minutes. Thanks for reading and good luck!