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FAQ for those who have a free or paid WordPress.com account.
How to delete my WordPress.com blog?
See this page for the answer.
How to delete my account?
Visit this page for the answer.
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?
Visit this page for the answer.
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.
Best regards from Dick Detering, one of Linux Hosts Inc. many happy customers.
Advantages of WordPress.com
The main difference is that dot.com is always free while dot.org is only free if you have a paid web hosting account including the Wordpress content management system (CMS). 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’s free and easy to setup.
Knowledge of programming is not required.
Unlimited traffic is allowed without payment.
Automatic comment spam blocking.
Automatic maintainance of your blog by WordPress.com
Your blog is backed up automatically while you are working on it.
Your blog will never be offline.
Your dashboard is secured through SSL.
Automatic software upgrades.
It includes real-time traffic stats, and comment tracking.
Here are the cons:
There's no FTP and Shell access
It's not possible to edit the PHP code
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.
With WordPress.org you can install new designs (themes) and plugins, you can place advertisements, modify content of your database and you can also modify the PHP coding that runs your blog. You can download the CMS for free, but it must be installed on a paid web hosting account before it will work. However, many web hosts provide you with an easy "click of one button" installation in the hosting account. Hosting your own WP blog is rewarding, but you are fully responsible for it. One of the most important things you'll have to do is to make a daily backup of your database (this is where all the text changes and account settings are being stored) including a daily backup of your Wordpress files when there's a change in them. If you are in need of a WP web design or software development firm, you could visit the CodePoet Directory which is a directory of consultants specializing in building beautiful themes and efficient blogs. WP started in 2003 with some simple coding to enhance everyday's writing and with only a very few users. Since then the company has grown to be the largest blogging tool in the world, used by millions of blogs and seen by hundreds of millions of people daily.
FTP and Shell Access.
You are in complete control over your site.
You can use custom themes.
You can use plugins, community mailing lists, and community support forums.
There is professional technical support available.
You have complete control over all the PHP coding.
It's allowed and easy to setup an online store.
Own domain name.
You need a real good Wordpress web hosting provider. This costs between $5 and $10 a month.
You need technical knowledge.
You are responsible for stopping spam.
You'll have to make a daily backup.
You'll have to update the CMS regularly.
If your site uses a lot of bandwidth it might go offline depending on your web hosts limitations. Unlimited traffic is just sales jargon used by most hosts. However unlimited bandwidth simply doesn't exist, because nothing is unlimited.
A dependable content management system that allows anyone to create a Wordpress blog easily through the account of a web hosting service can be considered the most ideal system if you like writing like I do. I'm talking here about Wordpress.org and not about Wordpress.com. Wordpress.org offers many modules, plugins and designs available for WordPress users and I love it. They make it possible to create any type of blog. This content management system (CMS) provides the best solution for publishing articles like the one you are reading just now, so if you're good at writing articles or if you hire a good writer for your blog you should consider this CMS. Most internet-users know Wordpress.org and there are currently millions of users wordwide. Of course a dependable Wordpress.org hosting service is required for publishing your blog. Fortunately most web host accounts, including mine, come with the latest WordPress.org CMS included. This is done because not everyone has the skills to implement installation of the system, to understand how plug-ins works and to change the design. If your host doesn't include it you can still install it yourself in most cases. This is actually not so complicated. As a user-friendly solution for any blog, Word Press can be installed both by newbies and advanced customers. The process is simple and takes about 15 minutes depending on your Internet connection speed and on the speed of your web host's servers. However, you need knowledge on creating MySQL databases and, if you don't have this knowledge you could ask your service provider to create one for you. Then download the CMS from WordPress.org, unzip it and upload all the files to your web server through any reliable FTP client. My favorite free FTP program is WinSCP because of its ease to use and very secure. Start the installation and follow the steps. You will see that it's not difficult even for beginners. If something goes wrong, you can also ask your provider to install it for you. Once you blog is installed make yourself familiar with all its features. Some are: the difference between links, posts and pages, the difference between a regular post and a sticky one, between categories and tags, what screen options you can use, available plugins and what they can do for you, what pingbacks and trackbacks are and much more. I can assure you that making yourself familiar with Wordpress hosting is more difficult than installing it. Personally I would have made the system a bit more user-friendly, but again, that's a matter of taking the time to study all features and to understand what they mean to your blog, before publishing your great, original and unique content! 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 best WordPress 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. This means that you enjoy professional support and you can have a shopping cart. An excellent WordPress provider allows you to upload an unlimited number of plugins and most of them are at no charge. Also themes are unlimited and you can change anything you want if needed. You are the owner of the blog that you create and basically the chance that you'll be shut down is zero unless your web hosting provider receives justified and verifiable complaints that your website is doing something illegal such as spamming or injecting malware into the computers of its visitors. Last but not least email addresses are automatically on your own domain. 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. Last, but not least, for those who are interested, below is a video explaining more. Thanks for reading and good luck!