There are two major kinds of WordPress
- WordPress dot com – Free and paid WordPress in a turnkey hosted package
- Self-hosted WordPress – Sometimes called WordPress dot org (but that causes a good bit of confusion)
The two kinds of WordPress can be further divided into Several Kinds of WordPress
WordPress dot com – Free and paid WordPress in a turnkey hosted package
- WordPress Dot Com – The Free WordPress Hosting Service – This is a great place to start out with WordPress… A free account at WordPress will help you later if you move up to self-hosted WordPress! Especially if you wish to run Jetpack and Akismet
- WordPress Dot Com – The Paid and ‘VIP’ Hosting Services – You might like this product from WordPress Dot Com as you’ll get a high level of support and at the same time you’ll have WordPress with a safety net where you don’t need to worry much about the Day to Day maintenance or update duties.
Self-hosted WordPress – Sometimes called WordPress dot org (but that causes a good bit of confusion) – let’s just call it self-hosted!
- Self Hosted – On some server account somewhere
- Locally Hosted – On a server owned by the individual or
company involved in using it
Self-hosted and Locally Hosted WordPress can be further divided into
- Single Installs
- Multiple Installs
Alternatives to WordPress dot com
WPEngine – A fine hosting service that’s well worth the money
WordsRack – Another fine hosting service that’s well worth the money and is closely coupled to Cloudflare
GuidedWP – My own service where I specialize in solutions and working myself plum out of a job! I’ll work closely with your choice of webhosts.