Free Wordpress Blog Or Paid Webhost? [Wordpress .com v .org]

Should you use a free Wordpress blog account, or a self-hosted Wordpress blog? A comparison of Wordpress .com v .org.
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  • Lectures 17
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 10/2015 English

Course Description


This course is a "MUST"

Neil has done a great job with this course. He presented an excellent overview of wordpress. If you want to create a wordpress blog, you MUST do this course. You will gain basic and essential knowledge and this will help you to make a decision.

Sergio Casado Suarez


This course compares and contrasts the differences between the free blogging service offered by Wordpress and a self-hosted blog running Wordpress scripts.

The course is suited to anyone who's interested in blogging, and has heard of Wordpress, but isn't clear whether or not they should sign up for a free account at Wordpress, or use the free scripts from Wordpress to self-host their own blog.

The course covers many differences between the two scenarios, including...

... the differences in how you can monetise your blog

... the different amount of web-space and bandwidth provided

... the different theme and plugin restrictions

... the different domain and sub-domain options

... the email differences

... and much more!

At the end of this course, students will be able to decide whether a free account at Wordpress or a self-hosted blog running Wordpress scripts is the right choice for them.

Please note, this course does not look at the actual process of creating blog posts and pages as this process is very similar for users of both Wordpress and self-hosted blogs.

What are the requirements?

  • No prior knowledge is assumed. With an Internet connection and a computer or tablet, anyone should be able to follow this course.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Decide between and based on your circumstances.
  • Understand the difference between a sub-domain and a top-level domain, and how it relates to and
  • Understand the web-space and bandwidth restrictions at compared to a self-hosted Wordpress installation.
  • Understand how a blog can be monetized compared with a self-hosted blog using scripts.
  • Understand what customization can be done at compared with a self-hosted Wordpress blog.
  • Understand the costs associated with both a account and a self-hosted Wordpress blog.
  • Understand the different skills needed to get started and maintain a blog compared to a self-hosted Wordpress blog.

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is for anyone who is interested in blogging or building a website with Wordpress, but is unsure whether to take a free account at or take the self-hosted route using the free scripts from
  • This course is not about blogging, and does not explain the differences between and scripts when creating and posting content.
  • This course is not for people who are already familiar with the differences between and, or people who want a comparison of Wordpress with other content management scripts and blogging platforms.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: vs Explained!

This lecture explains the Udemy interface and how to get the best out of it when watching the course lectures.


This is a short "meet and greet" lecture with the course instructor, Neil Shearing.


This lecture introduces Wordpress and the main differences between and before giving an overview of the rest of the course.


This lecture describes our policy regarding affiliate links within our courses.

Section 2: Comparing The Restrictions Of Using With

An explanation of what sub-domains and top-level domains are, and the use of both in the context of and

After watching this lecture, students will know the difference between top-level domains and sub-domains and how they relate to building websites using and


An explanation of the differences in web-space storage and bandwidth limitations between using and

After watching this lecture, students will know the web-space and bandwidth restrictions imposed upon users of and how they compare to those of self-hosting a website.


An explanation of the differences in email options at and

After watching this lecture, students will know the various options for using email along with a blog, and how they compare to those of self-hosting a website.


The difference between permitted monetisation options at and self-hosted websites using are significant. In this lecture, the differences are explained.


There are several important differences in customisation options between using and a self-hosted install from This lecture covers important differences relating to themes, plugins, code editing and file uploading.

After watching this lecture, students will know what restrictions are imposed upon usage of themes, plugins and code editing at and will be able to contrast that with a self-hosted installation of


This lecture explains the Terms of Use at and contrasts them with using the self-hosted scripts at a web-hosting company.

12 questions

A quick test of what you've learned so far about the differences between and

Section 3: Comparing The Costs Of Using With

It can be completely free to build a website at, but there are many different add-on options for which fees are levied. This lecture looks at the extra costs you may incur by blogging at


If you use the scripts from to host your own website, what are the associated costs? This lecture answers that question.

Section 4: Comparing The User Skills Required At With

Can a total beginner create a website at Can a total beginner create a website using the self-hosted scripts from This lecture examines the different skills required to get started with the two different options.


This lecture looks at the on-going skills required to maintain a website/blog at compared to hosting the scripts from at your own web-space.

Section 5: Conclusions

Gathering together the information presented in the earlier lectures, this lecture helps you decide whether getting a blog at is right for you, or if the self-hosted solution provided by is the right choice.


Course instructors often ask for reviews, but do they ever show you how to do it? This video shows you how to leave a review at Udemy. :-)


How to access Neil and Linda's other courses for free or at a deep discount.

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Instructor Biography

Neil and Linda Shearing, Creators of info-products since 1997!

"The content of this course is super informative and comprehensive. The instructor is one of the best. His delivery is great and understandable. A commendable instructor! Thank You." (Juliette Barredo, Feb 2016, "Setup + Install Wordpress" student)

"Neil is one of the best instructors I have experienced on the UDEMY platform. His courses are clear, concise, comprehensive, and very well thought out. I look forward to more content from this very talented instructor." (Ray Carman, Feb 2016, "Setup + Install Wordpress" student)

"A very knowledgeable instructor with great teaching skills." (Jolanta Jeanneney, Feb 2016, "Free Wordpress Blog Or Paid Webhost? [Wordpress .com v .org] student).

Since selling his first ebook online in 1997, Neil has enjoyed helping online entrepreneurs by producing simple, "how to" guides and products covering almost every facet of "Internet marketing" from Adsense and Wordpress to Info-publishing and SEO.

As a former scientist with a Ph.D. in breast cancer research, Neil's expertise is in distilling complex problems into workable solutions. Whether you're brand new to Internet marketing or are successfully generating income and profits online, let's work together to boost your Internet success!

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