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today’ll I’ll cover 8 reasons to convert your WordPress.com site to WordPress.org. When you first started your site you probably
heard that using WordPress.com was the easiest way to get started, and it is. But now you’re
probably wondering if you should keep it or move to managing your own site. The following are 8 reasons to consider when moving to WordPress.org Reason 1, are plugins.
If you need your site to do something a little more custom, you’ll likely need a plugin.
But with WordPress.com they don’t allow you to install your own plugins on your site. Reason 2, are themes.
WordPress.com has a limited set of themes for you to choose from so if you have a particular
theme you want to use, it might be time to switch to WordPress.org. Reason 3, running advertisements on your site,
If you have a free WordPress site, then WordPress.com inserts adds ads on your site and you have no control
over it. You also have limited ability to add your own revenue methods. You can upgrade
to turn ads off, but if you are going to pay money to do that, why not have complete control
over your site? Reason 4, your own brand
Start using your own brand with your own domain name and your own email. it’s easier to brand a site like johnsmith.com than it is to brand johnsmith.wordpress.com. you can get your custom domain added for $13 a year, but you still don’t have email service if you go through WordPress.com. Reason 5, monetization options You are limited with the ways to sell on the WordPress.com site and to get the business plan it costs
$299 a year, the only shopping choices are shopify or ewcid. Get your own setup with WordPress.org
and you can add whatever WordPress ecommerce platform you want like easy digital downloads
or woocommerce Reason 6, freedom to move, scale, grow
As your site grows you want to be able to scale it as you need to. With WordPress.com
they have a vip program which is great for larger websites, but it’s also pretty expensive.
With your own WordPress.org site, you have several hosting options to choose from. Reason 7, building a web property.
If you are looking at your site as a business, then you want to have complete control over
it to sell or gather investors. Keeping it on someone else’s site reduces your options
for building up your business. Reason 8, customize the code.
If your site requires some special code to work, you want the freedom to be able to add
that. With WordPress.com you can only customize the css or your themes, but not any of the
php code. with your own site, your imagination is the only limit. I hope you liked this video and found it helpful. If you did, click on the like button below and leave us a comment. And if you want to receive more helpful videos don’t forget to subscribe to our channel and check out WPBeginner for more useful information on WordPress.