Is WordPress.Com just what you need?

Why Choose the WordPress.com hosted service?

With WordPress.Com you have no access to the HTML of the <head> and <footer> sections of your page. You also have no access to the PHP files you would normally have access to on a self-hosted WordPress.org installation. What this also means is that you can’t add CSS or JavaScript links or blocks to your webpage as you normally would.

You are limited to whatever widgets WordPress.com provides you with.  When it comes to displaying multiple images there are only 2 options – as a slide show and as a gallery.  If you wish to link to external content it must come from one of these sources .  Plugins and themes are also limited in comparison with WordPress.Org

Given these constraints, you may wonder what benefits there are in choosing WordPress.com over a self-hosted WordPress.org site. Here are some of the advantages:

Availability

Content on WordPress.com is spread many hosted servers with built-in redundancy. The likelihood of all them failing at the same time is extremely unlikely. If you install your own content through a self-hosted WordPress.org solution you will need to consider back-up options or risk losing your content – if the server fails, all your blogs hosted on that server fail with it.  Many 3rd party website hosting services will offer a backup plan includded with your package, some may charge extra – best to check before you need it!

Backups

WordPress.com takes care of your backups automatically.

Security

WordPress.com manages security for you and also provide fixes for any security issues that may turn up. Given the spate of recent WordPress hacks this is a critical issue. This more than anything would give someone a reason to move to WordPress.com.

Also following good security practices like securing your admin panel through SSL is a simple one-click operation.

When using WordPress.org, you have to install plugins to get this working or update your server to use SSL and install an SSL certificate.

Pay Extra for Custom Options

You can purchase the WordPress.com value bundle and gain access to the most useful options such as Custom Designs and Fonts, No Advertisements, Custom domain names, and Video for less than a couple of hundred pounds.
value-bundle

In Summary then WordPress.com is a great choice for someone who wants an off the shelf solution that is very easy to use, but be aware that a WordPress.com site is not completely under your control and there are some significant design limitations.

Embedded Options:

(see https://en.support.wordpress.com/tag/embed/)

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