WordPress Websites: Buyer Beware? It doesn’t have to be. Part 3 of 4
This is post #3 in a 4 part series.
To find out why I wrote this series and/or to find out the first question that I recommend you ask your potential website designer please visit “WordPress Websites: Buyer Beware? It doesn’t have to be. Part 1 of 4”
If you didn’t get a chance to review it, here is Part 2 of 4.
Here is another question to ask to possibly avoid the case scenarios noted in Part 1 of 4.
- WordPress.com services versus Standalone WordPress installation
There are two ways to get a WordPress website up and running. One is by using the website hosting services of WordPress.com. The other way is to use a different hosting company (i.e. HostPapa, GoDaddy, etc) and have a standalone installation of WordPress installed on that hosting package.Hands down I will always recommend going with a standalone WordPress installation. The main reason for this is greater functionality options and almost always less cost. Below I have included an example that I ran into and you will see why I favour standalone WordPress installations.In a nutshell I had a client that was using WordPress.com services for her website. I wanted to add in a few tools to enhance her WordPress website and I was extremely restricted as to what tools I could use on her website. As well for this website I wanted to add in the Google Analytics tracking code to measure website statistics. In order for us to have this functionality the client had to upgrade her WordPress.com hosting package. That’s ridiculous! You shouldn’t have to pay more to enable basic functionality like that.
Please check back next week as we publish the final question.