Discover Blogging: Episode 9 | Which is the best WordPress Plan for me?
Continuing our discussion from episode 8: Get started with WordPress.com, the next thing to do is choosing the right plan. Though the plan can be changed later, it's always good to know about what you are into and what's in store for you. The 4 WordPress plans - Free, Personal, Premium and Business - offer varying degrees of features. But which one is the best for you? I will focus on this question in this and next episodes. I touched upon the plans offered by WordPress.com in the previous episode. To visit WordPress and check the plans, follow this link and select See Plans link next to Get Started button on this page. As you can see, it offers 4 plans: Free ($0/Month), Personal ($3/Month), Premium ($8.25/Month) and Business ($24.92/Month). The plans may show up in your local currency instead of USD if you are in a different location and (may be) based on the browser settings. For example, the below image displays plans in INR (Indian National Rupee) as it identifies my location as India. The plans address different sets of requirements which we are going to discuss here and in the next episodes.
There is a 30-day refund on all the paid plans so you don’t need to worry. If you think later you have selected a wrong plan, you can always ask the customer care to process your refund. I have done it for my website. It was so smooth and such delightful experience. After all, they don’t call their customer care professionals the ‘Happiness Engineers’ without a reason.
FREE PLANIf you go with a Free plan, you can choose a sub-domain of wordpress.com like mkbhanu.wordpress.com. You can’t have a custom domain like mkbhanu.com. You need to upgrade at least to the Personal Plan to have your own domain name. As they say, “There is no such thing as a Free lunch.”, the free plan comes with set of limitations which are discussed below but before that let us have a look at the benefits:
Benefits1- The greatest benefit of a Free Plan is you can get started immediately free-of-cost without worrying about annual subscriptions or selecting a domain name in a hurry.
2- There are more than one hundred themes to choose from. The themes are varied in the features offered, layout, style and topic (Art, Business, Blog, etc.) and you will most likely get one suitable for your need.
3- Good for learning WordPress features.
Limitations1- First of all, the free-version doesn’t allow you to convey a professional image of you as a brand and mkbhanu.wordpress.com doesn’t project that image successfully and impactfully as does mkbhanu.com. You are the brand for Your blog (or website) and a unique and crisp domain name is fundamental to your online identity.
2- With a storage space of 3 GB, you can upload that much images and documents to your blog or website.
3- Not only you have WordPress brandname as part of your blog URL, there are WordPress advertisements displayed on your blog.
End NoteWe will continue the discussion in the (next) episode 10: WordPress Plan to bring forward more clarity. By the end of these discussions, you will be fully informed about all the 4 plans and clear on which plan to choose for your blog or website. Thanks for stopping by and wish you a happy blogging journey :D
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