In a sentence: The most popular blogging platform in the world, easy to use and you are allowed to make money unlike most options.
Could I have started with anything else? Did you know that WordPress is currently powering more than 25 percent of the entire web? Yep, one in every four websites is built using WordPress.org. Just wow!
For a step by step guide, you can look at my guide on how to create a blog to find out how to get going with WordPress.org in the next 30 minutes.
I highly recommend HOSTGATOR for hosting. I'll tell you why later…
WordPress is one of the best blog sites for...
On top of this, because of WordPress' extreme customization possibilities, it's one of the best blogging sites if you want to build a professional blog that's going to play an important role in your business.
With self-hosted WordPress, you retain full control over your website, what is show on it, and the way it looks and performs.
Pros / Cons
I know it’s easy to confuse WordPress.org with WordPress.com, which is a blog hosting service next on this list. To make it easier for you, we made this guide on the difference between WordPress.org and WordPress.com. Check it out.
If you want to make money off your blog or gain a serious following, then you need to pay for web hosting. Self-hosted WordPress.ORG blogs allow you to easily monetize the blog with Adsense advertisements, Amazon ads, or sell your own products. This really isn't possible with the .COM version of WordPress or any of the other free websites.
Here's the truth: WordPress.com (and any other free hosting blog site) will own all of your blog posts and will show their OWN ads for random companies on YOUR blog.
They will make money off of your hard work!
Plus you won't be taken seriously if your domain name is something like Startbloggingonline.wordpress.com versus self-hosted like mine: startbloggingonline.com.
So, if you don't care about who advertises on your blog, being taken seriously, or making money, then go with WordPress.COM but if you want to earn a part-time/full-time income or be taken seriously as a blogger then go with WordPress.ORG and host it yourself.
It's a small investment, but less than one cup of coffee at Starbucks a month!