I'd be very grateful for some fundamental guidance. I have spent days looking through materials and am still confused.
I am a small business owner; relatively nontechnical and inexperienced, who wants to build a website including a blog yesterday.
It is my understanding that WP.com is simpler to work with than WP.org. Would you agree? (Fewer options, Maintenance and Security handled for you, no installation)
It's also my understanding that features offered by WP.org make it preferrable over WP.com for CMS? (ability to edit templates, themes, CSS, and install plug ins, and better for SEO.) Would you agree?
If so, does it make sense for someone to become familiar with WP by starting a small CMS (estimate of 5-30 static pages plus posts) with WP.com and then migrating to WP.org or would the move create sufficient new work and requirements for redundant work that it would have been better to start with the WP.org version from the beginning?
Does your response depend upon certain variables and, if so, which and why? i.e.
relative value of up front time savings vs. total time savings,
my technical ability (provided)
My guess is that one can only have a good sense of the answer to this question if either they are intimately involved with the programs or they have done it before. I know support indicates that the migration snd theme changing should be painless, but it also seems like a fair amount of time is put into getting output the way you like it and that one might wind up repeating much of this when presented with more options in the WP.org version. It has also been my experience that in reality things rarely go as smoothly as they should in theory. On the other hand, the learning curve seems intimidating and I am looking for ways to moderate it.
Many thanks in advance for your advice!