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  • airmuseumnet

    (@airmuseumnet)


    More and more of the “free” plugins and themes on WordPRess.org require the purchase of the “premium” version on order to get the promised features. I get it, people want to make some money and that’s cool.

    But if I’m going to have to pay for the items I want to create my site, why not just use sites like Wix, Weebly or SquareSpace? They include the hosting and features all in one price with far fewer headaches.

    They also save time wasted on installing and uninstalling countless themes and plugins that advertise great features that end up only being available in the “premium” versions.

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  • Moderator Steve Stern

    (@sterndata)

    Support Team Volunteer

    Use what works best for you.

    If you want free hosting *and* WordPress *and* a variety of themes, you might look at wordpress.com.

    You get what you pay for! Nothing more!

    All of the above services you mentioned are fee-based services. As the moderator suggested, you can use WordPress.com in the same way you cite the services in your post.

    Where you are posting is WordPress.org, which is the open source version of WordPress that some people choose to install themselves or many hosts provide installed as part of their package.

    At the end of the day, all these tools have a learning curve. All these tools have a cost associated with them. You’re comparing apples to apples, instead of apples to oranges, because all the above mentioned services provide hosting, themes, plugins (or add-ons, or whatever they call them elsewhere).

    The benefit to WordPress is it’s usability – the core focus has always been on creating a simple experience for the base WordPress user. It gets complex when you want to do complex things. However, WordPress 5.0 was recently released and it’s added some of the page builder functionality you see in paid Pro themes and their page builder plugin counterparts, but for free – because WordPress itself is ultimately open source.

    And, the community is massive. You can go to a WordCamp or WordPress Meetup just about anywhere. Try to find that with the other three you mention. If you want support, you can join the community out there and find the resources you need or answers to your questions.

    That being said, you could install a plain vanilla version of WordPress at any hosting company and get the page builder functionality of premium themes at no cost. Or, you could get a free version of WordPress at WordPress.com. Of course, you’d have to settle for ads on your site, but you could then upgrade at WordPress.com to a tier that allows for more customizations.

    One thing I ask you to accept is that nowhere is this going to be as easy as you think it should be. Every service has a learning curve, so to think that the other services are somehow easier would be a mistake, in my opinion.

    They say there are three things: fast, cheap, and easy, but you can’t have all three. You may get cheap and easy, but not fast. Or, you may get fast and easy, but not cheap. So, if you want to look at the world of CMS systems and say the ones you mentioned are somehow better, then by all means, go for it.

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