Incorporating additional plugins, apps, and scripts extends the robust functionality of the WordPress interface. From calendar widgets to page caching for performance, there's essentially a plugin for every WordPress need. Integrating payment processing tools, such as Shopify and PayPal, converts your traditional site into a transaction-ready virtual marketplace. Cultivate a following with commenting apps, like Disqus, and link your social media accounts. What's more, WordPress hosts often throw in free paid search advertising credits to help you kickstart your marketing efforts.

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Although I’m going to talk about the WordPress CMS every now and then, I want to emphasize that this is primarily a direct comparison between WordPress.com and Bluehost. WordPress.com is the branch of the company that handles web hosting while WordPress.org is in charge of the CMS. I think that’s an important distinction to make moving forward because we’re primarily interested in what WordPress.com has to offer.


I’ve already mentioned some of the features you can expect from Bluehost and WordPress but let’s delve a bit deeper into this topic. Bluehost is known for including a lot of great features with all of its packages but can WordPress claim the same? The usefulness of some of the features listed below will likely vary from person to person but I think all of them are important and should be taken into consideration before you decide to sign up with any hosting provider.

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If WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) isn’t for you, perhaps a CMS option sounds appealing. Choose from the most popular content management and blogging software, including Joomla, Drupal, and WordPress, and download and install with a single click. Some Bluehost plans have even been customized to cater to WordPress — and their WordPress services have been endorsed by the WordPress team.

Bluehost, on the other hand, does give you access to the regular WordPress CMS and doesn’t impose any restrictions, so you can use it as you see fit. In addition, the company also offers integration with a different website builder known as Weebly. Weebly is a pretty decent builder but the problem is that you only get the basic version of it for free so you’ll need to fork out a few bucks if you want access to all its features. Personally, I would recommend just sticking with the WordPress CMS instead because it’s free and offers a much higher level of customization.

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