Free, Personal, Premium or Business? – Choosing the right WordPress Plan (And Limited Period 30% Discount codes)

A lot of people have been commenting lately asking for advice on which plan they should choose. I recently upgraded to the Personal plan and so I have some insight to offer which is why I decided to make a post out of it. I hope it answers all of your questions.

Whether you’re just starting off on WordPress for a creative platform, or an online journal or a business there is indeed a perfect plan for each of you which was tailored to your needs.

Who should go for the Free Plan?

If you’re not already on WordPress, or if you’re simply here to experiment and understand how WordPress works. The Free plan is the one for you. You get a decent subdomain which looks like this,

“Yourblogname.wordpress.com”

It’s good enough for anyone at the beginning. And as free things tend to be, it doesn’t come with many privileges. Since it is free, WordPress runs Ads on your site and you can’t remove them or get paid for them. You have a bunch of free themes to choose from, you get 3GB of space to upload media, you get to personalize your site to a certain extent as much as the theme allows, you get Jetpack which shows you your everyday stats and that’s about it. If this is all you’re looking for and you don’t mind the Ads on your site then the Free Plan is your best bet.

Who should go for the Personal Plan?

If you’re interested in this plan, and end up buying it, you’ll probably have a nice little smile on your face because you got the best of both worlds. It’s the cheapest bargain you can get for all of these amazing features.

With the Personal plan you get an increased 6GB of storage space, you get your own domain name which looks like,

“Yourblogname.com”

It removes the ugly .wordpress.com subdomain from your website address. You officially own your site and are in control of everything that happens on it. Starting with the Ads. You can choose to disable Ads altogether or you can apply to the WordAds program and once you reach a certain amount of views per month they’ll accept your application and pay you for the Ads they host on your site based on your views. This is an amazing way to make a few bucks off of doing something you love – blogging.

If you’re a small business, you don’t necessarily need WooCommerce. (it is a feature that deals with payment and shipping of your products) You can probably just display your products and leave a PayPal link on your site to allow your customers to pay through that and ship your products on your own. But keep in mind this is only for a small scale business that’s only starting out. Think of this as a way of testing the waters before you really jump in with the sales.

The Personal plan doesn’t allow you to upload videos but you can always upload your videos on Youtube and link to them on your site. It looks just as good.

The Personal plan allows you to change the font, background colour, and other features of your theme which are not available on the Free theme. You will no longer feel boxed into the generic WordPress theme and be able to distinguish your site from others in a notable way.

The plan also comes with a live chat support with WordPress. My experience with the Happiness Engineers at WordPress Customer Service has always been a very positive one. Even as I was typing in this article, I needed their help. I was researching about the discount on each plan and I accidentally purchased two domains. It was a purchase of over 100 dollars and I panicked as it was a Sunday and I thought no one would be able to help, but they instantly showed up and responded to my emails and refunded my accidental purchase. In the past they have also helped me to set up WordAds, figure out how to use and customise themes and so on. The Happiness Engineers are a great value added service you get by upgrading to the Personal Plan. The live chat makes it seem as if you have professional help right there within the confines of your home.

To sum up, the Personal plan is for anyone like me. A hobbyist who is passionate about writing, who would like their own domain and be able to advertise and get paid for it. The customer support is also very handy. If you go on the Internet and do a small search you’ll find that everyone recommends self-hosting on WordPress.Org instead of going for any of these plans. But a major drawback with that is you lose your connection to the WordPress reader which is a great source of views. It’s an excellent community to be a part of and you lose that if you self-host.

Who should go for the Premium Plan?

The first and foremost thing is, you can start advertising instantly. It comes with all the features of the Personal plan and more. As I mentioned earlier, you can indeed advertise with the Personal plan, but you have to wait a while before you get accepted. You need to be getting at least a few thousand views a month to get accepted into the WordAds program. But with the Premium Plan you get accepted instantly.

The Personal plan is my favourite but the Premium plan is the most popular amongst users. It is also relatively cheap. And a good bargain for the features it offers.

The Premium plan allows you to upload videos and other media upto 13 Gb. That’s pretty good.

The most notable feature of the Premium plan is that you get a little more customisation. On the Free and Personal plans you can only do with your site what your theme allows you to do. With the Premium plan you can directly edit the CSS code of your site and make it extremely unique. You will no longer be tied to the limitations of your theme.

You may have seen several themes on WordPress and wanted to use it, but alas! only to find out that you had to pay for it. When you purchase the Premium plan you get access to ALL of those paid themes and they are absolutely free. Now you might start to understand why the Premium theme is the most popular of them all. Each of those themes cost over 50 U.S dollars or more. And there are hundreds of such paid themes which you get for free with the Premium plan.

So the Premium plan is for anyone who wants to use WordPress for professional reasons. You get to customise your site, get access to all the Premium themes for free, advertise instantly and upload videos directly on to your site. It’s a good bargain for this price especially because of the discount that is available right now.

Who should go for the Business plan?

As the name suggest it is mainly targeted at businesses. I mentioned earlier that a small business could do without this plan by simply leaving a link to their PayPal account. But when you’ve come to a stage where you get at least a 100 customers a week, it’s going to get complicated to do everything manually. Also you don’t see professional sites like Amazon leaving PayPal links and manually sending a human being to ask each customer for their shipping address. Automation makes things simpler.

The Business Plan comes with WooCommerce which allows easy shipping and payment for all your products. You have a live customer support team that will assist you with all your needs right from setting it all up to maintenance issues.

Google Analytics and SEO tools are of great use to any blogger. SEO – Search Engine Optimisation is essentially a technique to get your site indexed better on search engine results. The more your content shows up whenever a relevant search is made, the more views you get. You can also improve your site’s ranking which will display it above all the other sites that have results for the same search. To explain in simpler terms, people are more likely to search for something using a particular set of keywords. Only if your post has those keywords it’ll show up in the search results related to that topic. With SEO tools you are always advised to use better keywords in your content. It recommends keywords related to your topic based on their popularity. You get all this with the Business plan.

The best way to customise your site is through Plug-In’s. They’re essentially apps for your site. And WordPress has tonnes of them to satisfy your every need. Only the Business Plan lets you install Plug-In’s. Even if you’re not a business and you’re just a blog you will one day need to install Plug-In’s for some service or the other. When the time comes and you have established your blog you should upgrade to the Business Plan to get all the benefits WordPress has to offer. Now is a good time to go for this plan because there’s a limited period discount of 30%. Go through the link below and enter the discount code to avail the offer.

The Business Plan comes with unlimited storage, unlimited access to all Premium and Business themes. You can also remove the WordPress branding from your site and truly make it your own.

WordPress has been kind enough to send me a 30% discount coupon code.

Click here if you already have an account, to check prices, compare plans and buy the one for you.

Click here to create a new WordPress account and purchase the suitable theme of your choice.

Click here to avail this offer on any Premium theme of your choice.

The Coupon Code is : HOLIDAY30

This is a limited period offer. It expires on the 31st of December, 2017.

(Only if you go through the above link, the coupon code will work. As the discount can be availed only through a WordPress affiliate and I am one)

I hope this post was useful, make use of this limited discount and upgrade if you were planning on it. 🙂 I really wish I had an offer like this when I upgraded. I remember searching online for any discounts before I purchased this plan, I wasn’t able to find anything like this. So do not miss this chance. Share and Reblog this as much as you can so that your friends can make use of it too.

Please drop a comment below if you have any queries or if the coupon code is not working for some reason and I’ll be able to clear it right up.

– The Obsessive Writer.

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23 thoughts on “Free, Personal, Premium or Business? – Choosing the right WordPress Plan (And Limited Period 30% Discount codes)

  1. I’ve been on the wordpress.com platform for about a year now but had a self-hosted wordpress site on my own domain for almost 10 years. I stopped using the cloud hosting provider and quit blogging for some bit of time but came back and wanted to use wordpress.com with the free plan for awhile. The personal plan is a great value to me but I wish they would offer an increase of storage only and allow me to stay on the personal plan. If I could buy 10g of storage and not upgrade to the next plan that would be pretty attractive to me. I don’t need the premium features. The attraction for self hosting is that I can build the server myself on a provider like Digital Ocean and not really worry about the storage. I can also use plugins and completely customize things as I want but… I miss out on all the great bloggers I follow now and that’ s a deal to me. I like reading the blogs I follow and those that follow me This is more of a community. After having blogged for over 10 years now, I’ve gone from a smaller community that read my self hosted blog to enjoying the service level on wp.com I get now. There are attractions and advantages t self-hosting but I doubt I would now go back to it. I like it here.

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      1. If you move to self hosted you will lose the reader, it’s almost like creating a new site. You can move your followers and your content into the new site using jetpack but that’s about it! You won’t get your posts on the reader anymore

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  2. Great post! Very informative and you have made it so much easier to understand each of the plans and what purposes each one would be good for. I plan on upgrading within the next year. I’m still very new to WordPress and the blogging world in general but I have faith that my blog will grow into something huge!😊

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  3. Thank you so much for the easy-to-understand post. I have been blogging for 7-8 years (free plan) and I am not a tech person so I don’t know and didn’t bother to upgrade cos I’m comfortable with my blog now.
    But starting last year my sister persuaded me to monetize my blog. I googled here and there and found out that i have to upgrade my blog first so i searched further but the more i dig the more confused i get. @_@ everyone is suggesting for .org feature but i don’t need all that! Just like you, blogging is my hobby and I just want to post stuff and monitor my stats. I don’t need to post video cos i can just link youtube, i don’t need paid theme or additional plugins. I just want to keep my blog as it is now but able to monetize. It seems personal or premium is good cos both has that feature. Can you recommend which one is perfect for me? Fyi, currently my blog’s average view per day is 1000+. l appreciate if you can reply me this cos i have been hesitating for months. I don’t know to whom should i get advice 😦 internet is confusing me more than i expected and it’s a bit scary to just go for it especially when it involves money. Thank you in advance!!

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    1. You should go for the Personal! You have more than enough views to make proper money out of your blog. 🙂 good luck! Just upgrade to Personal, it’ll ask you to choose your domain name. Do that and then apply to wordAds and keep checking with them through the customer service chat option to see if they’ve accepted! It’ll happen very soon because you get good views

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      1. Thank you!! So I just….. upgrade? Do I have to back up my files first? I’m afraid all my hardwork will be gone once I hit the upgrade button. hahahahaha *paranoid* oh and in the process doing that, can my visitors access my current blog? I’m so sorry for so many questions I’m just too afraid something might go wrong and my posts disappear 😦

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      2. You don’t have to do anything 🙂 just click upgrade and you will instantly be taken to your New site. All your posts, followers and views and likes will remain the same 🙂 good luck.

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