Free, Personal, Premium or Business? – Choosing the right WordPress Plan

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,


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,


It removes the ugly 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.

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.

I hope this post was useful. 🙂

Please drop a comment below if you have any more questions!

– The Obsessive Writer.


WordPressing – 101 (Tips for new bloggers and old)

Hello there! 🙂

You may have just started a brand new blog, or you may have been blogging for quite some time. Congratulations on that! 🙂 It’s an amazing feeling, isn’t it? To have a voice. But what good is a voice when what you’re saying isn’t reaching the right audience?

Here are some tips to increase your stats and get the readership you desire.

  1. Keep it short. The longer your post is, the less likely it is to get read. Even an interested reader might get discouraged by the size of a long post.
  2. Tagging your post is really important. You can add tags to your post in the post-settings area. The WordPress reader is the best source of readers and tagging your post under the related topics will help the right kind of readers find you. But no more than 15 tags (including categories) otherwise your post will not appear in the reader.
  3. Reposting is not a crime. Think of the wordpress reader as a stream of posts. Your posts gets a mere 10 minutes in the limelight. Reposting it simply gives you a little longer.
  4. Interact with other bloggers. Every relationship needs some give and take. How can you expect others to read your blog, when you’ve never given them a reason to? Develop a few friendships. Like and follow new blogs. Leave a few comments. Socialising is key to improving your stats.
  5. Reblog at least one post every day. You might make someones day. And its a mutually beneficial practice. It get’s you your views when you don’t have ideas of your own and you’re helping out a fellow blogger by sharing their content.
  6. Quality over quantity. I have seen bloggers who post once a month having over 10k subscribers. So, spend the time you’re not writing, socialising on your blog. And do the occasional repost of your old posts.
  7. Posting at the right time. Check your stats, which day do you get your best views? What time is your best hour? Schedule your posts to be posted at times you get high traffic. Set your post up for success.
  8. Add visual aid. Pictures and videos supporting your content, will give it that extra spice and reel more readers in. But be sure to credit your source for the pictures if you found them online! And also personalise your blog with strategically placed widgets and a nice clean design.
  9. Make your blog everything you are. Don’t niche your blog way too early. Write what you feel like. People relate more to blogs that represent a real human being rather than static sites that post about the same thing all day, every day.
  10. Catchy titles really make a difference. Make your titles reflect the style of your blog. The title of the post is the first thing anyone is going to read. Get that right and you’re halfway there.

I hope these tips were useful. 🙂 Please leave a comment if you have any new tips or if you have any questions. Happy Blogging!

– The Obsessive Writer.

Why I upgraded to the Personal Plan on WordPress (Tips for new bloggers and old)

Getting a domain for free can cost you. Besides having a thing for a good paradox, that line has a lot of truth to it. Let me narrate the story of my search to get a free domain name and hosting. A domain is the name of your site and hosting is where you store it. Many of you on WordPress might have “” ,If you went for the free plan or you’ll have a “” ,If you paid for your site.

WordPress is a safe bet if you want a free blog. But having a subdomain, that is the .wordpress in your site name is not what I wanted. I couldn’t apply to any advertising companies like Google Adsense or WordAds to monetise my site so I wanted a full fledged domain name. And I wanted it for free. Because I thought, why pay for something when you can get it for free!

There is a way to do that. You can get your domain name from a website called freenom and host it at hostinger, a site which does web hosting for free. You can look up this process on YouTube. This is a simple matter of pointing your domain to the nameserver of your host. In simpler terms, making the name of your site point to where it’s contents are stored. So when someone types in your site’s name, it’s contents show up on their screen.

So I did that and installed WordPress. I was the proud owner of “” the free website didn’t come with a .com, they gave me a less preferred .ga, but I was okay with that. Then I installed WordPress and had my own self-hosted site.

After that came all the issues. Like, I could not install any widgets. The host gave me a very small storage and it couldn’t even handle installing jetpack(a blog stats widget). And to top it all off, I went onto freenom to try getting another free domain name. when I typed in my site “”, in the name search just to check, it did not say it was taken like it was supposed to. Instead, it simply made that free domain name a paid one. And it was priced at around 3 dollars. So anyone could buy my site and I wouldn’t even know.

The thing is, I shouldn’t get mad. I had no right. I didn’t pay for it so they don’t owe me anything. But they did not have to make such false promises. This is just something you should know before you step into these things. Free things are always unreliable. All the hard work you put it will just be taken away without an explanation if someone is willing to pay for what you got for free.

In WordPress the free plan is pretty trust worthy. They won’t take away your blog unless you violate their terms and conditions. And incase you ever want your own domain like I did, be very careful when you make your choice. You can go for a self-hosted blog or upgrade your current free plan to personal or premium or business in WordPress.

I preferred to upgrade to the person plan on WordPress. Because I am a blogger/ writer. I just post my own content and it’s not under any niche. I am here for the community. If I had gone for a self-hosted site, my posts won’t show up in the WordPress reader anymore and I would have lost all my followers. That’s another thing. When you upgrade from free to a paid plan on WordPress, it automatically transfers your followers to your new site. So I’d say, self-host your blog only if you have a niche. Stick with WordPress if you’re a personal blogger like me.

Thank you for reading! I hope this recount of my experiences were useful. If you like these type of posts please let me know and I’ll post more blogging tips related content for you guys. 🙂

– The Obsessive Writer

Building a Good Blog (Tips for new bloggers and old)

You might think I’m crazy for saying this but, having a successful blog is a little bit different from having a good one. Apart from getting your content read, and attaining your goal in followers count and views, there is another part of owning a website that many bloggers forget about.

Does your content look good enough to promote reading?

Maintaining a good layout and appearance are key to getting that level of sophistication you find on some professional sites. It’s not that hard, just follow a few small steps to make sure your website is in top shape.

  1. Let your blog be about the content, rather than the theme. WordPress offers a wide range of themes ranging from crazy to subtle. Make your choice on the subtle side. For example, a plain background (I prefer white or black) with text in a complementary colour. Crazy art work and colour, and graffiti and a million images would all look very interesting but it would divert attention from your content which is what your readers should be made to focus on.
  2. Make use of a lot of visual aid. While your background is better off being plain, your content can have that pop of color and art you desire. Depending on the genre of your blog, find a suitable image for your posts and attach it. It’s even better if you can photograph or make the art yourself, but borrowing from other sites is fine as well. Just be sure to credit back to those images if you know the source or simply mention the fact that your image is from google.
  3. Make use of the different formats of posts available on WordPress. There is a category called sticky, that helps keep that post on top of the blog at all times thus making sure everyone who visits your blog has a better chance at reading it. Sticky’s are generally meant for announcements or your top posts that you want to advertise more. There are also separate formats for texts, images, quotes and so on. Try to switch it up and see how they look.
  4. Use ALL the features of your theme. Different themes have different features. Some have header images, some have featured posts, some have a widgets side bar or footer, and so on. Play around with your settings to get a good look. An original blog header will give your blog a unique look.
  5. Widgets are your best friend. My personal opinion is that you should make sure your theme has a widgets bar. Display cool things like your stats, maybe a follow button, your top posts, categories, tags, maybe a slide show of images from your gallery. You can also help out your fellow bloggers by making use of this widget that allows you to display the last few blogs you followed.
  6. Use the right search filters while you search for the right theme. Aside from its looks, the features a theme offers should also be a contributing factor when you make your choice. WordPress offers several filters to help search its theme database. You can mention what type of blog you run (like magazine, photo blog), you can even apply search filters for the features you need. (like header, featured posts) And it will give you all the right options.
  7. Stick with your choice. If you keep changing your look every day, it’s going to confuse your readers or drive them away. Try to be careful when you’re choosing and once you have chosen your theme don’t change it often.
  8. Extra points for extra awesomeness. Add cool stuff to your site like a music player, a photo gallery widget like I mentioned earlier, maybe a text box with a message, a badge, and many other things. Be as creative as you can be while adding these elements. Uniqueness is the goal you want to achieve when it comes to design.

Thank you for reading! If you think these “blogging advice” related posts are useful and you want more of them, please leave a comment below! And if it helped you, share it so it can help others too. 🙂

Have a great day!

-The Obsessive Writer