You may have heard about WordPress as the most popular CMS, but did you know there are two different platforms with the same name? i.e. WordPress.com and WordPress.org.
And it is the main thing which confuses many WordPress beginners that which one to choose to build their websites or blog. Because both have the same name and software.
There are some clear-cut differences. To help you make the right decision, in this post I’ll take you a deep dive to look on WordPress.org and WordPress.com.
Because choosing a right platform is essential for long-term success.
WordPress.com vs WordPress.org
The major difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org is who host your website.
WordPress.com, take care of all the hosting things. You don’t need to manage or install the software. You’re free with all the backend work. But, Free WordPress.com is very limited.
Where with WordPress.org you have to manage all the things, installation of the WordPress on your server. Nowadays 1 click installation is available on many hosts.
Let’s get into more details.
WordPress.org is the real platform you have heard many amazing things about.
WordPress.org is an open source platform which gives you the power to do anything according to your needs and choice. You just need a domain and a web host to get your website live into the World.
Pros of WordPress.org
- As I said earlier, it is free and an open source content management system, you can do whatever you want to do. WordPress gives you all the powers.
- You can add free, paid or custom plugins for your WordPress website.
- You can install free, paid or custom WordPress themes. You can customize your design according to your desires.
- Easy to use and unlimited features to build anything such as website, blog, e-commerce website, forum or any web application you want. You can sell your products and get payments directly into your account.
- You can use your own monetization’s methods and can make money yourself with your website.
- With WordPress.org you can install and use custom tools for better tracking and analytics of your website, such as google analytics.
- Creating websites with WordPress.org is free but you need some expenses to show your website with the world. These are which quite affordable, you can start your WordPress website with Bluehost for as little as $2.75/month. This includes a free domain name which will cost you around $10/month.
- With WordPress.org you can get your problem solved with their support community. Due to its popularity, you can find many blogs on it, like this one, also you can hire freelancers to get your things done.
- You have to do all the installations, creating a server, uploading the files to the server. If you’re a regular user of tech things then it’s really easy for you. However, many hosting providers are now providing one-click installation of WordPress, what’s more, you need huh?
- You have to handle all the things of your site yourself, like security, backups of your website, speeding up your website, cleaning databases, and overall maintenance.
- You can create offline backups of your website with your ease whether daily, weekly, monthly or even yearly. You can use these backups if you do something by mistake or anything out of the way happened.
- You have to install WordPress on your server. However many companies nowadays provide 1-click installation (such as Bluehost or Inmotion) so this isn’t a really big deal unless you’re using a dedicated server or have a custom server that you have to manage on your own.
- You have to take care of security and maintenance by yourself. You have to take care of backups by yourself.
- You have to handle all the technical stuff by yourself or hire any freelancer to handle all the stuff for you.
WordPress.com is the hosting service like other platforms such as Blogger, Tumblr, or Medium.
WordPress.com runs on the software of WordPress.org just they handle all the technical things for you. They handle WordPress installations, database creations, security, backups and other technical stuff.
- It gives free 3 GB storage space, jetpack basic features, free access to a wide range of WordPress themes, basic design customizations, community support, WordPress.com advertising and banners.
- You don’t have to worry about updates, backups and security WordPress.com handles everything for you.
- You’re free from handling the technical things.
- WordPress.com shows their ads on your website. Through which they make money to give you their services. If you want to remove their ads then you have to upgrade to any paid plan.
- You can’t run your own ads on your wordpress.com website or blog. You can monetize website using their WordAds but for this, you have to upgrade to premium or business plan.
- You cannot upload plugins or themes to your website. You have to choose plugins and themes within their repository. To install custom plugins and themes you have to upgrade to the business plan.
- You cannot integrate the most popular Google Analytics to view stats. You have to upgrade to the business plan or higher plan to integrate it.
- They have the power to delete your websites if they found you’re violating their Terms of Services (TOS).
- You cannot create an e-commerce store using WordPress.com.
- Your website will display powered by WordPress.com until you upgrade to their business plan.
Comparison Table: WordPress.org vs WordPress.com
|Monetization||You can’t monetize your website to make money for yourself.||You can monetize your website the way you want to.|
|Hosting & Security||They handle everything for you.||You have to handle everything or hire a freelancer to do all the things.|
|Plugins||Limited plugins you can choose from.||You can use any plugin in your website.|
|Google Analytics||You can’t integrate google analytics until you upgrade to business plan.||You can integrate it anytime.|
|Themes||Limited themes you have to choose from.||You can use any theme and customize it as you love.|
|Branding||“Powered by” will be displayed until you upgrade to business plan.||You have the power if you want to display any branding or not.|
|SEO||You have limited SEO features, you have to upgrade to business plan for full control over SEO.||You can install the best SEO plugins to maximize your SEO for best rankings.|
What’s my choice?
Of course WordPress.org. If you’re serious about blogging or your business then I will recommend you to start with WordPress.org. Here’s the guide to start your self-hosted WordPress blog.
If you’re thinking to start a blog for a short span of time then start a free blog with WordPress.com.
FAQs on WordPress.org vs WordPress.com
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