“The difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org – Which is better?”
WordPress.org and WordPress.com are in fact two different platforms, did you know that? There are a lot of times beginner users will get the two mixed up, which causes them to pick the wrong one. If they are both different platforms, which one do I use? By answering that I’m going to give a detailed explanation of both the differences throughout this article. Knowing the difference of the two will then show you which one would be the best fit for you.
Choosing the right platform for yourself is the most important part of your success with the web. So, let’s take a peek at the differences between WordPress.org (self-hosted) and WordPress.com. We’ll start with WordPress.org, it’s known as “the real WordPress”, since it is the popular website platform that everyone talks about. The platform is an open source and is completely free for anyone to use it. It is a self-hosting website, so all you need is a domain name and web hosting.
Now, we’ll go over the pros of WordPress.org to see if it’s right for you. First, as stated before, it is absolutely free to use and easy as well. All the data on your website is yours, so your site can’t be shut down because someone thinks it goes against “their” terms of service. If what you’re doing is illegal, then yes, you will be shut down. There are free, paid and custom WordPress plugins/apps to put into your website for your full customizable website. Speaking of custom, you can customize your website design however you want with any free, self-made or bought WordPress theme. Now, you are also able to run your own ads without having to give a share to anyone else. There are also wonderful tools to use like Google Analytics, you can create a self-hosted WordPress for an online store to sell your products or create membership sites.
We discussed the pros of WordPress.org, but let’s talk about the cons, which are very few. Just like any other website, you have to have web hosting. The initial costs is around $3-$10 per month, but will increase as more traffic goes through your site. WordPress does not do automatic updates, so this makes you completely responsible for those updates your site may need. This also includes being responsible for backups as well. Depending on how you want to build it will cost you as little as $46 per year, and it’s still recommended to use WordPress.org.
Now, let’s get to discussing WordPress.com if you haven’t already decided which platform you should go with. WordPress.com is going to be great for bloggers and family blogs. Now, there are 5 different plans to choose from like free (very limited hosting service) and up to $5000 for VIP hosting service. The Pros of WordPress.com is that the platform is free for up to 3GB of space and then you would have to pay for a plan to be able to get more space to use. Also, WordPress.com takes care of automatic backups for you. Next, we can discuss the cons of this platform. Remember that this platform is extremely limited and has quite a few disadvantages. You don’t make money from ads, nor are you allowed to sell ads from your website. You are not able to upload plugins, because free users have built in plugins. With that said, you’re not able to upload customized themes for your website. There are more cons, but I feel as though it was explained enough to show you that WordPress.com is a very limited platform that doesn’t allow much customization. It can also be pricey if you’re not careful.
The difference between WordPress.org and WordPress.com is that WordPress.org is hands down the best option to go to for more customization and opportunity in the world wide web.