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WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org

For beginners the distinction between WordPress.com and WordPress.org can be quite confusing. If you are also getting confused about both these options, it’s ok! In this post we’ll discuss what’s the fundamental difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org and make it easier for you to understand and choose one of these options basis what your requirements.

If you are just getting started, try reading getting started with wordpress before reading this post.

WordPress.com

If you don’t want to go through the process of installing your own wordpress system on your personal hosting, you can use WordPress.com

  • WordPress.com, is a free, hosted version of WordPress that enables you build a simple blog or website in just a couple of minutes.
  • During the signup process, you’ll choose a name for your site, which will then automatically include “.wordpress.com” at the end of your site’s web address.
  • You can purchase an upgrade which will enable you to use your own domain name, without this xxx.wordpress.com portion.
  • Can’t install premium themes or plugins from 3rd parties, monetize your site through ads, or customize the underlying files that power your site

When to choose WordPress.com?

If you want to do the following, you can use WordPress.com. It might be a better option.

  • Don’t want to maintain my site
  • Need lot of space of videos and photos
  • New to blogging
  • Just want to create a simple website without frills

WordPress.org

WordPress is a content management system. It’s like a software that you can download and host on your own hosting and create a website. WordPress.org allows you to download the latest version of WordPress. You can then simply download it and upload it on your personal hosting account.

  • You can download WordPress for free, but it must be installed on a web server in order to work.
  • You’ll need a web host for your WordPress site (cost anywhere from $5-50 dollars/mo)
  • There are several companies who provide Managed WordPress hosting, including installing WordPress and ensuring it’s always up-to-date.
  • Once WordPress is installed, you’ll have complete control over every aspect of your website.
  • Install custom themes and plugins to add new features to your site

You may ask that is it mandatory to download and install wordpress from wordpress.org?

The answer is no! Services such as Godaddy, Bluehost allow you to automatically install wordpress on their hosting through a single click.

When to choose WordPress.org?

  • Want to set up an online store
  • Upload custom themes
  • Need lot of space of videos and photos
  • Monetize my blog/website through ads
  • Need a lot of customization (domain etc.)
  • I need a small website that I can scale up
  • Create an online classified website

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