If you are considering using WordPress you may be confused about the differences between WordPress.com and WordPress.org. If you don’t know which one you should use, this article will help.

In the previous blog, we discussed the fundamental concept of WordPress. The impact of WordPress all over the world is undeniably significant.

The infographic below indicates the fundamental but critical differences between WordPress.org and WordPress.com.

difference between wordpress org and com

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The major difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org is where the website is hosted.

With WordPress.org, you host your website. You pay for a hosting service then build and manage it there.

On the other hand, with WordPress.com the site is hosted on their servers. The service will handle all the technical bits of your website for you and you’ll just have to focus on creating beautiful content.

Even though publishing your website by using WordPress.com is always free, you are not in full control of your website and there are certain limitations. Although it requires some expense, technical knowledge and more maintenance to use WordPress.org, the freedom is yours to do as you wish.

There are upgrade options for WordPress.com that will certainly add more functionality to your website as well as your blog. There’s a wide range of commercial themes and premium plugins available. You can extend storage space up to an unlimited level. Paid plans eliminate ads on your site, which is how the free version is supported. There is integrated advanced SEO and Google Analytics. However, these upgrades can get very expensive.

Image by WordPress.com

Image by WordPress.com

With WordPress.org, choosing an ideal web hosting service could be a challenge. However, you’ll have full control of your website and you can upload, install and use any plugins or themes you desire whether free or paid.

Both are amazing options but the best one for you depends on the purpose of your website and the knowledge, time and the cost that you are willing to spend in a long-term.

If you are seeking an easy and user-friendly tool to create a simple blog or website, WordPress.com will be an optimal option for you. On the other hand, should you desire a full control of your website and have a higher skill level, WordPress.org will be the tool you need.


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