Difference Between WordPress.com and WordPress.org

Many new bloggers are using WordPress but they become confused when they see two types of WordPress sites, ‘WordPress.com and WordPress.org’, they cannot even fell the difference between these two sites.

In this article, I will describe the difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org’ in detail. So don’t go away.

What is WordPress

WordPress is the easiest way to use the website and Content Management Tool (CMS).  You can design a website; in other words, this is an open-source website making tool. Therefore you can create awesome blogs by using the CMS tools.

According to Wikipedia:

WordPress (WP, Wordpress.org) is a free and open-source content management system (CMS) written in PHP and paired with a MySQL or MariaDB database. Features include a plugin architecture and a template system, referred to within WordPress as Themes.

According to the Netcraft survey, over 1.3 billion active websites are running by WordPress. 20% of websites around the world are using WordPress, which is a massive figure.

WordPress was released on May 27, 2003, by an American developer Matt Mullenweg and English developer Mike Little.

The first version was introduced by Matt on May 27, 2003, based on b2/caflog. The first version included admin interface, new website templates, XHTML 1.1 generated templates.

WordPress has its two sites ‘wordpress.com and wordpress.org’, this is very important to feel the difference between both terms.

Some clients need to build a new site using WordPress when they ask for hosting and server information, then they become confused and even don’t know anything. The WordPress they talk about is actually ‘WordPress.com’.

Let’s discuss the ‘WordPress.com and WordPress.org’ in detail.

WordPress.org

WordPress.org is a free open-source standard blogging platform, just you need to have Domain and web Hosting.

It refers to ‘The Real WordPress’. In other words, this is self-hosted WordPress.

Benefits of WordPress.org

It gives you complete control of your website. You can modify and customize your website as much as you want.

Some important points are under below that make WordPress.org the #1 website-builder:

  • The WordPress.org is free files access, open-source and easy-to-use software
  • You own all your data and website. Your site will always be live. No one can turn off your site unless you engage in some illegal activity on your website.
  • As discussed, you have full control on your site, you can customize and modify your site as you need. You can use free or premium themes on your website at any time.
  • You can make money from your website/blog, it allows owners to show their own ads.
  • For tracking and chasing to your readers, you can use Google Analytics to monitor your readers.
  • You can create an online store to sell your products online by self-hosted.
  • WordPress.org is very significant when you create membership sites for online courses, tutorials, lectures, and build the community around the website.

 Cons of WordPress.org

  • You need to store your website files somewhere on the internet, so you have to purchase web hosting to store your website files.
  • However, you need to purchase web hosting by $2-$10 per month.
  • As your website gets more and more traffic, the cost will increase. That’s why you need to make money to cover this cost.
  • You need to check for updates regularly, so don’t worry about it, you can update your updates with just 1 click.
  • You should keep an eye on the backup. There are many WordPress backup plugins to easily backup your website.

The cost of web hosting depends on whether you are going to build a simple website, online store, portfolio, or blog. So there are a few other factors that add to the monthly or annual cost of your websites, such as premium themes and premium plugins.

WordPress.com

It allows users to create websites for free. WordPress.com is actually a hosting service that allows users to create their entire website for free. Although the co-founder of WordPress and WordPress.com is the same, Matt Mullenweg.

WordPress.com has following hosting plans in the table:

S.no Hosting Plan Price per month
1 Free Very limited
2 Personal $4 per month
3 Premium $8 per month
5 Business $25 per month
6 eCommerce $45 per month

For more details about hosting plans, please visit WordPress.com Hosting Plans.

Benefits of WordPress.com

While creating the blog for your hobby or family, wordpress.com is a good choice, it has some good benefits which make it good.

  • It provides 3GB of disk space for free.
  • You can increase this space by purchasing hosting plans which are discussed earlier.
  • However, it automatically updates all plugins and other useful updates. So you don’t have to worry about updates.

Cons of WordPress.com

WordPress.com is free to build websites but, there are a lot of limitations to using it, which makes a clear difference between ‘Wordpress.com’ and ‘WordPress.org’.

  • If you want to make money from your site, WordPress.com is a bad choice. Because WordPress.com puts its ads on all the websites that are built for free.
  • But if you don’t want to show their ads on your website, then you need to choose paid plans.
  • Your website will be a sub-domain. For example, wordpress.com
  • in other words, cannot sell ads on your website. If you want to sell then you need to apply for their ad program WordAds.
  • You cannot install plugins on your choice.
  • So it doesn’t allow us to install custom themes.
  • Free-Plan only allows users to install limited free themes.
  • You cannot use any analytic tool (Google Analytics) to monitor the statistics of your website.
  • If you violate their policy, then they can block your website at any time.
  • In other words, you are bound to follow their rules and policies.
  • It doesn’t allow you to build membership sites and don’t give any eCommerce features like integrated payment gateways. Therefore, you need to choose an eCommerce plan.

After that, You cannot monetize your blog/website by WordPress.com but, if you are having much traffic then you need to join their own ads program WordAds. However, there are very rare chances to earn by ‘WordPress.com’. So I will recommend you guys to use WordPress.org (Self-hosted).

Hope you guys enjoyed my article. If you have any queries, then show your queries then post them into the comment section. I will guide you guys.

Best of luck!

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