The question arise when you are newbie to WordPress and it should arise if you are serious about working with WordPress. Well, before going in depth with complicated bunch of technical words I would make it simple that WordPress.org is the free and WordPress.com is paid.
What is WordPress.com?
WordPress.com is the premium site but let’s you host your blog freely with sub-domain (i.e. www.example.wordpress.com) with limited features. Absolutely, you can change the domain name to custom by paying the price starting from $18.00/ year. If you already have the domain than it you can map it for $13.00. In short WordPress.com is type of hosting provider specialized in hosting WordPress.
- Free example.wordpress.com domain
- Provides 3GB space in free plan. After 3GB they ask to upgrade to premium or business plan which is $8.25/Month (Offers 13GB) and $24.92/Month (Offers Unlimited Storage)
- No Ads in paid plans
- SEO friendly
- Automated regular backups
- They can take down your site if your site violates the Terms & Conditions of WordPress.com
- Everything comes at cost. It offers you free domain and free theme to start up your blog in relevance to displaying the ads on your blog.
- Its pricey in relevant to self-hosted WordPress
- No stats and analytics in free plan
- It does not allow you to monetize your content*
- You can only use the theme provided by them and does not edit .css. You can only customize the theme using premium or business plan
What is WordPress.org?
WordPress.org offers you a free web based software, a content management system. WordPress powers 25% of the web. It is open-source. You can also host the WordPress powered site on your local machine. But with free software there’s comes a responsibility to find and choose the hosting provider by yourself.
- It is free and easy
- The content is all yours. Full control is provided
- Allows to upload custom theme or edit your theme with full access
- Monetize your content with various monetization program
- You can use custom plugins
- You can use it offline
- Hosting is cheaper in relevant to .com
- Need to find and choose better hosting service provider by self. (But cost you less than WordPress.com)
- No Automatic backups. Manual backup is required (You can use number of plugins for backup)
- Security of website is need to be maintained
If you are concern about the price , wants to use the thousands of resources, want full control over the content than do for the wordpress.org. If you are a personal blogger and not concerned about the price than go for the wordpress.com. I personally recommend you to go for the wordpress.org, as you get full control over your content and no worries about account terminations for their terms and conditions violation. Earn more with org.
Infograph on wordpress.com vs wordpress.org
Have you changed your mind? Do you want to transfer your blog from WordPress.com to WordPress.org? My upcoming article will help you on how to transfer your blog from wordpress.com to wordpress.org. Till that you can explore the article on how to secure WordPress website. Keep sharing. Stay tuned to Tech Tunes.
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