WordPress.org versus WordPress.com

wordpress.org vs wordpress.com

If you’ve been wondering, trying to tell apart WordPress.com from WordPress.org, you’re in luck. If you’re out looking to learn more about WordPress, please feel free to check out What is WordPress: The Most Popular Content Management System.

But if you already know what WordPress is from the linked post, how about we journey on and discover:

  • What is WordPress.com,
  • What is WordPress.org and
  • WordPress.com vs WordPress.org: Which Do You Choose?

Without further ado, here we go:

What is WordPress.com?


It’s free to start a WordPress.com blog!

WordPress.com is a web-based service that helps you to setup a WordPress-based blog in less than five minutes. Yeah, WordPress is darn easy to install, you’ll get addicted. WordPress.com is a subsidiary of Automattic, the company that owns other popular brands such as Jetpack, Akismet, Intense Debate etc.

It’s Free

In other words, they set you up with an example.wordpress.com blog, which means you can blog right away – without having to worry about hosting charges. All you need is a creative subdomain to get started. Started at WordPress.com myself, before eventually transitioning over to self-hosted WordPress.

You get access to a number of WordPress themes, meaning you’ll get a passable design that’s hosted on a secure SSL (https://) platform. You can’t, however, bend the available WordPress themes to your heart’s content, which means you’re limited in terms of design freedom.

Limited Functionality

You can’t also install whichever WordPress plugin you desire, which is sort of sad. And you have to put up with adverts showing up on your blog. Additionally, there’s the subdomain factor. Wouldn’t you rather trade with an example.com domain than an example.wordpress.com subdomain? One looks better, I know.

While WordPress.com has provision for an example.com domain, you will cough up at least $5000 per month to unlock the full potential of your site. For you my dear friend, this is not an ideal situation. Especially when you’re starting out with a shoe-string budget.

Enters WordPress.org, and the day is saved

What is WordPress.org?

Blog Tool Publishing Platform and CMS — WordPress.org

The WordPress Script is free, but you pay for web hosting

WordPress.org is where you go to download WordPress. Now, if you have forgotten, remember we said that WordPress is a software script that’s made using PHP and MySQL. You take this script, install it on a web server and build the website(s) of your dreams.

WordPress.org is also home to a huge collection of the best free WordPress themes as well as WordPress plugins from here to Timbuktu. Look around and you will notice it’s also home to huge community of happy people, who contribute across the various forums, for us all.

Your Imagination, Your Limit

The flavor of WordPress you get at WordPress.org is astonishingly better than what is offered at WordPress.com. Once you install WordPress on a server, you have one serious tool on your hands. You can run a blog or build a Fortune 500 website in no time. And then some.

It’s extremely easy to install WordPress, as most hosts come with one click installation that simplifies everything. Just plug in the necessary details and sit back. I use and recommend Namecheap for how easy they make everything. Plus they have great domain offers 🙂

WordPress.org vs WordPress.com: Which Do You Choose?

I am a die-hard WordPress fan, which means I would choose WordPress.org over WordPress.com any day. Don’t forget the fact I started off at WordPress.com. How about you? Which do you choose? Going the WordPress.com way is great if you just need a personal blog for your musings.

If you’re looking to build a portfolio blog or website, an ecommerce store, a business website or simply would like to enjoy WordPress in it’s full splendor, I would suggest going the WordPress.org way. With budget hosts and a growing number of managed WP hosts, you’re in good hands.

No matter how you start your WordPress adventure, just remember WordPress is all about creating a great web publishing platform for all parties involved. After all, you can always move from a WordPress.com blog to a self-hosted (WordPress.org) blog and vice versa easily.

Final Words

WordPress.com or WordPress.org is the big question now, isn’t it? WordPress.com is ideal for the absolute beginner looking to test out the blogging waters. You can be up and running in the next 5 minutes. WordPress.org is for the guy looking to launch a great website.

What do you think?

Freddy Muriuki

Freddy is the lead WordPress theme reviewer and editor at WP Theme Raves, WordPress blogger extraordinaire and founder of Vista Media Enterprises, a content marketing outfit for WordPress business owners looking to boost engagement with smarter content.

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