The most popular CMS, yet there is one thing that keeps on confusing the newbies. And that is the difference between wordpress.com and wordpress.org.
I myself have been confused about the difference, which once made me choose the wrong one. (as per my needs.)
But I don’t want this to happen with you, hence here is an article to clear this thing out.
What’s the difference:
The very first difference is in the domain extension.
.org – organization (free for everyone)
.com – commercial.
This isn’t a hard and fixed rule, but you got the context.
The major difference:
The major difference is “who is hosting your site?” In wordpress.com your site is hosted by WordPress, whereas in wordpress.org you are hosting your site via a hosting provider.
The WordPress software, located at WordPress.org, is a free, open source content management system. To use the WordPress.org software, you need to install it on a web server. And that’s the key difference between WordPress.com vs WordPress.org.
If you download WordPress from WordPress.org, YOU host it. You set it up with your own hosting provider and use it on your own website, which gives you a ton of flexibility. This is why WordPress.org is often also called self-hosted WordPress.
WordPress.org has much better customization options. You’re able to install plugins, use custom website themes, and do just about anything you want with your site. You can also monetize your website however you want, which is great if you’re planning to make it a business.
WordPress software located at wordpress.com is a blog website platform. This doesn’t need to be downloaded. You can have your site running right away just by signing up on the wordpress.com.
This is limited but free as long as you are ok with their branding. And if you want to the domain of your choice, pay for it. No plugin is allowed with a free version.
With .com you won’t be able to install your own “plugins” or “themes” unless you pay for the expensive business plan. Plugins and themes are one of the most helpful things about the WordPress software because they make it easy to customize your site, so that’s a pretty big loss.
The final note:
Go with wordpress.org, if you want the best options and full control over your site.
I hope this was helpful to you. Thanks for reading.