WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org Sites

If you’re thinking about starting a WordPress website, you’ve probably wondered, “What’s the difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org?”

We’ll look at the differences between WordPress.com and WordPress.org in this blog post.

Let’s start with the fundamentals. WordPress is the most widely used content management system (CMS), powering one-third of all websites worldwide.

A WordPress website can be used to create anything from a simple personal blog to a more complex website or webshop

However, in order to keep a long discussion about all of the benefits of WordPress brief, I have listed the following benefits that WordPress provides:

  • The most widely used website platform
  • It is simple to download and install
  • It has an easy-to-use dashboard for quick navigation.
  • Free themes are included.
  • Simple to customize
  • Provides a number of WordPress plugins for enhanced website functionality.
  • And a lot more!

WordPress can be confusing to new website owners because there are several options for building a WordPress website and accessing WordPress information, which is where this article will clarify what the two main types of WordPress sites are and how they differ.

WordPress.org

WordPress.org offers full access to and information on themes, plugins, and other website enhancements. This website is ultimately the “source of truth” on WordPress.

You can also download the WordPress software from WordPress.org and install it on your preferred hosting platform.

But here’s the point. Pay close attention because this is essential.

You do not need to visit WordPress.org to obtain the WordPress software. A better and much simpler option is to find a hosting company you like, select the best web hosting plan for you, and sign up for an account.

When you sign up for a web hosting platform, you will be given the option to install WordPress from within the hosting platform itself. It usually only takes a few clicks before you’re ready to go.
Once you’ve installed the WordPress content management system in your web hosting account, you can choose a theme, upload a third-party theme if you want, and install any and all plugins you want, giving you complete control over your design and coding.

WordPress.com 

WordPress.com is a commercial, for-profit website that is powered by Automattic. This platform is hosted for you and functions similarly to a website builder.

WordPress.com is initially easier to use for inexperienced website owners. What’s the reason? They handle all of the hosting, register your domain, and provide built-in plugins. To get started, simply sign up and begin building your site.

However, there are some significant disadvantages to using WordPress.com. First and foremost, because WordPress.com is hosting your website on their platform, your domain name will have the wordpress.com URL attached to it.

For example, if you need to start a new blog and want to name the domain newblog.com, and you use WordPress.com because you don’t need it for more than a simple blog, your domain name with this soultion would be www.newblog.wordpress.com.

However, if your blog begins to receive more traffic, you will most likely require your own domain name, more functionality, advertising opportunities, and a better design. As a result, you’ll need to buy hosting from a web hosting company and migrate your WordPress site to a hosting platform. This change will provide you with your own domain name (newblog.com), as well as more opportunities to grow your site.

Other disadvantages of using WordPress.com to host your website are as follows:

  • Your ability to personalize your website is severely limited.
  • There are very few design theme options and the ability to customize them.
  • You are unable to select your own hosting company.
  • You only have a limited number of plugins available to you.
  • You only have a few eCommerce options.

If you want to create a simple blog or a quick website that doesn’t require advanced functionality, WordPress.com might be a good choice.

If you need to be able to use WR Design templates, this solution will not meet your needs. Then you should go with a self-hosted WordPress site.

The primary difference between a hosted WordPress.com site and traditional web hosting

To clarify further, here is a quick comparison of starting your site on WordPress.com versus starting your site through a hosting company like one.com and selecting WordPress as your content management system.

WordPress.com

  • Provides all of the tools required for a basic WordPress site.

  • It functions similarly to a website builder.

  • Manages your site on an ongoing basis for you.

  • Building a website does not necessitate any coding knowledge.

  • Provides a basic free account with the option to upgrade.

  • Convenient and simple to use for even the most inexperienced website owners

  • All free accounts will have the WordPress.com extension in their site name.

  • Unless you upgrade to a paid plan, you will not be able to add a third-party theme of your choice.

  • There are few options for themes and plugins.

WordPress.org

  • The ability to select from a variety of hosting companies and hosting plans

  • Users can make changes to the PHP and CSS programming languages.

  • Sites are completely customizable.

  • Excellent for both inexperienced and experienced web designers.

  • The user is responsible for site upkeep.

  • Installing third-party themes is possible.

  • Themes can be fully customized.