WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org – Which Should I Choose

Sep 9, 2023 | Web Design

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At its core, WordPress is the simplest, most popular way to create your own website or blog. In fact, WordPress powers over 43.3% of all the websites on the Internet. Yes – more than one in four websites that you visit are likely powered by WordPress. When developing a WordPress website you may learn that there are two versions of websites offered WordPress.com and WordPress.org. Today we’ll talk about this, “WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org – Which Should I Choose.”

What is WordPress.com?

WordPress.com is a for-profit, paid service that is powered by the WordPress.org software. It’s simple to use, but you lose much of the flexibility of the self-hosted WordPress. Even though WordPress.com’s blog hosting service uses WordPress at its core, there are several limitations to WordPress.com.

1. You cannot install plugins on your free WordPress.com

2. You also cannot use custom themes on WordPress.com free plans.

3. You are limited in terms of monetization – You cannot use ad platforms like Google Adsense on your free WordPress.com site to make money from it. Instead, WordPress.com will show ads on your website unless you upgrade to their paid plans.

What is WordPress.org?

WordPress.org, often called self-hosted WordPress, is the free, open-source WordPress software that you can install on your own web host to create a website that’s 100% your own. Most of the time, when people say “WordPress”, they mean the self-hosted WordPress available at WordPress.org. If you want to truly own your website, self-hosted WordPress.org is almost always the best option.

Here are 4 reasons why you should choose WordPress.org

1. WordPress Is Free And Open Source – While you will need to pay a little bit for hosting, you will never have to pay just to use the WordPress software, which isn’t the case with alternatives like Squarespace.

2. WordPress.org is flexible – Even if you aren’t a developer, you can easily modify your website thanks to WordPress’ huge ecosystem of themes and plugins:

3. WordPress Is Easy To Install – Think you need to be a tech genius to create your own website? Think again! If you can click a few buttons, you can install WordPress on your site.

4. WordPress Is Expandable – your website can also evolve with you. Want to add a forum to your existing WordPress site? No problem – just install the bbPress plugin! Want to add a social network? No worries! Just use the BuddyPress plugin.

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