The Difference Between WordPress.COM and WordPress.ORG ( Including: A Simple Comparison Chart )

The Difference Between WordPress.COM and WordPress.ORG ( Including: A Simple Comparison Chart )

It can be frustrating trying to figure out the difference between WORDPRESS.COM and WORDPRESS.ORG – so I’m laying it out once and for all! If you’re ready to take your blog to the next level, check out my step-by-step guide!


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Quick Summary

  • There’s ( generally ) fewer costs and add-ons to buy when working with WP.org

  • WP.org gives you endless control including your customization, features, interactive abilities and so much more!
     
  • Plugins are a powerful part of blogging. 1000’s + plugins are available on WP.org

  • You DO NOT own your content on WP.com. You’re using their free platform to host your blog. This means you cannot run ads or monetize your blog
  • Never be threatened by HTML. Nothing about blogging is as hard as it looks.

WordPress.com

WordPress.org

“Focus on your beautiful content, and let us handle the rest.”

“Get your hands dirty, and host your website yourself.”

wordpress.com wordpress.org
  • Hosted. Like renting an apartment
  • Maintained & controlled by ‘wordpress.com’
  • Limited customization abilities
  • You’re a part of a LARGE network of blogs
  • Similar to a “social” platform that allows you to follow blogs, comment and repost posts
  • Self-Hosted. Like owning a house
  • You’re responsible for maintenance
  • For example: spam, security, updates, backups
  • Full control and flexibility
  • Your blog is individually on its own

Set-Up Time

  • 5 Minutes

Domain

  • yourname.wordpress.com
  • Buy your domain name for $18/year
  • yourname.com
  • Register a domain name you already own
  • Register your domain for $13/year

Storage

  • 3GB of free space
  • 1000GB space for add-ons for $160/year
  • You need to find web hosting -space and features may vary. ( I highly recommend Bluehost )

Design

  • Limited selection (approximately 100) of designs
  • Premium themes available
  • 1500 + FREE themes available
  • Customizable options to make your site look attractive and unique
  • Build your own theme with PHP and CSS

Plugins

  • 20-30 Plugins available (to premium users)
  • Limited features
  • 1000’s of FREE and premium plugins
  • Add – basically – any feature or functionality you want

Customization

  • No FTP access
  • No ability to edit the code
  • Option to pay $30/year to edit your code
  • Complete control over your files
  • Modify & customize your site as you wish

Monetization

  • Ads are NOT allowed
  • WordPress.com will display their ads
  • Ad-Free upgrade for $30/year
  • You have complete control
  • You can run ads, affiliate links, and other sources of income

Support

  • 24/7 Support
  • 24/7 Support

Registration

  • You MUST register for an account on WordPress.com and abide by their Terms of Service
  • No registration is required with WordPress.org

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  • Thank you for this! I’ve been wondering about WordPress.org and if I should make the switch

    • I’m so glad it could help! I always say, it depends on your end blogging goal. Please let me know if you have any further questions. I’d love to help 🙂