There is a difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org. Most people are confused by this. Which is better?
• WordPress.org is customizable, WordPress.com is less so.
• WordPress.org is self-hosted, WordPress.com is not
• Both are free (Kind of. Read on.)
The one major difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org is who’s actually hosting your website.
With WordPress.org, YOU host your own blog or website. WordPress.org is where you’ll find the free WordPress software that you can download and install on your own webserver.
Alternatively, WordPress.com takes care of the hosting for you. You don’t have to download software, pay for hosting or manage a web servicer.
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Pros & Cons
While the .com seems like the easier choice, easier isn’t necessarily better. And in this case is definitely NOT better.
With WordPress.com you can’t upload any custom themes (make the website prettier) or add any plugins. For completely free you get an unprofessional website address (yourname.wordpress.com) and for a fee that middle bit can be removed. They put ads on your website, which can be removed for a cost. Limited storage (more available at a cost) and to embed your own videos you can only do this, yep, is at a cost. The biggest bummer is you can’t add email service provider opt-ins to collect email addresses and build email subscriber numbers.
Whereas with WordPress.org you are choosing to self-host (pay for hosting) for the rights to own your content and the website. You have more control like using your own domain name, upload themes and install plugins (for increased functionality). The software is freely available and frequently updated. Plus Google loves WordPress.org (for ranking).
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What are the differences? WordPress.com vs WordPress.org
- You get a full domain on WordPress.org but only a sub-domain on WordPress.com (meaning the unprofessional website address – yourname.wordpress.com)
- WordPress.com has more limitations than WordPress.org (custom themes, ability to install plugins, ads, monetize your blog, storage, videos, adding opt-ins and building email subscription list and the list goes on.)
- You own the content on WordPress.org but not on WordPress.com (meaning you down own or have legal rights to your work. That’s a biggie.)
- You are more professional when you’re on WordPress.org rather than WordPress.com (if you are serious that your blog is going to be a business).
I use and recommend Self-Hosted WordPress.org
In conclusion, you get what you paid for. Going for 100% completely free WordPress.com has hidden costs. While self-hosted has the upfront cost.
I use and recommend self-hosted WordPress.org websites and blogs.
The main reasons being – Google loves WordPress and I have great ranking and Google traffic. Ability to add plugins including my SEO plugin (which is the KEY to get Google ranking in the first place, in my opinion!)
Plus it was important for me to:
#1 have ownership of my content
#2 monetize and make money from my blog – on my own terms!
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