WordPress.com vs WordPress.org
WordPress.com vs WordPress.org — Is there a difference between the two? Which is good? These are some of the most common questions among new bloggers.
The Simple answer is
- WordPress.org is customizable — WordPress.org is where “WordPress” the software is freely available to the public. The same goes for thousands of plugins, in addition to a number of “premium” plugins that can be purchased separately.
- WordPress.com is self-hosted — They host your blog for you, meaning you don’t need to think of anything. So you are less technical savvy you can still have your blog and not have to worry about any technical stuff. However, there are some downsides to getting your blog hosted at WordPress.com.
If you are planning to use the free service at WordPress.com, your blog URL will end with wordpress.com. When you go and sign up on WordPress.com you’ll get a domain name like YourNewBlog.WordPress.com.
If you’re wanting to start your own blog about your hobbies, then it’s no problem. But, if you’re wanting a website for your business having wordpress.com at the end does not look professional at all.
WordPress.org is a terrific resource for “do it yourself” site owners. With support forums and tons of “how to” information, site owners can modify their designs and functionality to the limits of their creativity.
Summarizing, with WordPress.org, the sky is the limit, and you won’t need to pay to remove third-party ads. With no restrictions, you can modify the core PHP, add fancy jQuery elements, use any theme you like, and/or install any plugin you want.