Difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org


Originally posted 2016-08-22 09:07:48.

Most people keep dwelling on when it comes to choosing between WordPress.com or WordPress.org. The ones who are not familiar with any of the above mostly can’t differentiate them. They perceive they are the same web platforms with blindfold eyes, they don’t hesitate to pick any one of them. However, there’s a vast difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org if we look more closely. They do share some similar attributes but they are different. In this article, we’ll discuss the pros and cons of WordPress.com and WordPress.org.

What really WordPress.org is?

WordPress.org lets you host your own blog or website. You need to download the software before using WordPress. WordPress.org is where you’ll find the free WordPress themes and plugins that you can download and install on your web server. You can set up WordPress on the local server or live server but it requires PHP and mySQL. More than 25% of the global websites is hosted under WordPress.

What really WordPress.com is?

Unlike WordPress.org,  WordPress.com lets you host your website. You don’t need to download/install software, pay for hosting or require any external scripting languages. The site URL will always end with .wordpress.com. For example, unoburg.wordpress.com will be your site URL in WordPress.com. It’s free to host your website . However, you can always upgrade yours to premium WordPress.com which gives extra features than the free site.

Difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org

difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org

The very major difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org is about hosting your website. Let’s discuss the advantages and disadvantages of both of them before picking one.

Pros of WordPress.org

  • No registration required. You just need to download the software and begin developing a website.
  • Since the software is open-source, there’s no restriction in customization and re-use.
  • Free and easy to use.
  • Millions of free themes and plugins available that can be used in the sites.
  • Can earn a large revenue by placing Ads like Adsense, infolinks, Asoptimal,popAds, and many more.
  • SEO friendly.
  • custom domain selection like unoburg.com, unoburg.org, unoburg.net, etc.

Cons of WordPress.org

  • Have to pay for web-hosting.
  • Have to backup or update your site by yourself.
  • You are responsible for protecting your site from hackers.
  • Need some programming knowledge if need to customize.

Pros of WordPress.com

  • WordPress gives you free space up to 3GB which is more than enough for a blogging site.
  • great choice for bloggers, photographers, and artists
  • Automate regular back-up. So you don’t need to do anything.
  • Security is automatically included so that’s a relief, eh ?
  • Easy integration of the site with Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, and other social networks.
  • No need to install plugins for popular sharing tools.

Cons of WordPress.com

  • Ads are displayed automatically in WordPress.com site and you aren’t even paid for it. In contrast, you need to pay them extra $29.97 Per Year to remove the ads from your site.
  • You cannot install plugins. you have to upgrade to a Premium Member in order to install plugins.
  • Only built in themes can be activated.However, You need to pay for premium themes.
  • Even if you pay for to the premium members, your site still shows that it is powered on WordPress.com.
  • You cannot customize your themes.
  • The WordPress team can remove your site anytime if they think you are violating their terms and conditions.


So these are some of the major differences between WordPress.com and WordPress.org. So which is best suited for your website? Well, the answer is simple. It depends on what kind of site you need. If you are developing huge websites like eeCommerce social, educational sites and ready to pay for blogging and developers go for WordPress.org. If you are just developing personal blogs or diaries, then WordPress.com is a right choice for you.

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