You may know I have a preference for and affinity for WordPress. It is where you should be.
If you’re new to blogging, you very well could be wondering about the different platforms available.
This post is not going to go into detail about all of them, but WPBeginner has a good write up about the ones that are available and what you should know about each. This is for what most want to know – the difference between WordPress.org and WordPress.com.
So I am here to enlighten you my friend.
WordPress vs WordPress
The biggest difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org is hosting your website.
Websites need a home. That home is on a server. Just like you can live in different variances of housing, your site can do the same. So hosting is your website’s house.
Got that? Let’s take it further.
Your home is either rented or your own it. Ownership is always better. You have creative control, you can paint the walls, you can even add on to the property if you so choose. It is yours. Renting, you just pay for a place to stay, you pay your rent you follow the rules and if you don’t you can get kicked out.
With that said wordpress.com is renting your home. It is not yours, your site can be pulled if the service is no longer offered, or if they don’t like the content of your site.
Self hosted wordpress, also known as wordpress.org is yours. Say what you want, do what you want, pay on time and your site will be there for as long as you like. You have the freedom to design it how you want to, and add things such as plugins and different functionality to make it just the way you like it.
With WordPress.org, you’ll download and install the free WordPress software on your own web server.
With WordPress.com they take care of all of the hosting for you. You sign up and start.
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For the sake of not making you see my way only, I will share with you some of the pros and cons of both.
Pros and Cons
Many will say it depends on your needs. I say go with WordPress.org. That is simply my recommendation. If you are blogging and
- Wish to have creative control of your blog
- Would like to make an income from your blog (now or in the future)
You want to be on self hosted my friend. Simple. As. That.
Pros of wordpress.com
- Free hosting
- No need to manage web servicing
- Easy to set up
Cons of wordpress.com
- Your domain will, by default, include “WordPress.com”
- You can’t upload any custom themes, plugins or modify the code
- Limits your ability to make income
WordPress.com does offer premium upgrades.
- Domain name registration (so you can remove WordPress.com from your domain name)
- The ability to upload videos
- Premium themes
But many people find that what they end up paying for those upgrades is the same or more than investing in self hosted, still with the limitations that don’t exist in a self hosted wordpress blog.
Pros of self hosted wordpress
- More control and flexibility
- Use of your own domain name ( for the same or less than what you would pay to use it on .com)
- Ability to customize with coding, themes and plugins
- Access to your sites database
- extensive documentation and a community forum where you can ask questions if you get stuck
Cons of self hosted wordpress
- Can be more responsibility
- Costs are upfront
- You will need to research themes and plugins to determine what want/need
If cost is your biggest concern, it can actually be cheaper to go the self hosted route. WPMUDEV breaks it down for you how this is possible. You should check it out if you don’t believe me.
So what’s the point here?
Looking to blog or start an online business, you
want NEED to be on a self hosted wordpress blog.
While I offer migration services and I am in the business of making money, I would much rather do business with you making your site look and feel the way you want without the added expense of migrating. You can thank me later.