WordPress.com vs WordPress.org
WordPress.org Versus WordPress.com
Have you ever heard of WordPress.com? WordPress is a very well known free site to host your blog. My first Blog I ever created was on WordPress.com! It is a great free hosting site for beginner bloggers. The majority of people who have a blog have tried WordPress at some point in time.
Did you know WordPress has a .com and a .org? If not then this article is a good read for you! In this article
we will discuss some of the key differences between WordPress.com and WordPress.org.
WordPress is a free open source Content Management System (CMS). Meaning it is simple for users to upload and edit content. It is straight to the point in terms of creating and editing pages and blog posts for your site. In January of 2015 WordPress was used by over 23.3% of the top 10 million websites. WordPress is said to be the most popular blogging system, with over 60 million websites. That’s a lot of websites!!
Let’s take a look at WordPress.org. To download the software it is free, to maintain the site you must purchase your domain and hosting through another company. One benefit here is you own your site, where as with WordPress.com they own your site and it can be taken down at anytime if they choose to do so. WordPress.org is good for self motivated individuals with some knowledge of web design and programming skills. Although you do not need either to get started it will help make things easier. Since WordPress.org has thousands of Free themes and plugins to choose from it can be overwhelming to know where to start if you have never used WordPress before. You have no limits when it comes to customization and making your site unique.
Some features of a WordPress.org site are that it is simple to use, you can get online quickly to edit and publish content. Flexibility is an amazing part of WordPress. You can create any type of site you like, with thousands of themes and plugins to choose from you can customize your site to suite all your needs. WordPress has many other amazing features including but not limited to; built in comments, easy installation and updates, publishing tools, you own your data, media management, built in SEO and you have Total Freedom!
Now lets take a look at WordPress.com. It is an easy to use CMS, that offers free support and makes blogging easy! It is a commercial site where you can host your site for free! Many people enjoy the fact that it is free to host their site and this works well for many people. Spam is not a problem for you because WordPress takes care of that for you. Another benefit is they will automatically backup and upgrade your site so you do not have to worry if anything were to go wrong. The free hosting does not come without limitations though. In order to remove some of these limitations you have to spend money to upgrade your site to make it the way you want it to be. There are many themes and plugins to upgrade your site but you will end up spending some money to do so.
Advertisements like Google Adsense, Kontera, Chitika or Text link ads, are not allowed, making money from your blog this way is out of the question, as WordPress.com will not allow it. You are also limited in your ability to customize your own site. Editing and changing themes is not possible without paying to do so. This is a big limitation and the inability to upload your own plugins just means your customize options are even more limited. Editing core files in WordPress is not possible. With WordPress.com you exchange freedom for a free site.
At Shamanic Dream Designs we use WordPress.org for all of our sites. This offers us full freedom to customize your site exactly the way you envision it! We have found that overall WordPress is the Best CMS for us and our clients! Clients who have switched their site to WordPress have saved hundreds of dollars in Hosting and Domain prices. There are many benefits to WordPress.org and WordPress.com, depending upon your needs either one could be right for you!
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