WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org? What To Choose?


WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org? What To Choose?

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We have heard of many blogging platforms including the most popular WordPress.

The most asked question about WordPress is – What to choose between WordPress.com and WordPress.org? Or say we already have a blog on another blogging platform and now we want to migrate to WordPress. In this scenario this too we face the rather obvious dilemma of choosing between WordPress.com and WordPress.org.

What Is WordPress?

WordPress is an Open-source, Free, Content Management System [CMS] which is used worldwide and Billions of Websites/Blogs have WordPress as its CMS.

Though there are many blogging platforms such as Blogger, Joomla, etc. – WordPress was and still remains the biggest brand in the CMS industry.

WordPress.com vs WordPress.org – Key Differences

  • Custom Domain

If we use WordPress.com, then we have a subdomain .wordpress.com and we won’t be able to remove this subdomain unless and until we upgrade our plan.

Since we do not host our site on WordPress.com, we are not bound by a specific subdomain. We are free to have our WordPress site on our custom domain. WordPress.org only works with a custom domain.

  • Hosting

WordPress.com provides free hosting only up to a limited capacity. Thereafter we need to upgrade and buy a package/plan if we need to increase our hosting limits. Check the pricing here https://wordpress.com/pricing/

WordPress.org requires us to have our own hosting, i.e., we need to have a hosting plan from a third party to host our WordPress blog/site.

  • Themes

At WordPress.com, we get hundreds of free themes to use. But unfortunately, we cannot add our own custom theme. We need to upgrade our plan if we want to use custom/premium themes.

At WordPress.org we are always free to upload and use our custom themes. We can even upload multiple themes and do a lot more…

  • Plugins

We cannot add any custom plugin on WordPress.com. To add a plugin we need to upgrade our plan.

WordPress.org permits us to add any number of plugins basis our requirement.

  • Backup

We don’t need to worry about the backing up of our data,Wordpress.com does this by default.

At WordPress.org we need to daily, weekly or monthly backup our data. However, there are several available plugins which do this for us.

  • Ads

If we use WordPress.com, the platform serves its own ads, which can somehow affect the site’s appearance. If we don’t want to serve WordPress.com ads, then we need to upgrade our plan.

At WordPress.org we have a clean site with no ads from WordPress. We are free to serve our own ads.

  • Revenue

WordPress does not allow us to display ads from other ad networks if we are using a Free or a Personal plan.  However, if we are to display ads from other ad networks, we need to do a revenue share with WordPress. If we don’t want a revenue share with WordPress.com and still want to monetize our site with third-party ads, we are required to be a Premium User.

At WordPress.org we are free to monetize our site with third-party ads, the way we want, we are not required to share our revenue with WordPress at all.

  • Analytics

WordPress.com doesn’t allow the use of third-party analytics services such as Google Analytics, etc. We need to be in the Premium plan to be able to deploy and use third-party analytics. Else we can only use the default analytics of WordPress.com.

WordPress.org allows us to add third-party analytics as plugins.

  • SEO

In WordPress.com we can’t use SEO tools since plugins can’t be installed, thus impacting our SEO.  However, we can always upgrade our plan to install, deploy and use SEO plugins on WordPress.com.

WordPress.org loves SEO. We can install, deploy and use as many SEO tools as we need to.

  • Branding

‘Proudly powered by WordPress’ is what is displayed in WordPress.com, unless and until we pay up and upgrade to a Premium plan.

‘Proudly powered by WordPress’ is not displayed in WordPress.org platform, thus resulting in a more professional look and feel.

Our Take –

When we start out with blogging we can choose Wordpress.com. Though WordPress.com has limited features, we do not face any server downtimes due to custom hosting. Moreover, it does not even cost us a dime to start up. As we progress we can easily shift to WordPress.org; we can easily import all of the content either through WordPress.org or through any of the several plugins available for this.

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