Posted by Chloe Spencer
Many people get confused between WordPress.com and WordPress.org. Were you aware that hosting on WordPress.com is different than using the software from WordPress.org? They are quite different. WordPress is a Content Management System, web software for building websites, which can be downloaded from WordPress.org and installed on your web host. WordPress.com is a hosting platform where you can create a free blog without having to pay for a separate host, but without the ability to upload a custom theme, modify the code, or upload plugins. Your website URL will also end in “.wordpress.com”. So which one is for you? Read on to find out.Are you not all that tech-savvy and want a simple approach to creating a website? Do you not want to spend any money on your website? Are you not all that concerned in a custom theme and want to just choose a pre-made design for your site? Are you looking to create a simple blog, perhaps just for fun? Is it not all that important what your website URL is? If you answered yes to most or all of these questions, Then WordPress.com is for you!
On the other hand, are you looking to create a full-fledged website with the ability to customize the design? Is it important to have your own domain name? Are you creating a website for a business or for anything more than for fun? Are you technically-minded and can maintain your website on your own? Are you prepared to spend $10-$20 per month to host your website? Do you want the ability to upload plugins (added functionality) for your website? Do you want the ability to monetize your website with advertisements? Then the WordPress.org software is for you!
Basically, WordPress.com is a free option that is only for simple, personal blogs with a lot less flexibility and customization options. So in most cases, I would definitely recommend getting set up on a web host, installing WordPress and building your site that way. Hosting on WordPress.com may be free and simple but you’re really losing out on the many benefits of having your own full-fledged website; getting to use WordPress’s awesome plugin directory and choosing your own domain name are just a few of the pros of having a self-hosted WordPress website.
It will take more time and effort, but it’s worth it. Especially if you are creating a website for your start-up or any type of business, whether for a gamer fan site or a web design company. Another important difference to remember about the two is that WordPress.com does not allow you to monetize your blog. So if you want to make money with Google Adsense or any other advertising platform with your website either now or sometime in the future, you have to create a self-hosted WordPress website.
It’s best to understand these differences now rather than finding out later after you’ve already set up your site on WordPress.com and have to move your whole site over. So now that you understand the difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org, you can better decide which one is right for you and where to start. What are you waiting for? Get started on creating your website! If you’re not the do-it-yourselfer type and would like a little handholding, give us a call!