Did you know that WordPress.com and WordPress.org are actually two very different platforms? Often beginners confuse the two which leads them to choose the wrong platform. We’re often asked by our users which is the better platform: WordPress.com vs WordPress.org.
In other words, one is going to give you an entirely different “thing” than the other. So I have worked on it and have created a most comprehisive comparison on WordPress.com and WordPress.org.
WordPress.org – “.org” stands for “organization”
WordPress.com – “.com” stands for “commercial”
Key difference between Org and Com
If you download WordPress from WordPress.org, YOU host it. You set it up with your own hosting provider and use it on your own website, which gives you a ton of flexibility. This is why WordPress.org is often also called self-hosted WordPress.
On the other-hand WordPress.com is blog/website platform based on wordpress.org software. Instead of downloading the software and hosting it by yourself you can just sign up for a WordPress.com account and have a working website right away.
How Much Does a Website Cost on Each Platform?
What’s confusing in the WordPress.com vs WordPress.org debate is that both ways of creating a website are touted as free,But in some cases cost are to be paid.
WordPress.com does allow you to set up a website entirely for free, but there are some downsides to this:
- You cannot remove WordPress.com’s own ads and branding from your site
- A blog cannot be manetize.
- You get limited disk space of 3GB
If you do want to use your site for a commercial purpose, you will have to pay at least $8 / month on your WordPress.com plan + the cost of a custom domain name usually in the range of $15 / year. In total, this means at least $111 annually to run a site on WordPress.com.
- With WordPress.org, on the other hand, you can launch a completely functional website at $35 for the first year and then $50 every year after that.
To make that happen you first need to pick up a host,For this you can refer my previous article about hosting which will be giving you the wide detail.
Website Setup and Management on WordPress.com vs WordPress.org
Even though a hosted and a self-hosted site are built on the same software, there are still vast differences in site setup, management and maintenance.
Refer our previous article of domain and hosting to setup a account in wordpress.com. Hosting is included and your site created automatically. No need to fiddle with an FTP server, hosting control panel, database or anything like that. You can jump right into customizing your site and creating content. The technical parts are taken care of for you.
For Creating a website with WordPress.org, on the other hand, is a little more complicated. Here are the steps:
- Download the software from WordPress.org
- A Database should be created in your hosting account
- Unzip and upload WordPress to your server
- Run the installation script.
If you are a regular user of computer you would be having no problems accomplishing it. Sure, it takes longer than WordPress.com, but you can still get it done in 15 minutes.
Can You Install Third-Party Extensions on WordPress.com?
For the longest time, the answer to the question was a hard, no. Now, recent changes make it a bit murkier, though the answer is still no for the majority of WordPress.com users.
WordPress.com users who pay for the $300 (per year) Business plan have the ability to install third-party WordPress themes and plugins. That gives those users basically the same power to install extensions as self-hosted WordPress users.
Users on all other plans, including both free and paid, are not so lucky. That is, users on Free, Personal, or Premium WordPress.com plans cannot install third-party themes and plugins. This is one of the major downsides of WordPress.com
Can You Install Third-Party Extensions on WordPress.org?
With WordPress.org, you can install any one of the tens of thousands of third-party themes and plugins on your site. You have 100% control of what happens on your site.