Differences between WordPress.org and WordPress.comYou can start a site with rather WordPress.org or WordPress.com. But which one should you choose and why? This is a question that most beginners ask. In this post we’ll look at both options to help you make a well-informed decision.

What’s The Difference Between WordPress.com And WordPress.org

  1. Both the platforms – WordPress.com and WordPress.org – are free. If you look at the small print though you’ll find that WordPress.com is not free forever. Once you exceed 3 GB space then you need to pay a fee.
  2. Using WordPress.org gives you more control. When you use WordPress.com, you’ll find yourself restricted and controlled in a number of ways. If you are really serious about setting up a blogging business you can make money from and have fun too, you should opt for a self-hosted WordPress site which is possible with a full hosting service where WordPress can be installed free using a one click installation tool called Softaculous.
  3. WordPress.org users can use plugins and custom themes. If you are using WordPress.org, you’ll have complete freedom of using a wide range of plugins so that you can boost the features of your self-hosted site. You can also use custom themes and modify the files as required. WordPress.com doesn’t allow you to enjoy any of these privileges.
  4. One big difference between WordPress.org and WordPress.org is that the former allows you to run your own ads and make money out of it yourself. In the case of WordPress.com, however, you won’t have any control over ads. They will run the ads on your site and make money from your site and you cannot even sell ads on your site. And they’ll charge you money if you decide to make your WordPress.com site ad-free.
  5. Free sites running on WordPress.com can’t use custom analytics software either. You can only use their in-built software. If you choose WordPress.org as the platform for your site, you’ll be able to integrate any custom analytics software and own the data as well.
  6. What’s more, a site built with WordPress.com can be deleted any time even without giving you any prior warning of when this will happen. If they think your site has gone against any of their rules and terms, they can delete your site altogether. After all the time and effort you put into a site for years, how would you feel if someone just deletes it? If you want to avoid this nightmare, you should choose to go with self-hosted WordPress Hosting.
  7. Even if you pay to get a custom domain, make your site ad-free and get custom design upgrade, you will not be able to exercise full control over your site with WordPress.com. On the other hand, you can buy a domain name and buy a hosting plan from a hosting company and create a self-hosted site to have full control.

Now that you understand the difference between sites using WordPress.org and WordPress.com, you should be in a better position to make a decision that’s best for your future.

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