WordPress.com Vs. WordPress.org: A Concise Comparison Guide

WordPress.com Vs. WordPress.org A Concise Comparison Guide

It might have dawned on you sooner or later that WordPress.com and WordPress.org are two different platforms. The difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org is like that of two estranged brothers. Where WordPress.com offers features that focus on the creation of beautiful content and lets you adopt free blog hosting (if you’re a registered user), WordPress.org allows you to do all the dirty work of hosting and building a website. And yet, both the platforms are enormously utilized and are rendered as one of the best CMSs in the world. This blog focuses on highlighting the difference between these two Content Management Systems (CMS) by comparing their pros, cons, and features. It is pretty evident that both the WordPress (that’s how we’d like to call them) have achieved cult status among developers and designers due to all the amenities that they offer. The purpose of this blog is simply to weigh their benefits by putting them in the juxtaposition of each other.

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WordPress.com

WordPress.com is a Content Management System that can be simply be defined as a blogging platform that is owned and hosted by Automattic Inc. It is the cicada that metamorphosed from the shell of WordPress.org, which is now largely modified and different from its former self. The site WordPress.com was opened to the public on November 21, 2005, where it was initially launched as an invitation-only service but after 12 years of existence, it garnered around 77 million new posts and 42.7 million new comments.

Some of its notable patrons include CNN, CBS, BBC, Reuters, Sony, Fortune.com, and Volkswagen. Furthermore, an estimation records that more than 30% of internet bloggers use WordPress to publishing their content.

Pros of Using WordPress.com 

The WordPress.com free themes and plugins are easy to install and use. WordPress tutorials are also widely available that allow users to host blog website and thus use this platform for hobby blogging or professional blogging. So, here are some other benefits of using WordPress.com as your default CMS:

  • It is mostly free as it allows the user to use 3GB of space.
  • WordPress.com endorses hosting, security, and backups. 
  • The themes of WordPress.com are known for their beauty. Here, the CMS spoils the user by giving them a hundred choices to choose from.
  • You can also integrate your WordPress.com site with Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and other popular social media networks.

Cons Of Using WordPress.com

There are distinct limitations of using free WordPress.com which differentiates it from WordPress.org at par:

  • Ads are placed on all free websites which can only be made invisible when you upgrade your WordPress.com account at $36 per year. Until then, the user , as‌ ‌well‌ ‌as‌ ‌visitor, continue to see those ads, and what sucks more is that the user will not make money from it. 
  • You are not allowed to sell ads on your website but only if your site runs high traffic. Then you would become eligible for WordPress.com’s advertising program called WordAds through which you can invite advertisers on your website.
  • You cannot upload plugins on WordPress.com if you are a free plan user. You’ll get built-in JetPack features pre-activated which can only be unlocked at $299 per year.
  • Customized themes are not compatible with WordPress.com. If you are a free plan user, then you are cursed to select an installation from the limited free themes collection.  
  • Your stats are restricted and you cannot even add Google Analytics or install any other analytic tool on your website.
  • Your site can be deleted at any time without prior notice if you’re found to be on the wrong side of their violation policy.
  • WordPress.com does not offer any eCommerce features.

These features can only be unlocked by applying for the Business plan ($299 per year) or on the VIP plan ($5000 per month).

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WordPress.org

WordPress.org CMS is mainly based on PHP and MySQL and was released on May 27, 2003, by its founders, Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little. WordPress.org offers features which include plugin design and a system template. It is mostly used for building a blogging website but also supports other types of web content including mailing as well as forum creation, media gallery designing, and creating online store portals. 

Presently, WordPress.org is used by at least 60 million websites. This largely includes 33.6% of the top 10 million websites. This shrieks the evident popularity of this CMS.

Pros Of Using WordPress.org 

WordPress.org will allow you to make your hands dirty, so it’s much adored by diehard website designers and developers. It gives the driving wheel and lets you choose your own destination. It allows all users to customize their site however they want. But let’s look at a few other benefits that WordPress.org bestows to its clients:

  • WordPress.org is free as it administers an advantage that keeps your pocket chock-full, for most of the time.
  • It allows you to own your website and all its data as long as you keep to their terms and conditions. Unlike WordPress.com, your site is not liable to be turned off only because someone reports it as a violation of the terms of service for using it.
  • WordPress.org also allows you to add free, paid, or custom WordPress plugins or apps to your website.
  • A number of attractive Free or paid WordPress themes are available for use to the users. You can also customize and design themes at your own behest through coding.
  • WordPress.org sites allow users to run ads and gain revenue from it.
  • Opposed to WordPress.com, WordPress.org allows you to use powerful tools like Google Analytics for tracking and data analyses.

Cons of Using WordPress.org

WordPress.org site does have some limitations and following are the greatest of them:

  • You’ll need to find a host to build a website on WordPress.org, also you’ll have to perform content backups and bug maintenance yourself. 
  • WordPress.org holds you responsible for all updates. An easy installation process can be commenced by just one click but it depends on the perception of the user whether it is commendable or not.
  • Since you are responsible for performing all the backups, the procedure could go awry resulting you losing all your data.

Conclusion

WordPress.com is a safe and beloved haven for personal bloggers who aren’t much into making money. If you are someone who is hungry to express, then you should go for the WordPress.com.

But business or professional bloggers who want to earn money online are recommended to use WordPress.org. And since the CMS gives you all the freedom and flexibility to build your website however you want, then it is also a good CMS for web designers and web developers too.

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