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  • Category: WordPress Blogging Platform vs. - what is the difference and which is better?

    Want to start your own blog on Wordpress platform but confused between and Read this thread to know complete and in-depth comparison between the two. Also know which is better, easy to use and more SEO friendly.

    I want to start a blog on Wordpress platform. ButIi am unable to identify what is and ? What is the difference betweenthe two? Which is better and easy to use ? What are advantages and disadvantages of both ? What are their seo benefits ? Is there any limit of themes or plugins between the two ?
  • #6861
    The status of this response is Pending and require some modification by the author.

    Mostly wordpress beginners have get confused between the differences of and

    Here is my simple answer :- - It is free hosting platform like Blogger, but you can't use plugin and themes as your wish. Pros of using it is Free Hosting. Cons of is you wont any plugins and themes. - It is like software where you can Pros of using it is free unlimited plugins and themes. Cons like you need to spend for web hosting to have better looking website.


  • #6886
    Both and are based on Content Management System (CMS). Below are the differences between the two:
    1. In , you need to install Wordpress software on your own web hosting server. In case of it is already installed.
    2. is free and easy to setup. While is not free and complex.
    3. contains in your url but in case of, you can use your custom domain.

    Prabhat Jani

  • #10717
    Wordpress is said to be best CMS on Internet, 51% of websites on Internet are supervised with the help of Wordpress. :- It is much like blogger but with many limitations. blogs are hosted on Wordpress server with .wordpress sub-domain. You don't get support of themes and plugins whereas it is only useful when you are just using it posts online content. :- Here it comes, it is self-hosted CMS. You will need to buy a hosting with domain and install Wordpress CMS on it. It comes with all themes and plugins support. You will get full control over your blog. You can even develop your theme or plugins. Almost every affiliate programs and advertising platforms provides you Wordpress plugin for better optimization. is best Content-Management-System if you want to work serious with your blog.

    I am currently pursuing High School and planning to pursue career in Computer. Currently, I work on one of my blog - JTech Articles.

  • #10721
    The difference between the and Self hosted .Org is how the service is offered.

    WordPress. com Option: It is platform hosted option and offeres a lot of benefits. For example, no plugin issues and no plugins to add for specific set of operation. SEO support is built into the account. You can buy custom paid themes from the dashboard itself. You can buy upgrade for hosting and domains from the account. Theme support for the paid themes is included into the agreement. As for the free themes, they are kept on the system as long as the version of WordPress support the tags. No issues for the version out of date with the core install. Also no security issues due to PHP Core updates in the WordPress. is a good option for those who don't want to look at the technical side of the things. And this option is also good if you are more focused on the content itself. It has built in community that likes, follows and shares the content across.

    Few downsides though: Free plan is limited with the account space. It also doesn't allow you to use plugins. It has high cost for the domain compared to Godaddy. You also can't use the ads on your blog. Self hosted option: In this option, everything technical is on your shoulder. You have to find the host to install WordPress. You are free to use any plugins on your website. You can also use affiliate ads or adsense ads on the blog. There is no restriction on how you use WordPress. You can also create themes and plugins for community or yourself. You have complete control over what goes inside your installation. You have to manage the SEO using the plugins or your own way. This is a good option for those who have some technical background or can learn along the lines. So there is going to be a learning curve. You can learn small things and eventually get control of install.

    Which is better? That depends on you. If you don't want to manage CMS from technical side, then hosted option is much better. Otherwise is a good CMS for blogs, e-commerce site and other type of sites.

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