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Wordpress.com vs. Wordpress.org - what is the difference and which is better?


Date: 04 Nov 2014    Group: Blogging and Websites    Category: WordPress Blogging Platform   

I want to start a blog on Wordpress platform. ButIi am unable to identify what is Wordpress.com and Wordpress.org ? 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 ?

Want to start your own blog on Wordpress platform but confused between Wordpress.com and Wordpress.org? 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.


Author: Prabhat    15 Nov 2014      Member Level: Bronze     Points : 3  (Rs 3)    Voting Score: 0

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



Author: Joy Joon    06 Dec 2015      Member Level: Gold     Points : 10  (Rs 10)    Voting Score: 0

Wordpress is said to be best CMS on Internet, 51% of websites on Internet are supervised with the help of Wordpress.

Wordpress.com :- It is much like blogger but with many limitations. Wordpress.com 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.

Wordpress.org :- 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.

Wordpress.org is best Content-Management-System if you want to work serious with your blog.


Author: Mahesh    07 Dec 2015      Member Level: Diamond     Points : 15  (Rs 15)    Voting Score: 0

The difference between the WordPress.com 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. WordPress.com 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 WordPress.com blog.

WordPress.org 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 WordPress.com hosted option is much better. Otherwise WordPress.org is a good CMS for blogs, e-commerce site and other type of sites.





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