What’s the difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org

I found myself on a phone call with a prosepctive customer trying to explain the difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org. You’d think I’d be able to do so in two simple sentences… WRONG! I made a complete mess of it! So, in order to redeam myself, here is a little blog post.

TLDR;

WordPress.com is simple to use but comes with tons of restrictions when it comes to customisations. You can overcome these by upgrading to a higher paid package.

WordPress.org is a free tool which require some basic technical skills to setup but allows you full flexibility in terms of setting up and customising your website.

WordPress.com

Yes, it is free, easy to set up and quite slick. But this comes with some negatives too.

It’s free, though it does come with some payment plans if you’re looking to customise the domain name (the address that points to your website) or the themes you want to apply to it.

There is a number of plugins available to you, should you want to give the website some extra functionalities, but again, these are limited and might not apply to every scenario that you might have to come face to face with.

It’s super simple to set up and get online but you are stuck with monthly fees (or WordPress branding if you chose to go for the free option). Ultimately, you will either to have to face reoccurring bills OR a website that could be that tiny bit more professional.

WordPress.org

Granted, not as easy to set up (though we have created a guide that helps you set it up as easily as possible) but still fairly straight forward. There is no fee to download WordPress and most hosting providers can have it pre-installed for you, if you ask them nicely.

The resources available for WordPress are unlimited — a good place to start is Theme Forest if you’re looking for a gorgeous theme. For plugins, a quick Google search will point you in the right direction.

If you’re ever stuck, there is tons of resources out there too, that cover pretty much anything you need.

As a global rule, there is no monthly payments (other than your domain and hosting) and you can access the code of pretty much any element of your website to customise it. If you’re not sure on something, get in touch with us, we’ll be delighted to help.

Overall

WordPress.com is a great way to dip your toe in the ocean of knowledge there is out there but you really want to look at WordPress.org if you’re serious about your business. (You won’t regret it when it comes to scaling!)

 


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