WordPress.com vs WordPress.org: what’s the best choice for your blog?

wordpress.com vs wordpress.org

The difference between WordPress.com vs WordPress.org

Many beginner just like me 5 years ago are confused between this two which leads me in choosing wrong platform that eventually turn in frustrating situation.

We must remember that there are two different types of WordPress platform: WordPress.com and WordPress.org. But what’s the difference and which is best for your blog?

Alright, I’ll give you some highlights and comprehensive information just continue reading.

Let’s start by looking the difference between this two;

WordPress.com is a hosted service, that means you could create a blog on WordPress’s servers.

It’s absolutely quick and easy to install a new blog on top of that WordPress.com offers beautiful templates plus many other features including stats, security and backups.

You can even get a custom domain, which means you can change the URL of your WordPress blog from, for instance ‘yourname.wordpress.com’ to ‘yourname.com’.

This helps with your branding and gives you a more memorable URL to share as you promote your blog. WordPress.com is free unless you buy any of the additional services offered there.

WordPress.org is an alternative choice

The alternative is WordPress.org. With WordPress.org you’ll need to buy your own web hosting and install the WordPress software there.

This is more difficult than setting up WordPress.com, but there are many tutorials online to guide you, also you can hire a web designer or freelancer to do it for you if you prefer. WordPress.org is also 100% free of charge.

So why would you choose getting your hands dirty with WordPress.org when you can set up a blog in seconds with WordPress.com? It’s all about control.

With WordPress.com you need to stick to WordPress.com’s terms of service and you are limited to monetized you blog. In case that you break the terms and condition then you could lose your blog .

Choose WordPress.org to build your website

Assuming that you are blogging to earn money or promote your business then having a WordPress.com blog could give the unsound impression, too.

If your clients know that it’s cheap and fairly easy to set up a self-hosted blog then it could look unprofessional to use a hosted blog such as WordPress.com, especially if you haven’t set up a custom domain.

If you already have a business website then it’s often easy to add a blog to it, so it’s worth discussing this with your web designer before you create a blog at WordPress.com.

On the other hand, if you’re just dipping a toe in the Blogosphere world, perhaps for pleasure or to promote a cause, then a WordPress.com blog could be a great choice.

You can switch from a hosted WordPress site to a self-hosted WordPress site later on if you need to, so this doesn’t need to be a big decision.

There are many other advantages to having a self-hosted blog, too.

There’s a huge choice of themes and plugins which means you can choose almost any feature you want for your site from design features such as fonts, colors and layouts to functional features such as shopping carts and email sign-up boxes.

Respectively, there’s plenty of room for your blog to grow, for example if you’d like to sell advertising or information products in future.

So I think you already now make a distinction between worpress.com vs wordpress.org and I hope you found this article helpful in understanding the difference as well as help you to decide which is best for your blog.

About Ed Requintosa

A father of 4, Filipino and an internet marketer and a blogger since 2012.

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