WordPress.com VS WordPress.org | What’s the Difference?

WordPress is one of the most widely used Blogging platform. It’s an open source CMS which is powered by PHP and MySQL. According to recent surveys, almost 18.9% of websites on Internet is powered by WordPress. Like BlogSpot which is powered by Google, WordPress is powered by it’s parent company Automattic which offers two variation of this popular blogging platform; WordPress.com and WordPress.org. We will quickly learn about What is WordPress and about two variations of WordPress here:

Wordpress.com vs wordpress.org

WordPress.org vs WordPress.com

WordPress was launched as a Blogging platform but now it’s fully evolved into a content management system. That means, you can use it to run fully-functional business Websites. There are many E-commerce, Membership websites are running on WordPress. WordPress team also offers buddypress plugin, which convert WordPress into Social networking site.

WordPress has two variants and most of newbie get confused between which form of WordPress they should opt for.

WordPress.com Blogs A.k.a free WordPress domain blogs:

WordPress offers free WordPress blog which can give you address like anyname.WordPress.com. You also have an option to add custom domain to your blog, which is managed by WordPress and gives you limited access to settings. Like you can’t install every WordPress theme you wanted but you have choice to install Free themes from WordPress theme directory or some selected premium WordPress theme. This platform is good for non serious or hobby bloggers. Anyone on the Internet can go to WordPress.com and sign up for a free account and get a WordPress.com blog instantly.

Limitations of WordPress.com blogs:

  • You can not add custom WordPress theme.
  • To use custom domain, you need to pay for it.
  • You can add custom PHP code.
  • Limited Way of monetizing your blog.
  • Your blog could be deleted by WordPress team for any violation of their TOS.
  • No FTP Access
  • Limited Space.

Self Hosted WordPress blog A.K.A. WordPress.org blogs:

Self hosted blog, as the name suggest, needs to be installed on your server. You download WordPress software from WordPress.org and install it on your server. Usually you buy a shared hosting and install WordPress on it. You have complete control over settings and customization and you are not limited to anything. Though self hosted blog requires investment in terms of custom domain name and hosing space. This is more popular as you have power to monetize your blog and have complete control over everything.

Some more info about WordPress:

WordPress was first introduced in 2003, founded by Matt Mullenweg, who is also the founder of WordPress parent company AutoMattic. Automattic also offers other services like:

  • VaultPress- which ensure WordPress backup and security.
  • Aksimet plugin – which catches the spam comments.
  • Jetpack plugin- Which brings many features of WordPress.com into self hosted WordPress blog including WordPress stats. WordPress has given a complete  new dimension to online business and many 3rd party services and tools are available in the market, whose models completely run on WordPress.


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Aadil Shaikh

Information Technology Engineer, a Free lancer, passionate Blogger, a Web Geek, and Founder of AskDNerd.

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