WordPress.com vs WordPress.org

This is an updated version of a post I first wrote back in 2016. Although not much has changed, I still get this question often. I thought I’d revisit the “WordPress.com vs WordPress.org” with some updated information.

If you’re just starting out with WordPress you’ve probably been asking yourself “whatโ€™s the difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org?” Know that you are not alone. This is probably the number one question I get when I tell people I make WordPress sites.

There are several major differences between the two but a simple analogy is renting versus buying a home. Both have their advantages but knowing which fits your lifestyle will help you pick the right one.

Here’s a quick overview:

WordPress.com or Hosted is for you ifโ€ฆ
All you really care about is creating your content. Maybe your tech-savviness is limited. Or the thought of having to do backups, maintenance and updates give you hives. If so, then take the simpler route and signup for a WordPress.com account. Now you can go focus on your writing.

WordPress.org or Self-hosted is for you ifโ€ฆ
You want full control over everything on your site. You’re a bit more tech-savvy than the average person or are eager and open to learning how to set up your own site. You’ve also got the time to dedicate to maintaining and updating your site. If this sounds like something you’re up for, then a self-hosted version of WordPress is for you.

Still not sure?
Iโ€™ve put together an easy to understand chart which gives you a side by side comparison for each of the major features for WordPress. Hopefully, this helps you decide which is right for you.

Which WordPress is right for me?

2 thoughts on “WordPress.com vs WordPress.org

  • When I started my blogging journey then my first question was, Why I should choose WordPress.org and not other CMS softwares.

    I searched a lot about it on Google at that time and I found that everybody is recommending to use WordPress.org and I started doing the same.

    Now today I know that why people should choose WordPress.org . Because WordPress is an independent and easy to use content management system.

    The best thing about it is, We can bring any feature in our website with just using a single plugin. That’s really good. ๐Ÿ˜€

    I am using WordPress.org since last 3 years and I loved it. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Nice post. I learn something new and challenging on blogs I stumbleupon every day.
    It’s always interesting to read through articles from other writers and practice something
    from other sites.

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