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What’s The Difference Between WordPress.com and WordPress.org Anyways?

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What’s The Difference Between WordPress.com and WordPress.org?



In the beginning of  your blogging journey, you will hear a lot about the popular blogging platform WordPress. A question you might ask is ‘’ what’s the difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org?  The main difference is that WordPress.com is free while WordPress.org is not. Let’s look at the pros and cons of both.

         Wordpress.Com

WordPress.com is the quickest and easiest way to set up a blog for free and start adding content right away. All you need to do is sign up. WordPress.com takes care of all the hosting.

Pros:



  • With WordPress.com, you don’t have to worry about backing up your site. If for some reason something ever goes wrong and you lose all your content, WordPress.com can instantly restore everything.
  • You don’t need any knowledge in using softwares, html, css scripts, etc.,
  • It’s free! However, in today’s world… free don’t always mean free. Let’s take a look at the cons.
  • With WordPress.com, you are limited to 3GB of space. This means you can’t have as much videos, music or pictures as you want. If you want to add more space, you must pay $19.95 per year for 5GB or $289.97 per year for 100GB.
  • when you sign up, your domain name will appear as a subdomian name instead (yourblog.wordpress.com). You can however register your own domain name for  about $18 a year.
  • Don’t plan on making money through affiliate links and Google Adsense by hosting your blog under WordPress.com. It’s strictly against their policy. However they will make money from your blog, by occasionally showing Google text ads on your site.  If you want to keep your blog ad free, you must pay a $29.97 per year fee. The only way you can sell ads on your site is by receiving a minimum of 25,000 page views per month. Once you hit this milestone, you then have to apply to try their free feature called Ad control. Sadly, you have to split your revenues 50/50 with them *yikees *.
  • You are limited to only using their list of themes, which is a mixture of about 200 themes paid and free. They do offer a “design upgrade” for $30 per year. With that 30 bucks, you get a simple text editor to update your CSS. There is no visual editor. Meaning, you can change the color of your site, but if you want to add something really custom, you cannot. Also, your theme can be changed any second without your permission if the founder doesn’t like the theme developer. Trust me, it happened.
  • Even though WordPress is best known for its great and flexible plugins, WordPress.com don’t allow you to use plugins as a free user. You must be a Premium or VIP user to have access to plugins. The premium membership will cost you $99 a year while the VIP program starts at $3750 per month. No joke.
  • Technically, WordPress.com owns your blog and content. This means, your blog is not secure. WordPress can delete it at anytime if they think it violates their Terms of Service.
  • Even with all the updates and premiums, you still have to let your visitors know that your blog is powered by WordPress.com. You are not allowed to hide the copyright information on your theme.
  • Also, most of the themes available is not responsive.  Responsive themes adept content to viewports of every size including mobile or large inch TV screens. Without a responsive design or mobile design, your blog will look shitty on your phone… not very nice in today’s world where everyone prefers their mobile devices to browse the internet.


Personally, I think WordPress.com is a great way to start a hobby or special interest blog, but for small businesses it is very important to have control over the look of their website, so it doesn’t look like a generic blog.



         Wordpress.Org




WordPress.orgis where ‘’Wordpress’’ the software is freely available to the public. It is more like a do it yourself resource, where you have full control of your blog. 

Pros:
  • You get unlimited income opportunities. This means  you have full control of whether you want to advertise on your site or promote affiliate links.
  • WordPress.org has thousands of free and premium plugins to help increase the functionality of your blog with less effort.
  • Apart from having thousands of themes to choose from, you are allowed full customization and flexibility. You can customize the theme’s content including it’s css, html, PHP code to your liking. You may also upload themes that you brought or developed outside of WordPress.
  • Depending on where you host your site, you can get unlimited space and bandwidth. This is essential for your blog because unlimited space allows you to have as much content as you like, while unlimited bandwidth allows infinite  people to visit your blog at once without it crashing.
  • You’ll  be required to have some technical knowledge in order to get the full benefits of WordPress.org, such as editing your theme’s HTML or PHP code. But don’t get discouraged. There is so much information around the web and WordPress alone to help you.
  •  Because WordPress.org is hosted on your server, you are responsible for backing up your own blog.  Plus this is important because anything can happen; Your blog can get hacked, face server errors or even accidentally cause an irreversible problem. It’s always better to be safe then sorry right? There are many plugins and softwares out their to back up your blog in just minutes.


I hope this article has helped you understand the difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org.

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