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WordPress.org vs WordPress.com

 Information on this page is retrieved from: “WordPress.org vs WordPress.com: A Definitive Guide For 2014” http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/wordpress-org-vs-wordpress-com-a-definitive-guide-for-2014/

People often ask about the differences of hosting their websites at wordpress.com or wordpress.org. This article will compare the pros and cons of both services.

As we dive in to learn more about the two pros and cons of the two WordPress hosting services, let’s first look at what each service offers in general.

WordPress.org is basically open source blogging software which is free. WordPress.org has a rather large community of support which means you have free resources at your disposal to learn about and troubleshoot your WordPress site.  You need a domain and a host for this option.If you don’t want to worry about finding a domain and host for your website, you can use a commercial website called WordPress.com, which will host your website on their server.

Now that we understand the hosting differences between the two, let’s look at all the pros and cons in an easy to read table.

 WordPress.orgWordPress.com
SoftwareMust download WordPress software from wordpress.org and install on your hosting server.No download to worry about
Domain & Hosting/strong>Must purchase a domain. GoDaddy offers domains for approx $10/yr.
Hosting must also be purchased. Go Daddy offers WordPress hosting for $ $5.99/mos, and 2mhost.com offers hosting for $33/yr
No domain. Website is hosted on the WordPress server.
BASIC: wordpress.com address
PREMIUM: Custom domain & hosting
BUSINESS: custom domain
Price/strong>FreeBASIC: Free
PREMIUM: $88/yr
BUSINESS: $299





SpaceYou must pay for your space when you purchase your hosting. Most companies will allow you to upgrade. BASIC/FREE: 3GB, You can upgrade to 200GB/yr for $290
PREMIUM: 13GB
BUSINESS: Limited
E-CommerceYesBASIC/FREE: No
PREMIUM: No
BUSINESS: Yes
BlogFreeCustom blog design for $30/yr
BASIC/FREE: Free
PREMIUM: Free
BUSINESS: Free
Video StorageBASIC/FREE: No
PREMIUM: Unlimited
BUSINESS: Unlimited
Premium ThemesYes. You can download free or premium themes.$120/yr for unlimited themes, but you cannot upload your own.
BASIC/FREE: No
PREMIUM: No
BUSINESS: Can't upload themes but you have access to over 50 premium themes
Customization & CodingYou must customize and maintain yourself, or pay someone to do it. BASIC/FREE: Basic customization
PREMIUM: Advanced customization
BUSINESS: Advanced customization. You don't have to touch code
AdsNoBASIC: Yes. Pay $30/yr to remove ads
PREMIUM: No
BUSINESS: No
SupportYesBASIC: Yes - community
PREMIUM: Yes, community and and direct email support
BUSINESS: Yes, community, live chat support
PluginsYes. You can download free or premium pluginsBASIC:
PREMIUM:
BUSINESS: No custom plugins
FTPYesNo
Third Party Extensions: <;strong>such as Google AdSense or Google AdWordsYesNo
CONCLUSION: You have a lot more flexibility and freedom with WordPress.org, however you will be responsible for creating and maintaining your website or you may choose to pay someone to do it for you. You should know how basic WordPress functions work, and a little bit of HTML and CSS wouldn't hurt either if you want to customize the look and feel of your site. This is a great option for someone who doesn't mind spending some extra money to have the WordPress folks create and maintain your website. You pretty much just tell them what to do, and they do it for you, but you have to pay for it.
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