Blog Platforms: Wordpress vs. Wordpress.org

Thinking about starting a new blog or website? Then you’re probably familiar with the WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org debate. So which platform should you go with? Well, that all depends on what your needs are. To help guide your decision, we’re laying out the difference between the two platforms and highlighted their main benefits and limitations.

WordPress.com

WordPress.com is the easier and less daunting way to get your blog started. If you’re new to blogging and don’t have a lot of technical knowledge (think: coding), this may be the better option for you. WordPress.com offers three different plans: beginner, premium, and business. To view the prices and details of these plans, visit https://store.wordpress.com/plans.

While WordPress.com is a lot easier to set up and manage, there are a few limitations you should be aware of. We’ve listed the main benefits and limitations of WordPress.com below...

Benefits:

  • Hosting is included! There’s no need to find and pay for a web host
  • You don’t need to download the WordPress software
  • WordPress handles all maintenance and updates for you
  • WordPress offers personal support for any issues you’re facing

Limitations:

  • You’re limited to WordPress themes and plugins
  • You need to pay for upgrades (this can get expensive)
  • Ads may show on your site if you’re using the beginner plan
  • Limited storage space (unless of pay, of course)

WordPress.org

With WordPress.org, the sky’s the limit! Here you have full control over your website, so you can design it however you want. However, managing a WordPress.org website comes with a lot of responsibilities that can be overwhelming, especially for beginners.

Having full control over your website sounds great in theory, but can be a lot of work. Again, we’ve listed the main benefits and limitations (or in this case, responsibilities) of having a WordPress.org site.

Benefits:

  • You have full control over your website -- We can’t emphasize this enough!
  • You can use custom themes and plugins
  • No ads will show on your site without your permission
  • Unlimited storage space (depending on your hosting package)

Limitations:

  • You need to find a web host and domain
  • You need to regularly maintain and update your site
  • This platform requires more technical knowledge (coding)
  • It’s your responsibility to resolve any and all issues

Now that you have a basic understanding of the difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org, it’s time to decide which platform better fits your needs. Keep in mind your decision is not set in stone; it’s possible to switch from one platform to another. This being said, switching platforms can be a pain after investing a lot of time and resources into building your initial site. Think carefully and happy blogging!

Do you use Wordpress.com or Wordpress.org for your site? What do you like about either option?