“What is the difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org?” This question gets asked a lot.
Hi there, it’s Joshua Mancil, web designer here at the Quantum Consulting Team. And I’m here today to give you the simple answer:
WordPress.com allows you to have a website and blog, hosted directly by WordPress. You have the option of a free version that uses a subdomain, like yourname.wordpress.com, and access to basic features. Paid versions provide access to additional features, like the ability to connect your website with your own domain name. You have different options for customizing your website, like a variety of themes. What you can’t do, however, is upload your own theme.
WordPress.org is a self-hosted platform. What this means, is you buy your own domain name and hosting, and use the WordPress software on your own. This way provides the most flexibility. For example, you can upload a theme you purchased from Elegant Themes or another them company, like Envato. You can install plugins that boost the functionality of your site, like the Bloom optin plugin to create popup optin forms, and automatically add an opt-in below your blog posts.
So, when it boils down to it, it’s about whether it’s more important to you to have more options and flexibility to work within your website, or you want an inexpensive, simple solution.