After my earlier blog 8 Differences Between WordPress.com WordPress.org & Blogger I thought it will be better to go in some deep and give my reader a in detailed guide on the difference between wordpress.org vs wordpress.com in order to conclude what is best for you – Self Hosted WordPress.org or WordPress.com.
This blog will help you to learn-
- The critical differences between WordPress.org and wordpress.com
- The advantage one has over other
- The limitation of one over other
- Ultimately it will be a guide for you to chose between Self Hosted WordPress.org or WordPress.com according to your requirement.
Self Hosted WordPress.org or WordPress.com
I will be very clear at starting , wordpress.org is always , Always a better choice for web hosting and blogging. I have many proven points to establish my point but I want be be very fair as well. This blog will cover all the positive side of wordpress.com as well.
Lets start one by one
1.The main difference (Most critical) is that WordPress.Org is a self hosted service where as WordPress.com is all in one kind of service. In other word choosing wordpress.com
means you have to separately –
- Buy a domain
- Buy a hosting service plan that supports WordPress
- Buy a theme ( few basic theme are available for free ) and then
- You have to host the website in the domain.
In other words, you can call wordpress.org a kind of do it yourself web hosting service/tool .
Will that take time ? If yes then how much? Can a lay man do that? How much will be the total cost ? Read the complete article , you will get all answers. It is quite better to understand wordpress.com
before I answer the above questions.
WordPress.com is all in one solution where as you don’t need to purchase domain, hosting services or theme separately and hence you do not need to run pillar to post to host and configure the hosting . Just choose a plan accordingly to your requirement , pay and it’s is done ( off course you have to choose domain of your choice but you will not have to buy domain from any where else separately).
Let me be clear, the assumption is wrong , wordpress.com hosting does not take too much time and is very convenient. There may be some difference but that is in few minutes not more then that. Looking at the disadvantage of wordpress.com
the time taken will not be any issue .
3. Hosting rights and control of your website :- In wordpress.org
you are the owner and you are in full control of your website. No one can come and stop your site unless government want it. That too if you break some law of land. Host what ever you want to host with wordpress.org.
, though you pay to own website but you are not in full control. WordPress.com may stop your website in case there is some complaint or legal issues. This points makes it clear that wordpress.org
( self hosted ) should be your choice.
4. Control on earning of your site :- It is a biggest disadvantage of wordpress.com
will show it’s own ads in your blog hosted with wordpress.com
without sharing the revenue and irony is that you have to pay if you don’t want the ads to run in your website.
The conclusion what is best for you “Self Hosted WordPress.org or WordPress.com”
If You what full control of the website, want to earn more, and can invest a very little more time ( at once ) to host website of your choice Then must go for wordpress.org
, commonly known as self hosted wordpress.
If above do not bother you too much and all In one works better for you then go for WordPress.com