WordPress.com and WordPress.org – these two products are often confused.
At first glance, this is one and the same thing, but in reality these are completely different products.
WordPress.com is a hosting platform or service that allows you to create your own website or blog. It does not need to be downloaded or installed, it only needs to have an account and start blogging, just like on Twitter or Facebook. WordPress.com is a commercial product, founded in 2005 and owned by Automattic.
Key features of WordPress.com:
- It is free (but there are paid add-ons)
- You don’t have to worry about things like updates, backups and security
- Your site will always be available, regardless of the number of visitors.
- Technical support is available to you (though they do not always respond quickly)
- Having a website on WordPress.com, you become part of the community and have the opportunity to get additional traffic from
- WordPress.com resources, search all the blogs on the network, as well as a number of other features
- You have a choice of over 200 themes or templates (but you cannot upload your own templates)
- You cannot edit php code on your site
- There is no such thing as a “plugin” for WordPress.com (therefore, it is impossible to extend the functionality in a simple way)
Paid services are also provided on WordPress.com, such as linking or registering your own domain, and disabling advertising. Among the available templates on the site there are also “premium” themes, which are also paid.
You cannot transfer the site to your own hosting, or use extensions from third-party developers, implement complex projects, etc.
WordPress.org or just WordPress is a СMS ( content management system), born in 2003.
For work, you need to upload it to the hosting platform, configure the connection to the database and set it*
*(It is worth noting that most good web hosting providers use auto installer of populars CMS – therefore, this will not be a problem in most cases, and will not require additional technical skills).
Key features of WordPress.org:
- Requires more technical knowledge
- You can edit any files, including php
- You can use plugins and any themes
- You administer your hosting account yourself
- Must take care of backups, security, high loads and fault tolerance.
- There is no additional functionality, as on WordPress.com, in the basic installation, but you can always find a suitable plug-in to solve this or that task – it is the plug-ins that provided WordPress with such popularity, you can implement almost any solution (store, galleries, booking system and etc. on your site using plug-ins from third party developerswordpress.org is content management system, with the help of which you can create both a simple site, and website with special functionality (not only blog).