WordPress is one of the most used Content management systems nowadays. The reason behind this is its ease of use and features it offers. We ourself have been using WordPress for most of our websites and blogs. WordPress has become more popular in the past few years and the number of people who uses WordPress is increasing rapidly. When it comes to starting a blog or website, a newbie sometimes gets confused between the Self-hosted, WordPress.org version and the WordPress.com version. Today, in this post we are going to clear all the doubts you have regarding both versions of this platform.
WordPress.com and WordPress.org: Overview
WordPress.com is non-self hosted version of WordPress CMS. WordPress.com is a product of Automattic. Matt Mullenweg is the founder of Automattic and the founding developer of WordPress.com CMS. WordPress.com (basic version) is basically a free version of WordPress and you can design beautiful websites. The major drawback that the site has is that it will have a domain name with the extension blogname.wordpress.com which sounds quite long and may be difficult to remember. Most of the professional websites have short names which are easy to recall.
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With WordPress.com you can design elegant blogs. Just sign up on WordPress.com and choose your blog name and the theme. WordPress.com showcases you a good range of themes from which you can choose the one which best suits your taste. WordPress.com also offers the paid version of WordPress.com in which they offer you more features and the good thing is that you can choose the custom domain name of your choice. But even the paid version lacks a lot of things which we are going to share in the coming paragraphs.
WordPress.org is the self-hosted version of WordPress. It gives you more features and controls as compared to the WordPress.com version. It is easy to design beautiful blogs using the WordPress.org version of WordPress. You can buy a custom domain name from a domain seller company and then host it on good and reliable hosting. There are a lot of free and paid themes that are available on WordPress. It gives more controls and features as compared to the WordPress.com version of WordPress.
More Features and Details about WordPress.com and WordPress.org
WordPress.com offers limited controls and most of the settings are configured by default. You just need to choose your blog name and start publishing the content.
WordPress.org offers more control as compared to the .com version. It gives you the freedom to make maximum customizations to your blog. The biggest benefit of having a WordPress.org blog is that you can choose your custom domain name and it gives your blog a unique identity.
Plugins and Themes
WordPress.com offers you enough theme choices but WordPress.org offers much more. WordPress.org offers a wider collection of free themes and you can also purchase and use third party themes on your blog. This is not the case in WordPress.com version. here you can choose only from the predesigned free themes and in the free version, you can not add themes from outside sources.
When it comes to plugins, WordPress.com comes with the basic plugins installed. You generally can not add other plugins but this is not the case with WordPress.org version. Here you need to add all the plugins manually. WordPress has a large database of plugins which makes blog and website development quite easy. You need to install and activate the plugins manually. You also need to update the theme and plugins on a timely basis whenever an update is launched.
Self Hosted vs Non-Hosted
WordPress.com does not need any hosting (the basic plan of WordPress). It is managed by Automattic and you don’t need to spend your money on purchasing a third-party hosting. You just need to publish your content.
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In WordPress.org version, you need to buy a third-party hosting from a hosting company and place your blog on that. A good hosting may cost you somewhere around 4000-5000 INR (for a year).
So, these were the features of WordPress.com and WordPress.org versions. We would recommend you the WordPress.org (self-hosted) because it gives you more features and controls. In WordPress.org you need to do all the backend work on your own. If you are a newbie and find a problem in any part, you can ask us through the comments section below.