WordPress Introduction

WordPress is a free and open-source content management system (CMS) written over PHP and paired with a MariaDB or MySQL database. Simply put, WordPress is a website managing tool you can use to build your website or blog. Considering it was published in 2003, WordPress has become one of the most famous web managing tool. And now it is used by more 35% of the whole web world — everything from personal blogs to some of the most famous websites.

WordPress allows you to create and manage your full-featured website using simply your browser. 

Launched as a blogging platform, WordPress is now broadly used for different kinds of non-blogging websites including eCommerce websites. Hence surely WordPress is the ruler of CMS platforms today that controls over 35.7% of all websites online.

So if you want to build a website with WordPress, you have a couple of options to pick from; WordPress.com or WordPress.org.

It is usually confusing as developers fail to make clear differences among them. So, let’s divide and examine separately platform first.

What is WordPress.com?

WordPress.com is an on-cloud cms platform where you can build a blog or a fully functional website for free. It is quite an alike platform like Blogger or Tumblr where you can build your blog and publish content.

WordPress.com is a completely hosted platform managed by the Automattic company. Automattic utilises the ‘WordPress software’ to control WordPress.com. It guarantees reliable, robust and secure hosting of your website forever for free of cost. It implies that you are free from the problem of choosing a hosting provider if you pick WordPress.com. It also takes care of your website backup, maintenance, security and updates.

What is WordPress.org?

WordPress.org, usually termed self-hosted WordPress, is the fully free, open-source software that you can deploy on your web host to build a website that’s 100% your own managed. You can download WordPress software from here.

When somebody simply says ‘WordPress’, they usually mean to say ‘WordPress.org’, not ‘WordPress.com’. It is a self-hosted platform which implies that you require to search a hosting provider on your personal along with a domain name. Website performance, protection and overall regards of your website are all of your responsibilities which often depend on the nature of web host you apply. In this platform will have complete freedom to customization. WordPress is completely freeware but you need to pay money on the hosting.

WordPress.com VS WordPress.org

WordPress.com and WordPress.org both are for producing WordPress-based websites but they are essentially separate.

The fundamental distinction between these WordPress platforms is Hosting or who hosts your website. WordPress.com is a fully managed platform while WordPress.org is a self-managed platform empowering you to host a WordPress website on your server.

Other main differences are around customization ability, maintenance, and protection etc.

The key differences between WordPress.org and WordPress.com are listed below:-

WordPress.comWordPress.org
 Hosted platform – WordPress.com host your blog for free. Website space is limited to 3GB.Self-hosted platform – You have to find a web hosting provider yourself and pay for hosting. Website space depends on provided by the hosting provider.
Subdomain – WordPress.com provide free subdomain along with wordpress.com. Default your website url looks like site.wordpress.com. You have to upgrade to the premium plan if you required a custom domain.Custom domain – You have to find a custom domain yourself. You may require to pay for domain name depending on the domain registrar.
Simple Security, Backups, and Maintenance – WordPress.com manage all these tasks with some built-in WordPress plugins.Security, Backups, and Maintenance – You have to take care of all things and it will be your responsibility.
Limited Themes – You can use only themes which are available at WordPress.com. You cannot use your custom or third-party themes.Unlimited Themes – You can choose your theme from WordPress.org. You can also use your custom or third-party themes.
Design Customization – You can do only some basic customization in the design. You have to upgrade to paid version for advanced customization options.Unlimited Design customization – You are free to do all kinds of customization in design.
Limited Built-in Plugins –You can use only plugins which are available at WordPress.com. You cannot use your custom or third-party plugins.Unlimited Plugins – You can choose your plugins from WordPress.org. You can also use your custom or third-party plugins.
 Advertisement Limitation – You cannot implement third-party ads on your free WordPress.com website but it shows ‘WordPress.com ads‘ on your website. You have to upgrade to its premium plan for third-party ads.Advertise and monetize – To display advertisement you have to implement third-party ads or custom ads. Here all advertising thing is your responsibility and you are free to follow any procedure.