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WordPress.org (self-hosted version) vs WordPress.com

By December 15, 2017 No Comments

New to WordPress? Confused about WordPress.org and WordPress.com? Then this is the blog for you!

Often beginners confuse the two, usually assuming that they’re the same (I did!) but actually WordPress.org and WordPress.com are two very different platforms. The one major difference between the two is who is actually hosting the website. WordPress.com hosts your website for you, no need to download software, pay for hosting, or manage a web server. With WordPress.org on the other hand, YOU host your own website. You’ll download a free WordPress software and install on your own web server.


Full Theme Support

You can use custom/commercial themes, plus all other free themes that exist. You can modify, customize, or do anything you like with your site.

All Plugins Allowed

You can upload any free, paid, or custom plugin that you want. This allows you to maximize WordPress’s potential as a CMS.

Regular Expense

You have to pay for your web hosting monthly. You would need to pay a domain registration fee yearly. For high traffic sites, the cost of hosting can get expensive.

All SEO Features

You can install the best SEO plugins and utilize other third-party SEO tools to maximize your SEO potential and rank higher in Google search results.

Ecommerce Store

You can create a complete online store on WordPress.org to sell digital or physical  goods and accept payments via credit card, PayPal, bank checks, bitcoins, etc.


You are responsible for keeping your site updated, keeping regular backups, having SPAM control options, and most importantly keeping your site optimized.


Limited Theme Support

You are limited to the themes that exist in their WordPress theme repository. You cannot customize existing themes nor can you upload custom themes.

No Plugins Allowed

You are not allowed to upload any free, paid, or custom plugins. Instead, there are a lot of built-in plugin-like features.


WordPress.com blogs are FREE for up 3 GB of storage space. they display their ads on your website. You cannot have a custom domain, so you are limited to subdomains.

Limited SEO Control

With free WordPress.com, you do not have very much control over your website SEO since you cannot install plugins.

Cannot Create An Online Store

You cannot create a complete membership website on the free WordPress.com platform because  it requires advanced control similar to Ecommerce sites.

No Maintenance

You do not have to worry about anything. Automatic staff take care of all site maintenance including updates, backups, optimization, and more.

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