Differences between WordPress versions: WordPress.com and WordPress.org
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Differences between WordPress versions: WordPress.com and WordPress.org

Gilblas Ngunte Possi

You have surely heard about WordPress. However, I could bet that you did not know there were 2 versions. Indeed, many people are unaware that WordPress exists in two versions: wordpress.com and wordpress.org. If you are, a blogger, a website owner or just someone curious using WordPress; read this article. I will explain the main differences between WordPress.com and WordPress.org. At the end of this article, you could even draw your conclusions on which one to choose.

What is WordPress (WordPress.com and WordPress.org)?

If you did not know, WordPress is the most used content management system in the world. It has a large number of users and is used for all types of Web solutions. So, you can use WordPress for the development of websites, blogs, management solutions and even applications. According to w3techs.com, WordPress runs more than 61% of websites using Content Management Systems. The overall share of WordPress is 34% if we count all the websites that exist around the World. That is an urge figure considering the number of tools for website development that exist. The popularity of WordPress is not a coincidence; the app has unimaginable flexibility and ease. Not to mention the fact that a large developer community works every day to move it forward.

Different versions - WordPress.com and WordPress.org

WordPress.com is fully managed by Automattic Inc. whereas, WordPress.org is an opensource version. Each of its versions has its advantages and disadvantages. The choice of one or the other will strongly depend on your skills, your willingness to manage platforms and more importantly your goals.

Pros and cons of WordPress.com

I will recommend WordPress.com if you don't have the skills or resources to manage your server. In fact, for companies or individuals looking for a solution that doesn't require any stress on Update, Backend development, or security aspects. this can be useful.  Below are some advantages and disadvantages:

Benefits of WordPress.com

As briefly mentioned above, One of the peculiarities of WordPress.com is that the technical aspect, the security and the updates are entirely managed by the owner.
  • You do not have to worry about the security, the updates and the technical aspect of your website
  • Technical supports will assist you in case of problems with your website
  • There is a free version if you want to have a website without spending a penny. And as such, all you will need to do is create your account, choose a design and start using it.
  • You have access to some WordPress.com features and template free of charge

Disadvantages of WordPress.com

One of the biggest issues with WordPress.com is flexibility. Here is a list of disadvantages:
  • First, the features are limited; unless you subscribe to the paid version
  • Second, for free versions and some paid versions, you have a link that redirects to  WordPress.com at the bottom of your pages.
  • Third, you have forced ads on your website. Moreover, you don't get any money from the incomes of those ads.
  • Fourth, your website is hosted as a subdomain; which is not professional. Just to give you an example, if your website name is Tommy, you might have a site link looking like tommy.wordpress.com.
  • Fifth, you do not have the right to monetize your website or blog unless you subscribe to the appropriate version.
  • Sixth, unless you have a paid version *, you can not install external extensions or themes.
  • Finally, not the last, you have limited access to the source codes. Usually, there are features on your website that will require to access the source codes.

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