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.
WordPress.org is the opensource version of WordPress. If you have a server and would like to host a website with more control and flexibility, WordPress.org is what you need. For example, you can develop, customize or transform it as you wish. Below are some advantages and disadvantages of Wordpress.org.
Benefits of WordPress.org
You have 100% access to all features. Indeed, with this version, you can download, install and customize as you wish.
The platform is completely free for use. The only fees associated with the .org version are hosting and the cost for development or plugins (if you hire a web development professional or need more features).
You can monetize your website if you want to. Unlike WordPress.com, if you allow ads on your site, you will earn all the incomes.
With WordPress.org, your website may look more professional if you have the skills or resources. Indeed, with the .com version, unless you subscribe to a paid version, you will use a subdomain and have a link pointing to the main website at the bottom of your pages.
You can install any extension or templates from outside your CMS. And in addition to that, you have unlimited access to the source codes.
Disadvantages of WordPress.org
Even though wordPress.org is more flexible and open to everyone, you need the skills and resources to run it. Some of the disadvantages are:
First of all, you will have to manage your server, update and security of your website by yourself. In this case, if you don't have the skills or the right resources to do that, it will become difficult.
Secondly, the initial cost to develop a website with WordPress.org is higher than WordPress.com.
The cost of basic development is relatively higher. Indeed, with the .org version of WordPress, you have to take care of the development yourself. In this case, if you do not have computer skills, you must pay a developer to do it for you.
Each of the versions (WordPress.com and WordPress.org) offer advantages and disadvantages. If you have computer skills or are a little bit open to learning, I would strongly advise you WordPress.org simply because you have more flexibility and features. However, if you do not have any skills or don't want to bother yourself with technical aspects, you can get started with WordPress.com.
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