Web Design and Development
In overall functionality, both are pretty much the same. But their are some BIG differences when it comes to features and cost. So it is very important to choose the one that will be best for you.
WordPress.org is the original WordPress. It is open source (blog) publishing software that can be freely downloaded and used for any website. Because this works on your own web host, you are free to use it in just about any way you want to.
But there is one big drawback to using this software. Users need to have some technical knowledge to (1) find a suitable web host, (2) install the WordPress, and (3) customize their websites.
Unike WordPress.org, WordPress.com offers the version of WordPress that requires no technical knowledge. According to WordPress.com:
We wanted to bring the WordPress experience to a larger audience. So we created WordPress.com, a hosted version of the open source package where you can start a blog in seconds without any technical knowledge.
But this option also has its drawbacks which include:
Indeed, these are some big restrictions which will definitely affect what you can do with your WordPress.com website. So, which should you choose?
This question of choosing between WordPress.com and WordPress.org has been debated time and time again. And with people on both sides of the fence, the answer might not be obvious to you. So here are our suggestions.
For maximum flexibility, we suggest WordPress.org. If you are concerned about the requisite technical knowledge, don't despair. Many web hosts (such as HostGator and GoDaddy) now offer an easy one-click WordPress install. Additionally, hosting WordPress yourself can be more cost effective. While the basic WordPress.com service is free, many users need to upgrade to premium features. And as the upgrades add up, you'll notice that they can quickly become very expensive.
On the other hand, if you don't plan on having anything but a personal blog, WordPress.com is for you. It's free, full of great features, and perfect for your first foray into blogging.
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