If you have been planning to build your own website lately, with the help of a Content Management System. And, that Content Management System eventually turns out to be WordPress. Then, probably one of the step in the process may have kept you looking for solutions. That is, to make a choice between versions available on WordPress.com and WordPress.org. Although, there are numerous differences between the two but we will discuss only the major ones.
Major difference between wordpress.com and wordpress.org
Through wordpress.org, you can download WordPress software and install it on your choice of web server for building a website.
On the contrary, through wordpress.com – you have to select a plan (free or paid) for building your website. When you go for this option, you don’t have to worry about hosting, managing your own server etc. Also, automatic updates are taken care of by the wordpress.com itself.
Furthermore, if you go with free plan available then, you would get a wordpress.com sub-domain. With the paid option, you can have a domain name of your choice for a period of one year. WordPress may display its own ads if you subscribe to its free plan. With paid plans, you can opt out.
The Business plans available on wordpress.com may make your life a bit easier, as you can install your own custom plugins, upload theme of your choice, unlimited storage space is provided, google analytics integration and can also get wordpress.com branding removed. However, all other additional features are available only in Business plans and that comes at a price. So, if you are seriously considering to build a website from a business perspective and have already made up your mind for wordpress.com. Then, Business plans is specifically designed for you.
On the other hand, if you download a software through wordpress.org. You don’t have to subscribe to any plan before doing any customization. WordPress gives you ample freedom to make suitable changes in your installation including control over advertising. With this version, you would have to pay for hosting your website and its domain name. Also , not all the themes and plugins are available for free.
In brief, after comparing both the platforms we can say it entirely depends on us. We need to make an informed choice as per our requirements.