In this post, we're gonna talk about the difference between WordPress.org and WordPress.com and which one you should be using to build your online website or blog.
Let's get right to the big difference between WordPress.org and WordPress.com. A lot of people get confused with the two and they think that they're interchangeable. When I was first starting a blog, everyone said use WordPress and I thought “okay, WordPress.com, let's do this thing!”
But I didn't realize that WordPress.com and WordPress.org are not the same things. When people say that you should build a blog with WordPress, they're talking about WordPress.org – that is important to remember.
The main difference between the two is that WordPress.com is owned by WordPress and they have their own hosting. Now, if you're new to hosting I have some content to help you understand hosting and a little bit about what it is. But basically hosting is what puts your website on the internet and it helps people find you anywhere in the world.
WordPress.com has their own hosting. They do everything themselves – you build your website and they host it – everything. Now it does sound nice at all but we're gonna get to reasons why it's not nice or not as good as you think.
WordPress.org, on the other hand, is more of an open-source WordPress platform where developers can build plugins that you can use and third-party themes that you can use. You don't pay to use WordPress.org because it's free. You can build your website but you need somewhere to host it. So you're gonna have to pay for self-hosting, which means you need another company to host your website like SiteGround, the hosting provider that I recommend.
WordPress.com – everything's there (including hosting).
WordPress.org – it's separate so you got to get your own hosting.
Let me show you online really quickly some of the differences…
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This is what WordPress.org looks like (let's just call it WordPress because this is what most people refer to when they talk about WordPress). This is what it looks like – you got the black bar on the left, you've got all your different plugins, you can create your article, there's all source of customization options here, different settings, different ways you can build your blog or website.
Let me switch over here to WordPress.com. This is kind of what a WordPress.com website looks like. You can see it's kinda little different feel. There's still the same kind of options on the left side but it's not quite the same. Like when I'm creating a new post, it's a little bit different. It's organized a little bit different than WordPress.org.
Now, one of the biggest differences, probably the biggest difference between WordPress.org and WordPress.com, is WordPress.com does not give you as many plugins.
WordPress.com does have some plugins. As you can see, I've got some plugins I can use but there are not as many plugins that you can use with the WordPress.com platform.
Of course, with WordPress.org there's a ton of plugins you can use. A lot of people also say use WordPress.com because it's free. Yes, that's true. You can start a free blog at WordPress.com just like you can on Wix but it's not gonna have your custom domain name. And you're not gonna own your blog. WordPress is gonna own your blog.
A really important thing about building an online business website or blog is that you own it. You need to own everything about it. The thing with WordPress.org is that you own your website. Once it's built, you export it and you have it – you own it, you can lock it in the safe. If your hosting provider goes away, you can host it on a different hosting provider. You can move it wherever you want.
If you get trapped into WordPress.com, you might get stuck there with some limitations – limited to their features, what options they offer you. You're limited to their pricing, you're limited to their hosting speed. If their speed is not good, your online business is going to be affected as well not unless you transfer your website but that's something that I don't recommend.
So starting out with WordPress.org is definitely the way to go.
Just remember WordPress.org is WordPress.
WordPress.com is something different. We don't use WordPress.com, we use WordPress.org.
Now, you might be thinking, okay I'm ready to start my blog, do I go to WordPress.org and start my blog?
If you're going to go to WordPress.org, you will not really find much here. They're just kinda like “Oh, this is cool. What do I do?”
We have a full page tutorial to show you how to start your blog with WordPress. It's gonna walk you through the step-by-step instructions to get your hosting, to install WordPress, and to get everything up and running. So I definitely recommend going through those instructions to get started with your blog. You can also get the instructions emailed to you and follow along with it later when you're ready to start your blog.
I remember when I was starting my first blog and I was lost and I had no idea what to do, I knew I need to use WordPress but I didn't what I was doing.
Instructions like these really helped me out.
But just remember that the important thing here is that WordPress.org is WordPress.
WordPress.com is something else and we're not gonna go there. We're gonna stick with WordPress.org.
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