The difference between WordPress.org and WordPress.com
WordPress is the blogging software that is available for free download on WordPress.org, and WordPress.com is the, also free, online platform that employs WordPress software without the need to download it. When you download the WordPress software from WordPress.org, you have to install it and host it on your own server.
- With self-hosted WordPress software, you can change the code of your blog which makes it highly customisable and flexible, if you possess the coding ability. If you do not, you will pick up much knowledge on your blogging journey.
- There is a brilliant community of webmasters surrounding WordPress.org, so if youre stuck on something concerning usage of the software, you can get assistance from other humans. Great help can be found at the WordPress.org support forum.
- The aforementioned community are constantly producing themes which you can use to make your blog beautiful. Some are free, and some are premium themes that come with a cost; however, in both groups there are gems.
- With the same to say about pricing, plugins allow you to make your blogs incredibly functional. There are plugins for almost everything you will need to run a successful blog.
- You will require a decent web host to run your blog with, which costs around $12 a month for small blogs; however, if you run a blog that receives a lot of traffic, you will need to pay a hefty amount ($1000s/month) otherwise your blog will never be up. The latter is considerably disadvantageous, but the former shoudnlt hurt your pockets.
- You will need some technical/coding experience as youll run into some problems that cant be fixed without it, as well as having to deal with the installation of the software. That being said, you can hire webmasters at a relatively low price to install your blog.
- Youre responsible for creating backups for your site. Without these, due to an error, you may lose important files which cannot be recovered without backups.
- You have to deal with spam, which (believe me) will flood in within the first month of you opening up your blog. There are plugins to prevent spam, but even these are infiltrated.
- Unless you choose to go VIP, WordPress.com is free.
- Its very easy to run a blog on WordPress.com, for a number of reasons: the set-up or installation process is handled mechanically; the WordPress software will upgrade to newer versions automatically; your blog will safely run with a backup copy to employ if anything goes wrong; and spam is sorted without the need for plugins.
- Your blog will be hosted across hundreds of different servers, which makes it very, very unlikely that your blog will go down. If your blog is down for the entire part of a day, you could potentially miss out on lots of traffic and thus earnings.
- Low traffic is a burden that many of new bloggers face. With WordPress.com, youll receive traffic from tags. Itll trickle in, but its still a contributing factor to traffic that Id most welcome. How about you?
- You wont be able to edit the PHP code. Now, if youre using the variant of WordPress that is usually employed by the less technically advanced, this probably wont matter very much to you. But anything that restricts your ability to run a unique blog is damaging towards your online business.
- There are no plugins. This means that in terms of function, youll be able to do less. This is a great shame, because plugins make the running of a blog amazingly easier.
- Youll only be able to use the themes that WordPress.com upload for you to use. I appreciate the team behind WordPress, but I hope you recognise that this will be a gigantic disadvantage for your blog. I can assure you that Id identify at least a 1/2 of those themes as being for WordPress.com. Will you have a distinct blog? Nope.