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Difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org

Descriptions

WordPress has two versions of its product: WordPress.com and WordPress.org. Here is what you need to know about the two.

The major difference

WordPress.org provides free open-source software that you can download to build your site. However, it’s completely up to you how you wish to manage your website and find hosting for it.

WordPress.com, on the other hand, handles just about everything for you, but its features are much more limited than the free code you can download at WordPress.org.

ConfirmHost makes WordPress sites easy to use within the codes. You need not an additional software so far you are using CONFIRM. We use a customized version of WordPress.org to enable easy accessibility by our clients.

Hosting and other services

Another big difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org is where your website is hosted:

WordPress.com — is the official hosting site of WordPress but their features are limited. For optimization wordpress.org is to be used.

WordPress.org — you can make your site any how you want it, customize and re-customize on wordpress.org. You can learn a lot from this version. Also free tutorials and customized free themes.

WordPress.com

WordPress.com has lots of plans, when When you purchase a plan, you’re paying WordPress.com to host your website. Within this plans, your features are also limited. There is no direct click modification for your website here.

However, maintenance is very easy on WordPress.com. It gats Your updates, security and backups.

WordPress.org

If you want full control over your site, you can download the WordPress files from WordPress.org. You can then choose any company you like to host your website.

Although WordPress.org code is fully customizable, it’s completely up to you to keep your site up to date and secure. You’re also fully responsible for backing up your site and finding a company to host it.

Comparison chart

A detailed description between WordPress.com and WordPress.org:

 WordPress.comWordPress.org
Customization  
ThemesLimited. You only have access to themes WordPress.com offers. Only on the highest level plan would you have the ability to upload custom themes.Unlimited. Full access to upload and customize any theme on your site.
PluginsLimited. You only have access to plugins WordPress.com offers. Only on the highest level plan would you have the ability to upload custom plugins.Unlimited. Full access to upload and customize any plugin on your site.
CustomizationLimited to the features WordPress.com offers. No direct access to the PHP, CSS or JavaScript code that your site is built on.Full access to all code.
Email hostingnoneUsually included with the hosting company your site is hosted with.
Money  
CostFree up to 3GB of storage space. Higher level plans offer more features at different pricing.It’s up to you to find and pay for a hosting company of your choice.
MonetizationLimited. Unlimited. You can monetize your site however you like and keep all profits.
AdvertisementsWordPress branding and ads display on your site. Only the highest level plans can remove them.No ads or branding.
eCommerce storelimited features.Unlimited control over your store and its configuration.
SEOLimited based on available plugins.Unlimited control over your SEO.
Control and maintenance  
MaintenanceManaged by WordPress.com. You do not have to worry about site maintenance.Your responsibility to keep your site secure and up to date.
Can site be shut down?Yes. At any time WordPress.com can shut down your site and deny you access.You are in full control of your site. Only the hosting company you choose to host the site with could potentially shut down the site based on their individual terms of service.

Which should  I choose?

If you plan not to monetize your site or blog, use WordPress.com . It is more of use if you are running a very simple site and need little or no stress.

If you plan to grow your site over time, customize it, or make money from it, then WordPress.org is a better choice. But keep in mind that you are responsible for keeping your site up to date and secure.

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