WordPress.com vs WordPress.org - What's the Difference?

WordPress Dot Com Vs WordPress Dot Org: What’s the Difference?

Today, we're going to answer an "age-old" question: WordPress Dot Com Vs WordPress Dot Org - What's the difference? We're talking comprehensive information here. And pictures. And comprehensive information in pictures.

Today, we’re going to answer an “age-old” question: WordPress Dot Com Vs WordPress Dot Org – What’s the difference? We’re talking comprehensive information here. And pictures. And comprehensive information in pictures.

WordPress is one of the top platforms used today. It’s so popular, that many business owners and casual bloggers alike are switching from “average” HTML sites to the WordPress content management system (CMS). In fact, WP as a whole runs 25% of the sites that are on a known CMS.

But there are two versions

There’s a .com and there’s a .org, and – even though they’re built by the same guys – there’s a big difference between the two. How do you know which one you need?

The team at Level343 got together, pulled in creative talent, and built this in depth infographic for easier absorption. Because… everything’s better in pictures, right?


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What's the difference between wordpress dot com and wordpress dot org - Infographic by Level343

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  1. Good Day to You,

    My first time using WordPress.org didn’t go very well.

    I tried again using a different hosting company.

    Both times, technical issues got the better of me.

    My current website is on WordPress.com, and I have a Business Plan.

    For me, not having to worry about security or maintenance (technically), is worth the $299 annual fee.

    The tech support is wonderful and responsive.

    One item I’d like to add:

    The reason WordPress.com limits the use of plugins, is because not all of them are secure.

    Automatic, the creators of WordPress, host and take care of the tech support for WordPress.com.

    They also offer for free, to anyone (even if you don’t use WordPress), classes from their Blogging University.

    I have taken the Blogging 101 class and learned a lot of basic blogging, including understanding the Dashboard better.

    Their Blogging 201 class, which is on my “to do” list, offers help understanding working with code and applying it to your theme.

    Two more important items I’d like to share regarding the Business Plan:

    A free domain (your own brand like “.com”) comes with the plan.

    The plan includes use of all of the themes, including the premium themes, which you can change as often as you like.

    Now I can get something done, without wasting time with “tech”. Blogging 201 will help later, when I’m more comfortable with it.

    I believe a lot of the limitations you listed, regarding versatility can be overcome, once we understand how to work with the theme’s style sheet. The classes are all free, with no grades or pressure. We get to participate in our own forum and make great new friends and contacts.

    I think you know by now how I feel about WordPress.com and WordPress.org.

    How much you want to deal with the technical side, should be your first consideration.

    Thanks for helping to make this clearer!

    By Best to You

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