What’s the difference between wordpress.com and wordpress.org?

wordpress.com vs wordpress.org self-hosted

Potential clients often ask “what’s the difference between wordpress.com and wordpress.org” so we’ve written this quick guide to explain the key differences. WordPress is a content management system used to run around a quarter of websites. It comes in two flavours – hosted and self installed.

WordPress.com

This is the hosted type of WordPress, and runs on their servers. You can get a free account to try the WordPress system out and will have a web address like mysite.wordpress.com

A shortlist of themes and plugins can be added and you can pay extra to use your own domain name. It’s not possible to edit your site files and you’re at the mercy of WordPress.com.

WordPress.org

This is the self installed type of WordPress. You can download the installation files for free and install WordPress to your own hosting account, or use one of the 1-click installers that come with many hosting packages to install it automatically.

You can install any theme or plugin you like to self hosted WordPress and even make your own themes and plugins. You have complete control over everything, which is a two edged sword!

Can I migrate from WordPress.com to WordPress.org?

Yes you can – by exporting all your content from the WordPress.com control panel and then importing that into your self hosted installation of WordPress. Your theme and plugins may be available to install on your self-hosted installation of WordPress too.

So which should I choose?

This really depends on what you’d like to achieve. If you need a quick site then the WordPress.com option can work best and keep your costs down.

If you’d like to have custom themes and plugins developed, then a self-hosted installation of WordPress is the best option. Make sure your hosting supports WordPress – Linux based hosting works best and WordPress works great on our green web hosting.

Summary

Hopefully this blog has explained the difference between wordpress.com and wordpress.org and will help you choose the best option for your business.

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