Should I use WordPress.com or WordPress.org?
This is a common question that we get asked by our clients looking to create a website, and admittedly it can be confusing when starting out. WordPress.com and WordPress.org are actually two separate website platforms; so, what’s the difference?
Let’s break it down, a little.
Back to basics with WordPress
Firstly, WordPress has become a popular software program that will enable you to build a website using themes (pre-made templates) and this makes creating a website easier. We use it for our website and recommend it to all of our clients who are looking for a quality website without the expensive price tag. It offers a myriad of plugins and can be custom designed to meet your personal and business needs.
Now that we have that out of the way, which should you choose?
What’s the difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org?
WordPress.com takes much of the hard work out of the website creation process. It is a platform that has the software already installed and therefore, to get your site up and running, all you do is choose a theme and add your content. This solution does come with it’s downside, your website URL will contain WordPress.com within it, e.g. mysite.wordpress.com, you are limited in terms of customization and themes, and you have very little support if you were to delete your site or part of your content.
If you are a total beginner, creating a site for pet project or wishing to start blogging, WordPress.com could be an ideal solution for you. If you are aiming for simplicity over flexibility, then this choice may just work for you.
WordPress.org is where you go if you want to download the software and have complete flexibility to hosting and creating your website. WordPress.org is perfect for those who intend to purchase or have already bought their own domain, e.g. mysite.com and want to host their website on their own server. This option can take longer to get up and running initially, but will allow you more overall design flexibility. If you’re not technically minded, you will need to engage the services of a web developer or learn how to complete the technical aspects of setting up your site.
By the end of the project, your website will look completely original, solidifying your unique brand and message. With WordPress.org you have a greater number of themes at your fingertips and are in full control of your website. This is the better of the two options if you wish to create a professional and fully customized website or monetize the site to increase your income capacity.
At the end of the day, it is totally your choice as to the one you use, although we always recommend maintaining full control of your website where possible.