Did you know that there are two versions of WordPress, WordPress.com, and WordPress.org? Moreover, if you are aware that there are two versions, do you know the difference? And really if you take it from the average user’s point of view, why should you? After all, WordPress is only a tool for whatever business you are in.
I also want to clarify one other thing. I have noticed that there seems to be a feeling that one version is better than the other. This could be no further from the truth. Both versions have their place.
Today we are going to look at the various aspect of both and why you might decide to choose one over the other.
The first and one of the biggest differences is where the two versions are hosted. WordPress.com is hosted on WordPress servers and WordPress.org is hosted on any server that you choose and pay for. This means that if you decide WordPress.com is for you, there is no need to go to GoDaddy, Blue Host or any one of the other countless hosting companies and have your site hosted.
Not only does this save you money because you don’t have to pay for hosting, but you don’t have to worry about uploading and downloading any files. Since this version of WordPress is hosted by WordPress you never have to touch or pay anyone to touch any of the files that run the software. Along with the fact that the basic version is free, this is probably the main reason people use WordPress.com All of the setup and maintenance is done for you.
Reasons to Use WordPress.org
Now I know what you are thinking,”if WordPress.com makes everything so easy and I can get it for free, why would I want to use WordPress.org? Well, WordPress.com has some drawbacks, and that is what we are going to look at next.
Although WordPress.com does have an entirely free version, like anything that is free you are only going to get the bare bones assuming that you choose that version.
For instance, with the WordPress.com free version you can choose whatever domain that you like assuming it is available, but you are going to have to take it as a .wordpress.com subdomain. This means if you would like to use johndoe.com for example, you are going to have to use johndoe.wordpress.com. Fortunately, WordPress.com does have several paid options and tiers so for a monthly charge you could still use this version of WordPress and get whatever domain you would like without the wordpress.com name attached to it.
Another drawback of the free version of wordpress.com is that you only get a limited amount of space for your site. So if you [Read more…] about Do You Know the Difference Between WordPress.com & WordPress.org