WordPress offers two variations of its software: WordPress.com and WordPress.org
(WordPress.org is also known as a “self-hosted WordPress blog”.)
WordPress.com is a free blogging platform offered by Automattic which will let anyone create a blog for free.
When you create a blog on WordPress.com, you will get a web address like:
Your blog will be hosted on the WordPress server which is perfect for those people who want to have a blog for personal writing.
There are many paid add-ons that are also available; you can buy a custom
domain name and you can use paid themes.
But WordPress.com has many limitations in terms of managing your blog.
For example: You can’t install 3rd party plugins and you have very
limited choices for themes.
From a personal blog perspective, this is not a bad option, as the WordPress team takes care of managing your blog’s architecture and backing it all up.
But if you plan to make money from your website & want to create a future/career, ignore WordPress.com & use WordPress.org.
Note: If you want to just explore WordPress initially, create a free blog on
WordPress.com & it will give you an overview of how cool & easy it is to
work with WordPress. (Takes only 5 minutes)
Later on (when you will be installing WordPress on your server), you can
easily differentiate & understand how much more awesome it is to use
WordPress.com is for:
— Individuals who want to start a personal or not-so-serious
— Companies who just need a blog without much control &
branding. Factors like design and hosting are not issues.
WordPress.com is not for:
— Individuals who are planning to make money. You can’t use
AdSense, Infolinks, or any other popular ways to make money
from your website/blog.
— Individuals who need total control over their website/blog.
Here is an official TOS page for using WordPress.com, which will give you
all the information regarding fair usage and the TOS of WordPress.
WordPress.org a.k.a “Self-Hosted WordPress Platform”
WordPress.org is a complete solution for people like you & me who are looking to start a website/blog to make money, for promoting their small business, or for any other “professional” usage like creating an e-commerce site.
In the old days, you needed to download a copy of WordPress.org from the official download page and install it onto your own hosting server.
These days, all web-hosting companies let you install WordPress with a few clicks (thanks to automatic installer tools).
WordPress.com and WordPress.org have similar interfaces (the WordPress
dashboard), but WordPress.org removes all the limitations of WordPress.com, and offers you complete control over your website.
You can use any theme (design), install 3rd party themes, and install 3rd party plugins on your self-hosted WordPress blog.
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