WordPress.com vs WordPress.org

WordPress.com vs WordPress.org

Let’s start by clarifying the difference between a self-hosted WordPress site and a WordPress.com site.

A WordPress site can run on any server that allows it.

You download the software from WordPress.org and install it, or the hosting site does that for you. WordPress plays no role in the hosting.

If you deploy it on your own computer, you can use it any way you want. If you deploy it on a hosted site, the host sets the rules.

WordPress.com uses the same software, but it also provides the hosting and expert customer support for your website. (Most hosts provide no support for your website. They only provide technical support for the hosting itself.) Different plans provide different features.

There are over 54,000 plugins available for WordPress sites. Plugins extend the functionality of your website. Some are free, and others require payment.

If you host your own your site, you can install any of them without restriction. Many hosts give you the same freedom. In WordPress.com, your selection of add-ons is restricted unless you choose the high-end Business plan.

Free Plan

The Free plan lets you start up a blog or simple website with no cost and hardly any effort. There are catches, of course.

Here’s some of the drawbacks that come with a free WordPress.com plan:

  • Ads will appear on your site.
  • CSS customization is limited to inline styles, which affect only one element.
  • Support is minimal.
  • You get 3 GB of storage.
  • The domain will be a subdomain that follows the [yourname].wordpress.com format.

On the positive side, you can start as many blogs as you like, all under the same account.

Blogger Plan

The Blogger plan is a step up, and you move from a WordPress subdomain to one with the .blog extension.

Your site will be ad free, and you’ll get access to Jetpack Essential, email-based support, a couple dozen free themes, support for basic design customization, and 6 GB of storage space for your content.

Personal Plan

The next option is the Personal plan. You get to use your own domain, and your site won’t display any ads from WordPress. You have access to email and live chat support. The available storage is doubled to 6 GB.

Premium Plan

Power users might want the Premium plan. A big benefit is complete control over CSS for the site, along with extended color schemes and backgrounds for themes.

Speaking of themes, you’ll have unlimited access to the premium themes offered by WordPress.

You also get the following features with WordPress.com’ssonal plan:

  • You’re allowed to monetize your site through WordAds.
  • You get advanced social media features, and VideoPress is included, letting you include videos with more freedom than YouTube or Vimeo.
  • The storage limit goes up to 13 GB.
  • Those who are interested in selling, but aren’t interested in launching a full e-commerce site will get features supporting simple payments and site monetization.

Business Plan

The Business plan is a major price jump but gives you nearly full control over your site.

You get unlimited storage, and all WordPress.com branding is removed. On top of that, you can install any themes and plugins you choose.

Still can’t decide which WordPress.com plan is best for you? Have a look at our comparison table.

Blogger Personal Premium Business
Best for… Individual bloggers Resume or portfolio Freelancers or solopreneurs Small businesses
Customization Limited, but you can remove WordPress.com branding Select your own custom domain name Access 290 themes and add/edit CSS Use third-party plugins, code and themes
Storage 6 GB 6 GB 13 GB Unlimited

eCommerce Plan

The most expensive WordPress plan is the eCommerce option, which is the best option for online stores. In addition to all of the features included with the more inexpensive options, you’ll get advanced eCommerce features that allow you to market, sell, and ship goods around the world.

These eCommerce features include support to accept payments in over 60 countries and integration with leading shipping carriers.

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