- WordPress.com – the free service – is an Open Source software meaning it’s free for anyone to use and modify to meet their personal needs (in this case, to create blogs). Since it’s free, it does have limitations.
- Alternatively, WordPress.org – the free product – provides the software to create your blog, but WordPress.org does not host your blog on the Internet for you. You will have to secure hosting to host your blog online. Using WordPress.org with a paid hosting service provides maximum flexibility and customization.
Choose Between WordPress.org and WordPress.com
Here are some things to think about:
Customization: WordPress.com provides a limited amount of space and customization options.
Monetization and Advertisements: WordPress.com does not allow you to include advertisements of any kind. So if you’d like to have paid ads, or use Google Adsense, you will not be able to.
Knowledge: WordPress.org requires more technical knowledge than WordPress.com, but our WordPress team can help with that.
Future Requirements: If your blog becomes popular, switching to WordPress.org requires moving your blog and obtaining a new domain name and URL address.
Why We Recommend WordPress.org instead of WordPress.com
Both versions of WordPress provide a simple interface to allow even the most technically-challenged people to start blogs. However, use of self-hosted WordPress.org allows you to use your own domain, and to take advantage of the following:
- Custom WordPress Themes
- Search Engine Optimization
- Spam protection
- Integration with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn