I get questioned about this all the time! As you guys probably already noticed, my WordPress Themes are made to be used on self-hosted WordPress.org blogs only. Now it might come as a surprise to many of you, but WordPress.org and WordPress.com are 2 completely different platforms even tho they have the same name and similar structure. In this post I’m going to show you the differences between the two and hopefully this will help you decide whichever is best for your blog, Let’s go:
WordPress.com is a blog web hosting service provider owned by Automattic, and powered by the open source WordPress software. This website provides free blog hosting for registered users and is financially supported via paid upgrades, “VIP” services and advertising.
• FREE for upto 3GB of space. After that you will have to pay for space ($19.95 per year for 5GB) or ($289.97 per year for 100GB).
• You get regular back ups.
• Free domain with .wordpress.com ending.
• You cannot utilise ads to earn money from your free WordPress blog.
• You cannot use custom designed themes. WordPress.com simply does not allow to upload designer themes bought online.
• Plugins are not allowed on the free version of WordPress which makes it pretty limited.
• WordPress.com does not allow you to modify the php source code. This is a major limitation if you ever need to customize your theme.
Wordpres.org has grown to be the largest self-hosted blogging tool in the world, used on millions of sites and seen by tens of millions of people every day. WordPress is completely customizable and can be used for almost anything.
• The platform itself is free. You only pay for your hosting + domain, but you have quite a few hosting companies to choose from. My current favourite is Siteground. Their customer service is the best. I never had to wait for longer than a minute to get a response via LIVE chat. They also offer FREE WordPress Transfer if you get one of their hosting packages. Read: How to Create a Self-Hosted WordPress.org blog in 5 minutes?
• You have complete control over your content, database, ads control, file hosting and domains.
• Unlimited plugins that can include some awesome functionality into your blog.
• Plenty of custom designer themes to choose from. All of my Responsive WordPress Themes are made to support WordPress.org blog only.
• Sorting our your hosting+domain can look a bit difficult at first, but in reality you can start your WordPress.org blog in less than a day with no effort.
• I can’t really think about anything else. I’m in love with WordPress.org after using Blogger, Squarespace, Tumblr & WordPress.com I can surely state that it’s the best platform out there.
I hope this guide was helpful, friends!
Let me know which platform you’d choose for your blog!