WordPress is a publishing platform that makes it easy for anyone to publish article online but some beginners often get confused between the differences WordPress.org and wordpress.com. The simple answer is one is limited and the other is not. In table below i will show you what make two of them are different one to another.


WordPress.org

WordPress.com

Full Theme Support
You can use custom/commercial/free theme also can modify, customize or do anything you want for your site.
Limited Theme Support
You are limited to free themes that exist in WordPress theme repository also you cannot modify the CSS or codes within the theme.
All Plugin allowed
You can add any feature or functionality that you wish for your site, such as adding an online store features.
No Plugin allowed
You are not allowed to upload any custom plugin.
Ongoing Maintenance
You will be responsible for your site updates, optimization, spam control, and backup.
No maintenance
You don’t have to worry at all. Because WordPress.com takes care of everything from updates to backups and more.
Monetization Freedom
You can make money from your site by running advertisement, banner, affiliate links, and anything else you wish.
Limited Monetization
You are NOT allowed to sell ads on your site unless you have 25.000 pageviews /month. In which case you have to apply to try the feature called ad Control.
Regular Expense
You have to pay for your web hosting plan $3.49 per month ( for high traffic site, the cost of hosting can get expensive) and domain registration fee $10.69 per year.
No Expense for Hosting
Wordpress.com offer FREE up to 3 GB of storage space.
You can purchase your domain registration fee $10.69 per year if you don’t want a sub domain.

What’s your choice?

WordPress.org

  • I want to setup an on-line store
  • I want to upload custom themes and plugins.
  • I need lots of space for videos and/or photos
  • I need a site for a small business that i can scale

WordPress.com

  • I don’t want to maintain my site
  • I’m new to blogging and just want to try wordpress.

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