Hi there, glad to meet you in another post. Firstly, this is my new blog and website which I plan to maintain as my online portfolio. I got it set up recently. It is built on WordPress. It took almost 3 hours to completely set this up. I believe WordPress is a great tool for building static websites and also provides the best CMS. While I was setting things up, I found out that there is a confusion between WordPress.com vs WordPress.org in the community.
Before getting into the details, you should know there are two types of WordPress sites. One is the wordpress.com and the other is wordpress.org. Firstly there is WordPress.com which is hosted and maintained by WordPress itself and it is easy for beginners and non-technical people. On the other hand, there is WordPress.org which is an opensource software that is used to build and maintain websites which gives you full control and flexibility over it.
I came to know about the differences because I maintain two websites one on each platform. The two sites that I maintain are listed below and hence I’m aware of the pros and cons of both the platforms.
WordPress.com vs worpress.org – Which is better? Which is cheap? Which is easy?
Following is a table that contains the feature comparison of both the platforms.
|Hosting||Default WordPress Hosting||Should be hosted separately|
|File access||Available only on select plans||You are the one in control|
|CSS Customisations||Available only on select plans||Everything is under your control|
|Premium themes||Available only on select plans||Unlimited themes|
|Connection to wordpress.com||Built in by default||Needs a plugin called Jetpack|
|Plugins||Available only on select plans||Any plugin can be installed|
|Earnings||WordAds – Available only on select plans||Can integrate any ad Network|
|Technical Knowledge||Not needed||Little bit required for custom hosting and setting up|
|Conclusion||Easy to get started, best for beginners and bloggers but the pricing is a bit high if you want to get the most out of it.||Initial setup is bit hard, best for developers, businesses etc. The pricing is affordable and offers full flexibility and control over the site.|
In conclusion, I hope this post might have cleared your doubts a little bit. Meanwhile, I would say that the cheap one would be the WordPress.org platform if you are able to find a hosting provider that is cheap. I’m also up for suggestions and views, the comment section is open.