Differences between WordPress.com and WordPress.org
You are looking for a platform to build your website and most people have suggested WordPress. And yes WordPress is the most popular website platform. But wait, there are two types of WordPress - WordPress.com and WordPress.org.
How is one different from the other? How do you decide which one to pick?
I have tried both of them and I can tell you that WordPress.com can be really frustrating if you want more features on a tight budget.
Let's get to the main differences between the two.
WordPress.com Vs WordPress.org
Free up to 3GB of storage
limited themes (you cannot use custom themes)
you need to upgrade for more features (custom domain, eCommerce, and other features)
you cannot install plugins (plugins add functionality)
maintenance not required
you need to pay for hosting
you can use custom themes
you can install plugins
full control over the website
website maintenance is your responsibility
you are in charge of the security of your website
How to get started with Self-hosted WordPress in a few steps
Register your domain name e.g. www.abc. com. NameCheap is my go-to for domain registration because it is affordable and their customer support is great.
Choose a web host. This is where your website will live. Siteground and Bluehost are the most popular hosting service providers .
Choose a theme (website look).
How to get started with WordPress. com
Go to WordPress.com and get started. Pick website layout.
Choose your blog or website name and domain
Pick a plan (Free, Personal, Premium and Business)
Create your account
So, which platform should you go for? That depends entirely on your needs.
Do you want to monetize your blog or website?
Is it a hobby blog?
Do you want full control over the design or other functionalities?
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