WordPress.org or WordPress.com? Which one should we use? I use to call this the “WordPress dilemma”.
If you decided to use WordPress for your website but you are now facing the above dilemma, don’t worry. You are not alone!
Continuing to speak about WordPress, I would like to explore the difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org. And maybe understand which one is the best to use for a small business web site.
At first, there is no right or wrong WordPress.
WordPress is an open source blogging software and you can download it at WordPress.org. There you can find free downloads of WordPress files, themes, plug-ins, and most importantly step-by-step instructions for installing and configuring WordPress on your own hosting provider.
Otherwise, WordPress.com provides an easy solution to get a blog or website online. You can simply sign up and create a free WordPress blog immediately. Indeed, WordPress.com is a multi-user version of WordPress that hosts thousands of blogs and websites.
So both seem to be great solutions, don’t they?
WordPress.org provides the advantage of installing any of the WordPress templates available and customizing your own site so that it will look different from other blogs. This means:
- complete control over the look and feel of your site
- install any WordPress plug-in to extend the functionality of your site.
The downside is that, in order to use WordPress.org, you need:
- a hosting provider that allows you to have MySQL databases and FTP access
- a basic knowledge of how to use FTP to transfer files, create a MySQL database, and edit configuration files.
- To be able to manage your own backups. (Or simply use a free plugin for that.)
WordPress.com is the easiest way to start with a simple blog or website. That means:
- hosting is free
- you need to just pick a theme from list of available ones and go online
The downside is that:
- you cannot upload your own themes
- cannot customize a theme directly
- cannot install plug-ins to extend the functionality of the site
- sometimes ads appear on your site
That’s all. It’s time to make your decision and put online your website!