When it comes to WordPress websites, there are two ways to go about getting such a website: One way is through setting up an account on WordPress.com, and the second way is through WordPress.org. Many people get confused and are unsure of which method to use. This article will briefly outline the differences between them, and attempt to give you a sense of direction so that you can make your decision correctly.
WordPress.com allows you to set up a free account, after which you can simply start blogging on your new WordPress website which is already all set up for you. Initially, you start off on a WordPress.com domain, meaning your website will look like this: YourWebsite.wordpress.com. You also start out with a limited package plan, which includes a limited amount of storage, themes, plugins etc. However, you can certainly upgrade, for a price, to a more advanced package, including not only more themes and storage space but also your own domain name (e.g. YourWebsite.com).
The advantages of this method are obvious: You don’t have to worry about purchasing hosting plans, your website’s security is all taken care of, backups are done automatically for you, and so are WordPress updates. The disadvantages, however, are not to be ignored: You are still limited in many areas, such as storage space, installing third-party plugins and custom designs, as well as in creating an advanced website for things such as eCommerce, which although possible at WordPress.com, certainly has its limitations.
WordPress.org, on the other hand, allows you to download for free the WordPress software, with opportunities to download premium themes etc for a price. You are then on your own, meaning you must find a hosting platform, purchase a domain name, install the WordPress software, and constantly be on top of your website’s security and WordPress updates.
However, you are free to do whatever you want with your WordPress website, and you can sign up for expanded storage space with your hosting company, install third-party plugins, and tweak and design your website however you would like.
So, WordPress.com is better for people who would rather have a more simple website and skip website maintenance hassles, while WordPress.org would probably be better for people who want more advanced websites and the freedom to do with it as they wish.