How to differentiate between WordPress.com and WordPress.org

Whether you’ve never heard of WordPress before, or you’re building an e-commerce website from the ground up, it’s important to take the time to understand how the two platforms differ. 

Here’s an in-depth overview to unpack what makes each database unique:

What’s WordPress.org

WordPress.org is where e-commerce business owners and bloggers find free WordPress software to allow them to create personal websites. Whether they’re hoping to start a new online journal or a shoppable platform for consumers, WordPress.org is the platform where you’re able to download and install the web servers to host a website of your own!  

What is WordPress.com?

On the other hand, WordPress.com will take care of your web hosting, making it so you don’t have to download software, pay for hosting, or manage a web server. However, as an e-commerce business owner or blogger, you will be required to create an account and pay for upgraded website features.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org? 

Both WordPress.org and WordPress.com possess pros and cons, depending on your needs. 

  • Those who’re not interested in paying for hosting, managing their server, or paying a web development company to handle the affairs for them will likely prefer WordPress.com. It’s free, easy to set up, and gives them lots of customizable options. 
  • The domain will include “WordPress.com” by default if they select the free option and will also not allow you to customize themes, plugins, or modify the PHP code. 
  • WordPress.org opens up more control and flexibility to your website, which also gives you added responsibility. This self-hosted version means that you have ownership of your domain name and you’re able to edit your code and have access to your site’s database. 
  • WordPress.org allows you to customize the functionality and design of your website and for those that don’t have any experience dealing with code, hire a professional web developer to handle the site improvements

The pros and cons of WordPress.com 

Pros: Easy to set up (no installation or servers), easy to customize, and 100% free. 

Cons: Paid upgrades for more advanced customization, no plugin uploads, and a limited number of themes that are free.

The pros and cons of WordPress.org 

Pros: Free to download, can upload custom plugins, can use any theme, unlimited, customizable potential, and complete control over your files and code. 

Cons: Have to pay for hosting, you have to install WordPress, you’re responsible for managing and maintaining your website, and server. 

Did the above information help you to determine which way to go about building an e-commerce website using WordPress? Drop a comment below if you need further clarification. 

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