Ofen new bloggers make the mistake of choosing the right blogging platform. They don’t actually know the difference between WordPress.com and wordpress.org.
And you don’t want to make the mistake of choosing the wrong platform. Isn’t it?
I am sure you have heard of WordPress already.
But do you know which one will be better suited for you to be able to build a successful blog?
This article will show you the differences between them so that you can make a better choice.
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If you want to build a self-hosted blog, then the best option will be to use wordpress.org to create and manage your content.
Worpress.org is open-source, which is free to use.
But you will require a domain name and hosting. This is why its referred to as Self-hosted.
Also, Bluehost will install your WordPress automatically during the sign-up process, and your blog will be ready.
That being said, lets now list some reason why wordpress.org will be the right choice.
Advantages of wordpress.org
When using wordpress.org, you will have full control over your blog and do whatever you want to with your blog.
No restriction, baby
So why should you choose wordpress.org?
- The WordPress software is free and easy to use since its an open-source.
- All your data and content will be yours. You don’t need to worry about terms and services issues.
- There are thousands of free and paid themes available for you to customize your blog the way you want.
- You can use any type of free or paid plugins with your blog.
- You can monetize your blog by running the types of ads that you want.
- There are no restrictions on the amount of money you can earn.
- You can collect email and send newsletters to your readers.
- Your readers will value you more when you have your own domain name.
- You can use your WordPress to create an online store and sell products. You can also add payment methods and delivery options to your website. Basically, you can do almost everything.
- You can create a membership site or build an online community.
Disadvantages of wordpress.org
There are not many disadvantages while using wordpress.org. Some of them are:
- The most significant disadvantage is that you will have to pay for hosting. Usually, the hosting will cost you between $7-$10 per month.
- You will have to manage your WordPress all by yourself. What I mean is that you will have to update your themes, plugins, and WordPress manually. But you can also automate that if you want. I have a blog post that will help you set up your WordPress for automatic updates, better security, and performance for free.
The real cost of your website will vary depending on the type of website you are creating.
The price for a low budget blog will not be the same for an e-commerce website, for example. The other factors that will affect the cost are whether you will use free themes or premium themes, free plugins or paid plugins, etc.
If you want to build a blog and transform it into a part-time business, I suggest you start by creating a basic blog.
In short, if you want to start a blog, a self-hosted website is the best way to go.
Now, let’s see what wordpress.com can offer you.
WordPress.com is a hosting created by the co-founder of WordPress. Since it is the same platform, usually, new bloggers get confused.
WordPress.com offers both free and paid hosting services.
When you create an account in the free version, your files will be hosted on the wordpress.com server. It means you won’t need to pay for hosting.
The free version is usually better for hobby bloggers and is not serious about creating a passive income for their blog.
Plans that are available in wordpress.com
WordPress.com offers 6 plans:
- Free plan-very limited options
- Personal plan-$4 per month
- Premium plan- $8 per month
- Business plan-$25 per month
- E-commerce-$45 per month
- VIP plan-$ 1,700 per month
Advantages of using wordpress.com
- You get free storage up to 3GB. If you want more storage, you will have to upgrade to other plans.
- There is no need for you to update or back up your blog.Wordpress.com will do that for you.
Disadvantages of using wordpress.com
- When you use the free version, wordpress.com will place ads on your website, and the funny thing is that you don’t even earn a dim with those ads.
- You are not allowed to sell any type of ads on your website.
- If you are getting good traffic and want to monetize the blog, you will have to upgrade to their premium or business plan. Then you will have to apply for their own ads program, which is called WordAds. The weird thing is that you will have to share your revenue with them.
- You are not allowed to upload any plugin. If ever you want to use some compatible plugins, you will have to upgrade and use the business plan.
- You are not allowed to upload themes. If you are using the free version, you will only get a few themes to choose from. You will have to upgrade to premium and business plans to have more theme options.
- Your WordPress blog will come with a branded wordpress.com domain. For example, viableblog.wordpress.com.
- If ever you violate their terms of service, they can delete your site entirely without you having a backup.
- You cannot build a membership website with wordpress.com.
- If you want an e-commerce website, you will have to select the e-commerce plan, which is $45 per month.
Based on these facts, you can see that you won’t have full control over your blog. To be able to use some more advanced features, you will have to upgrade your account, which at the end will cost you much more than a self-hosted website.
Maybe you think that you will start with the free version and move to a wordpress.org later.
Well, let me clarify certain things for you.
First, when opting for the free version, you won’t have your own domain name. If, after some time, you decide to move to wordpress.org, will the domain name you want be still available for you?
Second, transferring your website will take time, and it will not be easy. Will you be ready to deal with that later?
Think long term when you are choosing your blogging platform.
Final thoughts: WordPress.com vs. wordpress.org
So what do you want to achieve with your blog?
You want to be just a hobby blogger, or you are more serious about blogging and want to make a full-time income with your blog.
If you are more serious about blogging, then a self-hosted blog will be perfect for you. You will have full control over your blog, and you will be able to install plugins and themes.
Therefore, you can start with wordpress.org and use Bluehost as your hosting provider for merely $3.95 per month.
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