Did you know that WordPress.com and WordPress.org are different platforms? Often beginners choose wordpress.com not knowing that they may be choosing the wrong platform.

Let’s look over the key differences between WordPress.com vs WordPress.org, so you can choose the right platform for your needs.

Wordpress.org vs WordPress.org

WordPress.org vs WordPress.com

  • WordPress.org is customizable, WordPress.com is less so.
  • WordPress.org is self-hosted, WordPress.com is not.

With WordPress.org, you have full control of your website. You are free to do anything you want and customize it. Here are some of the benefits of choosing WordPress.org to build your website, and the reason why it is my choice.

  • It is free and easy to use.
  • You own your website and all its data. So that means it will never be shut down because you didn’t follow terms of service. You can customize it by adding plugins to your website.
  • You can create custom designs and modify anything that you want.
  • You can bring in revenue by running your own ads
  • You can create and customize to sell digital or physical products, accept credit card payments, and deliver/ship the goods directly from your website.
  • You can create membership sites with premium content or courses

You own the content on WordPress.org but not on WordPress.com

With WordPress.com you don’t own the content nor the blog you’re posting on. WordPress owns it, thus they can shut it down whenever they want to.

That’s the main reason it’s free.

On a self-hosted WordPress, you’ll own your content and you can even sell it as a website/blog without any permissions.

You can place ads and even monetize your blog – you can’t do that on a free WordPress platform.

In my opinion, WordPress.org is the best choice because of the extent of the customization you can do.