WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org
One of the most common questions we get from our clients and readers is which version of WordPress is best for them: the free WordPress.com version or the self-hosted WordPress.org version? There are many reasons why you might benefit from using one version over the other and it mainly comes down to your goals and what features you need to utilize.
Here’s a great video from the Montreal WordCamp that talks about the various differences and why one version might be better than the other for your website or blog:
For even more information on the differences, check out the official comparison page.
Quick summary of the two versions:
The free version of WordPress is a breeze to setup and requires no investment on your part. The hosting is provided free of charge, along with a URL to your blog. You can purchase upgrades if you wish which will allow you to use a custom domain, premium themes, as well as make CSS changes.
The self-hosted version of WordPress gives you the most flexibility. It requires a hosting account and domain name to get started, which you can find over on our WordPress resources page.
The biggest advantage to using the self-hosted version of WordPress is having complete control over your content, as well as WordPress installation. You are free to add your own plugins and themes, as well as have the ability to modify any of the code on your website.