I have been running my Website Creation Workshop program since 2008, and every single time I run an introductory webinar or teleseminar, this question comes up:

Which should I pick:  wordpress.com or wordpress.org?

org-vs-com-sidebysideI see how people get confused. Both services were created by the same company called Automattic and offer tools to create websites using the “WordPress” platform. Although their basic functions look the same, we strongly recommend WordPress.org.

However, there are some critical differences that you should know so that you can make the right choice for you when building a website.

WordPress.org (https://wordpress.org/)

  • wordpress-org-logoSoftware is free, you just need to get your own hosting service. (This is why WordPress.org is also called, “self-hosted WordPress.”)
  • You can get your own domain name from any domain registrar and use it for your website.
  • You have great control over what appears on your site, including ads and affiliate links.
  • There are countless themes available, both free and premium. You can also customize these themes to a much greater degree than WordPress.com themes.
  • And free and paid plugins are available, which helps you to make your site function the way you really want.
  • It makes a great eCommerce platform among many other purposes.
  • It integrates with most of the Internet tools/services out there.
  • You get the software from WordPress.org,  or install it in your webhosting account with one click. You have a lot of freedom with how you use the website.

WordPress.com (https://wordpress.com/)

If you are building a website for your business, I strongly recommend that you go through the WordPress.org route. You can do so much more with WordPress.org, and more importantly, the site can keep growing with you and your business with a self-hosted site.

Here are some web hosting companies that I have had experience with and can recommend:

bluehostlogoBlue Host Web Hosting Company

sitegroundlogo-250Hosting with Site Ground

HostGator-LogoHosting with Host Gator

Hosting with WP Engine