WordPress.com vs WordPress.org – Which is Right for Me?

In this post we’re going to show you whether you should choose WordPress.com or WordPress.org. Rather than inundating you with a bunch of technical jargon that isn’t helpful and leaves you more confused than when you arrived here. We’re going to offer another way to look at things, and describe how each platform serves real people in real world scenarios.

 

We talk with hundreds of people every single month about their WordPress websites. Frankly, some people who should be self-hosting their websites are on WordPress.com, and vice versa. We want to make sure everyone has the right solution for their needs, so let’s break it down, shall we?

WordPress.com vs WordPress.org

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The question of WordPress.com vs WordPress.org is one that’s been around almost as long as WordPress itself. Unfortunately the lines have become even more blurred of late with the introduction and evolution of the Jetpack plugin, but we’ll address that a bit more later in this post.

The questions we hear the most are how do I choose between WordPress.org and WordPress.com? What’s the difference, exactly? What are the financial implications of my choice? Which one is “easiest”?

These are all great questions but they can get a little bit complicated. We don’t want to take you down that rabbit hole, so think about this another way. Have you ever wondered whether you should lease or purchase a car? If you have, maybe you asked yourself some of these questions to help make your decision:

  • Do I need unlimited mileage?
  • Do I want to be responsible for oil changes and tuneups?
  • Do I want to be able to change things with the car, or do I just need something to get around in?

When deciding between WordPress.com vs WordPress.org, you should ask yourself some similar questions:

  • How far do I need this website to take me?
  • Do I want to be responsible for updates, backups, and security?
  • How much control do I want over how my site looks?