WordPress.org vs. WordPress.com…what’s the deal?

We get this question a lot: what is the difference between WordPress.org and WordPress.com, and which is the right one to use?

WordPress.org is the main repository for the WordPress platform.  From here, you can download the WordPress software and install it on a host, which enables you to host with whatever company you desire, as well as modify and customize it in any way you desire. This requires knowledge of how to set up a WordPress site, so it’s mainly utilized by developers.

WordPress.com is a hosted solution, meaning you can sign up and get a WordPress site without needing to know any of the technical knowledge.  This solution is geared towards those that want to get a WordPress site without having to hire a developer, especially those just looking to start a blog.  The caveat here is that you won’t be able to customize your site as much; WordPress.com does not allow custom themes to be installed (that includes any Drag n’ Drop frameworks), nor does it allow many plug-ins to be installed, either.

So…which should I use?

If you are not too technical but still wanting to get a basic WordPress site or blog going on your own, and you’re fine with choosing an “out of the box” theme, then WordPress.com is a great “turn-key” solution.  However, if you know you are going to want to go a more custom route, whether it is a custom theme or customizing an already existing theme then you’ll want to team up with a developer who will be able to download the software on WordPress.org and get you going on a self-hosted solution.

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