WordPress.com vs WordPress.org

You want to launch a new site (yay!) or migrate it from a different platform and you’ve chosen WordPress as your CMS (Content Management System) of choice. 

However, if you’re unfamiliar with WordPress there’s one big (sometimes hard to spot!) question mark to clarify before getting started:

WordPress.com vs WordPress.org- which one should you opt for?

If this dilemma is keeping you up at night don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Here we’ve put up a quick guide to help you make a wise and informed WordPress choice:

STORAGE SPACE

WordPress.com: you will have 3GB of storage space for free – which isn’t really a lot. If you want more storage space you’ll have to pay an extra fee of $160 per year to get up to 100GB.

WordPress.org: as your site is self-hosted, you’ll have to pay a host-hosting fee of $4.95 per month but in return you’ll get a free domain and unlimited space. Winner!  

CUSTOMIZATION

WordPress.com: customization is its main limitation. You cannot use custom theme and custom plugins but you are left with the (quite limited) choices offered by WordPress.com. You can opt for a design upgrade paying a $30 yearly fee to get a wider choice of themes, but even in this scenario won’t be allowed to use plugins of your choice.  Plus, you will have no access to the HTML of your page’s <head> and <footer> nor to the PHP files, meaning that you can’t add CSS or JavaScript links to your site.

WordPress.org: you have total freedom to customize your site and choose among the hundreds of themes and plugins available (like Yoast SEO), which are the two best features of WordPress. You can also modify the core PHP and you’ll have access to your pages’ HTML.

GOOGLE ANALYTICS

WordPress.com: since you’re not allowed to add custom codes you cannot use a custom analytics software, like Google Analytics. Instead, you’re restricted to use WordPress.com’s analytics.

WordPress.org: as you can customize and edit your site as much as you want, you can easily set up the Google Analytics tracking code.

MONETIZATION

WordPress.com: you are not allowed to place ads on your site, making it impossible to earn money through affiliate links. However, WordPress.com reserves the right to place their own ads on your site unless you’re willing to pay a $30 per year for an ad-free upgrade.

WordPress.org: once again, you have complete control over your site, making it easy for you to place whatever ad you want on any page of your site. You can embed affiliate links, banner ads or anything else you prefer.

Overall, WordPress.org is a better choice if you’re planning on expanding your blog, turning it into a real business monetizing from it. The possibility to customize your site will also  help you to make it unique and allow you to imprint your personal mark on it!
Back to you! What is your opinion on WordPress.com vs WordPress.org? Let us know in the comments below!


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