WordPress.com is a hosting platform that makes it easy for anyone to publish online. You don’t have to download software, pay for hosting, or manage a web server. WordPress.com has hundreds of themes, and includes the functionality of many plugins, but you can’t upload your own plugins or themes.
- It’s free and super easy to set up
- All of the technical maintenance work is taken care of — Setup, upgrades, spam, backups, security, etc.
- Your blog is on hundreds of servers, so it’ll always remain available, even under high traffic.
- Your content is backed up automatically.
- You’ll get extra traffic from being a part of the WordPress.com community.
- You can find like-minded bloggers using search and the reader.
- Your dashboard is secure (SSL) making it even safer to log in on shared networks.
WordPress.org offers free software that you can install on a web server. You can upload and install themes and plugins, run ads, and edit the database.
WordPress.org (self-hosted) Benefits
- Ability to upload custom themes.
- Ability to upload plugins.
- Complete control to change code if you’re technically minded.