WordPress .Com vs .org

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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.

WordPress.com Benefits

  • 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.
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