WordPress.org vs WordPress.com – Which One You Need to Use In 2017?

When you are starting fresh in the blogging world, the very first question to occur in your mind is that should I go for a free blog or should I start a Self-hosted blog? You have both options from the best and the most popular website CMS WordPress. You can use Free WordPress.com or Self-Hosted WordPress.org. But which one should you choose? In this post, we will tell you the bright sides and the dark sides of both WordPress.com and WordPress.org. Assume which one is better, read the whole article, then decide which one’s better for you. We might end up having the same decision after we discuss the pros and cons of the both WordPress.com and WordPress.org.

WordPress.org vs WordPress.com

WORDPRESS.ORG VS WORDPRESS.COM – “SIDES: the bright and the dark”

WordPress.org Bright Sides

  • Easy to use and free of cost.
  • Manual plugin upload and installation are possible.
  • Total control unless contents and illegal.
  • Custom themes can be uploaded and preset themes can be modified.
  • Tracking and Custom Analytics are available.
  • Can be used for making money by posting ads and other contents.
  • External problems (ex. spam comments, spam logins etc) can be controlled by plugins.

WordPress.org Dark Sides

  • Updates have to be done manually. You can choose to update or use older versions of WordPress and Its plugins.
  • Backups have to kept manually with a help of backup plugins. Suggested plugin: UpdraftPlus.
  • Just like other CMS Blog has to be hosted on a hosting platform like Hostgator and Bluehost. The costs can start from $7.99 up to $15. Here is some Sale Offers From Different Web Hosting Platforms to lessen the cost to $3.00 up to $7.00. With the advertisement plan, you will be making more than it’ll cost you to host your blog. So nothing to worry

WordPress.com Bright Sides

  • Regular built-in backups
  • Free cloud space up to 3GB. When the 3GB is done, the payment will be $19.95 per year for 5GB or $289.97 per year for 100GB

WordPress.com Dark Sides

  • It’s full of ads. However, the CMS can be ad-free at $29.97 per year only if you decide not to let your users see them annoying ads.
  • The advertisement is only allowed after having 25,000 visitors per month. The advertisement approval is free, but you will have to share the generated revenue 50/50.
  • Plugin usage is unavailable unless upgraded to VIP program starting from $3750 per month.
  • Custom themes are not allowed. But you can change the colors of your site by paying $30 per year. That’s called CSS Upgrade.
  • Custom analytics software is denied.
  • The site can be deleted if any of its contents violate their terms of service.
  • Your theme might get changed if the founder doesn’t like the theme provider.
  • Even after paying for the upgrades, you will still have to brag about using WordPress.com.

WordPress.org vs WordPress.com – The better decision

If your blogging doesn’t really concern about earning money, if you just want to use it for your personal activities, then you can go with WordPress.com. But if you are trying to monetize your blog, create a career out of it, then you should go for WordPress.org. Though it will cost you money, the chances you have of earning will let you earn up to 100 times more money!

Now, let’s just compare the pricing. Suppose you’re not upgrading to VIP and using WordPress.com. You can buy their custom domain with $17 per year, get the ad-free option with $29.97 per year and get the custom CSS upgrade to choose your own color at $30 per year. Total cost will be $76.97 per year, but still, you won’t have total control of your website.

Now for WordPress.org, you can get your hosting from BLUEHOST (who provide free domain name), which will cost $3.95 per month (Now at $2.75 per month- $33 per year), that makes $47.40 per year. If you wish to go with Other Web Hosting Platformsthey might not provide free domain, so you have to buy a domain just at $0.99 from GoDaddy. The total cost would be $57.40 and you will have total control of your website. Sounds convenient right? Check How to Start a WordPress blog in 15 Minutes to get the step by step procedure. Or else you can go with Hostgator, read – How to Start a WordPress Site On Hostgator.

Our Recommendation?

Undeniably WordPress.org is our recommendation. Why? because it’s cheaper than WordPress.com and you will have total control of your blog. If you agree with us, then reading the following posts will help you :

  1. How To Install a WordPress Theme
  2. How to Install a WordPress Theme

I hope you liked all the information that we have provided. Thanks for reading. We’ll be very happy if you spend some time sharing our post. If you face any problems, comment and tell us what difficulties you are facing. We’ll reply as soon as possible.

Nishat Mahmud

Founder of BloggerTracks.com I am a full-time blogger. I am always up for helping newcomers to choose the right stuff for their blogs and to set up perfectly. I wish to lead people on the track of Blogging World.

  • Rabz Haq says:

    Thank you for the information.
    good luck.

  • tinkaragolob says:

    Interesting post. Thank you for that!

    • Nishat Mahmud says:

      It’s my pleasure mate. 🙂

  • Ruth says:

    Good to know! I’m terrible with the technical side of my blog. It involves a lot of hair pulling, googling and calling my brother who knows how it all works!!!

    • Nishat Mahmud says:

      Thanks for reading. 🙂

  • Very informative post! Good to know more about technical side of blogging!

    • Nishat Mahmud says:

      Thanks mate. 🙂

  • Thank you for sharing this. I need a lot of technical help when it comes to blogging.

    • Nishat Mahmud says:

      It’s my pleasure. 🙂

  • missfliss666 says:

    Always good to know -wish this had been posted before I started my wordpress blog!!

    • Nishat Mahmud says:

      Thanks for reading. And carry on. 🙂

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