Difference between Self Hosted WordPress.org Vs Free WordPress.com
When you are about to start with blogging, obviously you will come up with WordPress, as this is the number 1 platform for Blogging. But, which one will you choose? Self-Hosted WordPress.org or WordPress.com? Many newbie bloggers come up with this confusion. Today, I am going to give you an overview on pros and cons of both WordPress.com and WordPress.org, then you will be able to choose which one is perfect for your needs.
Here are the pros of WordPress.org:-
- It’s free to download and can be installed in your own domain.
- You will have full access to your data and no one can alter your data except you. Your site will not get affected if someone thinks that it is against with their terms of service and no one can turn off your site except you.
- You can install plugins in your WordPress.
- You can install custom themes to your WordPress.
- You can make money from your WordPress by placing ads in your WordPress website.
- You can install and setup tracking in your WordPress website.
Here are the cons of WordPress.org:-
- You will not get free hosting with WordPress.org, you will have to buy your own hosting which comes at very cheap starting from $3 from major hosts like godaddy.com, bluehost.com and siteground.com.
- You have to install your own updates for your WordPress.org, which is pretty easy to do so with just 1 click.
- You have to do your own backups for you website, of course there are plenty of plugins to schedule automatic backups for your website.
- You are responsible to avoid spam to your blog, and of course, if you enable Akismet in your WordPress, you can block most of the spam to your blog.
Here are the pros of WordPress.com:-
- You will get free webhosting up to 3GB of space with WordPress.com, after that 3 GB, you will have to pay extra for more space by choosing different packages basing on your needs.
- Your site will be automatically backed up by WordPress.com, so you don’t need to worry about backups anymore.
Here are the cons of WordPress.com:-
- Even though you bought your own custom domain, you still have to pay extra to redirect it to your WordPress.com. With free plan, you only have to use their WordPress.com sub-domain.
- They will place ads on all websites which are created using WordPress.com. If you don’t want your visitors to see their ads, then you have to purchase ads free plans from WordPress.com.
- You are not allowed to place ads on your website unless you receive 25000 page views monthly. Even though, if you do get 25000 page views monthly, you will have to apply to their ad control and the revenue you generated through the ads will be shared 50-50 between you and WordPress.com. So, your 50% hard earned money will be taken by WordPress.com or else simply buy ads free plan from one of their plans.
- You cannot install plugins in WordPress.com. But, WordPress is known for its plugins, if you really want to install plugins, then you have to buy their VIP program which starts at $5000 per month.
- You cannot install custom themes also. You only be allowed to choose themes of their choice which are being used by millions of people. If you really want to install a theme of your choice, which you cannot do so, but if you purchase their bigger plans, at least you will be allowed to customize the CSS or can able to choose premium themes which are available in their website.
- You cannot install custom tracking, but however if you want a custom tracking like Google Analytics, then you have to purchase their business plan which comes with a Google Analytics plugin and that’s it, if you want to add custom tracking code, you cannot do so.
- Your site can be deleted by them at anytime, if they think you violates their terms of service.
- Even if you paid for their upgradations, you still have to tell people that your site is “Powered by WordPress.com”
So, finally which is better? WordPress.com? Or self-hosted WordPress from WordPress.org?
My opinion is that, if you are a personal blogger and don’t mind earning money from your blog, then, WordPress.com is better for you. Whereas, if you are a professional blogger and wanted to make a career of it, then you should seriously consider getting a self-hosted WordPress. You don’t need to worry about the costs, even if you compare costs with WordPress.com, self-hosted WordPress is the better choice, as you can get hosting for as low as $3/mo and a free domain name if you buy it yearly.
Here are some of the cheap web hosting providers.
And here is the guide on how to install WordPress and further, here is the guide on how to install plugins in WordPress.
I highly recommend people to use WordPress.org, but the final choice is yours.