Choosing between WordPress.com or WordPress.org?

There have been a number of people recently asking the question “What’s the difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org?”.

There’s a great explanation of this very subject on the Support section of WordPress.com WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org.

Still confused after reading the above – then consider these questions.

1. Are you looking for a quick and simple solution to add a conversational vehicle to an existing web presence with a limited budget and resources?

2. Do you want a straight forward interface to adding posts and managing user contributions?

3. You’re not really comfortable with terms like buying domain names, finding a web host provider, FTP, updating software or adding plugins.

If you answered yes to 2 or more of the above then WordPress.com is for you. Otherwise you should consider WordPress.org.

Most hosting services have control panel installations for a WordPress.org install and if you’re comfortable with number 3 above or you know someone that can help you through the process (like me… just kidding – see note below) then WordPress.org is for you.

This is a hosted WordPress.org blog and I have found that adding plugins, updating the code and adding features has been manageable. In fact I’ve started to post some of how I’ve accomplished these through the “My Social Media Journey” posts.

Seriously though if you see a feature I’m using and need someone to help you walk through the install I’d love to help out – no charge… honestly – my way of giving back to the community that has helped me so far.

– Peace

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Comments

  1. Thought that's what you meant. There are lots of purchase options for WordPress.com that I never investigated so that's why I asked.

  2. Thought that's what you meant. There are lots of purchase options for WordPress.com that I never investigated so that's why I asked.

  3. jasontrump says:

    Bruce,

    ooops. yes .ORG – The Download. Not the web based wordpress.example.com

  4. Jason, did you mean WordPress.org? Or is this one of the advanced purchase features of WordPress.com?

  5. jasontrump says:

    WordPress.com and the local install of the WP files is the way to go. Not just for control and flexibility, but for organic Search Engine Optimization as well. When used in conjunction with custom URL format (ie: permalink structures), being crawled and ranked is more likely to happen. And, it will happen faster.

    – my2cents.

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