Did you know that there are 2 WordPress’s?
It’s true! WordPress dot org AND WordPress dot com. They are 2 completely different beasts.
Well, not completely different. WordPress dot com is owned by the people who started WordPress dot org.
But WordPress dot org is an open-source software that anyone can take and make work however they want. While WordPress dot com is a software-as-a-service company that is very similar to other website builders, like Squarespace, Wix, Weebly, etc.
Today’s post compares WordPress dot org and WordPress dot com. Yes, there is a difference.
Go ahead and watch the embedded video to see how they compare. (The bullet points below are a very quick version of what the video goes into.) I’ve included a transcript of the video below it, in case you don’t have the ability to watch the video. Or you just don’t feel like it.
This is the 2nd in a 4-part series. In this series of posts over the next few weeks, we are going to go over the best website builders to choose, depending on your needs and technology comfort level. By the end, you are going to know exactly which one to choose and how to get started with it.
Reasons to use WordPress.org over WordPress.com
- More expensive to get the same options
- Less options to choose from
- No outside plugins
- No advertising
(At the bottom of this post, you will find a full transcript of the video. This was previously recorded on Facebook Live. If you want to catch more videos when they are live, go to my Facebook Page and give it a like. You will get notifications when I am live.)
Full Transcript of Video
Hi, and thanks for watching. My name is Tia Hain, also known as Creator Tia. Today we are going over the second part in the best DIY website builders series.
If you would like to go back and watch the first part, I talk about WordPress.org and how to get hosting for it. How it is one of the best ones that you can use. I will continue on in the series as it goes along and talk about other sources that you can use such as Squarespace.
Today we’re going to talk about WordPress.org vs. WordPress.com and the differences. There are differences. It’s very important to know those differences.
Let me introduce myself, and then we will get into the material. I’m Creator Tia. My business is Clever Creators. I empower entrepreneurs to easily and painlessly DIY their websites and online business technology so they can go from overwhelmed to overjoyed. I am your personal tech support.
WordPress.org vs. WordPress.com
WordPress.com is an all encompassing website builder such as Wix or Weebly or any of those services. You have the hosting, everything is all there within one space. While this may sound like a wonderful solution, it has a lot of drawbacks.
If you’re going to be choosing WordPress, you’re probably going to want to go with WordPress.org. One of the reasons is WordPress.com is going to be more expensive in the long run. While it seems like it’s free to start off with, if you’re using just the free service, then you’re using a subdomain. You don’t even have a dedicated URL. It’s basically like “yourdomain.WordPress.com.”
One of the things you really want is a special, dedicated URL for your business. You want to seem like you’re a legitimate business, not just a part-time blogger, which is usually what that says if you use that type of URL with the subdomain. Once you do that, that means you’re already getting up in price. I believe the basic one for WordPress.com is $6 a month. You’re paying at least $6 a month to start with. At this point, WordPress.org itself is free. You’re only paying for hosting.
The hosting I went over yesterday. Two of the hosts that I like are SiteGround and BlueHost. If you’re going to choose the WordPress.org route, I would suggest watching the video, the first one, in this series, where I go over that. Even starting off with SiteGround or BlueHost, you’re starting at … They always have specials going for $3.95 a month. Already, you’re paying more if you’re going with WordPress.com. That’s just to get the dedicated URL.
If you want anything more such as the flexibility that you get with WordPress.org, you’re going to have to pay even more.
With WordPress.com, you only get colored themes. This is for the $6-a-month one. You’ll only get certain colored themes that you can choose, certain fonts that you can choose, and certain backgrounds that you can choose. You can’t make it specific to your brand, which if you are running a legitimate business, you want it specific to your brand. You don’t have that capability unless you go up to at least the premium, at which now you’re paying $8.25 a month.
The other thing is you have a limited amount of themes. If you want unlimited themes, then you’re going to be paying even more. You’re going to at least the $8.25 per month, if not the business one which is the $24.92 per month.
And then there’s eCommerce. If you want to do any type of eCommerce, you’re going to be going up to at least the $24.92 per month, which is the business one. On WordPress.org, you can get free plugins such as WooCommerce or even use something like Shopify, you’re not paying that extra for it.
Also … No outside plugins. There are tons and tons of outside plugins, which is a good thing and a bad thing. (But that’s another video for another day.) You don’t have the ability to bring in outside plugins. If you find a plugin that you want to use, you can’t bring it into WordPress.com. You have the ability to do that and use those plugins in WordPress.org.
WordPress.com does have certain plugin-type things that you can use, but you can only use their limited amount. You don’t have many choices when it comes to that.
And if you want to show any ads on your blog or your website, if that’s a way that you choose to have your income, you can’t do that unless you move up to at least the business. Once again, you’re actually …. I don’t even know if you can do that for the business one. I think you might have work up to an even higher premium one. That’s out right there, too.
The one good thing about WordPress.com is you do get traffic and referrals of traffic. You get within their system that shows your blogs to other people within the WordPress.com system.
As a friend of mine will attest to, that is how she had her blog for a while, and when she decided to move over to WordPress.org, she lost all that traffic. It was all within the WordPress.com system. Once she wanted to upgrade her site and have more control over it, she lost all those people.
The only way to keep those people and that traffic coming in is to get those emails. If you are going to choose the WordPress.com way, and you’re going to enjoy that traffic that they give you, you need to be collecting those emails. If you move to anything else, it’s gone.
That’s the difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org. Once again, I go over a little bit how to actually set up your WordPress.org in the first video. If you’re interested in that, please check out the first video in this series.
If you’re using WordPress.org, the only thing you’re paying for is the hosting. That’s where you layout $3.95 a month. That’s pretty good to start. Everything else I show you how to use things for free to get your business up and off the ground. Then once you’re making money, you can get into the more expensive paid services. Thank you for joining me. I hope this was helpful. I will see you all later.
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