WordPress.com vs WordPress.org: What’s The Difference?

Since the dawn of time, there’s been confusion regarding the difference between WordPress.com vs WordPress.org. This confusion is well-warranted because, well, the names are almost exactly the same.

What’s the difference between the two? And which one should you use for your website?

We’re going to take things much more in-depth later in the post. But let’s start with the big reveal:

  • WordPress.org, AKA self-hosted WordPress, is the actual open source WordPress software that anyone can download and use however they want. You need to purchase your own web host, domain name, and have full control over everything.
  • WordPress.com is one specific “website as a service” implementation built on the WordPress.org software. WordPress.com hosts your site and handles everything for you, but at the expense of some flexibility.

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