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Difference Between
wordpress.com vs wordpress.org

Free Vs Paid

Using the wordpress.com hosted service – FREE (e-mail)

WordPress.com is what’s known as a “hosted” solution, meaning a lot of the heavy lifting of installing and configuring the software has been taken care of for you. You don’t need to worry about paying for hosting, running a web server, or downloading software updates. You cannot install themes and plug-ins, run ads, or edit the database.

Self-hosting with wodpress.org – PAID (Web Server & Domain)

Download and install the WordPress Software yourself from WordPress.org. The advantage is that you have more control over the appearance and functionality of the way your site is run.

WordPress.org and WordPress.com Features Comparison
Features                                             WORDPRESS.ORG        WORDPRESS.COM
Cost                                                                       Free                                      Free
Requires hosting                                              Yes                                        No
Requires download                                         Yes                                        No
Requires setup/installation                          Yes                                        No
Ability to install your own templates         Yes                                        No
Ability to use sidebar widgets                      Yes                                        Yes
Ability to install plug-ins                                 Yes                                       No
Ability to set up multiple blogs                    No                                       Yes
with one account
Customizable style sheets                             Yes                                  $15/year