WordPress.Com vs. WordPress.Org
Now that you understand a little more about WordPress, you need to be aware of the two major types of WordPress sites.
First, WordPress.com is the hosted option. Essentially, this means you can have a website for free on WordPress. The downside to having a free account on WordPress.com is your website includes the words WordPress.Com in the URL.
For example, if you set up a site on WordPress.Com site the URL reads:
The only way to remove this is by using WordPress.Org, which we discuss below.
Additionally, you have fewer options to make changes on the WordPress.Com side. For example, if you want to add a theme you have to buy one of the premium themes. Only the Jetpack plugin and a few select WordPress plugins are available on WordPress.Com.
For business purposes, this makes using WordPress.Com not helpful. That is why this guide focuses on using WordPress.Org for your website.
Second, WordPress.org is the self-hosted option. The benefits of using WordPress are as follows:
- Create a website without WordPress.Com in the URL.
- Access to hundreds of free themes
- Access to the 30,000 plugins on WordPress.
Using WordPress.org allows users to have full access to the wide range of options WordPress provides for websites.