WordPress can easily seem a bit daunting and complicated if you’re absolutely new to the platform. It doesn’t have to be!
Here’s the first confusing hurdle:
.com or .org – and how do you know?
When you’re first getting started with your blog or business you might feel the need to test the waters first, test yourself even! Can you do this, will people read it, is it a passion of yours or just a fun plaything at the moment?
If you are just testing: Head over to WordPress.com.
WordPress.com is a platform that hosts your Website for you. You create an account and start from there.
If you are serious about your passion and want to turn this thing into your amazing life: Go to your own hosting.
That’s the difference. WordPress.org is something you install on your own domain. YOU download the application, you install it.
WordPress.com is “just” an account you log in to.
So what’s best?
You shouldn’t let WordPress decide whether or not you want to buy hosting. But there are differences between .org and .com when it comes to content and looks.
First of all, WordPress.com is free up until 3GB of storage. They will display ads on your site. But there are upgrades available where you can get a custom domain and remove ads.
You can NOT have a eCommerce store with WordPress.com. So if you want to sell – .org is for you!
You can not install any plugins. There are however some built in plugin-alikes.
UPDATE! If you are on a business plan with WordPress.com you can now use some plugins! Read more here!
.org (on YOUR domain) allows you to basically do whatever you want. You can sell ads, install plugins, you can do whatever you want with all the themes there is and you can create a membership site.
You do, however, need to pay for hosting and keep your site up to date.
Ok, so what IS best?
If you are serious – WordPress.org
If you’re testing the waters and playing around – WordPress.com.