WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org

If you’re just getting started with WordPress, there are a few important things to know. First up, you’ll need to know the difference between WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org.

The difference between WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org can be a little confusing if you are new to using WordPress.

  • WordPress.com is the hosted version of WordPress, where you can create a WordPress.com account to make a blog or website.
    • By default, your website’s URL or domain will include the word “WordPress,” like myblog.wordpress.com.
    • Paid upgrades include a custom domain, Google Analytics integration, more storage space, the ability to add your own plugins and themes and more.
    • WordPress.com is owned by Automattic, a company founded by one of the original WordPress creators, Matt Mullenweg.
  • WordPress.org is where you can download the WordPress software to install on your own server or web hosting account.
    • The WordPress software is open-source, so it is free to download and use.
    • To use the WordPress.org version of WordPress, you’ll need to have a domain name and web hosting, purchased from another reputable company like Liquidweb.
    • Most web hosts offer a WordPress “quick install” or done-for-you installations of WordPress to help you get started if you don’t want to install WordPress yourself.
    • WordPress.org is the non-profit foundation of Automattic.

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