WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org – A Guide For Business Owners

Oct 4, 2021 | Marketing

WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org

Every business owner with who owns a website or who has ever though of owning a website has heard of WordPress. For many people, the first place to start when learning about this popular website builder would be to go to Google, or right to WordPress.com. If you have just started your research and understanding of WordPress, you may land on WordPress.com and think that this the place to go to build your new website.

But is this really where you need to be? The answer is, NO! Do you need to pay for WordPress? The answer is, once again, NO!

WordPress.com is hosting solution that includes a pre installed WordPress CMS with many limitations. Despite the sharing the same name apart from the domain TLD (.com/.org) WordPress.com and WordPress.org are NOT RELATED. WordPress.org is the real WordPress website, they do not sell hosting and they offer the latest version of WordPress available for free download. You might notice that the .org website does not mention the .com website, instead they recommend other hosting providers.

What is WordPress?

WordPress is a free, open-source content management system (CMS) that allows anyone to build a website or a blog. Currently there are more than 455 million sites built with WordPress and that number is growing every minute! It is easy to see why WordPress is the most popular content management system for building a website. Open source, easy to learn, and there are literally millions of people around the world with WordPress skills so finding someone to maintain or upgrade your website is easy.

Do you have to pay to use WordPress?

WordPress.org is the original version of the world’s most popular content management system. It is free to use, but you have to download the software, install it, and maintain it. It is an open source project. With WordPress.com, you can use their premium version of WordPress which includes upgrades, support, and more. They do charge for this premium service, so you are basically paying for hosting with WordPress.com.

The main distinction between WordPress.com and WordPress.org that WordPress.org is. With WordPress.org, you host your own site (we recommend this). With WordPress.com, on the other hand, it’s WordPress.com that takes care of all of this for you (easier to start, less freedom).

Now downloading, installing and updating open-source software might sound difficult, but it is really not that hard. I’ll explain how below.

Using Softaculous to Install and Manage WordPress Installations

Softaculous is a free application installer that automates setting up various management systems. In this case, it will install WordPress and its database after just a few pieces of information from yourself. In order to install Softaculous on your server, you’ll need to login to your server’s control panel. Once you’re logged in, go to ‘Applications’ and then click on ‘Install’. In the textbox that appears, type in ‘WordPress’. Then click on ‘Install Now’. You will then be redirected to the Softaculous installation page. Once the installation is complete, you’ll need to click on ‘Finish’. This will take you back to your control panel and the installation process is complete. Now you can go back to your website and you will be able to see that WordPress has been installed and configured.

See, that wasn’t so hard!

Hosting companies like Namecheap offer Softaculous on their shared hosting plans and allow you to install WordPress and many other apps and content management systems.





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Alexander Hatala

Alexander Hatala

Co-founder Custom Design Partners

Alexander Hatala is the co-Founder at Custom Design Partners. He specializes in e-Commerce operations, performance marketing strategies, and behavioral analytics.


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