WordPress is an open-source content management system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL. To function, WordPress has to be installed on a web server, which would either be part of an Internet hosting service or a network host in its own right. An example of the first scenario may be a service like WordPress.com, for example, and the second case could be a computer running the software package WordPress.org.

WordPress was used by more than 27.5% of the top 10 million websites as of February 2017. WordPress is reportedly the most popular website management or blogging system in use on the Web, supporting more than 60 million websites.

Now the point is, WordPress is having two version,

  • WordPress.com &

  • WordPress.org

For a newbie, it is the most asked & the confused question I have ever heard in the classroom. Here I have prepared an easy chart so that you can easily understand the main difference between WordPress.com & wordpress.org.

Source: Wikipedia
WordPress.orgWordPress.com(Free)Wordpress.com(Upgrade)
COSTING
Paid Domain
You need to buy Domain from different provider which will cost you around $10 - $15 per year.
(i.e.- akanshasblog.com)
FREE Domain
If you are comfortable with free wordpress website then you’ll need not to spend a penny for domain but it will come with the wordpress extension with your domain.
(i.e- akanshasblog.wordpress.com)
Paid Domain
If you don’t want the unexpected extension with your preferred domain then you need to pay for the custom domain. It will cost around $12 - $17 per year.
(i.e.- akanshasblog.com)
Paid Hosting
After buying your domain You also need to buy hosting from another provider which will cost you around $3 - $5 per month.
FREE Hosting
Wordpress comes with a FREE hosting service upto 3 GB per account.
Paid Hosting
If you need more than 3 Gb space you need to go for paid plans.
Space upgrade is starts at 5 GB for $19.97/year & goes up to 100 GB for the cost of $289.97/year
Maintenance
Own Maintenance
Either you need to get your hands dirty to make it runnable or you need to hire a specialist for all your set-up & coding needs. It may Cost you.
Maintenance Free
You don’t need to bother about your backups, maintenance, optimization. Wordpress.com will handle all of this.
Maintenance Free
You don’t need to bother about your backups, maintenance, optimization. Wordpress.com will handle all of this.
DEVELOPMENT
Full Theme Support
You can use any types of customized/purchased themes as well as free themes without investing any extra cost.
Free Themes Only
You can only choose from the wordpress owned free themes store.
All (Paid)
Upgraded CSS version can be purchased at $30/year

Premium theme can be purchased at a one time cost(Starting From $29).
All Plugins Supports
All free, customized, purchased plugin can be used here without any extra cost
No Plugin Support
You can only use free pre-attached plugins comes with your account
All Support (Paid)
Wordpress.com VIP membership can allows you to use css, plugins, themes, PHP coding everything at a extra cost of $2500 for 5 sites per year.
Miscellaneous
Ad Free
This is your own Domain & hosting, There will be no question of advertisement.
Ads
There will be text ads for logged out visitors.
Paid ‘’Ads Free’’ Version
You can use the ads free version at a cost of $29.97/year
Monetization
You can use as many ads to show on your site, and can sell any amounts of products you want, 100% revenue will be yours

If you are having 25000 page views/month then you can only apply for the services named “Ads Control”

After approval you need to share your revenue by 50/50 with Automattic Inc.
Traffic
For traffic you need to work by your own, it can be search engine optimization or can be marketing.

As you are now a part of wordpress.com network you’ll be blessed with free traffic from their network.

As you are now a part of wordpress.com network you’ll be blessed with free traffic from their network.
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