Differences Between WordPress.org and WordPress.com

The question what the difference between is WordPress.org and WordPress.com has been around for quite some time and because of that, we have decided to make this article all about answering that question. A lot of people are using WordPress to create their website and they don’t know what the difference is. Well, if you stay here with us, you will soon find out, all you need to do is read the article. We tried to gather as much information about this as possible because we realize it can be difficult to understand it.

Major Differences

WordPress.com is a browser-based platform which means that it doesn’t require any type of download from the user. You just simply open up your browser and start using it. This way, you will need to create an account in order to actually use their features and host your own blog on a WordPress site. However, there are some issues with this and we will explain them later on in the article, so make sure you continue reading to find out what is bad about this.

WordPress.org is more like a regular software that you do need to download first if you want to use it. Of course, just like the other one, this is also free to use. The user has all kinds of features and tools that allow him to create a unique design. But not everything is that nice because you will need to have a domain and a web hosting provider who will host your website on the internet.


Let’s talk more about this version for a second and later on you will find the same for the other version. You have to first understand that it is a for-profit business that is owned by Automattic and they are using the open source code of the WordPress.org. More interestingly the founder of both versions is Matt Mullenweg. With this version, the hosting part of your website is provided by the WordPress.com which means that you don’t need to have a separate hosting provider. More importantly, you can easily use it by visiting with a browser.  Quickly create an account and you get to use all of the unique features.


When it comes to this version, you most likely know that it is an open source software, which means that the source code is free to use, and it is available to everyone in the world. This way they want to show that the software is made to be used for completely free. Of course, to use this you first must download the software and install it on your computer. The big problem with this is that you have to find a separate web hosting service company because the WordPress software will not give you that option. So, you have to search and find one that offers the best service and has affordable prices. Also, you don’t get any disk space where you can put your website, when with the .com version you get 3 GB of free space.

Scott Poole

Scott Poole

With over a decade of experience in building websites, Scott has seen it all... bodged website migrations, nightmare web hosts, ridiculous customer support, etc. He decided to centralise all his knowledge on 28msec to guide and help people find the best host possible.