Comparison between WordPress.org and WordPress.com

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Many new bloggers mistake WordPress.org and WordPress.com
for each other. Although it is correct that the two of them are blogging platforms, WordPress.org is the authentic option best suited for those bloggers
who have great ambitions.

In order to ease the task of differentiating between the two
platforms and even specifying the better option, this article will review them
one after the other.
WordPress.org

WordPress.org is a self-hosted blogging platform and as an
open source blogging service, it may be used by anyone. WordPress.org is very
popular and thousands of seasoned bloggers prefer it to any other blogging
platform. To get started with WordPress.org, there are few things you need to
do. First and foremost, you will purchase a domain name and then subscribe to a
web hosting service. Doing this will keep your site active on the internet.
In point of fact, WordPres.org offers you a number of
benefits which fortify your blogging experience. If you choose to use
WordPress.org, below are some of the premium benefits you’re bound to enjoy:
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Absolute freedom to customize your blog based on
your preference
Ø 
Absolute control over the management or set-up
of your blog
Ø 
Easy set-up and management of blog features
Ø 
Your blog and its entire database belongs to you
(Nobody can phase out your blog so long as you don’t engage in illegitimate
activities
Ø 
You’re allowed to equip your blog with WordPress
features ranging from free to custom apps and plugins
Ø 
You’re allowed to place your own ads on your
blog and even make money
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WordPress.org grants you access to superb tools
such as Google Analytics
WordPress.com

WordPress.com is a blogging platform set up by Matt
Mullenweg who is one of the founding members of WordPress. WordPress.org and
WordPress.com were set up by the same person. In view of this, some new
bloggers mistake one for the other. WordPress.com is a free to use blogging
platform and by reason of this, its users may be restricted to low-quality
blogging features. Basically, the blog hosting platform comes with a number of
plans (about 5 different plans). The basic WordPress.com plan is free to use
but in order to unlock high-quality features, you have to upgrade to a paid
plan. Moreover, the price you pay varies according to the plan you subscribe
to.
For the basic plan, you’re not required to pay any money but
you have very unlimited access to WordPress.com features. For a better
experience, below are the 4 paid plans and their respective prices.
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Personal ($36 on a yearly basis)
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Premium ($99 on a yearly basis)
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Business ($299 on a yearly basis)
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VIP (Beginning with $5000 on a monthly basis)
WordPress.com is interesting to use especially if you’re not
really crazy about making money from blogging. As a free blog hosting platform,
WordPress.com grants you limited access and this is just why it has more
disadvantages. Below are some of the disadvantages:
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If you’re using the free plan, your visitors
will be shown WordPress ads whereas these ads don’t yield you any profit
Ø 
If you’re using a free plan, you’re not
authorized to sell ads on your site. But if you need to make money through the
ad service known as WordAds, you can upgrade to the Business plan or the
Premium plan
Ø 
The free plan bars you from uploading plugins to
your website
Ø 
Users of free plan are not authorized to use
custom themes
Ø 
All free plan users are barred from using
premium tools such as Google Analytics
Ø 
If you go against WordPress.com Terms of Service
as a free plan user, your site can be phased out in no time

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