4 Reasons You Should Never Use WordPress.com (And 4 Reasons You Should)

by 100 02/24/2012

First I want to clear up the confusion between WordPress, WordPress.com and WordPress.org.

WordPress is WordPress right? Not really. There are very important differences between them.


Firstly there is WordPress – the blogging software platform. Secondly there is WordPress.org – the organization that provides you with free downloadable installations of the WordPress software. Finally there’s WordPress.com – the commercial entity that provides you with the WordPress software as a service which is ready to use. Phew!

You can download and install a free version of WordPress from WordPress.org yourself. Alternatively you can install it easily through some hosting providers listed here. This means that you and your hosting provider are responsible for your WordPress installation. It also means that you need to do backups, security updates and any upgrades that are necessary yourself.


The other option is where you use the WordPress blogging software hosted on WordPress.com servers. All backups, security updates and upgrades are handled for you by WordPress.com.

However, there are a number of constraints which I outline below.

Here are some of the biggest surprises I got when working with WordPress.com.

1. You Can’t Alter Page Structure

While you can change HTML in the body of your page, you have no access to the HTML of the <head> and <footer> sections of your page. You also have no access to the PHP files you would normally have access to on a self-hosted WordPress.org installation. What this also means is that you can’t add CSS or JavaScript links or blocks to your webpage as you normally would.

Any Javascript code added to the body of your page is cleanly removed when you update the page. So how can you add in that cool new JavaScript widget you use on all your other websites? You can’t. You are limited to whatever widgets WordPress.com provides you with.

When it comes to displaying multiple images there are 2 options – as a slide show and as a gallery.

Thinking of embedding an <iframe> from another site as a workaround? It won’t work. WordPress.com has a list of external sites it allows connections to and chances are your site is not one of them.

So how do you add custom behavior to your WordPress.com website? You can choose from a list of embeddable options such as YouTube and Google Maps as well as a list of supported widgets. There are a number of widgets you can use but the list is by no means exhaustive.


2. Limited Themes & Plug-Ins

Plugins are one of the many features that makes WordPress a pleasure to use. How about if you wanted to install some plugins? You can’t do it.

It’s as simple as that.

With a self-hosted WordPress.org site, you can install as many themes as you like and from any source such as Theme Forest. With WordPress.com you are constrained to the themes they allow.

There are 160 themes at the moment. Some are free and others are premium themes (cost money). With WordPress.org, the number of available themes is endless.


Because you can’t change the structure of the page, you are quite dependent on the structure of your theme and the features that the author allows you to change. This becomes an issue because each theme has different options you can and cannot change.


Some have footers you can change, some do not. Each has a different size header image. It can be quite tedious to find a theme that is both suitable in layout and functionality.

3. It Costs To Add Style

You’ve finally settled on a theme and now you want to change a few little things. On WordPress.com you need to purchase a Custom Design Upgrade to use customized CSS on your blog. Currently it sells for $30 per blog per year. It could get quite pricey depending on the number of blogs you want to customize.


For the $30 Custom Design Upgrade you get a simple text editor to update your CSS. There is no visual editor.


In addition, you are not allowed to hide the copyright information on your theme. This is fine for personal blogs but may not be for a business blog or if you are creating blogs for clients.

You also don’t have access to the mobile theme for your blog – even if you purchased the Custom Design Upgrade. This is fine if the mobile theme “just works.” But sometimes it doesn’t.


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4. The Content and Copyright Issue

Actually, there is no issue about who “owns” the content on a WordPress.com site. Their TOS states clearly that they have royalty-free access to your data to promote your blog:

“By submitting Content to Automattic for inclusion on your Website, you grant Automattic a world-wide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to reproduce, modify, adapt and publish the Content solely for the purpose of displaying, distributing and promoting your blog. If you delete Content, Automattic will use reasonable efforts to remove it from the Website, but you acknowledge that caching or references to the Content may not be made immediately unavailable.”

There’s also the question about termination:

“ Automattic may terminate your access to all or any part of the Website at any time, with or without cause, with or without notice, effective immediately.”

WordPress.com may also choose to place advertisements on your website. You can have these removed by paying $30 a blog per blog per year.

4 Reasons To Use WordPress.com

Given the above constraints, a designer might wonder why they would ever choose WordPress.com over a self-hosted WordPress.org site. Here are a few.

1. Backups – WordPress.com takes care of all backups for you. In their own words:

“ If a very large meteor were to hit all the WordPress.com servers and destroy them beyond repair, all of your data would still be safe and we could have your blog online within a couple of days (after the meteor situation died down, of course)”

2. Availability – WordPress.com is spread across hundreds of servers. The likelihood of all them failing at the same time is highly unlikely. This is not the case with your self-hosted WordPress.org installation. If it fails, all your blogs hosted on that server fail with it.

3. Security – WordPress.com manages security for you and also provide fixes for any security issues that may turn up. Given the spate of recent WordPress hacks this is a critical issue. This more than anything would give someone a reason to move to WordPress.com.

Also following good security practices like securing your admin panel through SSL is a simple one-click operation.

When using WordPress.org, you have to install plugins to get this working or update your server to use SSL and install an SSL certificate.

4. The value bundle – You can purchase the WordPress.com value bundle and gain access to the most useful options such as Custom Designs and Fonts, No Advertisements, Custom domain names, and Video for a $100 per blog per year.


To sum it all up, using WordPress.com may be a wonderful choice for someone that wants a turnkey solution that is very easy to use.

But be careful, a WordPress.com site is not completely under your control and there are some very serious design limitations.


I am a co-founder of Unique Imprints, a web design company that focusses on getting small businesses on the web. When I'm not designing web pages you can find me learning programming languages or debating on usability.

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Lynda Williams

Nice overview of the options for hosting.

February 24, 2012 Reply

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February 25, 2012 Reply


I just had a WordPress.com site disappear so I do offer a warning of caution as you do not own it. Just be sure to use a reputable hosting site when you move it to the .org format.

February 25, 2012 Reply

    Russ Henneberry

    @Lisa – Wow. That’s a bad day when your site just dissappears.

    February 27, 2012 Reply


    Lisa that is so scary! Do you know why it just disappeared? Don’t they have to give you a reason?

    January 21, 2013 Reply


    Blgger is worse, they removed one of my blogs once, they said something like it went against one of their policies (without saying which policy it was!) and removed the site without giving me any notice, nor the chance to change and/or delete whatever it was they didn’t like. I had just started the blog and was writing some basic law firm web design stuff so it’s not like it was offensive! I will not ever put another blog on one of those free platforms again, not if I want to keep it running!

    May 12, 2014 Reply

      Kathryn Aragon

      Wow, Matt, that must have been frustrating. I hope you found another platform for your site. Thanks for sharing your experience!

      May 12, 2014 Reply


      Matt, I have heard similar stories in the past. It’s definitely not something I would want anyone to go through. Keep up the great work and thanks for the feedback :)

      May 12, 2014 Reply


WordPress.com doesn’t like piggybackers. If you’re planning to use it to promote your site or blog, forget it. You’ll get deleted in a flash :)

August 20, 2012 Reply


Thanks for this, unfortunately the business bundle has gone up to $199.

February 6, 2013 Reply

Sparkster Hubs

I will never ever use WordPress, their Terms & Conditions clearly state they ACCEPT NO RESPONSIBILITY for breach of copyright/intellectual property rights and plagiarism on their website and they offer NO WAY OF CONTACTING THEM, THEY DO NOT SUPPORT EMAIL!

Given the fact that I have just found a load of my copyrighted works published by somebody else’s blog on WordPress.com and they do not allow comments and offer no way of contacting I am extremely annoyed, losing income and I have nobody to submit a DMCA complaint to.

As far as I am concerned WORDPRESS IS AN ILLEGAL WEBSITE which does not abide by internet law.

February 22, 2013 Reply


Hello there,

Thanks for the great write-up. What about the significance of having a blog that is being promoted through the tags and other channels on WordPress.com? Seems like a great way to get exposure to your blog that you wouldn’t normally, especially when you’re first starting out.

March 11, 2013 Reply


is there any special price for wordpress.org other than hosting price?

April 19, 2013 Reply

    Kathryn Aragon

    That’s right, Abin. There’s no cost for WordPress.org itself, just hosting, a premium theme (which is recommended) and any premium plugins you might want.

    April 19, 2013 Reply

moving van

great tips i will take them into consideration when i use my next site

May 8, 2013 Reply


Good heavens – why not just hire a good web designer/developer? There are a lot of good ones out there, and you can get an enterprise-quality, fully customized, HTML5/CSS3 website with database functionality, and ‘all the bells and whistles’ for just a couple of thousand bucks in most cases.
*Helpful tip – check references, and ask to see a portfolio before hiring a web company. 😉

September 29, 2013 Reply

Benjamin Slattery

Nice Post. Thanks for sharing!

December 2, 2013 Reply

Hidayat Mundana

Everywhere always happen pros and cons. You are like and there is no love. Including when using WordPress.com.
But the service Jasa Pembuatan Website Pekanbaru, I chose to use a more flexible WordPress.Org with little cost.

December 29, 2013 Reply


Thanks for review! Can someone clarify for me if it is possible to use iFrame embeds with a premium $100 a year plan?

January 29, 2014 Reply

Cinnamon B

Wow, that’s an eye opener. I’m using wordpress.com as a blog platform temporarily until I can get my own domain/hosting, then I will certainly switch to my own wordpress platform.

January 31, 2014 Reply


Great article! Thanks for clearing some things up for me.

February 7, 2014 Reply


Great article! But i thinks self hosted blog is better than wordpress.com hosting.

February 25, 2014 Reply


Stupidly titled article. WordPress blogs that are self hosted are a security nightmare, we had 2 blogs all patched and updated and they were hacked and gave access to our main website. Use wordpress.ORG if you value security – it’s locked down for a reason!

February 28, 2014 Reply


it is verry good information, by the way, right now i use the wordpress commercial in my site, but in dummy bog habitually i use the blogger.

March 6, 2014 Reply

Tracy Pease

I think this may apply to businesses and people who are trying to make a living through blogging, but the vast majority of WordPress.com users are not doing that. They just want to tell a story, share a skill, or start a community. And, WordPress allows them to do just that with absolutely no web building skills, no HTML, and completely free. I’ve been blogging on the .com side for more than two years and have had absolutely no problem. I feel safe knowing they take care of everything. I knew nothing about blogging when I started on a whim and I never would’ve been able to do it without the ease of use of WordPress.com.

Ads are only added to very busy sites and only for people not signed in. They’ve also started a program where .com users can sign up to have ads on their site and make a little money off of it themselves. WordPress actually went many years giving away websites and with no advertising department at all.

They don’t have a way to contact them unless you are a .org/bigger business user. But, the forums are excellent and WordPress employees are constantly surveying it. I always get my problem answered within a day.

So, while it’s true that all the limitations listed in this article exist, it’s also true that you are getting a good product and service completely free. If you want more, go .org, self-host, and pay more. If you are making money on it, that shouldn’t be a problem.

I read the Blog Tyrant (www.blogtyrant.com) regularly and he says WordPress is the only platform serious sites should use. WordPress controls 17% of the Internet, which is the largest sole controllership on the Internet. Fortune had a great article with all of this in it last year. They use WordPress, too.

The Blog Tyrant also says to make money, you MUST use .org and self-host. He holds the record for making the most money selling a single website and it’s all he does for a living, so I would guess he knows and what he says does align with what you’re saying here.

Personally, I in no way want my site to become a job. I’ve been contacted by people wanting to advertise and have been glad to have an easy excuse to say no. I’ve been taking a break and I check in on my site from time to time and never have to worry about it. I pay the $99 for the bundle every year, which is feel is so little for what they give you. I do it because I like WordPress and I like the design control it gives you. You can also get into the CSS with the design pack.

In the end, this was a good and accurate article, but the headline and the way it began made me think you didn’t understand the .com/.org difference. Otherwise, many good points.

March 29, 2014 Reply


Right now I am currently on the free WordPress.com site and need to be able to add my own html code, for forms, videos and buttons. Does anyone here know if upgrading to the .org will get me that, or do I need a certain theme, plug in or widget for that? Thanks

April 19, 2014 Reply

    Kathryn Aragon

    Hi Cherie. In WordPress.org, you can work out of the WYSIWYG editor on one tab and the HTML text editor on another tab. That’s true no matter what theme you use. Let us know if you have any other questions.

    April 20, 2014 Reply


Wish that I was computer literate. My WordPress.com blog has been dead for weeks. Most of the time, I cannot sign in, then the dashboard is dead. Half the dashboard has been missing over two weeks.
Previously, I had asked WordPress.com for help because for five years, I cannot get images onto the sidebar, but, trolls were sent by them.
Probably time for me to quit blogging or go elsewhere.

April 24, 2014 Reply

    Kathryn Aragon

    Wow, Brittius, that’s certainly reason not to go with WordPress.com. WordPress.org gives so many more options, it may be worth considering. Good luck!

    April 24, 2014 Reply

Johny Why

You missed the most important reason to use wordpress.com– it’s an easy, simple way to get on the web for people with zero budget and zero technical skill.

May 7, 2014 Reply


    Johnny, great points. It’s all about ease of use when it comes to a CMS. Thanks for sharing your view :)

    May 8, 2014 Reply

Johny Why

–and it’s also a relatively painless introduction to wordpress, before moving up to the much more powerful wordpress.org.

May 7, 2014 Reply

    Kathryn Aragon

    Hi Johny. There’s always a need for an introductory product… even with WordPress. The dotcom version is certainly simpler, but I’m not sure it’s a huge cost savings. Thanks for sharing.

    May 7, 2014 Reply

      Johny Why

      FREE seems like a pretty good cost-savings to me. Yes, there’s advertising on wordpress.com, so once someone is expert enough, they can move up to the also free, no-advertising wordpress.org.

      May 7, 2014 Reply

Mundana Kakabu

thank you
I finally know the correct answer to the question my clients

May 27, 2014 Reply


I totally agree with you about the four rreasons that you mentioned above about why you should never choose WordPress framework to bulid your own website..

June 7, 2014 Reply


I’ve enjoyed reading the article and your comments. Right now I’m on blogstpot, but I’m considering setting up a wordpress blog. I’d like to start with wordpress.com, perhaps later switch to wordpress.org. I wonder, is it difficult to transfer the content along with all photos, descriptions, etc? Thanks!

July 8, 2014 Reply

    Neil Patel

    Jack, I would stick with your current blog platform. Unless, of course your traffic numbers aren’t that high.

    July 9, 2014 Reply

Jari Ullah

Still after this, you are using wordpress :) Well I don’t find wordpress good due to all mentioned reasons and one reason is personal :)

July 19, 2014 Reply

    Kathryn Aragon

    Thanks for your input, Jari. The distinction is WordPress.com versus WordPress.org. We use .org because it’s such a flexible platform. But each website owner should use what works best for them.

    July 20, 2014 Reply

    Neil Patel

    Jari, everyone has their own preference :)

    July 20, 2014 Reply


Hi Neil,

Thanks for your reply.
I’ve been using blogspot for several years, but sometimes I find it not very user friendly and I’ve been told that wordpress is much better, that’s why I think about also running a blog there. On the other hand, I don’t want to invest too much time (and money) in blogs-after all, I just like to write and I don’t expect to make any money; besides, with this kind of blogs (travel-journals type) I don’t think I’m going to get a lot of hits anyway.



July 20, 2014 Reply

    Neil Patel

    Jack, I understand your concerns. However, you should really consider the benefits of blogging. You can really monetize if you do all the right things.

    July 21, 2014 Reply


I really like wordpress.org. Even though it’s a little daunting having to deal with hosting and all the one-off issues of being on your own, it’s really not that difficult for newbies. My only issue with it is time. When I had blogs in the .org format, it was a lot more time consuming to maintain.

While I like wordpress.com, you can’t monetize it and paying out of pocket to remove ads makes little sense when you can get a Blogger blog for free that you can monetize (at least from my perspective).

I’m not really in blogging for the money and I have a lot to learn about how to be a better blogger, but, at the basic core of the business side of my brain, I can’t wrap my head around the sense in using WP.com.

I would recommend that if you have the time to actually develop and maintain a WP.org site, it’s the best avenue out there for newbie bloggers. But, and this goes back to the basic Blogger v WP debate, if you don’t have the time, and if you don’t mind the restrictions that go along with developing on Blogger, I’d opt for Blogger. Just my opinion.

August 2, 2014 Reply

    Neil Patel

    Amrish, thanks for the share. We look forward to hearing more from you. Different people have different preferences and it’s always great to hear perspectives.

    August 3, 2014 Reply


My own experience with WordPress.com has consistently been sub-optimal, although perhaps my expectations of their service and the maturity of their personnel were simply too high:

While they will always have at least one volunteer hanging around their forums warning of the terrors beyond their borders for obvious self-serving reasons, the best move I ever made was moving my blog to a self-hosted site. Really, if you can regularly manage not to run headfirst into door jambs, you can manage and protect a self-hosted blog. All the tools you need are easily and publicly available in multiple locations.

August 4, 2014 Reply

    Kathryn Aragon

    Agreed, Aleksandre. I can’t imagine why anyone would shy away from a self-hosted option.

    August 5, 2014 Reply

    Neil Patel

    Aleksandre, thanks for the great feedback. Looking forward to hearing more from you :)

    August 5, 2014 Reply


      Thanks, Neil, but I most often patronize sites where my comments which get posted are identical to those I submit. What is the problem with your site that caused it to not only drop my included link but also changed my submitted name from my own initials HMS to “Aleksandre”?

      This obviously renders every other comment here equally suspect of being similarly massaged, you realize.

      August 5, 2014 Reply

        Kathryn Aragon

        Hi HMS. Our policy is to only use people’s names in comments and not to accept self-promotional links. It’s a hard line to draw, so sometimes we get it wrong. HMS, at first glance, looked like a business, not a person. And yes, I remove most links from comments. If you notice, nothing else was changed. Our policy is meant to keep the quality of comments high and to reduce spam. We’re sorry if that offends, but we want to create an environment that’s useful for all our visitors.

        August 6, 2014 Reply


          Thanks for explaining, Kathryn. What you actually accomplished by removing my link was to render a verifiable claim linked into the WordPress support forum itself into unsubstantiated hearsay which you then had no trouble endorsing yourself in pursuit of promoting crazyegg.

          A more straightforward and helpful policy might be to advise commenters in advance of the editing their comments will undergo at your hands so that they can better produce the types of comments you prefer as shown above.

          August 6, 2014


It’s really high quality text but some of disadvantages you mentioned here are mandatory on free websites like footer with information about script.. It’s business you know that:)

September 9, 2014 Reply

Thomas Docheri

This is an old post but I’d like to make an additional point about copyright at WordPress.com.

I host my site at WordPress.com. I also run WordPress.org in my own instances of httpd, MAMP and XAMPP sandboxes. I ran into this issue because I wanted to assert my copyright over my content. So, naturally I asked on the appropriate WordPress.com forum how I could/should do this. Automattic’s answer was that I could not, that the theme author owned the copyright (them, since I use one of theirs) and it was plagiarism if I pretended I was the author. I said I had no intention of making that assertion but I disagreed that any theme writer held a copyright to my content. They said ‘no’, refused to tell me how I could add my own assertion and of course, I was prohibited from removing their assertion at the bottom of every page.

Well, this of course is just corporate bullshit. I had purchased the right to use css to make those modest changes you mentioned so I used css to add my own copyright assertion alongside theirs. I don’t dispute that the theme writer owns the IP to the theme but not to the content, and I so state at the bottom of each page. They sold me the right to use css so they can’t very well limit my ability to use it, although they of course, did not give me the recipe. I know html and css so it took an hour or two to hack a solution, first in my sandboxes. Automattic has never attempted to remove my assertion although they probably wish they could.

Thomas Docheri

September 21, 2014 Reply

    Kathryn Aragon

    Interesting story, Thomas. Thanks for sharing. It’s one of the reasons I refuse to consider WordPress.com.

    September 22, 2014 Reply

      Thomas Docheri

      Hello Kathryn,

      Please understand, I did not relate that story about my experience at WP.com to imply I am dissatisfied hosting there. Far from it. I am able to do everything I want to do with my site at a very reasonable cost. The reason I choose to use WP.com is that it uses WP.org and WP.org is open-source. I can and do read the code to understand what a blog platform is all about. Indeed, it was reading the code that convinced me a) I could trust Automattic and b) I could make the changes I wanted to make with css. That I ran into a corporate drone playing gatekeeper in no way invalidated the quality and transparency of the platform. But as a software engineer with almost two decades experience with open-source, a ‘no’ from some CS jerk is a challenge I can’t ignore.

      When I first downloaded and began studying WP.org I fully expected that one day I would migrate my site elsewhere; somewhere that used WP.org but was not affiliated with Automattic. However, now that I am two years into my project I see no need to move. And the last thing I would ever consider would be using a blog platform (or a theme) that was not open-source.

      There is, in my opinion, one very specific reason to favor WP.org over WP.com and I wrote a post about it. I believe the way WP.com via Jetpack poorly implements support for LaTex. Jetpack’s “Beautiful Math” uses rpc and an external Automattic server to render LaTex meta-language into .png files and therefore must have an inbound connection from the cloud. This is okay when the servers are all co-located at an Automattic data center but not okay when you are running WP on your Mac. The LaTex plug-ins available in WP.org are superior (depend on the LaTex rendering engines embedded in all modern browsers) if the site uses lots of mathematical expressions, as does a friend of mine who teaches math and uses her blog to write math course-ware. She uses an Intranet server at her college to host WP.org and develops the content in MAMP. When I pointed this out to Automattic I was told they intended at some time in the future to modify Jetpack but to my knowledge they have yet to do it.

      Thomas Docheri

      September 23, 2014 Reply


Hi Sanj,

I wonder if you can help. The site i have mentioned is a wordpress.org and I understand most of the differences. However, having recently set up a wordpress.com site I can’t seem to get an answer to what should be a fundamental and simple question (IMHO). On wordpress.com can i have an email with that sub domain??? Eg) My site is websitesfast.wordpress.com. Is it possible to set up one or more email such as info @ websitesfast.wordpress.com ???

I know I can buy a custom domain but I want to know if it is possible to do without a custom domain. You would think I could find the answer easily with google, but all results come back telling me how to do it WITH a custom domain, which is not what I want to know…..

Many thanks

September 24, 2014 Reply

    Kathryn Aragon

    I don’t know enough about email on the dotcom to be able to answer your question. I hope you’ve got it figured out by now.

    October 25, 2014 Reply

Randall T.

I could not find a blog hosting platform that let you point many full domains, many sub domains, many routes to a blog article. I started out on free word press and spent several hours writing a blog on photography only to have it rejected when finished because I had links to amazon with my affiliate id in it.

I have no problem with affiliates as long as the blog does add some legitimate value and isn’t just auto generated or junk pasted copies. I see no problem in it. And the diy how to real estate photography blog that got rejected was just that. I have created hundreds of virtual tours and photos for vacation rentals over the past 15 years and it was full of real info on creating HDR indoor photography. Something you rarely see done well and needs some improvement.

Being a programmer, and while creating the silly article, I noticed I didn’t want to fuss with any styling and just fill in the blanks and let twitter’s bootstrap css do the work. Make it work on any device.

I ended up writing one in node.js using scalable document cloud databases. I am testing anzurs out now with a few friends.

October 24, 2014 Reply

    Kathryn Aragon

    You’ve got some major challenges, Randall. Hope you find a satisfactory solution.

    October 25, 2014 Reply

      Randall T

      It is working as one of my blogs sits on top of bing. “learn-angularjs dot com”.
      I have had 3 others on top of bing but would fall in a week or two after tweaking it in a bad way. (still learning what not to do).

      November 10, 2014 Reply


Please, Does adding a Domain Name to my wordpress.com blog makes it custom?

With custom blog, can i use image advertisment?

The blog aam taliking about is 247current.wordpress.com

Thanks in advance

November 9, 2014 Reply

    Kathryn Aragon

    Eazykiel, according to WordPress: “And many excellent premium upgrades are available to help you supercharge your site. These upgrades let you use a custom domain (like YourGroovyDomain.com), extensively customize the appearance of your site, upload HD video, and lots more.” It looks like you have to invest in upgrades to create a custom domain or to customize the appearance of your site.

    November 9, 2014 Reply


      Thank you very much for you response, But i still have 1 more question,
      Can i Advertise with image with custom wp.com blo?

      Just want to know what i am investing in. thank ma’am

      November 9, 2014 Reply

        Kathryn Aragon

        Eazykiel, I don’t know. Hopefully someone else will chime in who has experience in wp.com.

        November 9, 2014 Reply


Thanks For your suppot, Really appreciate it, it’s really hard getting response from white

November 9, 2014 Reply


Yes, I’ve used both wordpress. But i also agreed with you such kinds of problems. But you can not easily find a system like wordpress. If have you another example can you please help me to find?

November 24, 2014 Reply

    Kathryn Aragon

    From my experience, there’s nothing better than WordPress.org and a self-hosted site. It’s easy to build and maintain your site with only minimal coding knowledge, which means a smaller learning curve for a lot of functionality.

    November 24, 2014 Reply

sachin mathur

Really Gerat post on WordPress, WordPress.com and WordPress.org. Many people dont know about it. I think some web developers also not know the difference between WordPress, WordPress.com and WordPress.org.
like your 4 constraints specially point no1 and 2…

November 26, 2014 Reply

furniture murah

good job.. (y)

December 18, 2014 Reply

Indah Susanti

Great and fair review on both sides. Totally agree with your point of view. I am bit disappointed with wordpress dot com limitation but in other hand I don’t have time to maintain website on my own – so wordpress dot org sounds really appealing but in reality it would be tough for me to do it.

February 10, 2015 Reply

    Kathryn Aragon

    Indah, I understand the time issue, but once the dot-org site is set up, it doesn’t take any more time than a dot-com site. Dot-org gives you so much more flexibility, it makes no sense to go the other way. That’s just my perspective.

    February 10, 2015 Reply

Kierstin C.


I am wanting to do a personal blog…mostly just leisure stuff…info on health, fashion, decor, etc. I want to be able to customize my themes/background, fonts, add videos, songs, and pictures, and have different tabs to get to different sections (topics). I was going to go with mywebpage.co because I have read that it is universal and a bit more “up and coming” or cutting edge than .com. I was shying away from .org because I thought it seemed too informative and “scholarly” for a personal blog…I thought, typically, .org was more for organizations and such (hence the name, haha). So now I’m debating between the two. It says .org is $18 a year and .co is $25 I think. With both of them though, it will let me customize my URL–like: mywebpage.co or mywebpage.org . Are you saying wordpress will have more “rights” or control over my content if I use .co vs. .org? I don’t know hardly anything about coding but I’m sure I could learn…although I hate stuff like that. I also don’t really plan on making money off of mine, but I wouldn’t be opposed to working with companies I promote, respect, and like if they approach me. Also, I might do my own line of body products a little bit down the road (like a few months) and would obviously promote them on my blog, but likely sell them through a separate site if people actually want to purchase. Could I do paypal through my wordpress in any way? Which do you think would be a better fit for me? Not looking to spend a whole lot of money yet! Thanks in advance! Still a little foggy on all of this :)

February 26, 2015 Reply

    Kathryn Aragon

    Hi Kierstin. Great questions. I always recommend wordpress.org, which is free to put on your website. Your cost will include your URL, a hosting package, a theme (check out Upfront at WPMUdev) and, if you need it, a web developer to set up your site for you. With .org, there’s no limit to the number/types of plugins you can use. Your site can look any way you want. And yes, you can use PayPal. Good luck!

    February 27, 2015 Reply


Thanks for the post! Which blog service you would suggest me? I just want simple design options with the ability of color changing and widget placing. Im okay with paying for it but your comments have made me think twice in changing from wordprrss.com to org.

March 27, 2015 Reply

    Kathryn Aragon

    I highly recommend WordPress.org. On my personal sites, I’m using a Genesis theme, but I also like WPMU’s new theme, Upfront.

    March 27, 2015 Reply

hasanur rahman

i use wordpress, cause this is very secure and i think everyone use wordpress for security. this is great article, thanks for sharing.

April 30, 2015 Reply


I got bit by the code bug and I’ve spent the last 3 months glued to my computer learning HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, using jQuery, some PHP and all that tasty lovely stuff. Now I’m at the point where I would like to go online with my project. My father in-law has a small business and I made him a website, wich he liked very much, but I am not sure what is the best way to do it. I got a domain name already, and I would like to host it online in a way that is cheap (or free if possible) and make it easy for me to make possible upgrades and updates to it. Maybe have it so easy that my father in-law could even do it himself if needed. How should proceed? What / where should I study to get then required information?

Thanks in advance for your time if you choose to help me out!

May 12, 2015 Reply

    Kathryn Aragon

    Timo, consider Bluehost for hosting and Genesis for your theme. With the coding you already know, you can probably build a professional site that meets your needs.

    May 12, 2015 Reply

web start

I don’t know why people are even considering creating site using wordpress.com, there is no point. The hosting services are so afortable these days. Additionaly with your own WordPress you have the freedom to build your site the way you want.

May 25, 2015 Reply

Pj Germain

Awesome write-up on the differentiation between WordPress.com and self-hosted. I’ve done several of both and couldn’t agree more. I love my self-hosted sites, but must warn you about backups. Make sure you are backing up everything – databases included. And, be totally SURE you know your “disaster recovery” so that you can recreate EXACLTY what you had. Just copying your files ISN’T going to cut it. Save yourself a lot of pain

May 28, 2015 Reply

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