WordPress – .com vs. .org – general differences

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As many of you may know, there are two versions of WordPress available.

The first is the WordPress.com hosted version. About 200,000 of you use this version to publish content on the internet without having to worry about servers, routers, operating systems, bandwidth, up time and other technical details which 199,999 of you don’t really care about.

The second version is WordPress.org. WordPress.org provides most of the software (programs) that run in the background to power a WordPress based blog. It’s up to you to provide, fund and worry about all those technical details that 199,999 other people don’t care about. Having said that, for under a $100/year you can find someone (a company) to provide and worry about most of those technical details for you. However, you will still need to have a fair amount of geek in you to run your own WordPress.org. That geek in you is needed for some of the differences listed below.

Here’s what the kids at WordPress say about themselves.

On the surface, one might think because the underlying software is the same, running the same version of WordPress as a .com version and a .org version provides the same functionality. One would be wrong. There are differences. Most of them are minor differences, but are surprising as to why they’re different. As there was not an easily found list of the differences between the two, I decided to create one. This is an ongoing post and will be updated as more differences are found. The post refers to version 2.9. Here goes.

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