What’s the difference between a self-hosted (WordPress.org) site and a site hosted on WordPress.com?
WordPress is a free open source blogging software that powers many blogs and sites; over 60 million users have chosen WordPress to create and run their homes on the web. These WordPress.org users have self-hosted sites in other words, users download and install the software on a web server, and pay a fee generally $7-12 a month to a web host, such as Bluehost or Go Daddy, to keep it up and running.
WordPress.org users with self-hosted sites can upload themes, upload plugins such as Jetpack, run advertisements, edit the database, and even modify the PHP code that powers their sites. While a self-hosted site requires more technical knowledge to set up and run, you have complete control over it.
Brought to you by the same folks who work on WordPress, WordPress.com is a free hosting platform that makes it very easy for anyone including you to publish online. If you have a blog hosted on WordPress.com, all of the technical stuff is taken care of setting up and backing up your site, updating the software when we release new versions, blocking spam, keeping it secure. Because your site is on our servers, you don’t have to worry about your site “going down.”
Also, as you’ve probably noticed, WordPress.com users are automatically part of a larger community: in the Reader, you can discover new content on various topics, read handpicked editorial selections, and find and follow like-minded bloggers.
Here at en.blog.wordpress.com, we focus on announcing new WordPress.com features and highlighting the best from this community. If you’re interested in learning more about self-hosting your blog or site, go to WordPress.org, visit the WordPress.org blog, and read about the differencesbetween WordPress.org and WordPress.com on our Support site.
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