Since updated content is a prerequisite to attracting repeat visitors, businesses are realizing the importance of choosing Content Management Systems to accompany their new websites. WordPress is one of the most popular CMS platforms and is available in two main forms. WordPress.com offers sites with the software pre-installed and with a pre-determined number of features and themes. WordPress.org, on the other hand, features the CMS software for download to install on the host of your choice (the host needs to fulfill some basic technical requirements).
People who are brand new to WordPress or the have only dealt with one version may be unfamiliar with the advantages and disadvantages of each. The following list breaks down the differences.
The WordPress.org Breakdown
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The WordPress.com Breakdown
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Depending on whether you value an easy setup or a breadth of features and customization, one of these options may appeal to you more. From a web design perspective, WordPress.com is too restrictive and does not allow for a custom branding experience. The control, extendability, and vibrant development community of WordPress.org software, however, creates a CMS package that is truly hard to beat.