WordPress.com or self-hosted WordPress – what’s right for you?

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WordPress.com or self-hosted WordPress - what's right for you?	 WordPress.com and self-hosted WordPress creates confusion among WordPress users.

Users are not sure whether they should be using a WordPress.org (self-hosted) site, or a WordPress.com site. The pros and cons of the sites make it easier for one to compare the hosting differences, and pick the most suitable option.

Below are some of the pros of the WordPress.com which in return also indicates the cons of the WordPress.org:

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  • There will be no loss of data in WordPress.com. WordPress.com ensures that data does not gets corrupted or deleted
  • WordPress.com is free, if you don’t mind ads being shown on your website. It’s $30 annually to go ad-free.
  • There is no heavy coding required for users
  • WordPress.com has no SQL Database and tables to create possible problems for the user
  • The possibility of being hacked using WordPress.com is reduced.
  • The UI (user interface) or dashboard of the .com version is better than the .org version.
  • Upgrades to the WordPress.com platform are simple and pain-free
  • You can get traffic from the WordPress.com community like blogs of the day, tags, and their readers
  • The server response times in loading the site and saving new posts is faster than expected
  • Provides Custom domain mapping to its users
  • Customization of the CSS code etc.
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Here are the cons of WordPress.com:

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  • The only scope of customization left for users is in the style.css file
  • No full control over one’s own site in spite of the host saying that it is one’s own site
  • No scope for customizing php files and no control over the code
  • No access to plugins
  • There are more than 150 themes available for WordPress.com sites, but the user cannot adjust or modify the themes
  • Users are forced to pay $30/year in the WordPress.com in order to keep ads away from their site.
  • WordPress.com does not let users place their own third-party ads on their website.
  • There is no provision for the user to download the wp-content/uploads directory.
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So, the comparisons made above make it pretty clear that on some grounds, WordPress.com steals the show, and sometimes it’s WordPress.org to come out as a better option.

– Ady Sachdeva

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