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Whether you are just getting start with building your own website or you already have your own website, you’ve probably heard of WordPress. However, one thing you may, or may not be, familiar with, is there are two different versions of WordPress: vs Both serve the same purpose, to help you build a website, but in the same instance, both are VERY different. My goal here is to make this the most in-depth comparison of vs so you can choose the right platform for you!

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There are many difference between vs, but I’m going to start with the few similarities. You can click vs – The Differences if you want to jump straight to where these two platforms differ.


The great thing about using WordPress, is that both are Completely Free to use. You don’t have to pay WordPress ANYTHING to build your site. Now, that does come with a caveat for both platforms, but I will touch on that later in this post.


Both .com and .org versions allow for easy customization of your website.

Disclaimer: I had no prior experience with WordPress before building this website your on right now. If I’m being completely honest though, I have had quite a bit of technical experience when it comes to computers and technology.

Setting my personal experience aside, there are TONS of free tutorials and videos online that can help you with virtually everything related to both and self-hosted,

As you can see in the images below, the back-end interface of the website, or the pages that control and help build your website, look fairly similar between both and dashboard shown to compare vs vs example of what the “dashboard” looks like in comparison to (see image below) dashboard shown to compare vs vs example of what the “dashboard” looks like in comparison to (see image above)

That is really where the bulk of the similarities between vs end. Really, if you can use one platform, you won’t have much issue using the other. The real question is HOW are you wanting to use the platform. That’s where the differences come into play.


Both the .com and .org versions of WordPress give you similar functionality, but the features, what’s included, and the control on your website are completely different. There are four paid plans in addition to the free plan:

  1. Free: No cost, but limited functionality
  2. Personal: $5/month
  3. Premium: $8/month
  4. Business: $25/month
  5. VIP: Starting at $5,000/month
  • Free to get started (up to 3GB)- There is no start-up cost and you can have your website up and running in minutes (I actually signed up for an account and I was editing my site in less than 5 minutes). However, if you are going to need more than 3GB of space, you are going to need to upgrade to one of WordPress’ paid plans.
  • You get access to themes – There are a number of free and paid themes to choose from. If you upgrade to the “Premium” or “Business” WordPress plan, majority of these paid themes become available at no additional cost to the user. (Themes control the look and feel of your website and how the user interacts with your site).
  • WooCommerce support – Although this isn’t available for the free plan, if you upgrade to the Business plan, you can now create a WooCommerce store on your website. I have never used WooCommerce personally, but I’ve heard great things. You can check that out on the WooCommerce website if you’re interested in selling products online.
  • Only 3GB of free storage – If you are just going to run a casual blog this may not be a big issue for you, but if you are looking to post a lot of pictures on your page, you will need to upgrade to the paid plans to get more storage (Personal Plan $5/month – 5GB storage, Premium Plan $8/month – 13GB storage, Business Plan $25/month – unlimited storage).
  • WordPress advertisements – On the free plan, WordPress can place banners and advertisements within your site. By upgrading to any of the paid plans, WordPress removes these ads. vs url magnified to show text "" in the URL of a free website.
One main difference between vs is the .com subdomain.
  • WordPress subdomain – On the free WordPress plan “” will show up in your site url (see image on right). To upgrade to a domain that removes “,” you will need to upgrade to one of the paid plans.
  • Limited opportunity for monetization – unless you upgrade to the Premium or Business plan, there is no way to monetize your website on Along with the WooCommerce support we mentioned earlier, you can utilize WordPress’ own WordAds Program once you update to Premium or Business. Unfortunately with, there is no way to integrate Google AdSense into your website.
  • Lack of Analytics – Now, WordPress does provide their own analytics for your website (site traffic, clicks, page views, ect), but this information is very limited. The most well-known and FREE website analytics tool to date, Google Analytics, is not available on unless you upgrade to the Business Plan.
  • WordPress can delete your account – Since your site will be hosted on WordPress, they can delete your account at any time if they feel you are violating their Terms of Service or Privacy Policy.

As you can see, is very limited in what features you have access to, especially in the free plan. Of course, you can always upgrade to one of the paid plans, but in my opinion, this can get rather pricey.

Next we’ll get into my personal preference and what I would recommend,

  • Free to set-up – Just like, the “self-hosted” is free to set up. What is different between vs, however, you will never need to upgrade plans with WordPress to gain more features when using Although set-up is free, you will have to pay for domain and hosting from a 3rd party, but this will be WAY cheaper than upgrading to any of the plans. Will discuss more below.
  • Theme and Plugin Access: You get access to countless number of free and paid themes and plugins. You are never limited in what themes your plugins you use with
  • Unlimited Customization Options – When using, you will need to pay to access Advanced Customization options. On, you have complete control over everything on your site.
  • Unlimited Storage – With, there is no need to upgrade to another plan to gain more storage. You have unlimited storage to fill your website with all the content you wish.
  • Monetizing your Site – There are no limitation on monetization when you use If you want to add Google AdSense, you can. Want to add an eCommerce store on your website? No problem.
  • Membership Sites – If a membership site is something you are looking to build, you will not be able to do this with, however, allows you to create membership sites (there are several very useful plugins to help accomplish this. BuddyPress is one I am currently testing now).
  • Connecting to Analytics – With, you are able to connect your site to various analytics sites for tracking site traffic, clicks, ect. Google Analytics and Google Tag Manager are two of the best tools out there for tracking your website, and best of all, they are FREE to use.
  • Purchase your Own Domain – With you are able to purchase your domain and host on WordPress, but with, you will need to do this from a third-party. Luckily, most third-party sites make it super easy to purchase and link directly to Bluehost (Affiliate Link), is my recommended site for domains and hosting site. You can check out my guide to setting up WordPress on Bluehost if you are interested in getting started.
  • Hosting – offers hosting included with their plans. On, however, you must get hosting from a third-party. Luckily, like purchasing a domain, purchasing hosting is really easy to do with Bluehost (Affiliate Link). Currently, you are able to get a FREE Domain and SSL (security) when you purchase a hosting plan with Bluehost.

Disclaimer: I am an affiliate for Bluehost. By purchasing through this link, I do receive a small profit. This comes at NO ADDITIONAL cost to you. You are not required to use this link, but it is always very much appreciated!

  • You have to take care of your own backups – With, you are responsible for managing your own website backups. There are plenty of plugins that can handle this for you. This article lists off the best 9 Plugins for WordPress in 2019.


As you can see, can be rather limited when it comes to the control and features of your site. If you are planning to start a casual blog, just for the sake of writing, or looking to test out WordPress, this may be a decent (and free) option for you to choose.

Having said that, If you are planning to create a full-fledged online business or have any plans to monetize your site in the future, I would HIGHLY recommend going with

Comparatively speaking, the cost of upgrading to a paid plan vs starting out with, you are much better off paying for the third-party hosting and purchasing your own domain rather than upgrading on Below, I have illustrated my EXACT costs for domain and hosting with Bluehost (Affiliate Link) while using I’ve even included costs for themes and plugins that I have purchased so you can see what my total cost for this website has been. This is in comparison to using the highest-featured Business Plan on vs price comparison. My actual costs for 36-months vs WordPress Business plan for 36-months. My total cost is $277.19 for 36-months. Total Cost for WordPress Business plan is $979.00 for 36-months.
Price Comparison of vs for 36-months (cost based on 36-month hosting plan I purchased with Bluehost). (My Costs) – 36-Months

Bluehost (host) (Affiliate Link) – $178.20 for 36-months
Domain Name – $0.00 (included with hosting)
Organic Themes Startup Theme – $59.99 (one-time)
Blog Designer Pro (Affiliate Link) – $39 (one-time)

Total: $277.19 for 36-Months (Business) – 36-Months

Business Plan – $25 per month ($900 for 36-months)
Domain Name (free for first year) – Approx. $20 every year after
Themes – $0 (unless choosing to purchase)
Blog Designer Pro (Affiliate Link)- $39 (one-time)

Total: $979.00 for 36-Months


If you have already started a website with and are looking to switch over to, this is very much possible. It’s also a good thing to note, if you have purchased a plan on within the last 30-days, you can still get refunded for the cost of that plan. If you are outside of that 30-day window, unfortunately you will likely not get refunded for those months. In order to get your website switched over, you will need to purchase hosting from a third-party.


If you originally signed up for and purchased one of their paid plans, you likely received a free domain for a year. After that year, WordPress will begin charging you, yearly, for that domain. This is similar if you were to purchase a domain through another third-party. You can switch that domain over to your third-party hosting site if you choose, but it is not required.


No. You are able to set up your domain with any suffix you prefer, assuming it is available. Majority of websites that allow you to purchase domains, allow you to search for specific domains and their availability. If you are looking for a new domain, you can actually search for a domain in the sidebar of this page (you may need to scroll back up a bit) —–>


Hopefully this information has been useful for you in deciding between vs If your just getting started with creating or even rebuilding your website, the team at FLOWJI has put together this awesome Website Success Checklist that I highly recommend checking out!

After reading this, if you are still uncertain about which WordPress to use my previous post can help you decide what kind of business/blog to start.

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