WordPress.org & WordPress.com

What are all these WordPresses?

When first starting out with WordPress the difference between WordPress, WordPress.org and WordPress.com, or more specifically WordPress the software/content management system (CMS) vs. WordPress the website platform/hosting provider can be confusing. It can be useful for individuals new to WordPress to define these entities.

WordPress:

It makes sense initially to define WordPress itself. WordPress is a free, open source software, and content management system (CMS) for building all types and sizes of websites. It is a software that you install on your server and use to create a website. When people refer to “WordPress” they are commonly referring to the underlying software that powers websites.

WordPress.com:

WordPress.com is a service that uses the WordPress software to provide a framework for its customers to build websites. WordPress.com is similar in its offerings to companies like SquareSpace and WIX, in that you can sign up for a hosted account, chose a template or theme, and have access to a builder to develop your website. Wordpress.com has both free and paid account options. Similar to other services, there are features you can pay to upgrade and receive.

WordPress.org:

WordPress.org often referred to as “self-hosted WordPress” or simply “WordPress” is actually the website you go to to download the WordPress software. This is a free download. Once you have the software you must purchase a domain name and hosting where you can then install the WordPress software and use it to build a website.

 

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