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This question might seem a little silly but I was wondering what is the differences between WP.com and WP.org?

I know the main differences like you can't edit a them file without paying for it, you might get some ads and you get a youname.wordpress.com domain but what are the little features that make the difference.

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  • WordPress.com is web service.
  • WordPress.org is software product.

Think bus vs car. You can ride both, but bus is owned by someone else and what you can do with it is limited.

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The best answer is the one directly from the horse's mouth:

http://en.support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/

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Wordpress.com is a hosted blogging service based, of course, on Wordpress. You can register and open your blog, choosing from a variety of themes. It's running the latest version of WordPress.

Wordpress.org is the site where you can download WordPress, themes and plugins and install it in your own server.

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yes I know that but what features do each other have that the others don't? –  Benny Feb 15 '11 at 9:12
    
I'm not sure what more you're expecting, Benny. This answer is pretty much all you need to know. It's not a case of "features", it's more of a case of their purpose. –  Kieran Senior Feb 15 '11 at 9:15
    
Most important difference for me is that if you download the .org version, you can edit your custom css in the package you install. (be it from wordpress.org or a third party installer from bitnami.org, etc) The other two, that you mention, well, for me are quite of important. An average/advanced user might prefer the downloadable version, while somebody with less control of technical issues would be better choosing the wordpress.com solution. –  S.gfx Feb 15 '11 at 10:05

It's not easy to answer your question specifically as it's quite broadly asked. Probably the questions tagged are of use.

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