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.

  • 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.


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



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. – Kezzer 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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